Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!
Quote of the day … “But boy, we are living in a time — we better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough.” – Presidential candidate Donald Trump in this Washington Post article, “Trump says ‘bomb’ went off in New York before details of explosion confirmed.”
This ad is in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster and a slew of newspapers today. It’s funded by the Save America From its Government super pac, a wing nut philosophic group asking for your contributions to help pay for the ads. The group is Save America From Its Government which was founded by D. Andrew Beal and other supporters. Mr. Beal has agreed to pay all administrative costs for the super PAC, meaning 100% of contributions will be used in spreading our message. Beal is not exactly poor and some of the money, according to Fortune Magazine, came from “a tidy sum during the Great Recession, buying distressed assets while the nation’s biggest banks were getting taxpayer bailouts.”
- Tide loses to York Suburban in Saturday game “ … in the wake of unspecified threats …” – Lancaster Online article written by Barry Ford
- “Parents, students: Football postponement a good call” – The York Dispatch
- Some do communicate with its citizens and the public – New York City Police Department Website
- New York’s Mayor said the incident was “‘an intentional act’ but initially said there was no connection to terrorism.” – The New York Times
- Nothing at the Columbia Borough Website, though visitors and citizens can learn they can “Ride the Trolley.”
- A few don’t – Columbia Borough Police Department facebook page
- Spotlight on the sins of the Church as “Six dioceses now under investigation in Pa.” | “The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg has received a grand jury subpoena from the state attorney general’s office. – The York Daily Record
- … and wasn’t the Citizens United Supreme Court decision just dandy? – “The Court has recognized that First Amendment protection extends to corporations” | “The ‘Citizens United’ decision and why it matters” – The Center for Public Integrity
Click here to go to the state’s Website of inspections … and the listing of the violations at each location. The statewide directory lists inspections for all municipalities in York County and Lancaster County.… except those in Columbia – Columbia persists in having its own inspection system with its own forms and inspection items – rather than the one used statewide.
- “The Star Buffet and Grill has so many inspection violations – so many times appearances and so many inspection failures; who eats there and why? – Lancaster County inspections this week – Lancaster Online
- York County restaurant inspections. – The York Dispatch
- Video: Restaurant Inspections
How to save America’s smaller municipality downtown areas? has been a question that’s been plaguing citizens for decades. Numerous ideas have been floated about; from planning experts, professors, people who write books and people who consult. Carlisle has hired a part-time retail recruiter.
- Main Street – “The Keystone Main Street designation follows the principles of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Approach (www.preservationnation.org) with the notable addition by DCED of a fifth point –
Organizational Sustainability – demonstrated by identifying and documenting a sustainable funding stream to employ the full-time manager for five years.”
- Elm Street – “The Keystone Elm Street designation encourages communities to integrate Main Street or downtown revitalization program with a neighborhood renewal strategy for a residential area adjacent to the commercial district. Using the principles of the Elm Street Five Point Approach (Appendix I) residential neighborhoods in proximity to the central business district receive resources and development with the aim of further enhancing the downtown area and improving the viability of older neighborhoods.”
- And wouldn’t an idea as this be something the Municipal Authority could have tackled: “The Lancaster Downtown Investment District Authority (DID) was created in 1992 by affected property owners, to develop and administer business improvements and provide administrative services in the downtown district.” Several DIDs are now under the umbrella of the Lancaster City Alliance.
- “What Happened to America’s Main Streets? – Preservation.org
- Franklin, PA appears to have a key to how to do things | It’s listed as an American Planning Association’s “Great Places in America” town. NOTE: Lancaster’s Central Market is a Great Places in America, too.
- This town of just under 6,500 in western Pennsylvania has a really useful Website (it even shows the borough’s Paving Schedule) and a facebook page to reach out to citizens, area residents, visitors and prospective business owners. It’s even got a Destination Franklin lure brochure designed to invite business to Franklin.
- Franklin Area School District student enrollment is slightly larger than the Columbia Borough School District.
- They walk among us | From the POLICE LOG in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster: “A woman reportedly left a voicemail for Caernarvon Fire Co. at 5:11 p.m. July 29. State police reported the message said, ‘You’re the stupidest township ever, fix the road or you will assassinate. Ugh how do I delete this? Just kidding.’” – A 69 year-old woman was charged with stalking for sending a birthday cake to someone’s place of employment. She’s got previous stalking charges. – A 13 year-old E-town student was charged with “terroristic threats and harassment after he made threats toward a teacher and classroom at Elizabethtown Area Middle School.”