Latest Housing Stats: One York Area Posted 60 Percent Jump In Median Sale Price

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you sold a house in York during the first three months of the year, chances are good that you made a profit from the deal.

Between Jan. 1 and March 31, the median sale price of a home in the York City School District jumped 60 percent while the number of homes sold fell 10 percent, according to data released Thursday by the Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties.

Overall, during the first quarter, the median sale price for a home sold in York County climbed 4 percent from $135,000 in 2013 to $139,997 this year.

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_25539459/one-area-posted-60-percent-jump-median-sale

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Facing $4.9M Deficit, York City Schools Still Looking To Grow

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Required to adopt a balanced budget by June 30, York City School District officials are cobbling together a proposal with two major pieces of the financial puzzle missing.

First, it’s still unclear whether New Hope Academy Charter School will be forced to close — a scenario that could send an influx of students and money to the district.

And, the teacher’s union has not agreed to new collective-bargaining agreement with the district, which adopted a financial recovery plan that depends significantly on workforce savings achieved through wage and benefits reductions during the next five years.

Nonetheless, district administrators are proposing to move forward with plans to add and expand programs.

Read more:  http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_25520609/facing-4-9m-deficit-york-city-schools-still

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Poll: Those In NEPA Among Most Miserable In U.S.

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Locator map of the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Metropolitan Statistical Area in the northeastern part of the of . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Lancaster, PA ranked 21st on the list :)  The happiest of any Pennsylvania Metropolitan Area.  Hey now!

People in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area are among the most miserable in the nation, according to a report that ranks the area 177th out of 189 it surveyed to gauge residents’ sense of well-being.

Their continuing economic downslide, bad memories, misperceptions and even a lack of sunlight may play a part in Northeast Pennsylvanians’ gloomy outlook, some local experts say in commenting on the State of American Well-Being, the report released last week by Gallup and Healthways.

The highest-ranked area was Provo-Orem, Utah, and the lowest-ranked was the Huntington, W.Va.-Ashland, Ky. area. More than 178,000 people across the country were interviewed last year, including a sample size of 1,092 from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.

The survey asked people to rate their life evaluation – a combination of current situation evaluation and the anticipated situation in five years – emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and basic access to health care and other necessities.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/poll-those-in-nepa-among-most-miserable-in-u-s-1.1663838

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York’s West End: Businesses Want To Infuse New Life Into Neighborhood

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just across the Codorus Creek from the heart of York’s downtown, a steady line of traffic regularly passes through the 200 block of West Philadelphia Street, following the turn of the street uphill past smartly painted homes and storefronts.

Growing up in York more than three decades ago, Steve Billet knew the area colloquially as the “colonial block.” It was a place that had a good reputation and housed property that was a wise investment for owners, he said.

On a Monday in March, however, many of the cars that idled at a nearby stoplight would continue on West Philadelphia without stopping. The idea that the city has nothing to offer has plagued York’s image and dissuaded business owners for years, and many entrepreneurs have struggled to make their shop a destination.

Still, when Billet had an opportunity to purchase a building in the 200 block in 1999, he took it. And when he and his partner David Smith decided to drop out of the rat race — as Smith puts it — to switch careers and return to the city, they settled on the spot that Billet had bought a decade and a half before as the site of their new venture.

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_25440353/yorks-west-end-businesses-want-infuse-new-life

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Fresh, Local Food Making A Comeback At Central Market York

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Central Market York was designed to fit the crop cycle of local farmers.

One day they’d harvest, and the next day they’d display their fresh produce for market patrons, hungry for the local items.

Over the years, Central Market York added other vendors, and the fresh produce was no longer the main attraction.

But now, more people are asking for the farmers who once defined the market with fresh and local food, said Cindy Steele, COO of Central Market York.

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_25447848/fresh-local-food-making-comeback-at-central-market

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Restaurant Week York PA

Looking for something to shake of the winter doldrums?  York is having a restaurant week starting today through March 1st!

“Giving foodies and foodie-wannabes the chance to celebrate the best York has to offer.”

 

Check out their Facebook page for more details!  Bon appetite!

 

https://www.facebook.com/RestaurantWeekYorkPA

 

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York Restaurants Recover From Winter Weather, Parking Woes

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Severe weather, parking problems and a prime rib shortage made for a not-so-sweet Valentine’s Day at Coomb’s Tavern, said owner Teresa Marquette.

Since the restaurant is on the outskirts of York City, all the snow has nowhere to go, she said. Its parking garages and street spaces are either overwhelmed by mounds of snow or buried cars, she said.

“It’s a mess right now,” Marquette said. “It’s a total mess.”

The weather — the worst she’s seen in 18 years of owning Coomb’s — has even drowned out the restaurant’s recognition, she said, as York City named it February’s Merchant of the Month.

Read more: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_25187285/york-restaurants-recover-from-winter-weather-parking-woes

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Update: More Than 35,000 In York County Still Without Power

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4:15 p.m. update: Met-Ed has restored power to about 1,000 additional customers in the last three hours, reducing the number of customers without power in York County to about 34,700.

Met-Ed has about 39,000 people without power across the state, an indication that York County is hardest hit among its service areas for power outages from Wednesday’s storm.

The company’s website indicates those outages are scattered throughout the county.

Met-Ed has brought in crews from out of state and has said power should be restored to 99 percent of customers by Saturday night.

Read more:  http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_25072774/43-000-york-county-remain-dark

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York City Businesses Partner On Downtown ‘Makerspace’

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Creative Yorkers will soon have access to some big tools that could bring their big ideas to life.

The owners of Rudy Art Glass, in collaboration with Salvaging Creativity, are planning to open a “makerspace” inside the company’s 15 E. Philadelphia St. studio.

Rudy Art Glass, which dates to 1892, makes decorative glass and sells it all over the world, mostly for use in commercial properties, co-owner Erin Casey said.

Despite its prominent downtown York location, the company does little business locally, she said.

Read more: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_24955772/york-city-businesses-partner-downtown-makerspace

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Dozens Turn Out To Hear About Possible York Artist-Housing Project

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Map of York County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Wednesday, Hardway was among the dozens who turned out to hear more about a possible artist-housing project in the city. A henna artist and trained vocalist, Hardway said she is intrigued by the idea of living among other creative people.

But, if the Artspace York project becomes a reality, Hardway wants to be sure its developers include accessibility in their plans — even if she’s not the one who benefits from it.

Hardway said she made that clear when she took a survey, which launched online Wednesday, to gauge the potential viability of a project in York.

Artspace is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that formed in 1979 with the goal of providing long-term affordable housing for creative people.

Read more: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_24972229/dozens-turn-out-hear-about-possible-york-artist?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_campaign=hootsuite

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Second York City Man In Custody For Monday Homicide

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An alleged York City killer wanted by police turned himself in at the county’s Central Booking Unit about three hours into the new year, county officials said.

Victor Martinez-Raices, 21, of 320 Walnut St., is now in prison along with co-defendant Ruben Delvalles-Vicente, 29, of 344 Smyser St.

Both men were denied bail and are charged with homicide and conspiracy for Monday’s fatal shooting of Carlos Ramos-Diaz.

The 19-year-old victim, who lived in the 700 block of South Court Street, was shot at 2:08 a.m. in the city’s east end after fighting with Delvalles-Vicente at a birthday party, according to York City Police Capt. Russ Tschopp.

Read more: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_24833169/second-york-city-man-custody-monday-homicide

York Public Transportation To Improve With Bill

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The aging fleet of public transportation buses in York County will get a boost from the recently passed state transportation bill, as could Rabbit Transit‘s plans for a fleet conversion from diesel to natural gas.

Rabbit Transit CEO Richard Farr said the $2.3 billion package “couldn’t be passed a moment too soon,” as about 64 percent of the organization’s 87-vehicle fleet is beyond its useful life or will be in 2014.

That means they’ve surpassed 12 years of age or 600,000 miles, “and we have vehicles with mileage as high as 900,000 miles,” he said.

The old buses are more expensive to maintain, to the tune of an extra $600,000 per year, he said, and in recent months two of them had to be retired because the frames are cracked beyond repair, making them unsafe to haul passengers.

Read more: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_24801596/york-public-transportation-improve-bill

Developers: West Manchester Mall Construction Could Begin By March

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Map of York County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The new year will bring a new West Manchester Mall, and developers said work could begin before winter ends.

“We’re trying to get started as early as we can. March is not an unreasonable target,” said Tony Ruggeri, co-founder of Dallas-based M&R Investors, which owns the mall.

The 32-year-old shopping hub at 1800 Loucks Road is set for a $47 million redevelopment that will change it from an enclosed mall to an outdoor plaza similar to Hunt Valley Towne Center in Maryland.

The York County commissioners and the West York school board recently approved a tax incentive financing (TIF) plan that will allow the mall to be revamped while receiving a limited tax break on the improved property.

Read more: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_24764314/developers-west-manchester-mall-construction-could-begin-by

York County Approves Budget Without Tax Increase

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

York County commissioners on Wednesday approved a 2014 budget with no tax increase.

The millage rate will remain 4.52, so a taxpayer with a home assessed at $150,000 will continue to pay $678 in county real estate taxes.

County administrator Chuck Noll said no significant changes were made to the final budget after the draft one was presented in November. He said it was the fourth time in five years that commissioners approved a budget without a tax increase.

The $476.7 million budget includes a general fund of $190.6 million.

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/politics/ci_24753479/york-county-approves-budget-without-tax-increase

Proposed York City Budget Has No Tax Increase, But Includes New Expenses

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the second year in a row, York City is poised to approve a balanced budget that does not hike property taxes.

But there are some new expenses in Mayor Kim Bracey‘s 2014 proposal that the York City Council could target if council members want to trim the budget before approving it next week.

Most significant among them is the $550,000 pricetag on a new financial-management system. The city secured a grant from the state to cover $150,000 of that cost.

Business administrator Michael O’Rourke explained during a marathon budget hearing Wednesday that the city’s current system became obsolete years ago.

Read more: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_24706975/proposed-york-city-budget-has-no-tax-increase

7-Year-Old From York Up For Kindest Kid Award

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

York PA – A second-grader’s passion for cleaning up York landed him a spot as one of four candidates for the Sprout channel’s “Kindest Kid” award.

Mateo Maldonado, 7, was chosen from applicants across the country to compete for the award, sponsored by the channel that airs children’s programming. Voting takes place on the Sprout website, and the winner will travel to Sprout’s studios for an interview Dec. 21.

Mateo’s mother, Meranda Rodenhaber, said she and Mateo’s father, Chris Maldonado, nominated their son after seeing an advertisement on Sprout for the award that talked about children who go out of their way to care for others.

“Right away it just clicked, and it was like, ‘That’s Mateo,’” Rodenhaber said.

Read more: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_24676665/7-year-old-from-york-up-kindest-kid

York Area Teen’s Christmas Display Attracting National Attention

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

YORK, PA (AP) — Caleb Linburg’s hobby lights up the neighborhood for the holidays.

Caleb, 15, is presenting his fifth annual “Linburg Lights” display, which features more than 30,000 Christmas bulbs flashing on and off to the beat of holiday songs.

The display can be seen on his home at 1195 Hambletonian Way in Manchester Township.

People can hear the music by tuning to the 87.9 FM radio station.

They also can use a “jukebox” feature on their smartphones to select which of the songs they want to hear, Caleb said.

To see a 2 1/2 minute video and read the rest of the article, click here: http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20131206/york-area-teens-christmas-display-attracting-national-attention

Church & Dwight To Manufacture Gummy Vitamins In York County, Hire 180 People

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Church & Dwight plans to construct a new production line for gummy vitamins at its facility in Jackson Township.

A $55 million investment, the new production line will lead to the hiring of approximately 180 people, according to the company.

Construction will begin in January and the line is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2015, according to a news release.

The company will also receive some state funds for the project via the Governor’s Action Team, which works with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/business/ci_24655737/church-dwight-hire-180-people-manufacture-gummy-vitamins

York Police Arrest One In Drug Bust, Say Investigation Ongoing

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Map of York County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The York City Police Narcotics Unit arrested Nneka Banks, 30, on Tuesday and seized more than $50,000 in heroin from her home in the 100 block of Parkway Boulevard, according to a news release.
Police executed a warrant and seized 2,521 bags of heroin, police said. Officers also took 82 grams of cocaine, valued at $8,200, and 25 grams of marijuana, valued at $250.

“We believe this was what we call a stash house,” which is a place where drugs are stored but not sold, York City Police Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer said.

Read more: http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_24601946/york-police-arrest-one-drug-bust-say-investigation

The City of York is having a record-breaking year for large drug busts: http://www.ydr.com/ci_23841297/york-city-police-nab-record-amount-heroin

York Police ID Alleged Shooter In Saturday’s Double Homicide

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

York City detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for the man believed to be responsible for Saturday evening’s double homicide, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said.

Laquan Pierrelouis, 22, whose last-known address was in the 900 block of West King Street, is wanted for the 7 p.m. homicides of Braydon Aldinger, 23, of Danielle Court, and Derek Feree, 26, of Old Mill Inn Road. Both men lived in Manchester Township.

“The two victims intentionally called Pierrelouis and a Hispanic male to the 500 block of West Mason Avenue in order to conduct a drug transaction,” Kahley said.

Read more: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_24596225/york-police-id-alleged-shooter-saturdays-double-homicide