National Aviary Launches Cam Focused On Penguins; Babies Due Soon

Pittsburghers will get a glimpse at the National Aviary’s two newest arrivals next week thanks to a high resolution infrared penguin camera positioned just above their nest.

Laid Nov. 9 and 11, two penguin eggs are expected to hatch sometime between Monday and Thursday.

Both TribLive and the Aviary website are hosting live video of the new parents, Sidney and Bette, who welcomed two other sets of penguins hatched at the aviary in 2012 and 2013.

Aviary live streaming camera, click here:  AviaryPenguins – Tribune-Review.

16 Arrested – Mostly For Drugs – In Northwest Lancaster County Sweep

Sixteen people were arrested Wednesday in a sweep of northwest Lancaster County by a host of law enforcement agencies.

The arrests were the result of a year-long undercover operation, according to Elizabethtown Borough police.

Here’s who was arrested and their charges:

•Jeffrey Myers, 37, of Elizabethtown, charged with one felony count of delivery of a controlled substance by. Myers was arraigned before District Judge Jayne Duncan and was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/arrested—mostly-for-drugs—in-northwest/article_f3320066-8193-11e4-8184-9b9b354b3a04.html

Hazleton Council Tables Budget Vote

Hazleton City Council is no closer to finalizing a 2015 budget.

Council voted 4-1 on Thursday to table the spending plan on second reading after voting on a number of amendments that put revenue projections some $619,000 below estimated expenditures.

Council will take another crack at amending the estimated $9.3 million spending plan on Wednesday.

The vote to shelve the budget followed a heated disagreement between Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi and council President Jack Mundie over a stormwater fee that was originally levied by a previous council majority for 2013 only — but is included in next year’s spending plan.

The debate ended with the mayor walking out of the forum during an argument with Mundie.

Read more: http://standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-council-tables-budget-vote-1.1801694

RRTA, Berks Transit Merger Complete

It is the state’s largest transit merger, and it is now official.

Lancaster County officials and Red Red Rose Transit Authority leaders took a little trip just over the Berks County line Thursday morning to meet with their Berks counterparts — and celebrate a transit consolidation nearly a year in the making.

They have established the new South Central Transit Authority to oversee both the Lancaster-area RRTA and the Berks Area Regional Transit Authority.

The RRTA name and logo on buses, as with BARTA in Berks, will not change, and the public may not notice much of a difference, transit official David Kilmer said Thursday, “We’re on a good track, and ready to move forward,” said Kilmer, who was named executive director of the new SCTA, which will oversee operations of both RRTA and BARTA.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/rrta-berks-transit-merger-complete/article_dc4c0840-817c-11e4-b535-1b031a28a372.html

Help Homeless Teens By Donating To TriCounty Community Network

The National Runaway Switchboard estimates that on any given night there are approximately 1.3 million homeless youth living unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers.

Here is Your Chance to Help

The TCN Homeless Services and Youth Development Committees are working together to create care packages for local homeless teens.  You can help by donating any of the following items:

X-Large Hoodies

Gloves
Hats

Socks
Toiletries
$5 Gift Cards to Local Food Stores

Prepaid Phone Cards

Items can be donated by contacting Paula Kamp at 610-326-9460, Ext. 209 to schedule pick up or drop off at Community Health & Dental Care at either of the following locations:

11 Robinson Street, Suite 100, Pottstown
700 Heritage Drive, Pottstown

Westmoreland County Airport Authority Seeks $5M For Arnold Palmer Growth

Speaking to Westmoreland County Airport Authority members on Tuesday, state Sen. Kim Ward, R-Hempfield, recalled an event during which she ran into a representative of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, who said the region doesn’t have room for two major airports.

“I told him, ‘Go ahead and close down,’ ” she said, laughing.

She and her chief of staff, Rob Ritson, attended a meeting at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity because the authority wrote her office a letter in October requesting $5 million as a line item in the state transportation budget.

The authority wants the funding to aid a large-scale, $7 million project to expand the terminal building and a $15 million project to strengthen and widen the runway, said board member Don Rossi, finance committee chairman.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/7335287-74/airport-authority-million#ixzz3LYhY67Xl
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Tax Baseline Set For Lancaster CRIZ Program

After gathering tax information from business owners this summer, Lancaster now has a starting point for for a program it hopes will jump-start downtown development.

Known as the CRIZ for short, the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone program will allow Lancaster to redirect some state and local tax money toward redevelopment within the zone’s boundaries.

Lancaster identified 736 businesses in its CRIZ. All of them were required to file CRIZ tax reports by June 15.

Just under half did so: 366, to be exact, according to the state Department of Revenue.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/tax-baseline-set-for-lancaster-criz-program/article_adf6ae9c-80c2-11e4-a79f-97b4bba5b725.html

Labor Department: Marcellus Shale Contractors Owe $4.5 Million In Back Wages

Contractors involved in natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania and West Virginia must pay nearly $4.5 million in back wages to more than 5,000 workers, following a two-year U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

“An ongoing multi-year enforcement initiative conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division offices in Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh from 2012 to 2014 found significant violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which resulted in employers agreeing to pay $4,498,547 in back wages to 5,310 employees,” read a Labor Department statement released on Tuesday.

“It’s part of an ongoing initiative, a multi-year initiative,” said Labor Department spokeswoman Leni Fortson of the Philadelphia office. “These are the findings from the first three years.”

A list of the violating companies can be found attached to this story at http://www.timesleader.com.

Read more: http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news-news/50834414/Labor-Department:-Contractors-owe-millions-in-back-wages

Cupcake Bowl Saturday, December 27 At SteelStacks

Cupcake Bowl

Saturday, December 27 · view days & times
Venue: ArtsQuest Center
Price: AQ Members $25 / Public $30 on sale · buy tickets

Sample sensational cupcakes prepared by the region’s finest bakeries!

Local bakeries and caterers will serve up scrumptious homemade cupcakes in an effort to win the title of Best Cupcake!

Attendees will sample all the delicious confections and then cast their vote to determine the People’s Choice winner, while a panel of judges will determine the winners for Best Frosting, Best Cake, Best Decoration and Best Overall Taste.

All proceeds from the event support ArtsQuest’s Arts Education Programming Fund which provides quality arts and educational programs and experiences for students from throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Participating Bakeries

  • Iron Lakes Country Club
  • Lehigh Catering
  • Trixie’s Treats
  • Kyms Creations Bakery
  • Amy’s Sweets and Treats
  • The Pirate Cupcake Truck
  • Delightful Designs, LLC
  • Erika’s Delicious Sweets
  • The Bakery Nook

If your restaurant/catering business is interested in participating in the event contact Samantha Kulp at skulp@artsquest.org or 610-332-1365.

SCHEDULE

Saturday, December 27, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

VENUE INFORMATION

ArtsQuest Center
Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-297-7100
map & directions

Pittsburgh Council Makes It Official: McLay Named Police Chief

Pittsburgh City Council today approved acting police Chief Cameron McLay to head the city’s police bureau. Chief McLay has been serving as acting chief since September.

The unanimous vote with virtually no discussion came a day after a 2½-hour confirmation hearing for the 56-year-old former Madison, Wis., police captain, who is the first outsider ever hired to lead the department, according to Mayor Bill Peduto’s staff.

Chief McLay will be formally sworn in at 4 p.m. this afternoon in the mayor’s office.

Also today, council passed the mayor’s controversial plan to reorganize the Bureau of Building Inspection into a new Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections.

Read more:  http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/12/09/Pittsburgh-Council-approves-new-police-chief-reorganization-of-building-department/stories/201412090181

Winter Storm Puts Northeast Pa. In Crosshairs

There will be snow and rain and everything in between.

The big unknown is how much of each.

Northeast Pennsylvania is under a winter storm warning through Thursday morning as a system developing along the mid-Atlantic coast pushes inland today with the potential for significant snow, sleet and freezing rain.

The National Weather Service said total snow accumulations could hit eight to 12 inches, with the higher amounts in the higher terrain and less in the valleys.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/winter-storm-puts-northeast-pa-in-crosshairs-1.1799879

Laflin Council Abolishes Police Force

LAFLIN, PA — The meeting of Laflin Borough Council devolved into chaos Monday night as four council members voted to immediately disband the police department and hire a consultant to liquidate the department’s property.

After hearing impassioned public comment against relying solely on state police to enforce the law in Laflin, a council majority voted to do just that, with Councilman Glen Gubitose the lone opposing vote.

The majority defended the move by saying the borough infrastructure is crumbling and in desperate need of repair after years of neglect. But that didn’t satisfy dozens of residents who showed up to voice their opposition to the move. As council members finished the vote, the room erupted in jeers and boos loud enough to drown out council members for the rest of the meeting.

Residents ordered to quiet down challenged council members to call the police.

Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/laflin-council-abolishes-police-force-1.1799795

Montgomery County Health Department Free Influenza Immunizations December 1-29, 2014

It’s not too late! Influenza can occur at any time. In recent seasons, most infections have occurred in January and February. Getting vaccinated in December will still be beneficial. Most people 6 months of age and older should get flu vaccine every year!

Norristown Health Center
1430 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA 19404
610-278-5145
Monday, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29— children under 19 years old by appointment only
(times vary), please call for an appointment
Tuesday, Dec. 9 & 16 — all ages on a walk-in basis from 9:00am-3:00pm

Pottstown Health Center
364 King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
610-970-5040
Monday, Dec. 8, 15, & 22— all ages on a walk-in basis from 9:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 10, & 17—children under 19 years old by appointment only from
2:30pm-6:00pm, please call for an appointment

Willow Grove Eastern Courthouse Annex
102 York Road, Suite 401, Willow Grove, PA 19090
215-784-5415
Wednesday, Dec. 10 & 17— all ages on a walk-in basis from 9:00am-3:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 4, 11, & 18— children under 19 years old by appointment only from
9:00am-12:00pm, please call for an appointment

For additional locations providing flu vaccinations please visit http://www.flushot.healthmap.org

TCN Holiday Celebration

TCN cordially invites you to a holiday celebration.

Hot Breakfast          Networking          Games & Prizes

Tuesday, December 16th, 8am-10:30am
Copperfield Inn at Lakeside

594 West Ridge Pike, Limerick

Special thanks to our breakfast sponsors

Chestnut Hill College   Chestnut Knoll
Edward Jones Office of Bonnie Thompson
Frederick Living   Visiting Angels

Join a TCN Committee.  Committees will meet 9am-10:30am.

Caregivers Support  Community Partners Against Abuse  Environmental Health & Safety  Homeless Services  Workforce Development  Youth Development 

 

**Registration Deadline: December 9th.  Only registered members and guests will be admitted**

   Click here to register or call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2.

Help A Homeless Teen

The TCN Homeless Services and Youth Development Committees are
developing care packages for local homeless teens.  You can help by donating any of the following items:   

X-Large Hoodies

Gloves
Hats

Socks
Toiletries
$5 Gifts Cards to Local Food Stores

Prepaid Phone Cards  

Items can be donated at the TCN Holiday Celebration on December 16th

or
Contact Paula Kamp at 610-326-9460, Ext. 209 to schedule pick up or drop off at Community Health & Dental Care at either of the following locations:

11 Robinson Street, Suite 100, Pottstown
700 Heritage Drive, Pottstown

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto Goes Undercover On CBS Reality Show To Air Dec. 21

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has his own prime time reality TV show.

Peduto donned a wig with shoulder-length gray hair and a scraggly, long gray beard to star on an upcoming hourlong episode of the CBS Emmy-winning show “Undercover Boss.” The episode is scheduled to air 8 p.m. Dec. 21.

“It will be the only chance that I ever have in my life to hear what people say about me directly to my face, but not knowing who I am,” he said Thursday.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/7307404-74/peduto-cbs-undercover#ixzz3L5PD3Htz
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York Avenue’s Holiday Home Tour Welcomes Guests Into Some Of York’s Most Historic Homes

Take a step back in time this holiday season, and tour some of York’s oldest homes in the Avenues neighborhood, set aglow with festive lights, beautiful décor, food, music and hodgepodge of holiday traditions.

Nine Avenues neighborhood homes will open their doors and spread some holiday cheer to the public next weekend for open house holiday home tours on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Developed in the 1800’s, by a Civil War solider, the York County Avenue homes were some of first homes developed outside the core of downtown York. Shortly after the neighborhoods initial development, it became well known for it’s very fashionable Victorian and prairie style mansions and architectural design to love.

Read more: http://www.flipsidepa.com/region-yorkhanover/ci_27060233/york-avenues-holiday-home-tour-welcomes-guests-into

Woman Dies In Dunmore Home Explosion

DUNMORE, PA — An 86-year-old Dunmore woman died instantly Thursday morning when her home exploded and collapsed following a water main break and natural gas leak on Smith Street, state police fire marshals said.

Madlyn M. Mecca, 413 Smith St., was leaving her home shortly before 4 a.m. because police and firefighters evacuated the area, due to a heavy odor of natural gas. A neighbor, whom state police did not identify, was moments away from picking up Mrs. Mecca. Mrs. Mecca waited on her front porch for her neighbor, but natural gas had seeped into her home and some ignition source had turned on, sparking a fire and an explosion, state police said. Mrs. Mecca was killed immediately.

“She was out,” said her cousin and neighbor, Carmel Verrastro Biko. “Originally, she was out … we don’t know if she went back in the house or if she was just out there waiting for him to come.”

The fire was ruled accidental, state police said. It’s not clear what ignited the explosion, but any number of appliances could have been the culprit. A furnace, a water heater, pilot lights or any electrical appliance turning on could have done it.

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/woman-dies-in-dunmore-home-explosion-1.1798053

RUSH TICKET: Bach Choir Christmas Concert – Sat, Dec 6th 8pm – ONLY $9.99!‏

Saturday ◊ December 6th, 2014 ◊ 8:00 p.m.
3231 Tilghman Street
Allentown, PA 18104

Join The Bach Choir, Bach Festival Orchestra and Soloists for beautiful music inspired by Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The concert will close with a traditional carol sing.

Our Christmas Concerts open with J.S. Bach’s Cantata 147 including the famous chorale Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring and close with the effervescent Magnificat of J.S. Bach’s most famous son, C.P.E. Bach in honor of the 300th anniversary of his birth. The Choir is also featured in a beautiful selection of pieces in praise of Mary, ranging from the much loved 16th century setting of Ave Maria by English composer Robert Parsons, to Stanford’s 20th century Magnificat with its soaring soprano solo, and the moving a capella Mary Speaks by contemporary American composer Daniel Gawthrop.
  • J. S. Bach Cantata 147 featuring Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • C. P. E. Bach Magnificat
  • Robert Parsons Ave Maria
  • Charles Villiers Stanford Magnificat in G
  • Daniel Gawthrop Mary Speaks

Click here to purchase tickets: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=7060778&cobrand=lvartsboxoffice