Lancaster Teen Temar Boggs Hailed As A Hero In 5-Year-Old’s Abduction

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

Temar Boggs had a feeling he’d find the 5-year-old girl who was abducted Thursday in Lancaster Township.

He was right.

Boggs, a McCaskey freshman who lives in Gable Park Woods, had been hanging out with a friend at nearby Lancaster Arms apartments and helping move a couch when a man came by asking if they’d seen a missing girl.

They hadn’t, Boggs said, so they went to watch TV.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/872026_Lancaster-teen-Temar-Boggs-hailed-as-a-hero-in-5-year-old-s-abduction.html#ixzz2Z8QWS7e5

Lititz Pike Detours Set To Begin May 29

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Lititz Pike motorists will soon be forced to learn some new tricks.

On Wednesday, May 29, PennDOT is implementing the first set of road closings and altered traffic patterns necessitated by construction of a new Route 501 bridge over the Amtrak and Norfolk Southern train tracks.

That means drivers who have been using Route 222/501 for years to enter and exit the city will encounter some major changes in their routine.

McGovern Avenue will be closed from the Lititz Pike to Queen Street.  Consequently, southbound drivers unable to make the right turn onto McGovern Avenue will continue straight, to a new intersection at Liberty Street.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/850759_Lititz-Pike-detours-set-to-begin-May-29.html#ixzz2TfDre4N0

Centralized Jobs Are A Bonus For Lancaster

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

Lancaster County has kept an unusually high percentage of its jobs in Lancaster city and suburbs, a new study shows.

The concentration of jobs in the city and suburbs here makes it easier for job-seekers to find work, the study’s author says.

Having centralized jobs also reduces traffic congestion, lowers energy consumption and cuts pollution, she says.

“Generally, we say that more compact forms of development are positive,” said author Elizabeth Kneebone.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/839044_Centralized-jobs-are-a-bonus-for-Lancaster.html#ixzz2QvJnTd3X

Lancaster City Restaurant Week Kicks Off

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

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

Within a few blocks in downtown Lancaster, the epicurious can sample flavors from Himalayan curry to fish and chips to sushi to pulled pork and homemade ice cream.

“Lancaster’s dining scene is just so diverse,” said Christopher Trendler, restaurant manager of the Penn Square Grill and Rendezvous Lounge in the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square hotel.

Trendler, joined by other restaurateurs across Lancaster, wants people to sample the diversity of city fare.

Beginning Monday, some 40 restaurants are participating in Lancaster’s first citywide restaurant week.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/821658_Lancaster-City-Restaurant-Week-kicks-off.html#ixzz2Mbgg7SG0

Here is a list of participating restaurants:  http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/821899_Which-restaurants-are-participating-in-Lancaster-City-Restaurant-Week-.html

Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee Down, Not Out

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

Editor’s note:  We are always saddened when parties leave the table, especially with something as an important as this.  Cooperation between the city and the suburbs leads to smart growth, regional planning, inter-municipal cooperation and the list goes on and on.  Manheim Township is the largest suburb of Lancaster so one would assume their dues had something to do with their size.  In any case, $22,000 is a blip on their budget so not seeing where this will be a huge help to taxpayers.

Lancaster city and three of its suburban townships cross paths in Bridgeport, the busy little crossroads just east of town.

Two major state roads — Route 340 and Route 462 — meet there, and there is plenty of housing and other growth putting more pressure on roads and water in that area, East Lampeter Township Supervisor John Blowers said.

So he’s glad his township is part of the Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee, Blowers said Wednesday.

In coming years, whenever the city and East and West Lampeter and Lancaster townships sit down to talk about solutions in Bridgeport, “we’re going to have a history of having talked and having worked together” as fellow members of the LIMC, Blowers said.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/815068_Lancaster-Inter-Municipal-Committee-down–not-out.html#ixzz2KuMk2T3v

Sensor Gear Helps Lancaster City Rate Streets

Picture 569Researchers spent about 10 days last summer cruising Lancaster city’s streets looking for the good, the bad and the ugly.

And, they did so looking straight down.

The specially equipped van carried laser-guided sensors that recorded details of every inch of the 110 miles of city streets, 10 miles of city-owned alleyways and the 20 miles of state roads that cut through the city.

The result of the collected data is the city’s first pavement management plan.

The plan lists the city streets and ranks them by which ones most need repair and repaving.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/811319_Sensor-gear-helps-Lancaster-city-rate-streets.html#ixzz2K3prMFwe

Presence Of ‘Amish Mafia’ Felt In Lancaster City

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

In Discovery Channel’s popular television show “Amish Mafia,” the lead character, Lebanon Levi, is portrayed as a sort-of Amish Vito Corleone.

“Lebanon Levi is the cops,” another character, Esther, says in one of the episodes. “He is the courthouse, he is the bank and he is the insurance company.”

Karin Meacham is making the most of her Lancaster city store’s 15 minutes of fame — delivered in an unmarked envelope by “Amish Mafia.”

Visitors to Art & Glassworks, 319 N. Queen St., are greeted at the front door by a sign bearing a photo of Levi and the faux warning — “This store is protected by Lebanon Levi.”

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/796915_Presence-of–Amish-Mafia–felt-in-Lancaster-city.html#ixzz2GIZXGlas

Dentist Dr. Matthew Freedman To Stay Put In Lancaster City

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

Editor’s note:  Two Roy’s Rants thumbs up to Dr. Freedman for making an investment in the City of Lancaster and expanding his  payroll!  Small business is the key!

Dr. Matthew Freedman has sentimental reasons for keeping his dental practice at 416 N. Duke St.

He has business reasons too.

The combination is prompting him to invest $600,000 to renovate and expand the office, rather than relocate.

“At one point, I did look at other sites in the city with a Realtor.  But I didn’t find anything that hit the nail on the head,” said Freedman.

Freedman has deep roots in the North Duke Street office.  It was opened by his father, the late Dr. Edward Freedman, in 1983.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/794930_Dentist-Dr–Matthew-Freedman-to-stay-put-in-Lancaster-city.html#ixzz2FdCsVI9L

If Lancaster’s First Friday Is A Taste, ArtWalk Is The Full Smorgasbord

How do you keep a good thing going?

You keep it fresh.  You keep it innovative.

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

And you keep it energized.

In the past three years, Lancaster’s Fall ArtWalk has been gaining momentum, and director Nick Mohler sees the city-wide event’s success as one based on change.

“I think ArtWalk is changing.  I’m seeing galleries trying new things,” says Mohler.  “There’s been a lot of discussion with local art groups to put on performance art, which is something I think will come more into focus in the spring next year.”

Officials Look To Shutter Lancaster City Hotel

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

Lancaster city officials are seeking to have the Hotel Brunswick shut down on the grounds that it is a nuisance.

The city filed a complaint in Lancaster County Court Monday laying out its case, citing numerous police calls, code violations and failure to pay taxes.

Also on Monday, a county judge granted a separate request by city and county officials to temporarily halt the sale of alcohol at the hotel.

“The premises as currently being operated and maintained has become a public nuisance,” Mayor Rick Gray said Monday. “We have an obligation to the residents of the City of Lancaster and visitors to the city.”

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/717718_Officials-look-to-shutter-Lancaster-city-hotel.html#ixzz24D9oYLMi

Lancaster City To Cite Building Owners For Not Completing Repairs

Editor’s note:  Two thumbs up for code enforcement!!!

For the second time in a year, debris fell from the same downtown building onto the sidewalk below.

Lancaster city now is moving to cite the building’s owners, who did not complete a required engineering report after a 2-by-4-foot concrete panel fell July 19 from the building at 51-55 N. Queen St.

In the latest incident, chunks of mortar fell from the building between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday. The sidewalk in front of the building was blocked off with barricades.

Nobody was hurt in either incident.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/683132_Lancaster-city-to-cite-building-owners-for-not-completing-repairs.html#ixzz1zqq3t5xg

Distilling New Life Into Lancaster City Sites

In the window of the Fulton bar there is taped a copy of the judge’s injunction that shuttered the business in October.

But recently, a second sign was added at the dark 637 N. Plum St. bar. The orange notice refers to Monday’s Zoning Hearing Board meeting.

Blocks away, a similar orange notice is posted in the former Señorita Burrita, at 227 N. Prince St.

The applicant in both cases is the same.

Robert McGrath, owner of the four-store Roburrito’s chain in York County, is coming to Lancaster in a big way.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/625865_Distilling-new-life-into-Lancaster-city-sites.html#ixzz1ryrlpdyv

 

Hallelujah! Singing Flash Mob Hits Lancaster Central Market

Hundreds of shoppers at Central Market got a glorious surprise Saturday morning when at least 125 people around them suddenly began singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.”

At 9:30 a.m. a mass of people, many wearing Santa hats and reindeer antlers, found their way to the center of market and suddenly, the opening chords of the “Hallelujah Chorus” filled the air and voices rose in unison to sing the Christmas classic.

Commerce pretty much came to a halt for the next four minutes as standholders and shoppers stopped to listen and possibly join in.

Central Market had its very first flash mob.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/552482_Hallelujah–Singing-flash-mob-hits-market.html#ixzz1gqpkGng8

City Of Lancaster Gets High Marks As Travel Destination From Philadelphia Inquirer

Glad to see that people are finally noticing what Lancaster has to offer! 

THERE’S MORE to Lancaster than outlets and buggies.

Although the eighth-largest city in Pennsylvania is closely associated with the Pennsylvania Dutch, a community that came to this part of Penn’s Woods back in the early 1700s, there’s as much city as there is country to this picturesque part of the state…

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20111007_Lancaster__More_than_just_Amish.html?viewAll=y#ixzz1a6sGAITg

Lancaster County Baby & Toddler Expo – October 29th & 30th

Check out this awesome event at the Lancaster County Convention Center!  The website has all the information on this fun-filled two-day extravaganza. 

The new convention center in Lancaster is getting great reviews from groups using the venue.  It is located just off historic Penn Square in Lancaster City. 

Information on the Expo:

http://www.lancasterbabyexpo.com/

Information on the convention center:

http://www.lancasterconventionhotel.com/

Lancaster County Passes Half Million Population

Lancaster County has enjoyed a steady growth pattern for four decades. Since the 2000 census, Lancaster County’s population has increased 7.9%. The latest population estimate puts Lancaster County’s population at 507,766 ranking the county as the sixth largest in Pennsylvania.

The Lancaster Metropolitan Area is made up entirely of Lancaster County. Prior to the latest increase, Metropolitan Lancaster was the 101st largest metropolitan area in the United States. The city of Lancaster, population 56,348 (2000 census), is the eight largest city in Pennsylvania.

The new 19 story Marriott Hotel, site of the former Watt & Shand Department store, enhances the skyline.