City of Altoona Sells Naming Rights For Sixty Days

The City of Altoona, located 85 miles east of Pittsburgh in Blair County, is getting a name change for sixty days starting on April 27th.  The city sold the naming rights for $25,000 to benefit the police department.  Altoona’s new very long name is a movie title “Pom Wonderful Presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold”.  Try and fit that on a municipal marker!

The Morgan Spurlock mockumentary will premier in Altoona on April 27th.  The city will hold a ceremony prior to the screening.  According to IMDb, the movie is a documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.   The stars of the documentary are Ralph Nader and Morgan Spurlock.  You may remember Morgan Spurlock from Super Size Me.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Spurlock

Altoona is Pennsylvania’s tenth largest city with a population of 46,320 (2010).

Granite Run Mall Management Addresses Middletown Council

Marquette Management, the new operators of Granite Run Mall, paid a visit to a Middletown Council meeting to share their plans for turning the mall around.  This news was met with much enthusiasm from council members and residents.  Middletown Township and the Rose Tree Media School District rely on the mall for a good portion of their tax base.

Marquette Management stressed Granite Run Mall is here to stay.  The company is committed to filling empty stores, making the mall more attractive, more secure and returning Granite Run Mall to its prominent place in the community.  When the forty empty stores are filled, it will add four hundred new jobs.  Marquette has eighty prospective tenants they are vetting to fill the empty space.

Marquette representatives will return to council in two months to update them on their progress.  We give Marquette Management two Roy’s Rants thumbs up for riding to the rescue and having a solid plan of action.

More Copper Thieves In Scranton

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There is no substitute for hard work and common sense.  Some people try to take the easy way out by resorting to crime for a big payday.

Two men were apprehended by Scranton police after burglarizing several homes in the Hill Section of the city.  Police could see copper sticking out of a backpack in the car and were obtaining a search warrant.  The two men tried to elude police on foot but were captured in short order.

Two homes were burglarized and a third had the front door kicked in but the perpetrators left the scene before taking anything.