Details Of Lancaster Revitalization Zone Program Are Unveiled

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

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

Invoking the spirit of Ronald Reagan, Mayor Rick Gray summed it up best when he quoted the former president, “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

That was the theme of a Wednesday morning press conference, where local elected officials and business leaders gathered to celebrate the passage of a bipartisan revitalization program that could deliver $100 million to Lancaster city.

“In an arena where the habitual reluctance of so many to reach reasonable solutions can be absolutely mind-boggling, today the story changes a bit,” said state Sen. Lloyd Smucker.

Surrounded by about 20 community organizers representing voters on both sides of the aisle, the Republican thanked his colleagues for months of hard work on the program, for which he has been a leading force.

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Man Shot In Wilkes-Barre, Firearm Recovered

UPDATE WILKES-BARRE – Police said Wednesday morning that a 37-year-old man was shot in the leg on Harkens Lane Tuesday night.

The name of the victim was not released.

Police said the man was transported to a local medical facility for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  A firearm was found on the sidewalk in the area of 43 Harkens Lane.

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Arrest Warrant Issued In Wilkes-Barre Homicide

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

WILKES-BARRE – An arrest warrant was issued for Joshua Carlos Ovalles, 19, of Kent Lane, Wilkes-Barre, charging him with the deadly shooting of Vaughn Kemp early Sunday morning.

Kemp, 24, of Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, was shot multiple times at 174 S. Grant St. at about 1:20 a.m.  He died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

The criminal complaint filed today charges Ovalles with criminal homicide, alleging he was involved in an argument with Kemp prior to the shooting.

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Phoenixville Residents Voice Opposition To Housing Plan

PHOENIXVILLE — The council meeting room at Borough Hall was filled to the brim while residents strained to listen from the building’s lobby as council heard public comments against a planned development at Friendship Field Tuesday night.

“I think you can pretty much sense the temperament of the community in this council room,” Council President Rich Kirkner told a lawyer representing the development group, Michael B. Murray Jr.

After almost a dozen people got up to voice their opposition to the project set for the corner of Franklin and Fillmore streets, council unanimously voted to strike the project from its agenda amid cheers and applause from those in the audience.

The proposed plan, by Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic, which focuses on providing affordable housing, called for four-story-tall apartment buildings called Parkview Heights.

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Phoenixville Prepares For Big Bike Race Crowds

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

PHOENIXVILLE — On the heels of West Chester’s successful Iron Hill Twilight Criterium, Phoenixville is ready for huge crowds for its own race, the Chesco Grand Prix Phoenixville Criterium.

“Last year there were hundreds of people,” said Borough Councilwoman Jen Mayo, who is set to volunteer in support of the race again.  “This year, we’re expecting much more.”

In its second year, the race will bring bikers from across the region and country, according to borough council meetings on the planning.

Mayo said planning for the event has gone on for almost a year, starting shortly after the inaugural race was held.

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