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Kirk Wilson, former CBS 21 reporter, confirmed Saturday that the man who fired him in May from the news station and a man police arrested for allegedly soliciting prostitution are one and the same.
“That’s the face that fired me,” Wilson said in reference to a mug shot of David Baer issued by Swatara Township police. Baer is the station’s news director, taking the job just about two months ago.
Wilson, the former Carlisle mayor, said he was also able to confirm that connection by talking to employees at the station. He said they didn’t know any more about the case than what was issued in a Swatara Township police news release.
HARRISBURG – The capital city’s restaurants might not be inspected during the next year because officials won’t spend $10,000.
That is, at least, the contention of some Harrisburg City Council members who blamed receiver William Lynch for losing a highly competent health officer to a better-paying post in a neighboring municipality.
Lynch was appointed to guide Harrisburg through the Act 47 recovery process brought on by the municipality’s $370 million debt and operating deficit.
For months, Lynch, his team, elected officials and city administration have presented a united front as they negotiate lower-cost deals with bondholders and city unions, as well as the sale of the incinerator and lease of public parking garages.
HARRISBURG – School districts are being evaluated this fall to determine if they belong in fiscal watch status, a new category for designating local government entities on a slippery financial slope.
The state Department of Education is identifying which districts need monitoring because of such factors as low cash on hand or limited ability to generate tax revenue and take on more debt as it implements the School District Financial Recovery Law enacted in July.
The law establishes a state oversight process for school districts similar to what Act 47 offers for fiscally distressed municipalities.
Four urban districts – Harrisburg, York City, Chester-Upland and Duquesne – have received preliminary declarations as districts in financial recovery, the ultimate distress category that triggers the appointment of a chief officer to develop a recovery plan.
Hours after Harrisburg police barricaded an uptown street for safety, shots rang out throughout the city’s crime-ridden Allison Hill early Saturday, wounding at least two men and leaving residents shaken.
Residents, some awakened by volleys of bullets, found the sound of gunfire all too familiar.
Gunshot victims bled on the streets, one on South 14th and one on Brookwood.
Police cars, their lights flashing “like Christmas trees” as one resident described it, descended on the neighborhoods.
The state secretary of education called Reading School District officials to Harrisburg on Thursday to determine if the situation in the district is as bad as it appeared in a three-part Reading Eagle series.
Although it is rare for a school board to be called to Harrisburg to address budget and other problems, board member Pierre V. Cooper and state Sen. Judy Schwank, who were at the meeting, said the board was not called on the carpet.
“I wouldn’t say that,” Cooper said Friday. “They (Education Department officials) asked about things they read in the newspaper and about what progress we are making on the budget.”
Education Secretary Ron Tomalis declined to comment on the meeting.
A vacant property is set to become the new home of the Susquehanna Art Museum in Midtown Harrisburg. Midtown is a neighborhood in transition. If you recall my 3rd in the Burg post, I touched on Harrisburg’s emerging arts and cultural scene. This neighborhood has become a focal point of urban renewal and revitalization by making itself a “destination” that is attracting people to Harrisburg.
Millions of dollars are being poured into Midtown redevelopment. Creative business owners like Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Midtown Cinema, Midtown Harrisburg Arts Center and a growing list of restaurants and cafés are also leading the way. The addition of the Susquehanna Art Museum will strengthen the fledgling district and attract more business to the area. Having events like 3rd in the Burg already in place will only accelerate revitalization efforts.
Another huge addition to Midtown will be the new federal courthouse that will break ground in 2013. The $130 million building will bring an influx of workers into the neighborhood that have disposable income to spend on things like food and arts/culture, along with other businesses that will sprout up as the result of all this development. The site of the new federal courthouse is now a parking lot.
GreenWorks Development has been busy spending redevelopment dollars in Midtown. They own a large amount of property in the neighborhood, including the new museum site. In addition to the $50 million they have spent thus far, they plan to spend another $75 million on future projects. Harrisburg Area Community College and Fulton Bank have already benefited from GreenWorks’ projects. A four-story Campus Green building, costing $14.3 million, is another project that has benefited Midtown. GreenWorks is also involved with residential development by creating affordable and market-priced housing in Midtown, which will be critical for Midtown’s continued redevelopment.
Midtown Development has also been a player in this neighborhood’s revitalization efforts by renovating blighted properties.
Local business owners and residents are optimistic. Most see a bright future for Midtown. There are always some skeptics and detractors, but the majority of residents see these changes as taking their neighborhood in the right direction. There is still a long road ahead and things take time, but tangible progress is being made to revitalize Midtown Harrisburg and make it “the place to be” in Pennsylvania’s capital city.
Looks like some things never change. Fast Eddie made a beeline back to Philly to rejoin his former law firm as a partner. Rendell has rejoined Ballard Spahr’s Philadelphia office. The firm has 13 offices across the U.S., mostly in major metropolitan areas.
The firm is excited to have Eddo back, even citing his personality as a plus. Wonder if Leslie Stahl would agree with that assessment? Also cited in the plus column were Ed’s national prominence and personal magnetism. Hmmmmmm.
Anyway, if you were worried that Ed might fall on hard times, you can rest easier knowing he found gainful employment less than a week after leaving Harrisburg.
I am sure the Philadelphia media is happy that Rendell is back. It will give them so much more to write about with all that “personal magnetism” bouncing around Center City.
- When: 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5p.m. Sunday.
- Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center 2301 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg
- Admission: Adults: $8, senior citizens (62 and over): $5, active military (with ID): $5, students (with ID) $5, children (7-12) $3, children (6 and under) free.
- Discount coupons: $2 off one weekday adult admission at www.AutoShowHarrisburg.com, participating new car dealers and participating McDonald’s restaurants.
Read the entire article from pennlive.com here:
Governor-elect Tom Corbett (R) is going to try and get Pennsylvania out of the liquor store business. Two other governors have tried and failed, however, the new power shift in Harrisburg may finally enable this measure to go through. House Bill 2350 will be reintroduced. Estimates put the sale of the stores at $2 billion dollars. It is also hoped to substantially reduce the number of Pennsylvania residents, who live near bordering states, from purchasing alcohol outside of Pennsylvania.