Change At The Top: Isaac’s Restaurant Leaders Talk About Year Of Transition

LANCASTER, PA – For 30 years, Phil Wenger was the guiding force behind Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches.

He grew it from a single restaurant in downtown Lancaster to a regional chain with 18 locations, 550 employees and $20 million in annual sales.

But a year ago today, Wenger stepped away from Isaac’s at age 55, handing control and the title of president and CEO to D. Michael Weaver.

It wasn’t an obvious choice.

While Wenger had been open about not wanting to sell Isaac’s to an outside restaurant company, his chosen successor had zero experience in the industry.

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http://lancasteronline.com/news/health/change-at-the-top-isaac-s-restaurant-leaders-talk-about/article_9a2fdd57-24b6-5af8-b124-525f7e98c0fb.html

Authority: Lancaster Will Need More Parking In Several Years

The Lancaster Parking Authority is about maxed-out on parking offerings, according to its executive director.

And the authority will need to add parking in several years to meet higher anticipated demand, according to Larry Cohen. So now’s the time to start planning.

The demand will come — in part — from a 96-room hotel planned next to the Lancaster County Convention Center, more and larger conventions that are anticipated at the center and other economic development, according to a report Cohen put together.

Cohen said he thinks there’s a misperception that there’s an abundance of parking because of the number of parking garages in the city.

Read more:

http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/authority-lancaster-will-need-more-parking-in-several-years/article_12cfee22-c1b0-11e4-861e-f757a23a870a.html

Lancaster Promotions Office Hiring Special Events Manager

Lancaster City is hiring a special-events manager for the Lancaster Office of Promotion.

LOOP, successor to the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, is creating the new position because of the office’s expanded role. The arts and entertainment events organization now promotes the city as a destination for the arts, shopping, cultural attractions, dining and special events.

The special-events manager will handle event and activity permitting and coordinate with community organizations, sponsors and city departments, according to the job description.

You can see the job description here: (We’ll cut to the chase: It pays between about $39,300 and $45,200.)

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lancaster-promotions-office-hiring-special-events-manager/article_0966030e-b07f-11e4-b179-579eb78f2bf6.html

Lancaster Roots & Blues Drew More Than 6,000 Downtown; Organizers Call It A ‘Success’

Rich Ruoff’s Sunday afternoon was a simple one.

He took a hot bath and lay down.

“I’m exhausted,” the director of the 2nd Annual Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival said around 5 p.m.

Not surprising, since he’d been running around like a madman well before the event started Friday evening, and for hours after it ended early Sunday morning.

Same goes for his director of operations, Sam Campbell.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lancaster-roots-blues-drew-more-than-downtown-organizers-call-it/article_195dc19e-b015-11e4-bfe5-7741f240a9f4.html

Downtown Lancaster Marriott’s Owner Proposes 96-Room, $23M Expansion

Lancaster MarriottThe math is simple.

If the Lancaster County Convention Center wants to attract bigger numbers of large conventions, it needs bigger numbers of nearby, convention-quality hotel rooms.

And right now, despite 299 rooms in the adjoining Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, plus 134 more at The Hotel Lancaster two blocks away, research studies show that downtown is coming up short.

But a new proposal by the Marriott’s owner would make the convention center more appealing to the organizers of these big events.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/downtown-marriott-s-owner-proposes–room-m-expansion/article_b1b39a1e-a8da-11e4-b47b-3bbb05f76f38.html

Lancaster And Akron Host New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Get ready to celebrate.

You can ring out the old and in the new this New Year’s Eve in a variety of ways.

Downtown Lancaster will welcome 2015 with the traditional ascension of the Red Rose Dec. 31 at Binn’s Park.

But before the countdown, the crowd will be entertained by Philly band Swift Technique, beginning at 10 p.m.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/features/entertainment/lancaster-and-akron-host-new-year-s-eve-celebrations/article_19ed668a-847a-11e4-b1fc-eb99777c6faf.html

16-Year-Old Charged In Homicide Of Sixth Grade Teacher; Watch Press Conference Replay

Lancaster City police are still investigating the possibility that Marcus Anthony Rutter, 16, had an accomplice in the robbery and killing of Nicole Mathewson.

As of 2 p.m., police had not announced the arrest of a second person in connection with Mathewson’s death, which was discovered Monday morning in her home in the 700 block of North Franklin Street.

Lt. Todd Umstead would not confirm or deny whether police are looking for a second person.

He would only refer to a police news release, which indicated officers were investigating the possibility that Rutter had an accomplice.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/year-old-charged-in-homicide-of-sixth-grade-teacher-watch/article_41fc7300-8524-11e4-9b7e-5f5dc7dd1e76.html

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

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

Spring House Brewing’s $2M Lancaster City Project To Be Completed In Spring

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

Next May or so, Matt Keasey will be able to take his foot off the proverbial brake.

That’s when Keasey will no longer need to ration how much of his Spring House Brewing beer he sells to his wholesale distributors.

By then, Spring House Brewing’s new city brewery and brew pub will be operational, replacing a smaller brewery in Conestoga.

“It’s difficult,” said Keasey, the founder, brewmaster and co-owner.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/spring-house-brewing-s-m-city-project-to-be-completed/article_26864ea2-6b75-11e4-84f5-87894514c58c.html

Whole Foods Market Coming To Lancaster

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

Whole Foods Market is on its way to Lancaster County.

But shoppers who have been waiting a long time to read a sentence like that could have to wait three more years before they actually walk through the doors of the natural and organic food grocer.

Whole Foods Market announced Thursday that it has signed a lease for a 40,000-square-foot store in the Shoppes at Belmont, a mixed-use development planned at the corner of Fruitville Pike and Route 30.

“The people in and around Lancaster have been asking for a Whole Foods Market for some time now — and we’re excited to make it a reality,” Scott Allshouse, Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic regional president, said in a press release.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/whole-foods-market-coming-to-lancaster/article_ecfe3a06-65c4-11e4-b17e-0017a43b2370.html

DCED Awards $938,000 For More Northwest Gateway Cleanup

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

The state on Tuesday awarded a $938,000 grant for further cleanup of the Northwest Gateway site at the northern edge of Lancaster city.

The Department of Community & Economic Development’s Industrial Sites Reuse Program funds went to EDC Finance Corp.

EDC Finance will put the money toward assessing and remediating about 27 acres, formerly home to the Dillerville Rail Yard.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/dced-awards-for-more-northwest-gateway-cleanup/article_257a742c-5958-11e4-b1df-001a4bcf6878.html

Lancaster Is Google’s 2014 eCity For Pennsylvania

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

Editor’s note:  Just another reason to love Lancaster :)

Lancaster is known for its local foods and crafts, and in recent years, those traditional products have begun to be offered in a new way: online.

The Lancaster community on Thursday was recognized for taking business into the digital world.

It was named the “digital capital” of Pennsylvania and recipient of Google’s eCity designation.

For the second year, the internet search giant has recognized a community in each of the 50 states. Last year, Exton, in neighboring Chester County received the award.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/google-names-lancaster-its-ecity-for-pennsylvania/article_32d60764-555a-11e4-8ea5-0017a43b2370.html

Lancaster Barnstormers Sweep Skeeters To Win Atlantic League Crown

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The Lancaster Barnstormers are the Atlantic League Champions. Gabe Jacobo homered to right-center in the bottom of the 13th to give the Stormers an 8-7 victory over Sugar Land on Friday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium and a three-game sweep of the best-of-five championship series.

“I’m just so proud of this team,” Stormers skipper Butch Hobson said during the locker room celebration after the win. “I’ve had some wonderful teams, but this might be one of the best. Not because they won it, but because of the way they hang in there.”

The Stormers had won the first two games of the series in Texas before returning home to take the title in front of 6,084 fans.

For Jacobo, who was named the series MVP after the game, it was his second homer of the contest.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/sports/barnstormers/barnstormers-sweep-skeeters-to-win-atlantic-league-crown/article_33399782-4b7a-11e4-86b1-0017a43b2370.html

New Website Allows Customers To Shop Downtown Lancaster Businesses 24/7

Editor’s note:  We think this is a great concept and we like the fact that so many merchants are already on board.

About 30 businesses in downtown Lancaster have banded together and created a way for customers to have more access to their products.

The new website https://shoplancaster.net/ gives anyone unfettered access.  Save on gas, parking and time.  If you are busy, don’t live in the area or don’t have access to transportation, but enjoy shopping online, then this site is for you!

The website is easy to use, you can shop by vendor or type of product etc…

Just create an account and start spending!

Park City Center Reopens After Early Morning Carbon Monoxide Incident

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

All areas of Park City Center have been reopened after an early morning carbon monoxide incident delayed its opening.

Lancaster city fire battalion chief Jeff Oatman said contractors working on an electrical system had to shut down the power where they were working and started an emergency generator.

Oatman said an exhaust system is installed in the area where backup generators for the mall run, but failed to properly alleviate the exhaust from the large diesel generator.

A majority of the mall opened at 10:15, about 15 minutes later than normal.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/park-city-center-reopens-after-early-morning-carbon-monoxide-incident/article_3daf73a0-44b1-11e4-87ca-0017a43b2370.html

Steps Taken To Address Building Blight, But Lancaster May Still Move To Take Problem Property

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

Annville developer Kenneth Wenger has paid back taxes, ensured the grounds of the former G.E. Richards building are clean and the grass cut.

He has resolved nearly all the issues that led city inspectors to declare the 502-506 W. Walnut St. property blighted.

But that didn’t stop city Redevelopment Authority board members on Tuesday from voting to begin the process of taking the property by eminent domain.

In April, the board gave Wenger until Sept. 30 to address blighted conditions. The taking could occur in as little as 90 days unless Wenger takes action.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/steps-taken-to-address-building-blight-but-city-may-still/article_479f45ec-3e09-11e4-bf1e-0017a43b2370.html

Diversity Lacking In Scranton, Wilkes-Barre Police

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Locator map of the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Metropolitan Statistical Area in the northeastern part of the of . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One.

That’s the number of racial minorities on the 143-officer Scranton police force.

Meanwhile, Scranton has morphed into a fairly diverse city in recent years.

The 2010 census reported the city was more than 5 percent black and 3 percent Asian. More than 80 percent is white. About 10 percent of the population is Latino.

With the mostly white police force in Ferguson, Missouri, making headlines while trying to quell protests from the mostly black town residents after a white officer shot a black teenager last month, the lack of diversity in police departments, and the problems that come with it, have been pulled back into the public eye.

Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/diversity-lacking-in-scranton-w-b-police-1.1748937