Berwick Crime Walk
The folks trying to put a stop to crime in Berwick plan a walk through a troubled neighborhood next Wednesday. Mayor Tim Burke says the event begins at the Orange Street school and heads to the 15 – hundred block. Mayor Burke says says the area was chosen due to last week's meth bust and a Megan's Law felon has moved into the area. In the past... the Mayor and his friends have walked several areas of west Berwick where stats show a higher than usual number of crimes taking place. Next Wednesday's walk begins at 6:45.
A new roadside historical marker is headed for Columbia County. The Berwick – built Stuart Tank is being honored with a blue and gold lettered sign to be placed at a designated spot. Just over 15,000. Stuart tanks were produced during World War Two at the Berwick A-C-F plant on the Borough's west side. The Stuart tank designation was selected from 57 applications submitted to the PA Historical and Museum Commission.
For the third straight month, Pennsylvania collected less in taxes than it expected. The state brought in $34.6 million less in February than it had projected, according to the Department of Revenue. To date, the state is $75.5 million below where it expected to be for the fiscal year, which began July 1. Overall, collections are off 0.5 percent... which could be blamed on harsh winter weather.
Former Southern Columbia football player... and now New York Giant... Henry Hynoski may not be re - signed by the team. That word coming from NBC Sports. They report the restricted free agent won't be signed unless it's for less money. But, starting the 11th of the month... Hynoski will be able to sign with any team when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The 25 – year old Hynoski sat out most of the 2013 – 2014 season due to a shoulder injury.
It's a great way to shake off the rust left over by winter... and swing into spring. How 'bout a Chilli Cook-off on the 26th of the month at the Caldwell Consistory. Dozens of folks from around the area are expected to participate... but who will judge the event... Adrienne Mael... manager of Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated. For more information... give Ms. Mael a call at the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce in Bloomsburg.
Amid efforts to expand the human services block grant program to all 67 counties, there are questions about its effectiveness. Governor Tom Corbett would like to see all commonwealth counties be eligible for human services funding through the block grant program. Thirty counties have been participating in a pilot program. Representative Gene DiGirolamo, a Republican from Bucks County, opposes the idea. He would like to see more comparative statistics on the block grant program from prior years. Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth says measuring the program is more about outcomes than numbers served.
A new report shows that fewer Pennsylvania children are in foster care now than there were five years ago. But, despite that positive trend, advocates say there is more work to do. WHLM's B.J. Small says the "2014 State of Child Welfare" report shows the number of PA children in foster care is down 26 percent in the last five years and the number in group homes has dropped as well. PA Partnerships for Children says early intervention, preventing abuse, and supporting the families is enabling parents to raise their children. More than 21,000 children were in foster care last year, and 172,000 received services in their own homes.
Funeral services are expected to be announced Wednesday for former Wilkes – Barre Mayor Lee Namey who died this week at the age of 69. He served several terms on City Council and was elected mayor in 1988... serving through 1996. Namey was an art teacher at West Side Career and Technology Center before becoming mayor.. and after his retirement after serving city government.
The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge convicted in the "kids for cash" scandal. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. is serving a 28-year prison sentence after his 2011 conviction on federal corruption charges. The high court ruling means his conviction and sentence stands.
Those two miners hurt in a roof collapse earlier this week are expected to be okay. Authorities say Terrance Kennedy and Justin Renninger were injured when a roof collapsed at the D & F Mine near Minersville in Schuylkill County. The collapse happened while they were trying to improve the area when it caved in. They were rescued by colleagues... and rushed to a hospital for treatment.
The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team played at West Chester Tuesday night in a PSAC quarterfinal playoff game. West Chester defeating the Huskies 99 to 89. Bloomsburg ending the season with a 16 and 12 record. West Chester advances to the conference semi – finals with a 19 and 8 record. In a PSAC women's quarterfinal Tuesday night at Nelson Field House, Bloomsburg University played East Stroudsburg... leading by 15 points at the half. BU went on to defeat East Stroudsburg 76 to 51... winning their 17th consecutive game. Bloomsburg now advance to the semi – finals against Gannon... the last team to beat the Lady Huskies last December. That game is Saturday at Edinboro at 1 O'clock.
In the NBA Tuesday night... The Philadelphia 76er's lost their 15th consecutive game last night... as they were defeated by the Oklahoma City Thunders 125 to 92.