What should York do to improve relations between police and residents?

Five York County police chiefs answered questions from residents concerned about police and community relations in the county at a forum hosted by the NAACP.

They fielded questions about “problem officers,” body cameras and why the city doesn’t hire more officers who are residents.

The forum was a long-planned event but follows on the heels of recent riots and the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Did you attend the forum? What can be done to improve relations between police and the community?

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Healthy World Cafe holding Indiegogo fundraiser

Healthy World Cafe is trying to raise funds so that they can open their doors at South George Street site. (Daily Record -- File)

Healthy World Cafe is trying to raise funds so that they can open their doors at South George Street site. (Daily Record — File)

Healthy World Cafe, the pay-what-you-can eatery in downtown York, is inching closer toward opening its own space.

Last year, the nonprofit operated in the black, regularly serving 100 to 120 diners at their monthly lunches. The customer base helped them take another step forward in March, when they signed a two-year lease for a South George Street space. Continue reading “Healthy World Cafe holding Indiegogo fundraiser” »

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Read Think Loud’s state grant application

Chad Taylor, guitarist for the band Live, is seen at the Governor's Awards for the Arts ceremony held in October 2013 in Harrisburg accepting an award in honor of Think Loud Development's efforts to boost community and economic redevelopment in York. Taylor is a business partner in Think Loud. (File — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Chad Taylor, guitarist for the band Live, is seen at the Governor’s Awards for the Arts ceremony held in October 2013 in Harrisburg accepting an award in honor of Think Loud Development’s efforts to boost community and economic redevelopment in York. Taylor is a business partner in Think Loud. (File — Daily Record/Sunday News)

Earlier this month, Think Loud Development, LLC, was awarded a $5 million state grant for the construction of an office building and data and telecommunications center by Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration.

The 210 York Street project, which has involved converting an old printing warehouse into office space, is expected to transform the neighborhood, as well as “create or retain nearly 700 jobs and infuse more than $2 billion in tax revenue to the community,” a release announcing the grant stated. Continue reading “Read Think Loud’s state grant application” »

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What do you think of Mayor Kim Bracey’s “5 game-changers?”

York Mayor Kim Bracey will outline five ways she thinks the city can become financially stable in a series of columns. (Daily Record/Sunday news -- File)

York Mayor Kim Bracey will outline five ways she thinks the city can become financially stable in a series of columns. (Daily Record/Sunday news — File)

With another tight budget season on the horizon, York Mayor Kim Bracey has begun a series of articles outlining five ways she believes York can right its fiscal ship.

Many of the initiatives are ones she has supported throughout her time in office and will require change at the state level. Among them are: Continue reading “What do you think of Mayor Kim Bracey’s “5 game-changers?”” »

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PHOTOS: Pogopalooza in Pittsburgh

JASON PLOTKIN — DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS Nick Ryan poses in front of his parents' Spring Garden Township home in December while his childhood friend Phil Vera shows off his jumping skills. Ryan is the CEO of Xpogo, an extreme pogo company that has become the biggest name in the burgeoning action sport. Ryan, who started bouncing about 12 years ago, was among the sport's early pioneers.

JASON PLOTKIN — DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS Nick Ryan poses in front of his parents’ Spring Garden Township home in December while his childhood friend Phil Vera shows off his jumping skills. Ryan is the CEO of Xpogo, an extreme pogo company that has become the biggest name in the burgeoning action sport. Ryan, who started bouncing about 12 years ago, was among the sport’s early pioneers.

For the last few months, we’ve been following the story of local kid turned extreme sport co-founder, Nick Ryan.

Ryan, 25, of Spring Garden Township (yes, technically outside the city limits) has spent the early years of his professional career charting the future of XPogo — a sport that takes the dusty pogo stick you left in a corner of your garage to the next level. Continue reading “PHOTOS: Pogopalooza in Pittsburgh” »

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Department of Economic Development launches newsletter

Leonardo McClarty, the city’s new director of Economic and Community Development, said at a recent town hall meeting that he wants to improve communication between the city residents and the department he’ll be steering. Continue reading “Department of Economic Development launches newsletter” »

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Pit bulls involved in large percentage of animal bites, health official says

Codabear, a pit bull, looks up at WGAL reporter Ron Martin as he interviews Christine Kinard during the York Daily Record and WGAL town hall meeting at the York Expo Center on Monday, July 14, 2014. Kinard, who has Codabear as a helper animal, was expressing her concern about the misrepresentation of pit bulls and wanted to see more stories about how gentle they are. Jason Plotkin -- Daily Record/Sunday News

Codabear, a pit bull, looks up at WGAL reporter Ron Martin as he interviews Christine Kinard during the York Daily Record and WGAL town hall meeting at the York Expo Center on July 14. Kinard, who has Codabear as a helper animal, was expressing her concern about the misrepresentation of pit bulls and wanted to see more stories about how gentle they are. Jason Plotkin — Daily Record/Sunday News

Part of Terri Fitzgerald’s job as Animal Bite Prevention Program coordinator for the city’s health bureau is to keep a tally of animal-bite reports in York.

Fitzgerald often sees a spike in animal bites during warmer weather. Lately, she said, she has pulled paper after paper off her fax machine, many carrying information about bites involving pit bulls. Continue reading “Pit bulls involved in large percentage of animal bites, health official says” »

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Guys, it’s “wee-co”

West Philadelphia Street, shown just west of the Codorus Creek, is part of the newly branded Weco neighborhood. (Jason Plotkin - Daily Record/Sunday News)

West Philadelphia Street, shown just west of the Codorus Creek, is part of the newly branded Weco neighborhood. (Jason Plotkin – Daily Record/Sunday News)

Weco [wee-co]

noun

  1.  The roughly four-block area bordered by the Codorus, West Philadelphia and West Market Streets and Penn Street will be called Weco, short for west of the Codorus.
  2. An effort by Downtown Inc and a group of merchants to create a neighborhood identity that can be marketed regionally.

Continue reading “Guys, it’s “wee-co”” »

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“Weco”: Love it or … not?

The roughly four-block area bordered by the Codorus, West Philadelphia and West Market Streets and Penn Street will be called Weco, short for west of the Codorus, according to a news release. (SUBMITTED)

The roughly four-block area bordered by the Codorus, West Philadelphia and West Market Streets and Penn Street will be called Weco, short for west of the Codorus, according to a news release. (SUBMITTED)

For the past few months, York’s west end — the sometimes forgotten neighborhood across the Codorus — has been quietly mounting a push to tap into some of the uptick in foot traffic the city’s Royal Square and Beaver Street district’s are seeing.

We spent some time earlier this year with business and shop owners who had partnered with Downtown Inc in the hopes that they could create a vibrant hub that would entice foot traffic across the bridge. Continue reading ““Weco”: Love it or … not?” »

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Is York’s retail growth here to stay?

Alex Keener, co-owner of My Girlfriend's Wardrobe, said the consignment shop will move to a larger space on Market Street this month. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- File)

Alex Keener, co-owner of My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe, said the consignment shop will move to a larger space on Market Street this month. (Daily Record/Sunday News — File)

Indigo Bleu, a clothing boutique, is set to open in just a few days on West Philadelphia Street — becoming the latest in a flurry of retail starts and expansions.

Our business reporter, Gary Haber, noted the trend in a couple of recent stories, writing: Continue reading “Is York’s retail growth here to stay?” »

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