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.

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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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City posts listing for Business Administrator position

Looking for a new job?

York is accepting applications for its Business Administrator position — the post left vacant by former city employee Michael O’Rourke this spring after he was relieved of his duties. Continue reading “City posts listing for Business Administrator position” »

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How does safety factor in to York’s mobile food debate?

A recent study by a group that supports food trucks showed that they performed as well or better than eat-in restaurants in health inspections. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- File)

A recent study by a group that supports food trucks showed that they performed as well or better than eat-in restaurants in health inspections. (Daily Record/Sunday News — File)

I spent some time last month pounding the pavement, talking to York restaurant and business owners, as well as mobile food proponents, about whether food trucks and carts belong on city streets.

I heard concerns about scarce foot traffic and increased competition, and also calls for more variety and things to do downtown. But the one thing no one really mentioned was safety. Continue reading “How does safety factor in to York’s mobile food debate?” »

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York se expande servicios a la comunidad latina

Earlier this month, we reported that York has hired a bilingual Latino Services Coordinator with the goal of improving city government services to non-English speakers. Below is a Spanish translation of the article about Natividad Rivera, the city’s new coordinator. Translation services were provided by Ximena Claure and Joaquin Calles Guzman.

Natividad Rivera ha encontrado un problema en la integración de la comunidad Latina en la ciudad de York.

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Does York need a stiffer litter law?

York City Council is considering a change to how it polices trash and litter that could mean a $25 on-the-spot fine for anyone who flouts property maintenance laws.

But while some say it’s a financial reprimand that’s long overdue, others are concerned that the law will target some, including the uninformed and landlords, unfairly. Continue reading “Does York need a stiffer litter law?” »

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