York to take another look at adding food carts downtown

After months of deliberation, an ad-hoc mobile food committee has sent suggestions for amending York’s food cart regulations to City Council.

The city allows only one licensed food cart vendor to operate on Continental Square, but the mobile food committee has suggested that the number of licenses be upped to 26, with six of those being for spaces in the Central Business District. Continue reading “York to take another look at adding food carts downtown” »

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York City Council to discuss Earned Income Tax hike Sept. 24

York City Council will discuss raising the Earned Income Tax by a quarter-of-a-percent to fund a $2.2 million increase in pension payments at its committee meeting Sept. 24. Continue reading “York City Council to discuss Earned Income Tax hike Sept. 24” »

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City has more retired police and fire personnel than active

Heading into the 2015 budget season, York’s money woes, and by default, pension problems, are front and center for city officials.

Facing a $2.2 million increase in pension payments thanks to the expiration of state legislation that gave the city a break on its bills, York Mayor Kim Bracey has said she doesn’t believe that the city will be able to balance its budget this year without some sort of fee increase for residents.

Bracey has said all options to meet the city’s financial obligations are on the table this year, including an increase to the Earned Income Tax. Continue reading “City has more retired police and fire personnel than active” »

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Seeking domestic violence help? Here are local resources

Anne Acker, a long-time domestic violence awareness advocate, told me when I called her to talk about the Ray Rice video tape that if she was ever abused by a partner, she didn’t know if she would be able to get up and leave.

Despite her years of work with victims and her knowledge of the issue, the simple fact is — you can’t instantly stop loving someone, she said. Continue reading “Seeking domestic violence help? Here are local resources” »

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Tres cosas que debe saber

Note: Spanish translations of news articles are made possible through the help of York City’s Latino Services Coordinator, Nate Rivera

En Julio, el Concilio de la Ciudad de York examino un Nuevo systema de multas que permitiria a los inspectors del mantinimento de propiedades, emitir multas por basura, carros desahuciados, e hierbas altas. Un residente de la ciudad pidio al Concilio que se revisaran las leyes sobre perros de alto peligro, a raiz de dos ataques cometidos por pitbulls. The Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de York continua examinando la propuesta de transformer todas las escuelas de la ciudad en escuelas de Charter. Continue reading “Tres cosas que debe saber” »

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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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