Articles by Cassandra Douglas

Paint the Town Purple Event

Cancer is a disease that affects millions of people around the world yearly – that’s why the American Cancer Society holds their signature and most successful fundraiser, Relay for Life, to raise funds for cancer research in the hopes of ultimately improving cancer survival rates, decrease the incidents of cancer, and improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease. Almost four million people in over 5,000 communities across the United States take part in Relay events, many of which are cancer survivors themselves. Breast cancer survivor and member of the Ellwood City Relay for Life committee, Jackie…


Open Street Event to Celebrate Phase One of Bike Route

Updated: 5/19 at 8am: The Ellwood City Kitchen Cabinet is excited to be hosting an Open Street Event in celebration of the completion of Ellwood City’s new bike route. After several Kitchen Cabinet members proposed and planned the bike route for well over a year, the first portion of the project is finally getting its finishing touches this week. “With the ongoing extensive planning and cooperation among the committee members, state, county and borough, the bike lanes are set to be painted on the road this week,” Dave McQuaid, one of the main committee members directing the project stated. Phase…


VIDEO: Bernstine Presents Proposed Bill At Electric Press Conference

Yesterday, Republican State Representative, Aaron Bernstine, joined forces with Democratic State Representative, Pam Snyder, to promote change in the unregulated electric utility usage – a practice that occurs not only in Ellwood City, but in over 30 municipalities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. “This is an example of Republicans and Democrats coming together to do the right thing,” Bernstine stated. At the press conference, held outside a residential property on Wampum Avenue in Ellwood City, Bernstine publicly released information regarding his proposed legislation to regulate municipal owned electric companies. The legislation will discontinue the use of electric departments profits to…


PHOTOS: Bernstine Among Over Half Dozen Ticketed At Press Conference

During State Representative Aaron Bernstine’s electric press conference yesterday, nearly a dozen attendees, including both he and another state representative were issued parking tickets for parking arguably legally. The conference took place at a residential home on Wampum Avenue – a street that has parking prohibited signs posted along the west side of the street but no signs and no yellow curb present on the opposite side. According to the officer, parking on the side of the road the cars were parked along was illegal due to obstructing a fire lane; however the only no parking sign along the road…


Couple Experiences Sleepless Nights Dedicating Time Beautifying Ellwood City

Appropriately in sync with the Ellwood City revitalization project, Katelyn Dominelli and her husband Curt have made it their goal to ensure residing in Ellwood City is a desirable option. Since January 2016, the couple have been focusing their efforts on purchasing eye-sore real estate in the local community and doing a complete flip of the property – turning it into a highly appealing and modern space to live in the hopes it will entice a growing community. Not only do they beautify property in Ellwood City, they also promote the utilization of local companies and workers. The husband and…


Ellwood City Borough Council Meet the Candidate Night Recap

Less than half of the running candidates attended yesterday evening’s Meet the Candidate Night, hosted by the Ellwood City Kitchen Cabinet. Four candidates, three of which are current members of council running for reelection, attended the public event. Democratic incumbent, Michele Lamenza, and newcomer, Caleb Cragle attended – their challengers, former councilman James Barry, and newcomers Bryan Vincent and John Pansera were not present. Republic incumbents, David DeCaria and Connie MacDonald were present while their republican challengers Rob Brough, John Cress, Brandon Fisher and Lisa Guerrera were absent. Brough, Cress, Fisher, and Guerrera released a joint statement Thursday morning saying…


Lieutenant Speaks About Importance of Drug Take-Back Programs

The Ellwood City Police Department is sponsoring a drug take-back program on Saturday, April 29 at the Ellwood City Municipal Building. Residents may use the opportunity to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal, which the Ellwood City Police Lieutenant says is a critical step towards improving the growing amount of drug addictions. “The importance of the program is that it takes away the ability to use prescription drugs from people who may be experimenting with them, especially the opioids,” Lt. Kingston said. The program is part of the DEA and US Attorneys 360 Degree Program, which originally…


Ellwood City School Board “Meet the Candidate Night” Recap

With four seats up for election on the Ellwood City School Board, the Ellwood City Kitchen Cabinet hosted a Meet the Candidate Night for the potential school board candidates to publicly answer questions and present their opening and closing statements. Although a wide array of topics were discussed during the evening event, one of the main topics was the potential outsourcing of cafeteria workers the school board has recently been debating. Norman Boots, a newcomer and custodian who graduated from Lincoln High in 1981, stressed his displeasure of the outsourcing option, saying that the cafeteria workers are also community tax…


2017: Predictably Bad Year for Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is spreading wildly across eastern America, with Pennsylvania leading the nation for the most reported cases. Last years numbers were a skyrocketing 12,000+ cases – almost half of the entire reported yearly cases in the USA and three times the amount of the runner up state, New York. Roughly 30,000 Lyme-positive cases were reported in 2016 nationwide, however the CDC warns that those number could be almost ten times the amount but haven’t been reported. This information was pulled directly from the CDC website: The tick population is spiking thanks to the warmer winters and earlier springs we’ve…


Two Local Moms Baking Their Way to Lawrence Avenue

Sweet Caroline’s isn’t the only sweet-based business coming to Lawrence Avenue this season; The Sweet Shop, a specialty bakery, will be opening their doors next to Kimpel’s Jewelers sometime in the late spring or early summer. Katie Weisz and Kristen Campbell, two best friends and local moms are the visionaries behind The Sweet Shop, and when the space next to Kimpel’s opened up they decided it was the perfect opportunity to offer Ellwood City an unmatched bakery experience. The bakery will feature homemade cookies, candy, cupcakes, specialty chocolates, hard serve ice cream, and coffee from National Grind – but the…