Politics

VIDEO: Lawrence Avenue, Bell Avenue Demolition

The demolition of the buildings stretching from Bell Ave., to Lawrence Ave., is making “great progress,” according to Borough Manager Bob Villella. Recently the construction group has brought in an even larger – more specified machine to complete the job due to the tight space. The Volvo [pictured below] is larger than the standard, standing at over 70ft tall, and has extra features including a retracting and expanding axle, water sprayer to keep dust down, and cameras all around for a complete 360 view around and on the claw for precise viewings of everything going on from inside the cabin….


Senators’ Letter to Gov. Wolf Regarding Amazon’s HQ2

Yesterday, Senator Vogel and eleven other state senators representing Western PA penned a letter to the Governor urging his Administration to aggressively market this region as a location for Amazon’s proposed second headquarters facility. The letter reads: Dear Governor Wolf: According to recent media reports. Amazon is currently soliciting proposals from cities and states as a site for its second company headquarters (HQ2) in North America. Western Pennsylvania would be an ideal location for this major economic development opportunity and strong legislative support exists to work with the Administration to bring the headquarters here. As you know, Pennsylvania has partnered…


Bernstine: Senate and Governor Should Get On Board with Taxpayers-First Revenue Plan

HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today released the following statement after joining a majority of his House Republican colleagues in voting to send their version of a state budget revenue plan to the Senate: “I’ve said it all along: I will NOT vote to raise taxes and I’m happy to say that my vote today for the House revenue plan upholds my promise to the hard-working taxpayers of the 10th District. If they are truly interested in standing up for the people of Pennsylvania, the Senate and governor will get on board with this responsible plan as well, as…


YDC Property Contract Terminated, Says Bernstine

Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today issued the following update regarding the status of sale of the Youth Development Center (YDC) property in Lawrence County to the HIRA Education Services: “The former YDC property sale to HIRA Educational Services has been permanently stopped.  I would like to thank the Shenango Township supervisors, Rep. Chris Sainato, Sen. Elder Vogel and the countless community activists who joined forces to help bring this Lawrence County nightmare to an end. This property will once again be placed for bid by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I look forward to working with the community to ensure we…


Bernstine Announces Satellite Office Hours in Beaver, Butler Counties

In another effort to deliver superior constituent service to residents of the 10th Legislative District at no additional cost to taxpayers, Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) announced he is now offering satellite office hours in New Brighton, Slippery Rock and Beaver Falls. “Upon taking office, I have made it a priority to dramatically reduce spending, and these office hours are an example of how efficient government should work,” said Bernstine. “I encourage residents in these areas to take advantage of this opportunity.” Bernstine will offer satellite office hours according to the following schedule: Every Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m….


‘Life on a Chain is No Life At All,’ New Anti-Tethering Act Effective Today

In the ongoing attempt to stop animal abuse, the new Pennsylvania anti-tethering act, part of the recently approved Libre’s Law, is effective starting today. The act will place reasonable limitations on continuous tethering of dogs outside. Specifically, this law requires: A leash must be three times the length of the pet or 10 feet, whichever is longer. No tow or logged chain or pinch, choke, or prong collars used with a tether. A well-fitted collar and no open sores or wounds on the dog’s body. The lead must be on a swivel and ideally a lead that has a coated cover…


Bernstine Announces More Than $500,000 in Pre-K Counts Grants for Local Providers

ELLWOOD CITY – Making sure Pennsylvania children have the best possible start when entering school, two area Pre-K Counts providers who serve children in the 10th Legislative District will receive a combined $527,000 in state grants, announced Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence).  Hap Enterprises Inc. in Beaver County was awarded $442,000 and Lifesteps Inc. in Butler County was awarded $85,000. “These providers are doing wonderful things for our local children and families,” Bernstine said. “These grants will go a long way in helping them continue to foster educational development and prepare young minds for school and beyond.” Pre-K Counts programs provide…


Mayor’s Advisory Meeting

On Thursday, Mayor Court held the Mayor’s Advisory Committee meeting at Nico’s Restaurant on Wampum Avenue. During the breakfast meeting the Mayor advised members who the six winners for the 2017 Beautification Awards were and that each was presented with an Award Sign and a gift certificate from one of our local restaurants. Mayor Court combined the Community Awareness Night with the Crime Watch meeting when speaking at several locations throughout the area. Other discussions were that the Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool has been well run and used often this year by many community residents. The Mayor stated that the…


Mayor Court Presents Commendation to Local Resident

Mayor Court was honored to present a Commendation to Ann Tammaro, a life long resident and friend to many people in Ellwood City. Ann had given much of her time to her hometown as a volunteer, and Mayor Court presented her with a special Commendation on her 93rd Birthday for her dedicated service to the Ellwood City community. The commendation reads: “We are honored and proud that you have given so much to the Ellwood City community.  You have raised a family in this wonderful community, one that many of us are proud to call home.  You have dedicated many…


PennDOT to Start Suspending Vehicle Registrations for Unpaid Tolls

The new state law, Act 165, which was approved last fall, takes effect this Friday. Any drivers with unpaid tolls greater than $500 or who have at least six toll violations are at risk for vehicle registration suspension. As part of a limited time amnesty offer, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will waive fees for anyone who settles their debts before the deadline of 7p.m. Friday, and for anyone who has had the debts sent to a collection agency the turnpike will waive half of the associated fees. Pennsylvania’s top 10,000 worst toll offenders, who in collection owe more than $17…