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Local Election Results

The following are Ellwood City’s running candidates final vote tally after last night’s election. Winners are italicized:       Ellwood City Council: Michele C. Lamenza (D), 775 James L. Barry (D), 765 Caleb Cragle (D), 652 John Pansera (D), 519 Lisa Guerrera (R), 840 Rob Brough (R), 841 John Cress (R), 725 Brandon Fisher (R), 712   Ellwood City School Board: Kathy Galbreath McCommons (D/R), 1,994 Renee L. Pitrelli (D/R), 1,812 Anthony J. Buzzelli (D), 1,306 Kathleen A. Pansera (D), 1,185 Norm Boots (R), 1,308 Barbara R. Wilson (R), 1,394   Tax collector Max A. Rossi (D), 541 Mary…


November 7 Election Information

It’s almost time to vote! Tomorrow, November 7, 2017, the public will vote for their chosen candidates to fill the four Ellwood City Borough Council and four Ellwood City School Board seats. The candidate list for both School Board and Council is here. Remember why voting is important – these officials make decisions about how YOUR taxpayer money will be spent for the betterment of the community! If you’re unsure about where your polling place is it will be printed on your voter registration card or you can call your county election office, or you can use this online tool…


Final Meet the Candidate Night

Updated – 11/2/2017 9a.m. Tomorrow evening, November 2, is the final Meet the Candidate night for this election hosted by the Ellwood City Kitchen Cabinet, voting for positions on both School Board and Borough Council is scheduled for November 7. There are four seats up for election for both of the committees. School Board member Matthew Morella and Councilman Brad Ovial are not seeking reelection. Current School Board members, Kathy Pansera, Renee Pitrelli and Anthony Buzelli are hoping to be reelected. Councilwoman Michele Lamenza is also seeking reelection. Councilmen David DeCaria and Connie MacDonald were running for reelection, however will…


Ellwood City Primary Election Results

The primary election results for Ellwood City and surrounding Lawrence County areas have been posted on Lawrence County’s official website. Republican incumbents, Connie MacDonald and David DeCaria lost to their challengers, running mates Rob Brough, John Cress, Brandon Fisher, and Lisa Guerrera, by over 100 votes. According to the site, Guerrera led the Republican party with 323 votes, Brough followed closely behind with 320, Cress with 305, and Fisher with 285. DeCaria finished with 173 votes – one more than MacDonald’s 172 votes. Democratic incumbent Michelle Lamenza lead the Democratic party with 335 votes – only five votes more than…


Bernstine, Court Agree to Send Information to District Attorney Office

ELLWOOD CITY – In response to parking tickets that were issued at a legislative press conference on Thursday, May 11, state Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-New Beaver) and Ellwood City Mayor Anthony Court have jointly agreed to send documentation of the event to the Lawrence County District Attorney office, Bernstine announced today. Bernstine held a press conference in front of a private residence on Wampum Avenue to announce his legislation to better regulate municipal electric costs. Many attendees of the event, including Bernstine himself, received parking tickets from the Ellwood City Police Department. “Because I firmly believe that the tickets were…


School Board and Council: Primary Election Tuesday

Primary election for running candidates on both school board and council will be held tomorrow. There are four seats up for election on school board and council. Running for school board are incumbents Anthony Buzzelli, Kathy Pansera and Renee Pitrelli who will be running against newcomers Norm Boots, Kathy McCommons and Barbra Wilson. Running for council are Republican incumbents Council President Connie MacDonald and Council Vice President David DeCaria, Democratic incumbent Councilwoman Michele Lamenza running against Republican newcomers Rob Brough, John Cress, Brandon Fisher and Lisa Gurrera and Democratic newcomers James Barry, Caleb Cragle, John Pansera and Bryan Vincent. Both…


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…


Bernstine Votes to Support Budget Plan That Reins In State Spending

HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) issued a statement following his vote today in support of a responsible budget plan: “Today, I voted to help pass a state budget plan that reduces spending from last year’s budget, while requiring no new taxes and no new borrowing. “I consistently hear from my constituents that government spends too much money and places too heavy of a burden on taxpayers. I absolutely agree that we must do all we can to get government spending under control. “This plan, while certainly with imperfections, shows promise in helping to lower costs. Even with the reduced…


Ellwood City School District Forced to Hire Private Security for Games

There have been rumors going around that Ellwood City School District will no longer be provided with Ellwood City police officers for security at their high school sporting events, leaving it up to the school district to hire a private security company. Though Ellwood City’s Mayor, Anthony Court, confirmed the rumors to be true, he said said the issue is likely to be temporary. We also spoke with one of the school board members, LeRoy Cortez, who stated that the school has had a long-standing contract with the borough to provide security at games, which they’ve never had a problem…