politics

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…


Senate Adopts Emissions Test Elimination Impact Study

The State Senate today approved a Resolution initiating a study on the environmental impact of eliminating the vehicle emissions program in Beaver County, among other counties, according to Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. Senate Resolution 168 instructs the Joint State Government Commission, a bipartisan research agency of the General Assembly, to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the potential impact of removing all Third, Fourth, and Fifth Class counties from the vehicle emissions testing program, as well as provide recommendations for Pennsylvania’s continued compliance with federal air quality standards. “The time has come for a thorough, deliberate study of the potential impact…


Ellwood City Social Service Organization Asks for Extra $1,000 Donation by Borough

The Holy Redeemer Ministerial Social Service Organization is asking council to approve a donation for their Energy Fund in the amount of $4,000 – $1,000 more than the original requested amount, paid for by the Borough’s general fund. The motion was discussed Monday evening at the council meeting and has been approved for the $3,000 donation but is pending approval for the requested $1,000 extra. Despite Borough Manager Bob Villella stating any extra money is usually already allocated, Council President Connie MacDonald believes council can work something out. “It [the extra money requested] is something that we should be able…


Junior Councilman Appointed to Ellwood City Council

An exciting announcement was made Monday evening during the Council Meeting – Junior student at Lincoln High School, Colin Smith, was appointed Junior Councilman on the committee. Smith, who is a member of the National Honor Society, kicker on the football team, Blue Band member, and active volunteer in the community, took his Oath of Office Monday evening, signed his name on the X, and pulled up a chair around the table. He heard about the position via the school guidance counselor and although he doesn’t want to pursue a future in politics, he wants to use the opportunity to…


Bernstine Announces Fall Town Hall Meeting Series

Continuing his efforts to stay in touch with the people who hired him to be their voice in Harrisburg, state Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today announced his second series of town hall meetings, which will take place around the 10th Legislative District this fall. The meeting locations and dates are: Koppel Borough (Beaver County) Town Hall – Monday, Oct. 30, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Koppel Volunteer Fire Department, located at 5525 5th Ave., Koppel. New Brighton Borough (Beaver County) Town Hall – Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the New Brighton Borough Building, located at 610 Third Ave.,…


A Letter From the Borough: Political Signs on Borough Property

No candidate for political office, whether local, county, state or federal, shall post any political signs on Borough property without registering at the Municipal Building, 525 Lawrence Avenue, Ellwood City PA 16117. The registration procedure involves a $50 deposit, which will be returned if the following regulations are complied with: no sign shall be placed prior to four weeks before the date of election and must be removed within five days after the election. If the signs are left on Borough property after this time period, they will be removed by the Borough and the deposits will be retained. If…


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…


What’s Open for Labor Day?

Labor Day, which often marks the end of summer for many outdoor activities such as public pools, is this Monday, September 4, 2017. Labor Day is a federal holiday which means federal buildings are closed including post offices and government buildings. Libraries, banks, most organizations and small businesses (including some pharmacies) will also remain closed. To find out if a business will be open for Labor Day, call ahead. Meter parking will be waived in observation of the holiday. Besides cookouts and firework displays there will be some events going on specifically for the holiday including: The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival,…


Bernstine Announces $460,000 to Improve Drinking Water in Wampum

HARRISBURG – Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) announced today that $460,000 in state funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST) will allow Wampum Borough in Lawrence County to move forward with its plans to improve municipal drinking water. “The quality of water in Wampum has been an issue for many years,” Bernstine said. “I was happy to work with the local elected officials, as well as the state, to expedite the process of this grant. Nobody should go without quality water. This issue is finally on its way to being resolved.” The loan, which includes a 1 percent interest rate…