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December 2017 Regular Meeting Recap: 2018 Budget Approved

Yesterday was the December regular meeting for Ellwood City Borough Council, and also the last meeting for Council President Connie MacDonald, Vice President David DeCaria, and Councilman Brad Ovial. The newly elected council members will be taking their places starting next month. Visitors Paul Dici praised the work of the street department for their quick and thorough work during the snow storm last week. On the flip side, he scolded the residents of Ellwood City who parked on the side of the streets, making the snow clearing messy and less effective, when they could have been parking in their driveway….


December Council Meeting Recap

Next Monday Ellwood City Council will be voting on some important topics including the 2018 budget and tax rate. Here are the official Suggested Items for Discussion at yesterday’s Council Committee Meeting:   FINANCE (Mancini, DeCaria, Ovial) Resolution – adopt 2018 Budget Ordinance – adopt 2018 Tax Rate, 8.75 mills Authorize the Tax Collector to add the assessment of the EC Medical Center $9,395,000 to the 2017           tax duplicate Payment – Rehrig Pacific Co. $6743.52 for Recycling Bins; pd from Recycling fund   HEALTH/PUBLIC SAFETY (Dici, Celli, Lamenza) Address Changes – submitted by Lawrence Co. Resolution – prohibiting the…


House Approves Bernstine Bill to Help Seniors Stay in Their Homes

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives Monday unanimously approved legislation, authored by Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence), which would make it easier for seniors to maintain their independence and receive care in their homes. “A disparity in Pennsylvania law is limiting access to in-home care and actually forcing some seniors into nursing homes when home care would have been more appropriate, preferred and less expensive,” Bernstine said. Currently, when an individual applies for Medicaid, he or she can be “presumed eligible” for nursing home services and receive those services immediately while their Medicaid application is being fully reviewed. However, if the…


Slippery Rock University Receives Grant to Train Veterans to be Teachers, Bernstine Says

State Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) announced that Slippery Rock University, along with West Chester University in southeastern part of the state, will receive more than $272,000 in funding under the federal Troops to Teachers grant program. “I believe the extensive training, vast experience and patriotism of our nation’s veterans make them excellent candidates to lead our classrooms,” Bernstine said. “Programs like Troops to Teachers help us give back in a small way to our veterans while putting some of our most upstanding citizens before our future generations.” The Troops to Teachers grant program, managed by the Defense Activity for Nontraditional…


Bernstine Announces Safe Schools Grants for Laurel School District, Lawrence County Vo-Tech

Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) today announced nearly $150,000 in Safe Schools Grants have been awarded to Laurel School District and Lawrence County Career and Technical Center. “Our students deserve to learn in an environment free from violence and crime,” Bernstine said. “The investments we make in academic programs mean nothing if our kids and teachers aren’t safe. These grants will help protect students and ensure taxpayer dollars used to support our schools can be prioritized in the classroom.” Laurel School District received a $20,000 Safe Schools Equipment Grant and a $57,390 School Police/Resource Officer Grant. Lawrence County Career and Technical…


Bernstine to Host Agriculture Summit and Breakfast

WHAT: State Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) is hosting an Agriculture Summit and Breakfast for 10th District residents and local members of the agricultural industry. In addition to remarks by Bernstine about his experience in the industry, the event will feature an update from Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. WHO: Bernstine, Redding, and 10th District residents and members of the ag community. WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 16, from 9-11 a.m. WHERE: Scott Township Volunteer Fire Department, 3712 Harlansburg Road, New Castle.


Ellwood City School Board Regular Meeting Recap

With the newly elected board members among those in attendance, the Ellwood City School Board conducted its regular meeting and schedule of business Thursday night. Beyond the scheduled topics discussed, Kathy McCommons, Barb Wilson and Norm Boots all spoke briefly to the audience and board while Kathy Pansera, who did not win her seat back during Tuesday’s election, read a statement centered around the outsourcing subject. “I ask the union to please negotiate and remember the students and the community that they serve,” Pansera said. “I hope and pray that the union will choose to negotiate in good faith and…


Public Invited to Union Employee Press Conference Tonight

The following press release was submitted: Ellwood City, PA – Ellwood City School’s blue-collar union employees, members of 32BJ SEIU, will set the record straight on stalled negotiations with the School Board on Thursday, November 9 at 6:45 p.m. outside of Lincoln High School. The District’s longtime custodians and food service workers have been in talks for a new contract with the Board since March. The Board announced this spring it would consider outsourcing the 80 workers’ jobs and began to take contractor proposals. In an effort to help the Board find a solution, the Union submitted its own cost-saving…


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…


Ellwood City Polling Places

FIRST WARD 1st Dist Community Action 926 Crescent Ave. MAP SECOND WARD 1st Dist First Methodist Church 416 Crescent Ave. & Fifth Street MAP THIRD WARD 1st Dist Christ Presbyterian Church 325 Spring Street MAP FOURTH WARD 1st Dist Ellwood Area Family Center 522 Line Avenue MAP 2nd Dist Holy Redeemer Religious Center 603 Bridge Street MAP FIFTH WARD 1st Dist Tree Of Life Wellness Center 404 Beatty Street MAP 2nd Dist Walnut Ridge Community Center 801 Pershing Street MAP Other Lawrence County polling places can be found here.