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first_img Economy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of funding through the Keystone Communities program to support 22 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.“Community development has so many benefits for our municipalities, including improving the lives of local residents and attracting businesses to grow the local economy,” Governor Wolf said. “The Keystone Communities program encourages that development. These 22 projects will be a boon for those areas.”Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, supporting local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.“For true economic growth to occur statewide, we need to not only support our businesses through economic development, but elevate our neighborhoods through community development as well,” DCED Secretary Dennis Davin said. “These two components are inextricably tied together, which is why the Keystone Communities program is so vital to improving people’s lives, pushing our business sector forward, and growing Pennsylvania’s economy.”The commonwealth strongly encourages community-based organizations, public agencies, business leaders, private developers, financial institutions, and private citizens to work in partnership with local government to develop a comprehensive approach to address community development and housing needs. These partnerships create more attractive places to live and will encourage business and job expansion and retention in Pennsylvania.The following list highlights Keystone Communities projects being announced today, totaling nearly $5.4 million in state support:Allegheny CountyWilkinsburg Borough: $475,000 to rehabilitate the Ardmore Linear Park located in WilkinsburgBeaver CountyCity of Aliquippa: $365,000 to demolish the three remaining commercial buildings on the redevelopment site on the eastern end of Franklin Avenue immediately adjacent to SR 51 and the entrance to the Aliquippa Industrial ParkBerks CountyBuilding A Better Boyertown: $300,000 to turn a vacant and blighted building at 45 South Reading Ave. into a restaurant and mixed-use property on the first floor and renovate the five upstairs apartmentsGreater Berks Development Fund: $500,000 for acquisition and preparation of a site located around the Buttonwood Street Bridge in ReadingBlair CountyAltoona-Blair County Development Corporation: $150,000 for a seating replacement project in the Mishler Theatre in the city of AltoonaCambria CountyCity of Johnstown: $400,000 for a façade improvement program resulting in the modification and rehabilitation of facades, and approximately 2,000 feet of sidewalk improvementsCameron CountyCameron County Industrial Development Authority: $31,150 for façade improvements for deteriorated storefronts in Emporium BoroughDelaware CountyLansdowne Economic Development Corporation: $95,000 for interior construction in a building located at 32 East Baltimore Ave. to open an arts incubator for more than 30 artists and creative professionalsElk CountyCity of St. Marys Redevelopment Authority: $50,000 to implement a façade improvement program preserving the historic features and characteristics of various buildingsErie CountyBayfront East Side Taskforce: $300,000 for critical repairs that will halt further deterioration of the aging housing stock for 30 homeowners in core residential neighborhoods, necessary to address violations of the city property maintenance code as well as structural and exterior maintenance issuesSisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network: $50,000 for facade improvements to be used within the Elm Street-designated Historic Little Italy neighborhood in the city of ErieLackawanna CountyScranton Tomorrow: $400,000 to transform a dilapidated vacant lot on Wyoming Ave. into a downtown business district pocket parkLancaster CountySACA Development Corporation: $50,000 for implementation activities associated with Lancaster’s Southeast Elm Street Plan, including neighborhood beautification projects and public art installationLuzerne CountyDowntown Hazleton Alliance for Progress: $300,000 to support Phase II rehabilitation work to a blighted property at 13-15 West Broad Street in Hazleton City, Luzerne CountyMercer CountyFarrell City: $500,000 to demolish four buildings and construct a shopping plaza on a half-acre site fronting directly across from the Farrell municipal buildingMontour CountyDanville Borough: $261,028 to combine three parcels in order to create a recreational park in the heart of downtown near public parking, shopping, restaurants, and brewpubs in the central business districtPhiladelphia CountyNew Kensington Community Development Corporation: $300,000 to make improvements to the commercial space at Orinoka Civic House, resulting in more than 7,000 square feet of new commercial spaceSchuylkill CountyPottsville Area Development Corporation: $50,000 for the implementation of a façade improvement program in the city of PottsvilleVenango CountyVenango County: $500,000 to establish a revolving loan fund for improvement projects in the county, the first of which is the creation of a craft brewery in the historic Oil City National Bank building in Oil CityWestmoreland CountyRedevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland (RACW), in partnership with the Westmoreland County Land Bank (WCLB): $200,000 to acquire, demolish and/or rehab blighted properties throughout Westmoreland CountyYork CountyHanover Borough: $25,000 to conduct a downtown streetscape design and beautification studyHanover Borough: $50,000 for a wayfinding project that will provide improved ability to direct pedestrians and vehicles to a variety of locations around downtown Hanover January 03, 2018 Governor Wolf Approves Support for 22 Community Revitalization Projects Throughout Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Tweet 141 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Soufriere family sentenced to 15 years by: – March 23, 2012 (L-R) Lauretta Xavier, Herbert Xavier and Manuella WilliamsHigh Court Judge Brian Cottle has sentenced a Soufriere family to serve an imprisonment term of 15 years for murdering their brother.Herbert Xavier, Lauretta Xavier and Manuella Williams of Soufriere were found guilty on March 9th, 2012 of killing Harrison Williams on 24th September, 2010.Dawn Yearwood Stuart who represented 35 year old Lauretta Xavier said in mitigation for her client that she was “satisfied” with the social inquiry report ordered by the courts.She asked the court to consider that Loretta had a 13 year old daughter and at the time of the incident was living with her father.She said “through the report it is clear that Loretta had no problem with her deceased brother Harrison”.According to Stuart, her client had “no previous convictions and had maintained her innocence in the face of the findings of a jury of her peers”.She said that one person interviewed in the report said that “the trio had to pay for killing their brother” because on the day they were charged “Loretta and Manuela were seen leaving the court waving to onlookers and showed no remorse”.Her client Loretta however said their actions were taken “out of context” she said that was their way of letting their family know “they were ok”.Stuart ended her mitigation by requesting from the Court judgment with mercy for Loretta.Wayne Norde mitigated on behalf of 32 year old Herbert Xavier begged the court for “leniency” asking the court to temper justice with mercy and not impose a lengthy custodial sentence on his client who is the father of “two young children”.He said his client was “not the aggressor on the night of the incident, a first time offender and was considered a nice and quiet person prior to the incident”.Norde further informed the court that Xavier was willing to “take part in any rehabilitation programs offered by the court or prison”.He ended his mitigation by asking that the sentence given to his client will give him a chance “to be in his children life”.Ronald Charles and Dawn Yearwood- Stuart mitigated on behalf of 43 year old Manuela Williams, mother of 5.They said their client was a “first time offender” who had a “very close relationship” with her deceased brother and has “maintained her innocence in the face of a guilty verdict”.They said Manuela “appears to be the only person who is suffering openly”.Stuart quoted her client saying “I cannot believe I going to prison for something I didn’t do. I never hit my brother Harrison but his wife was blaming me for his death”.Both Charles and Stuart begged the court not to impose a lengthy sentence and take the time spent in custody into consideration. “Give Manuela a chance that she can leave prison while she still young,” Charles said.Before sentencing Justice Brian Cottle noted that he is required to consider the facts, circumstances, character and record of the convicted person.Cottle pointed out that in the case of Herbert Xavier the jury had to review the pathologist report which stated that Williams received multiple injuries, which were “difficult to sustain the position that he acted out of self defense”.He said “the version does not agree with the facts. It is clear that there were three against the deceased. It is clear that at that point blows were inflicted and the force used was sufficient to cause the wood to break and cause broken ribs”.Cottle noted that he would take into account the fact that “the deceased was the one to produce the wood that night and entered into the yard of the convicts. But the Jury found that the reaction of the convicts went too far”.He said he would also take into account the fact that “all three convicts had a clean police record and also the social inquiry report which suggests responsibility of the breakup of the family should rest on the wife of the deceased”.Justice Cottle said; the defendants “never expressed remorse for their brother’s death up to this stage” and the court “must say to citizens that acts of violence which causes death to other citizens should not be taken lightly”.They were all sentenced to 15 years minus the 17 months already spent in prison.Cottle explained that he did not find “no good reason” to impose a different sentence as he considered that they were equally and jointly responsible for the death. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_img Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 09:54 IST A’s Coach Apologizes For Apparent Nazi Salute Oakland Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson has apologized for raising his arm during a postgame celebration in what looked like a Nazi salute Written By Oakland Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson has apologized for raising his arm during a postgame celebration in what looked like a Nazi salute.Christenson made the gesture while greeting closer Liam Hendriks following the A’s 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.Hendriks immediately pushed Christenson’s arm down and cameras then showed him laughing and briefly raising his arm a second time.Christenson faced criticism after video of the gesture circulated on social media.“I made a mistake and will not deny it,” Christenson said in a statement issued through the team. “Today in the dugout I greeted players with a gesture that was offensive. In the world today of COVID, I adapted our elbow bump, which we do after wins, to create some distance with the players. My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I do not believe in. What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize.”The A’s called the gesture “offensive” and apologized for it.“We do not support or condone this gesture or the racist sentiment behind it,” the team said in a statement. “This is incredibly offensive, especially in these times when we as a club and so many others are working to expose and address racial inequities in our country. We are deeply sorry that this happened on our playing field.”The 46-year-old Christenson played six years in the majors from 1998-2003. He later spent several years coaching in the minors before becoming bench coach for the A’s in 2018.Image credits: AP COMMENTcenter_img First Published: 7th August, 2020 09:54 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more