Written by Noelle Barrett
With several forecasts predicting eight to 12 inches of snow for Thursday, Feb. 13, many municipalities have already declared snow emergencies. Check back to this page for updates from municipalities, school districts and other weather related alerts to help you get through the storm.
Municipality Alerts: Several boroughs and townships have declared snow emergencies beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Click the link to find parking, driving and other restrictions for each municipality.
School Delays and Closings: Follow the link for closings, delays, and event cancellations for your local school district.
PennDOT Alerts: PennDOT has reduced speeds in some areas, as well as implemented restrictions for some vehicles. Click the link for more info.
Capital Area Transit (CAT) Alerts: CAT has cancelled ALL services for Thursday, Feb. 13.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 02:24
Written by Jim Lewis
There will be Christmas lights in Hoffer Park after all.
Middletown Borough and the the union that represents the borough's non-uniform employees have settled a grievance that borough officials said had forced them to suspend the decoration of Hoffer Park, an annual holiday tradition.
The settlement, announced on Thursday, Nov. 21, allows for volunteers to decorate the park and Middletown's square, the borough said.
The borough now is seeking volunteers to help decorate the park. Volunteers may gather in the Borough Hall parking lot at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24.
Hundreds of people visit the park to see the Christmas display each year, and Santa Claus holds court amid the lights and bulbs.
Councilor Barbara Arnold announced earlier this year that the borough would not decorate the park because of a grievance filed by the union, Teamsters Local 776, that sought compensation for work that volunteers did last year. The borough solicitor advised against using volunteers to decorate the park until the matter was resolved.
According to the settlement agreement, Teamsters Local 776 recognizes the borough's right to use volunteers so long as volunteer work does not result in layoffs of borough employees, the borough said.
"We appreciate the union leadership's efforts to resolve this matter in time for Christmas,'' said Tim Konek, borough manager, who is a member of the borough's contract negotiating team. "In the end, we were able to find common ground and put aside our differences for the good of Middletown.''
Trees already have been ordered for the Hoffer Park display, said Chris Courogen, borough secretary and director of communications.
News that the tradition would be suspended had resulted in a citizens' committee, under the auspices of the Middletown Area Historical Society, to erect a decorated tree at South Union and Ann streets, on property owned by the Society.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 20:43
Last month, the Pennsylvania House passed its liquor privatization bill, 105-90. Today, the Senate will look into the privatization plan. Follow along on our Storify as the controversial issue is tackled.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 15:18