(From the Los Angeles Times.) Lancaster, Pa., keeps a close eye on itself. A vast and growing web of security cameras monitors the city of 55,000, operated by a private group of self-appointed gatekeepers. There’s been surprisingly little outcry.
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On midday Saturday, a Lancastrian suddenly experienced extreme fatigue and a significant fever. He attributed it to the return from a demanding trip but did feel it important to see a doctor. He sought care but did not feel it merited going to the emergency room at a hospital and running up a big bill for his insurer. Calls to his doctor at the large medical practice during non-office hours provided nothing but lack of competence and a two hour run around that was accomplishing nothing.
The Editorial on Saturday’s Lancaster New Era “Jewel in crown of downtown” goes on to gush: “The convention center/hotel is billed as a top-notch, one-of-a-kind facility, and it does not disappoint.”
Saturday morning we and others received a separate message with the combined Intelligencer Journal / New Era Saturday edition: “Due to changes at Lancaster Newspaper I will no longer be your carrier beginning June 29…I have enjoyed being your carrier.”
If public libraries are important to you and your community, join us in making your voice heard by the people who make decisions about funding!
At the Thursday, June 18 ribbon cutting ceremony for the Lancaster County Convention Center, LCCC Authority Executive Director Kevin Molloy gave a speech to commemorate the opening. Molloy invoked the history of the site, which was once a commercial center for Lancaster City and County, but has sat unused for the last decade. The following video showcases a sample of that speech, along with a first look at the Center’s interior design.
At the Urban League’s 2009 “Champions of Diversity Awards” (in partnership with the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry) the League announced the entrance of its new CEO, Josh Dixon. Dixon describes himself as a Lancaster City native through and through—a graduate of both McCaskey and Franklin and Marshall College. His interest in this position at the Urban League was born purely out his commitment to the values of the organization.
With the official opening of the Lancaster County Convention Center this week, the general tone in Lancaster seems to be one of cautious optimism. After all, it has taken a long time to finish this project, and now, whether one likes it or not, the Center is here to stay. The strongest critics of the project—NewsLanc included—have always based their position on a sincere concern for the well-being of Lancaster City and County; and now that the ribbon is cut, these voices can only hope for results better than predicted.
At the Tuesday, June 16, School District of Lancaster (SDoL) Board Meeting, several members of the community addressed the Board regarding the District’s recently announced plan to transfer management of Buehrle Alternative School to a Philadelphia-based firm. Buehrle, with its facility on E Clay St, provides specialized education to students with continued disciplinary problems.
With discussions in mind of whether to build a new prison or possibly an auxiliary facility in Lancaster, Robert Field visited the San Pedro Prison in La Paz on June 16th. It was part of a three day tour of the Save The Children projects in Bolivia.
Some might assume that all of the cultural hot spots of Downtown Lancaster exist within a few blocks of Penn Square—surely the culture ends by the time you hit Mulberry St, right? Wrong. Cozily tucked into an historic, 315 W King St, stone row home, La Costeña Restaurant prepares some of the most diverse and palate-expanding dishes that the city has to offer.
Saturday evening, June 13, was the opening concert of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music’s (PAM) 2009 international summer music festival, “Vivace!” The program consisted of three orchestral pieces, two of which were written by Felix Mendelssohn, the nineteenth century composer with a knack for the dramatic.
With Robert Field added to the growing number of those openly questioning the convention center and hotel project, sponsors of the project now faced formidable opposition.
The McCaskey Soccer Booster Club is sponsoring free professional training by nationally acclaimed OneOnOne Soccer for interested School District of Lancaster youngsters from 12 to 18. Rigorous skill training will take place during the week of August 10 – 14 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at McCaskey East High School.