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  • “Cumru police plan community outreach”: The Cumru Township Police Department is planning a public police forum to foster better relations with the community in light of recent national events. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 20, 2016.
  • “Reading says no to municipal IDs”: The city has issued a formal statement denying the proposed ordinance presented by Make the Road PA advocates for provision of municipal IDs by the city. Originally published at WFMZ.com on June 27, 2016.
  • “Reading City Council dissolves RAWA”: After more than two years of discussion and conflict, the Reading City Council and the Scott administration vote unanimously to dissolve the city’s water authority. Originally published at WFMZ.com on June 14, 2016.
  • “Muhlenberg Twp. Giant to begin selling beer”: A local Giant Food Store was granted permission to apply for a liquor license for a new restaurant being installed as part of a current remodel. The restaurant and takeout beer shop are expected to open in spring. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 16, 2016.
  • “Reading City Council appoints District 6 representative”: Amid a crowd of residents disputing the process of appointing a representative for their district, the Reading City Council appointed a member to the last remaining seat at its first meeting of the year. Originally published at WFMZ.com on January 11, 2016.
  • “Reading renews Downtown Improvement District”: Reading City Council voted unanimous, but “with reservations,” to renew the DID for another 5 years. The council will be looking for increased board diversity and city involvement. Originally published at WFMZ.com on November 10, 2015.
  • “Reading grants relief to local convent:” Reading City Council overturned the Reading HARB board’s decision, approving the use of vinyl replacement windows at St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church, locating in the city’s historic district. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 26, 2015.
  • “Reading mayoral candidates face off for last time before election:” Coverage of the final mayoral candidate forum before the November 3 Municipal Election, sponsored by the NAACP. Originally published as WFMZ.com on October 22, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Reading City Council appointments called into question”: A local resident raised his concerns over council’s internal appointments to seats vacated in the wake of former council president Francis Acosta’s resignation. Originally published atWFMZ.com on October 12, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg School District is ‘No Place for Hate’”: The students of C.E. Cole Elementary celebrated International Day of Peace in a unique way this year. , Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 7, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council applauds local events”: The City Council doesn’t want to hear that residents have nothing to do. Council members celebrated the success of several events last weekend and highlighted more to come at its regular meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 28, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg considers tax forgiveness program”: As revitalization efforts along the 5th Street Highway continue, Muhlenberg Township is considering a tax forgiveness program for those residents who will experience a tax hike. This and more local news from the regular board meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 21, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Reading City Council celebrates recovery”: The council celebrated Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Awareness Month at its meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 14, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg School District confident in face of delayed funding”: PA legislators are more than 2 months late in agreeing on an education budget, but one local school district is confident going into the school year without state funding. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 2, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Reading City Council appoints new leadership in wake of Acosta scandal”: Reading City Council appointed new leadership following former-president Francis Acosta’s resignation and guilty plea in federal bribery charges. Originally published atWFMZ.com on August 10, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council addresses paychecks, pavements and parks”: The council addressed citizen concerns over pending ordinances making changes to management severance packages, pass an ordinance to help in the fight against unsightly meters and honor local parks and rec efforts at its meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 27, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Muhlenberg Township takes control of new cell towers”: The Board of Commissioners passed the first ordinance in the county to control the installation of new cell towers and antennas. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 20, 2015.Read it online!
  • “City Council takes first action against dangerous, unsightly gas meters”: Reading City Council has taken the first step in combating residents’ ongoing issues with UGI and gas meter installations in front of their homes. Originally published atWFMZ.com on July 13, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Berks group using art to educate about storm drain pollution”: The Berks Conservancy and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary have taken their clean water initiatives to the streets, literally! Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 1, 2015. Read it online!
  • “City of Reading  celebrates elderly residents”: Reading City Council and the Mayor issued a proclamation for the first Elderly Appreciation Day. Originally published atWFMZ.com on June 22, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Muhlenberg Township gets a disc golf course”: Local student Skylar Radka is constructing Muhlenberg’s only disc golf course at Laurel Lane Park as an Eagle Scout project. Originally published at WFMZ.com on June 15, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “City Council commits to beatifying Reading”: Reading City Council is taking several initiatives throughout the area to beatify its streets for residents and visitors. Originally published at WFMZ.com on June 8, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Reading City Council to address utility meter issue in the city”: City Council is drafting legislation to prevent utility meters from being moved outside of residents’ homes where they are causing accidents, eye sores. Originally published atWFMZ.com on May 26, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Fleetwood PD worth higher taxes to Richmond Township residents”: Richmond Township residents came out to show their support for the Fleetwood Police Department following the Board of Commissioners’ announcement it was considering cutting the police force to save money for road repairs. Originally published at WFMZ.com on May 18, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Bushong Dam to be demolished and replaced with Confluence Park”: Reading City Council voted unanimously to have the historic Bushong Dam demolished. A new park will be constructed in its place. Originally published at WFMZ.com on May 11, 2015. Read it online!
  • “A night of recognition at Reading City Council”: The City Council issued proclamations and recognitions aplenty at it’s meeting on Monday, April 27. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 27, 2015. Read it online!
  • “A night of restructuring at the Muhlenberg Township Commissioners meeting”: The board approved rezoning a residential area of the township and appointed a new Township Manager. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 20, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Cumru Twp. Residents seek help from City Council over Police Shooting Range”: Cumru Township residents attending the Reading City Council meeting to seek assistance with their ongoing issues with the Reading Police Shooting Range. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 14, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading Celebrates Greek Independence Day, Officials also welcome Spring with new construction projects”: City Council issued a proclamation celebrating Greek Independence Day. It also discussed new construction projects coming in time for the warmer weather. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 24, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg Township doing spring cleaning”: Muhlenberg Township is beginning a new clean water initiative. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 16, 2015.Read it online! 
  • “Muhlenberg School District’s big budget plans”: The Muhlenberg School District is right on budget this year, but hopes for new state funding to bring back essential personnel without raising taxes. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 11, 2015. Read it online! 
  • “Daniel Boone Area School District tables decision on full-day kindergarten, school closing”: The DBASD, facing nearly $90 in debt, is considering closing one of the local elementary schools to cut costs. The school board, however, is not ready to make the decision and has tabled the vote, along with that to bring back full-day kindergarten, until further notice. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 9, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council addresses poor road conditions”: The Reading City Council addresses the deteriorating state of city streets and the overlapping bridge construction and closures to come. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 23, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Council passes resolution, has heated debate over PLA for sewer project”: In a heated meeting Reading City passed a resolution opening bidding to all interested contractors after the Mayor sent out an RFP for PLA contracts. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 18, 2015. Read it online!
  • “DEP to clean up more battery casings, contamination in Ruscombmanor Twp.”: The DEP held a hearing in Ruscombmanor Township to discuss the clean up efforts to remove lead contamination from the soil in a local residential area. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 10, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Exeter School District Curriculum Committee gets a math lesson, discusses new courses”: Fourth grade math students attended the Curriculum Committee meeting to show the skills they are learning under the new math program at Exeter School District. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 4, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading votes to repeal local gun laws”: In accordance with changes to state statutes, the Reading City Council voted to repeal all gun laws in the local City Code. Originally published at WFMZ.com on January 26, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Landlords fight fees, code enforcements in Muhlenberg Township”: Local landlords attended the Muhlenberg Township Board of Commissioners meeting to contest new fees and code requirements. Originally published at WFMZ.com on January 19, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Reading Fire Department members receive Awards for Exemplary Response”: The Reading City Council presented awards to various members of the local fire department for their actions in an October 2013 fire that saved the life of a local woman. Originally published at WFMZ.com on January 12, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Exeter Township appoints 2015 Board”: The Exeter Township Board of Supervisors appointed their 2015 leaders. Originally published at WFMZ.com on January 5, 2015. Read it online!
  • “Mt. Penn Borough seeks funds from City of Reading for Aulenbach Cemetary”: A representative from the Mt. Penn Borough presented the financial state of the Aulenbach Cemetery to the city council and requested assistance in keeping the historical site afloat. Originally published at WFMZ.com on December 22, 2014.Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg Approves 2015 Budget”: The Muhlenberg Board of Commissioners unanimously approved their 2015 budget and is preparing to move into their new building at the end of the year. Originally published at WFMZ.com on December 15, 2014. Read it online! 
  • “Health Board, Environmental Advisory Council support Fluoride in Water”: Two local government councils attended a Reading City Council meeting to show their support for fluoride in the city’s water supply. Originally published at WFMZ.com on December 8, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Reading School District Board of Directors elects new leaders”: The Reading School Board elected new leaders for the School Board and the School District Board of Trustees for the Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery. Originally published at WFMZ.com on December 1, 2014. Read in online!
  • “Reading approves 2015 budget, Act 47 amendment”: The Reading City Council approved the city’s finances for the coming year. Originally published at WFMZ.comon November 24, 2014. Read it online!
  • “ALDI, Walgreens OK’d for Fifth Street Highway in Muhlenberg”: The Muhlenberg Board of Commissioners approved the plans for a new ALDI supermarket and Walgreens at the old Unclaimed Freight location on Fifth Street Highway. Originally published at WFMZ.com on November 17, 2014. Read it online! 
  • “Local Union Reps Support Public Labor Agreement in Reading”: In response to the local business opposition to a public labor agreement, union representatives attended the Reading City Council meeting to show their support. Originally published at WFMZ.com on November 10, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg Schools Receive Clean Bill of Financial Health”: The Muhlenberg School District’s financial rating has improved over the last year. Originally published at WFMZ.com on November 5, 2014. Read it online!
  • “More Local Businesses Oppose a Public Labor Agreement in Reading”: Local business owners attended the City Council meeting to oppose a possible public labor agreement in the city. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 27, 2014.Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg Commissioners Shocked by Office Renovation Costs”: The Muhlenberg Township Commissioners are battling excessive change orders in the renovations for their new office. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 20, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council overrides Mayor for Third Time in RAWA Dispute”: The mayor and city council for the City of Reading are at odds again in the ongoing RAWA dispute. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 13, 2014. Read it online! 
  • “Muhlenberg Schools are Making the Grade”: The results of the year’s School Performance Profiles have been published and 3 out of 4 Muhlenberg School District schools scored above the state benchmark. Originally published at WFMZ.com on October 1, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Reading Mayor Refuses to Sign Water Lease, Council to Litigate”: The RAWA issues between Reading City Council and the Mayor continue. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 22, 2014. Read it online!
  • “New Fire Chief, Police Captain Named in Reading”: Reading City Council promoted two new safety leaders for the city at tonight’s City Council meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 22, 2014. Read it online!
  •  “School Year off to a Smooth Start in Muhlenberg School District”: The Muhlenberg School District Committee of the Whole meeting was business as usual this week. Originally published at WFMZ.com on September 3, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto for 2nd Time in RAWA Discussions”: The Reading City Council and RAWA have come to a new lease agreement after months of discussion. This article was featured on the front page of WFMZ.com on August 25, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Final Recommendations for the Municipality of Antietam Valley”: The Consolidation Committee reviewed the final recommendations to be included in the charter for the proposed Municipality of Antietam Valley at its meeting tonight. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 21, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council commends Park Authorities for Rec Initiatives”: The Reading City Council offered a formal commendation to the Reading Recreation Commission for its work in beautifying the area and its participation in National Recreation Month. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 14, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Brake the Cycle of Poverty” with Friend Inc.’s Benefit Bike Ride” :The Maxatawny Board of Supervisors’ unanimously voted to support the local multi-service agency’s benefit ride on August 9, 2014. Originally published at WFMZ.com on July 10, 2014.Read it online!
  • “Reading City Council Resolves not to sell City Water System”: In an effort to appease the unhappy citizens of Reading, the City Council has adopted a resolution that it will not sell the city water system in the wake of the dissolution of RAWA. Originally published at WFMZ.com on June 23, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Maxatawny Young Cyclists are already Winners”: The Young Medalists Junior Cycling Team appealed to the Maxatawny Township Board of Supervisors to reconsider approving the 25th annual Nicole Reinhart Memorial Bike Race. The young cyclists’ appeals changed the board members’ minds and township has voted to support the race on July 26, 2014. Originally published at WFMZ.com on May 14, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Residents flood city council meeting over dissolution of water authority”: Residents of the City of Reading are in an uproar of the decision to dissolve the public water authority. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 29, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Business as usual for Maxatawny Township Supervisors”: Local controversy surrounding pending litigation and allegations of leaked information are put on hold at Wednesday’s meeting. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 9, 14. Read it online!
  • “Maxatawny Supervisors do not approve of Nicole Reinhart Memorial Bike Race”: Local township does not approve of 24 year old race tradition due to safety issues. Originally published at WFMZ.com on April 19, 14. Read it online!
  • “Lower Alsace Township and Mount Penn Borough: Merger?”: Two local area organizations and discussing merging into one, larger municipality. Over the next months a series of meetings will be held to address all aspects of the potential merger as well as public concerns before putting the issue to a vote in August, and inclusion on the November 2014 ballot for public approval. Originally published atWFMZ.com on March 24, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Muhlenberg Commissioners are community library’s greatest supporters”: Coverage of the Muhlenberg Township Commissioners’ meeting and the commendation received my the Muhlenberg Community Library. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 17, 2014. Read it online!
  • “Raylon Corporation Celebrates 60 Years with City Commendation”: Coverage of the Reading City Council meeting and the recognition of a local business. Originally published at WFMZ.com on March 10, 2014. Read it online!
  • “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Reading Snow Removal”: Coverage of the Reading City Council meeting and residents’ issues arising from the last few storms. Originally published at WFMZ.com on February 24, 2014. Read it online!
  • “5th Street Revitalization Project Visionary, but Costly”: Coverage of the Muhlenberg Township Supervisors’ meeting and the final presentation of the 5th Street Revitalization Study online at WFMZ.com, originally published February 19, 2014.Read it online!

The Reading Eagle:

  • “Magic of Mohnton needs repairs”: Coverage of Mohnton’s Borough Counsel meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published June 14, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Board approves waivers for apartment plans”: Coverage of the Bern Township Board of Supervisor’s meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published June 6, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Board OKs tax relief for homes, farmsteads”: Coverage of the Kutztown Area School District’s Special Board meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published May 31, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Board decides shed can’t stay where it is”: Coverage of Lower Heidelberg Township’s Zoning Hearing Board meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published May 16, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Summer expenses, bandshell fee approved”: Coverage of Mohnton’s Borough Council meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published May 9, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Council looking to cut electric bills”: Coverage of Wernersville’s Borough Council meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published May 4, 2013. Read it online!
  • “Congregation awaits township decision on plan”: Coverage of Spring Township’s April 10, 2013 Zoning Hearing Board meeting in the Reading Eagle, originally published April 12, 2013. Read it online!