Manhole explosion prompts evacuation and intersection closure in Reading
The intersection of North 4th and Court Street in Reading was closed following a report of a manhole explosion Tuesday afternoon. The WEEU building was initially evacuated as firefighters found smoke in the basement. Upon arrival, responders encountered smoke emanating from the manhole, with individuals in both the Reading Eagle...
Kutztown University and Reading School District partner to provide social work support
Kutztown University and Reading School District have strengthened their partnership to provide qualified social workers to the local and regional community. This collaboration aims to strengthen professional development and establish a comprehensive social work program to better serve RSD’s students and families. KU and RSD’s existing partnership has successfully...
Ghosh promoted to Full Professor at Albright College
Soma Ghosh, Ph.D., Chester Springs, Pa., has been promoted to Professor of Economics at Albright College. Professor Ghosh received her doctorate and Master of Arts degree from Clark University and earned her bachelor’s degree from Scottish Church College. Ghosh joined the Albright College faculty as an assistant professor of economics in 2009 and was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2012.
Hamburg Public Library awarded $750K Keystone Grant to support facility improvements
The Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries recently announced that nearly $4.5 million in funding has been awarded to 17 libraries in 14 counties for the construction and rehabilitation of public library facilities. In Berkd County, Hamburg Public Library received $750,000. Supporting public libraries is part of the...
Antietam School District, Mt. Penn Borough, Sen. Schwank and Rep. Rozzi issue joint statement
Officials from Antietam School District, Mt. Penn Borough and Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) issued the following statement following Monday morning’s mediation meeting regarding the traffic study required before renovations can take place at the Mt. Penn Primary Center. “Through extensive discussion and open communication,...
Friends of Exeter Police introduce Exeter Township Officers Trading Cards
Friends of Exeter Police and Wyomissing Optometric Center have teamed up to introduce a unique initiative aimed at strengthening community bonds and fostering positive relationships between law enforcement officers and residents. The Exeter Officers Trading Cards initiative is a creative endeavor designed to engage children in the community while promoting...
Prospectus Berco lights up Santander Arena with 4th Annual Harmony Walk
The 4th Annual Harmony Walk, co-hosted by Prospectus Berco and the Reading Royals, lit up Santander Arena on February 4th in a festive glow walk featuring Slapshot, DJ and solidarity. The event began four years ago to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion for people with disabilities, in addition...
Drainage work, surveying, maintenance: PennDOT upcoming roadwork Feb. 19, 2024
PennDOT maintenance forces and private contractors have scheduled several construction projects in Berks County this week. To help our readers avoid travel delays, here are a few of the most notable projects. In Ruscombmanor Twp., at the PA 12/PA 73 Intersection, lane restrictions are in place for utility work by...
Celebrate Pennsylvania’s 343rd Birthday with free admission to PA Trails of History Sites
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) will celebrate the Commonwealth’s 343rd birthday on Sunday, March 10, with free admission to many of the historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History and an exhibit of William Penn’s 1681 Charter at the Pennsylvania State Archives. Pennsylvania...
USACE to host open house to share info on Draft Blue Marsh Lake Master Plan
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will host an open house on Feb. 29, 2024, to share details on a draft revision of the Blue Marsh Lake Master Plan. The open house will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533.
Registration open for Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania Summer Camp Programs for Berks County Individuals with Disabilities
Parents of children with disabilities often struggle to find summer camps that meet their child’s needs, especially adult children who have outgrown traditional programs. Providing inclusive, recreational and skill-building opportunities, Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania offers two unique summer camps for individuals with disabilities. Registration is currently open for Camp Lily-Berks,...
Deeply scored cutting boards, build-up of food residue on non-food contact surfaces: Restaurant Inspections, Feb. 15, 2024
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has posted an updated list of recent Retail Food Inspection Reports for restaurants and food handlers in Berks County. Inspections are a “snapshot” of the day and time of the inspection. Violations are recorded but are often corrected on the spot prior to the inspector leaving the facility. For more information on retail food inspection reports, visit: agriculture.pa.gov.
Hope Rescue Mission receives $750K grant for transitional housing renovations
Hope Rescue Mission is the recipient of a $750,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, with Customers Bank as the sponsor bank. This substantial grant will play a crucial role in enhancing their newly acquired facilities at 131/133 S. 9th St., providing a conducive and supportive environment for 11 men who have successfully graduated from the Hope onsite program to independent living.
Reading Hospital employees distribute flowers and cards to patients on Valentine’s Day
Employees at Reading Hospital brought lots of love to patients this Valentine’s Day. On Wednesday, February 14, the Environmental Services (EVS) team at Reading Hospital delivered 700 carnations and cards to patient rooms. The team members were very excited to reintroduce this sweet gesture, which had been temporarily paused due to COVID-19.
Cumru Township Police seek public’s help identifying suspect in pharmacy assault case
The Cumru Township Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in a recent assault incident at a local pharmacy. According to police, on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at approximately 4:21 P.M., a 54-year-old-male was assaulted by the pictured White or Hispanic male, approximately in his 30s or 40s, average height, bald or close-cropped hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, long black shorts (ending just above the ankle), and white sneakers.
Career Ready Berks launches informative video series showcasing five career pathways
Career Ready Berks, a collaborative initiative led by the Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) in partnership with Berks County school districts, post-secondary institutions, and local businesses and organizations, has announced the launch of a dynamic video series highlighting five distinct career pathways. With a mission to empower over 70,000 students...
Reading Public Library and Reading Pride Celebration Launch Pride Library Card Contest
The Reading Public Library, in collaboration with Reading Pride Celebration, will host the inaugural Pride Library Card Contest. This exciting competition invites local artists and creative minds to submit their original designs for a chance to have their artwork featured on the official limited-edition Pride library card. Submissions are open...
Kutztown University’s Visual Impairment Program awarded $30K from Kutztown Lions Club
Kutztown University received $30,000 from Kutztown Lions Club to support graduate students enrolled in the university’s visual impairment program. “The visual impairment program at KU is very grateful for the Lions Club’s Support,” said Dr. Nicole Johnson ’05, professor of special education. “This gift will have far-reaching effects to help recruit teachers of the visually impaired, which is very needed.”
Reading United names Keith Conway as Asst. Men’s Coach and Men’s Reserve Team Head Coach
Reading United A.C. has announced Keith Conway as the Men’s USL2 Asst. Coach and Reserve Team Coach for the 2024 Season. Coach Conway replaces Keelan Powers, who was with Reading for one season before moving onto a role with the Colorado Switchbacks. Coach Conway’s extensive experience includes coaching professionally in the U.S. since moving from Ireland in 2019.
City of Reading 275th Anniversary Committee to hold Time Capsule Event at Berks History Center
The City of Reading’s 275th Anniversary Committee is organizing an event for the public to see the contents of a time capsule that will be buried in City Park. The event will be held Saturday, March 16, 2024, Reading’s official birthday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Berks History Center, located at 940 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA 19601.
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