Berks Weekly


Photos: Drivers compete in 2022 Pagoda Hillclimb

Dozens of drivers from multiple states tested the limits of their vehicles this past weekend on Duryea Drive in the 70th annual Pagoda Hillclimb. The Hillclimb is part of the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association Championship Series, sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America, and hosted by the local chapter, Blue Mountain Region SCCA.

PennDOT Upcoming Roadwork Projects in Berks 7/27/22

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.​​. Greenwich Township on Interstate 78 between Exit 30 (Hamburg) and Exit 35 (PA 143) for Construction Work...

Café Esperanza builds community with pay-what-you-can model

Cafe Esperanza is a pay-what-you-can café. These cafes are popping up in many locations all over the United States. The restaurant-style cafe is a proven method amongst other non-profits. The main goals of this type of non-profit are to help alleviate food insecurity in the community. Bringing people together encourages forming connections and a profound sense of community.

PennDOT launches new database of suspended Inspection Stations, Dealers, and Issuing Agents

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that it has enhanced transparency for customers by launching a new database showing which vehicle inspection stations, inspectors, dealers, and issuing agents are under suspension for infractions of state inspection regulations and laws as well as contract violations. “Vehicle inspections, license plate issuance, registration...

Hundreds march in West Reading to condemn domestic violence, sexual assault

The Safe Berks Celebration of Peace and Walk For NO MORE took place Saturday June 18, along Penn Avenue in West Reading kicking off Art on the Avenue. Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center and Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading & Berks County were chosen to receive the Safe Berks Voices for Change awards. The award honors individuals and institutions whose work makes a significant contribution to furthering the mission of Safe Berks.

Hopewell Furnace to commemorate the Declaration of Independence

The National Park Service and the Friends of Hopewell Furnace invite the public to join in commemorating the 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 2022. The annual formal commemoration ceremony will take place at 2:00pm from the steps of Ironmaster’s House on site. Other programming will be offered throughout the day and is open and free to the public.

The Camel Project to present program at Maryland School Safety Conference

The Maryland Center for School Safety has chosen Berks County based nonprofit, The Camel Project, to present the program “Deconstructing the Culture of Bullying: Preventing Bullying-Based Violence in Our Schools” at the MCSS 2021 School Safety Conference on July 12, 2022, in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. Camel Project Executive Director Pamela S. Gockley will lead the discussion on school-wide methods to eliminate bullying-based violence.

Local youth movement to address racism documented in film ‘Stand Together’

An ongoing movement to address racism in the community launched in 2020 by local youth has been documented in the new film entitled “Stand Together.” The hour-long documentary tells the story of Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading students’ Stand Together Against Racism (S.T.A.R.) initiative to address racism through education and dialogue that is initiated and facilitated by youth.