“We cannot arrest our way out of this problem.” The statement made repeatedly by Berks District Attorney John T. Adams became the theme of a statewide report issued Tuesday on Pennsylvania’s heroin epidemic. “It was riveting. It speaks, in my mind, to the reality that we really need to educate people about this problem and […]

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About 40 people attended a rededication ceremony for the Mohnton Keystone markers Saturday morning at the northeast end of town. Borough historian Paul L. Beavens Jr. gave a short speech before unveiling the sign at Wyomissing Avenue and Mohnton Boulevard. Another one stands along Wyomissing Avenue at the southern end of the borough. –┬áRead more […]

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When state Sen. David G. Argall shows up at a public event or town hall meeting, he knows he’d better be prepared to talk about property tax elimination. “It’s almost always the first question that comes up,” said the Schuylkill County Republican, who represents part of Berks County. Berks has long been a hotbed for […]

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It could be the jolt supporters of wine and liquor privatization are looking for to uncork a stalled debate. But some analysts and lawmakers expect the pitch to hike the markup on state stores’ prices to be just one of several factors in play in the privatization debate. “I think it will give the supporters […]

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Why the Y? That was the question addressed at an awareness-raising session for invited politicians Friday at the Reading branch of the YMCA, 631 Washington St. The answer: The branch is deemed an integral part of the city, providing a variety of vital social services that might not be able to continue in a 1912 […]

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From what Elad Strohmayer has seen the last few weeks, the American people have Israel’s back. Israel’s deputy consul general to the Mid-Atlantic region spoke before about 100 people Wednesday night at the Jewish Cultural Center in Wyomissing, where the Jewish Federation of Reading held a gathering to show support for Israel. He said he’d […]

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Middle income families — not the poor and not the wealthy — are the ones that are spending the most in the battle against heroin addiction. State Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Ruscombmanor Township, made that point Tuesday morning at a public hearing in Reading focused on creating new measures to curb the ongoing heroin and opiate […]

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Here are excerpts of what most state lawmakers who represent Berks County had to say about the $29.1 billion budget that was passed late Monday. The vote in the House was 108-95. The vote in the Senate was 26-24. The votes were mostly along party lines in both Republican-controlled chambers. Sen. Judy Schwank, Ruscombmanor Democrat: […]

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Two state senators Friday announced they’ve proposed changes to Pennsylvania law following the death of a Reading woman who’d been jailed for failing to pay truancy fines. Sen. Judy Schwank, a Ruscombmanor Township Democrat, and Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, perlengkapan bayi a Montgomery County Republican, proposed legislation that would remove the requirement that a person serve […]

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When the Boyertown School District passed its 2014-15 budget this month, it included about $900,000 in increased state funding. The money is slated to be put to good use. A large portion of the funds, mostly provided through the new Ready to Learn Block Grant, will pay for seven new teachers to support struggling first […]

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