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Linglestown Gazette: June 2007

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Work started on village parking lot

Construction of a 60-space public parking lot is under way behind the Chocolate Cafe on a lot next to Linglestown Life church.

The lot is the first visible sign of the upcoming highway and streetscape project slated to begin this fall in the village of Linglestown. The project design reduces the number of park spaces in the square and along Linglestown Road.

The Chocolate Cafe is the building with the red roof.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Linglestown Fire Company 2006 Video

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Linglestown Road development

While Googling for new stuff, I came across a recent article in the Central Penn Business Journal that puts a positive spin on development trends along the Route 39 corridor. Linglestown is prominently mentioned.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Ground breaking nears for new Linglestown condos

Construction is expected to start soon on The Townes at Autumn View, an 18-unit condo community near Koons Park, according to a Linglestown Gazette reader.

McNaughton Homes has finalized a deal with the former landowner, and could start site preparations as early as next week with earthmoving to begin at some point in July, sources say.

One resident on Warren Avenue hopes the bulldozers steer clear of his tomato plants.

The development will be constructed off of Griffin Street between Warren Avenue and Jerome Boulevard. CLICK HERE for a map.

Related posts:
* Plan proceeds for condo community (March 7, 2007)
* Townhomes coming to village (Nov. 13, 2006)

Megachurch might expand to Linglestown area

To extend its reach, Lancaster County's largest church plans to launch a satellite campus this fall in the Linglestown or Colonial Park area east of Harrisburg.

CLICK HERE for story from the Lancaster New Era.

Be cool at Linglestown fireworks

Linglestown Life church will be distributing cold bottles of water and cool "freeze pops" prior to the fireworks display at Koons Park on Saturday, July 7. The show will begin around 9:20 pm.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Have plans for Friday evening?

If not, you do now.

Mosey on down to St. Thomas Roasters near the village square around 8 pm for one of the hottest acts this side of the Mississippi River – music and other forms of entertainment by Frank Cotolo.

Frank has played most major East and West Coast venues, and lives and works out of his home in Grantville these days, far from the madding show business crowds that once enjoyed his act.

Why pay $40, $50 or even $89 and travel miles to hear a fancy smancy concert while crammed into a hot and steamy arena or stadium when you can tickle your ears at St. Thomas Roasters at no cover charge?

All you have to do is stop by Roasters, buy a cup of Joe, grab a comfy seat and enjoy the heck out of a great act – Friday night, 8 to 10 pm.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Village committee meeting on tap

Village of Linglestown Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting Thursday night, June 21, at the old firehouse. Meeting time is 7 pm.

Linglestown area in the news

You can't get there from here ... Temporary closure of bridges on Lockwillow and Blue Ribbon avenues are causing hassles for motorists in the Linglestown area. CLICK HERE for full details from The Patriot-News.

Bruin loves suburbia ... The black bear that wandered through a Lower Paxton Township neighborhood earlier this month is back in the news – but this time she's in northeastern Pennsylvania. CLICK HERE for an article and "eVideo" from WHTM TV-27.

C.D. school budget includes 4.5 percent tax hike ... According to The Patriot-News, a board member who initially voted against a $142 million budget she supported cast the deciding vote the second time around. Say what??? CLICK HERE to read about the controversial happenings at the meeting Monday night.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Lower Paxton Township sewer rates could double

Lower Paxton Township is facing an estimated $67 million bill to fix the aging sewer system that serves neighborhoods west of the village of Linglestown. The project could cause sewer bills to climb from $95 to almost $200 per quarter in next the several years, according to township manager George Wolfe. CLICK HERE for details from Sunday's Patriot-News.

The sewer project is on the board of supervisors' meeting agenda for Tuesday, June 19 (7:30 pm, municipal center, 425 Prince Street). The meeting will be broadcast on Comcast channel 20. CLICK HERE for meeting agenda.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fireworks in Linglestown

According to an upcoming events listing on Linglestown Fire Company's Web site, this year's community fireworks display at Koons Park will be held on Saturday, July 7. The show will start about 9:20 pm.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Village business opening

Gifts Beyond Expectation has opened at 5922 Linglestown Road in the village of Linglestown. The business offers other businesses customized gifts of appreciation for customers, clients, vendors and employees. The Patriot-News, business section, 6/15/07

CLICK HERE for a map that shows the shop's location.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Southern Gospel concert Friday night

The Galloways will be in concert Friday night at 7:30 pm at New Hope Church, 584 Colonial Club Drive. There is no admission fee.

Plan unveiled for fancy restaurant near Linglestown

The Patriot-News reports on a 587-seat restaurant with valet parking, a waterfall and reflecting pools planned for a lot located between the Weis store and Dunkin Donuts on Linglestown Road, about two miles west of the village.

It seems to me that the business is the type of establishment that would be more appropriate for a tourist area. Also, I think it's a bit much for three-lane Linglestown Road, which is state Route 39.

Lower Paxton Township's planning commission is reviewing the plan. The panel serves in an advisory capacity for the township supervisors, who have the final say on all development projects.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Update: C.D. schools

Linglestown residents are getting a new representative on the Central Dauphin school board due to a resignation. CLICK HERE for details from today's Patriot-News.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Street sweeper alert

The township's street sweeping crew is making the rounds in the Linglestown area. Best results are obtained if you move cars off the street.

Jumbo-sized restaurant in the works

Thanks to some digging by Linglestown Gazette reader Q and a Patriot-News article, the location of a planned 587-seat restaurant has been pinpointed.

Below is a partial description of the project from minutes of the Lower Paxton Township Planning Commission meeting on the April 11, 2007:

The township has received a plan for the construction of a restaurant, day spa salon, and office building. The restaurant and day spa salon will be located along the frontage of the property and the office building will be located in the rear of the property. The site is located along the north side of Linglestown Road between the existing Weis Markets and Dunkin Donuts. The property consists of 9.407 acres, is zoned CN, Commercial Neighborhood District and will be served by public sewer and public water.

The Planning Commission is slated to vote on the project Wednesday at 7 pm at the township municipal center, 425 Prince Street.

If eventually approved by the township supervisors, this project would add to the growing traffic congestion on Linglestown Road. CLICK HERE for more information on this issue from today's Patriot-News.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Lower Paxton Township meetings

Tuesday, 5:30 pm - Township Authority (responsible for running township's sewage system); CLICK HERE for meeting agenda.
Tuesday, 7:30 pm - Board of Supervisors

The supervisors will get their first look at a final greenway plan that would allow people to walk and bike to parks and schools, according to today's Patriot-News. CLICK HERE for meeting agenda.
Wednesday, 7:00 pm - Planning Commission (responsible for making recommendations on land development plans and land-use laws)

Members are expected to vote on a proposed 587-seat restaurant with valet parking and reflecting pools, according to today's Patriot-News. If the commission recommends approval of the plan, it will be sent to the Board of Supervisors for final approval. CLICK HERE for meeting agenda.

The proposed restaurant mentioned above appears to be listed under Old Business, item C., Len Maur plan. Please post a comment if you know the location of this planned establishment.
All meetings will be held at the township municipal center, 425 Prince Street.

Hat tip to Q for pointing out previews of meetings in The Patriot-News.

Bear captured near Linglestown

According to today's Patriot News, a 238-pound black bear spent the weekend wandering around the Colonial Park neighborhood of Lower Paxton Township before it was captured Sunday morning.

The report also says the Pennsylvania Game Commission earlier this spring removed four bears that were living in the Linglestown area.

This is the second wildlife-in-suburbia story in recent days. In May, I spotted a doe in Koons Park.
CLICK HERE for a video report on the bear from WHTM TV-27. (Windows Media Player file)

Saturday, June 09, 2007

C.D. girls co-champs in soccer

In between delays for electrical storms, Central Dauphin's girls' soccer team came away with a piece of a state championship last night at Hersheypark Stadium. They tied the defending champs from Central Bucks West 2-2 in double-overtime.

* Patriot-News article
* Philadelphia Inquirer article
* Photos from The Patriot-News
* Video report from WGAL TV-8


Friday, June 08, 2007

C.D. girls' soccer team in state title game

Game time is 7 pm at Hersheypark Stadium. CLICK HERE to read a preview in today's edition of The Patriot-News.


Thursday, June 07, 2007

Correction: Lower Paxton Twp. Web site

Monday's post about Lower Paxton Township's Web site was incorrect.

Linglestown Gazette reader Jay Purdy pointed out in a comment that the township is posting agendas for board of supervisors meetings. They are on the "Event Calendar" page -- the link is located on the home page under "Community Events."

CLICK HERE to view the calendar. Agendas are posted the Friday before a scheduled meeting.

Also, the June 5 supervisors meeting was held on May 29, most likely due to an emergency request for funds to fix Koons Park pool.

Purdy campaign update

Speaking of Jay Purdy ...

He's a candidate for Lower Paxton Township supervisor, and he recently issued a campaign update.

CLICK HERE for details on his plan for working together with neighboring municipalities.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Lower Paxton Twp. meeting tonight

Board of Supervisors meets tonight at 7:30 pm at the muncipal center, 425 Prince Street. Live TV coverage can be viewed on Comcast cable's Channel 20.

On a related note, meeting agendas have not showed up yet on the township's new and improved Web site .

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Linglestown Gazette passes one-year mark

This blog recently completed its first year of service.

About 25 to 30 locals stop by most weekdays, and several people have posted comments.

So, if you're a regular reader - thanks! And, please encourage others to stay informed about local happenings by regularly checking out Linglestown Gazette.

Friday, June 01, 2007

C.D. schools midpack in statewide ranking

Central Dauphin School District was ranked 237 out of 498 Pennsylania districts in a survey conducted by a Pittsburgh business journal.

There's an interesting comment string on this topic on the Linglestown forum at PennLive.com. (See item #112, School Rankings.)