January 16, 2015
We’re here today to announce the launch of the Common Sense Lancaster Legal Defense Fund. This is in response to a lawsuit against the City filed earlier this week by the Virginia-based National Rifle Association. This NRA action is being taken against the City for an Ordinance adopted in 2009 that requires city residents to report a lost or stolen gun within three days of discovering that it’s missing. I stand here today with our City Council members to tell City taxpayers – and the Pennsylvania General Assembly – why we need this simple, common sense ordinance and why we’re fighting against... read more
January 14, 2015
Yesterday, families of the victims in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School filed suit against the town of Newton and its school board for failure to protect school children from gun violence. Today, the Virginia-based NRA filed suit against the City of Lancaster for trying to protect our citizens and visitors from gun violence. We believe it's reasonable -- and compliant with state law -- to require that people report a lost or stolen firearm within three days of discovering that it's missing. This common sense ordinance in no way imposes any type of hardship on any law abiding... read more
January 12, 2015
LNP’s Editorial Board has called upon city officials to “restore the public’s confidence in the city’s safety.” Indeed, instilling confidence in the safety, vitality and livability of the City of Lancaster is my most important responsibility. I accept that responsibility without reservation or equivocation. As mayor, I will continue to do everything government can do to maintain and enhance Lancaster’s safety and its stature as a premier community in which to live or conduct business. The murder of Nicole Mathewson was a senseless and vicious act, a loss of immeasurable magnitude, a cause of... read more
December 23, 2014
While installing Silent Symphony, the artists were asked by a couple people if they ever use their sculptures to power something. The artists' response mirrored what public art advisory board member Libby Modern discovered recently through her own project: it takes a lot to power something. John Whitaker's comment was, "With the amount of energy the sculptures produce they would be lucky to power a light bulb - not everything we create has to DO something, some things are just fun to look at, think about and enjoy!" Read more about Libby's project on her blog.
December 19, 2014
Due to demand and customer requests, the Recycling Drop Off Center located at 850 New Holland Avenue will expand weekday hours.  Beginning January 1, 2015, the Center will open earlier in each day, including Monday.  New hours will be Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Saturday hours remain the same from 8:00 a.m. – Noon.  The Center accepts various types of paper. For information or questions please call the Solid Waste Hotline at (717) 291-4762.
December 19, 2014
Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, City offices will be closed on: Thursday, December 25; Friday, December 26; and Thursday, January 1. There will be no Street Cleaning on Thursday, December 25 or Thursday, January 1.  City curbside collection of trash and recyclables scheduled for December 25 & 26 and January 1 & 2 will be delayed one day. Residents with Friday collection are reminded to set out trash and recycling at curbside by 2:00 AM on Saturday morning since Penn Waste will begin early. The Recycling Drop Off Center located at 850 New Holland Avenue will be closed ... read more
December 17, 2014
In troubled times, it is important for us all to come together. In the wake of recent violence, a candlelight vigil will be held in Lancaster’s Penn Square on Thursday evening, from 7-8 p.m. The event will allow people to join together in prayer, reflection and mutual support. All are welcome. Downtown churches are being asked to ring their bells for one minute, beginning at 7:30 p.m. "After the tragic events of the last several days with random gun violence, the senseless killing of a schoolteacher followed by a suicide in Lancaster City, many of us are looking for answers and healing,” said... read more
December 10, 2014
The City of Lancaster will be holding an auction on Saturday, December 20. Inspection begins at 8 AM, and the auction will start at 9 AM. The auction will take place in the City Armory at 599 Chesapeake Street. Please note that this will be held in an unheated building. Cash or PA check only. In the event of a blizzard, the auction will be held on Saturday, December 27. Items up for bid will include:      Approximately 80 Bicycles, child and adult      Approximately 60 File cabinets: 2,4,5 & 6 drawers, including lateral files      Computer Desks and Antique Tables      2 Door Refrigerator... read more
November 24, 2014
Residential trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday beginning Thursday, November 27. Thursday’s route will run Friday, November 28. Friday’s route will run Saturday. November 29. Friday customers should set out trash on Friday evening since the contractor will begin collection at 2:00 AM on Saturday. Contact the Solid Waste Hotline at 291-4744 with questions. City offices will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28.
November 10, 2014
By Mike ShapiroOriginally posted on Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s small but historic Crystal Park is located in a racially diverse and economically distressed neighborhood rich in history.   The neighborhood once served as a welcome gate to the southwest corner of the city but suffered neglect.  The park was no different, and long had been underutilized by local residents.  When Lancaster implemented its Green Infrastructure Plan, neighbors of the park considered it an important focus for the city’s redevelopment efforts.  Nearly one year later, neighbors love the space.  Use of the... read more