July 15, 2019
MAYOR SORACE JOINS CITY LEADERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN THIRD CLASS OF BLOOMBERG HARVARD CITY LEADERSHIP INITIATIVEYearlong program provides 40 mayors with world-class executive training and coaching to help deliver results for cities Mayor Sorace is ready to explore the latest in leadership and management practices, as one of 40 mayors chosen for an intensive education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. As a member of the Initiative’s 2019-2020 cohort, Mayor Sorace is part of a class of mayors participating in a program delivered by faculty from Harvard Business... read more
June 27, 2019
City offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. There will be NO street sweeping on Thursday, July 4.  Lancaster Parking Authority will not be enforcing street sweeping, metered parking or residential permit parking on Thursday, July 4. There will be no trash collection on Thursday, July 4. Penn Waste trash and recycling collections will be delayed one day - Thursday customers will be collected on Friday, July 5 and Friday customers will be collected on Saturday, July 6. Please note that monthly yard waste collection will begin on Monday, July 1, so Thursday... read more
June 25, 2019
Lancaster Public Art has partnered with the West Lancaster Jewels neighborhood group to paint a community mural on the street in front of Crystal Park at the intersection of Crystal St. and First St. Artist Justin Jones, who lives in the neighborhood, helped create the mural design with input from residents. The design has been outlined on the street, and will be completed at the neighborhood block party on Saturday, June 29. The public is invited to help paint the mural at the block party. The street mural is intended to foster neighborhood pride, create public art and promote traffic safety... read more
June 19, 2019
Americans for the Arts has honored “This Neighborhood Is…” among 50 outstanding public arts projects created in 2018 through the Public Art Network Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. Chosen by public art experts, the roster of selected projects was unveiled on Friday, June 14 at Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention in Minneapolis. This is the 18th year that Americans for the Arts has recognized public art works. The mural, a public art project led by Lancaster residents Salina Almanzar and Osmyn Oree, was... read more
June 19, 2019
We are heartbroken and angry about the violence on our streets and our thoughts are with the Ramos & Marshall families. All of us want it to stop. We’re grateful for all of the information people have shared with the Police regarding recent incidents which significantly helps investigations. These injuries and losses of life will impact our community forever. We see our young people who want to make changes and we want to help them. On Wednesday, June 19, city staff will be meeting with youth organizers to plan a youth rally to come together, grieve and find our path forward together. If... read more
June 10, 2019
In response to the high number of crashes that occur at the intersection of N. Plum St., Park Ave. and E. New St., the City will install a mini roundabout at the intersection on Wednesday, June 12. The roundabout will be created using paint markings and flexible delineators. It will initially be executed as a three- to six-month pilot program. If successful, a more permanent solution will be implemented. The roundabout was considered after resident Andrew Whalen brought concerns to the Traffic Commission about the safety of both the intersection of N. Plum St. and E. Frederick St. as well as... read more
June 7, 2019
Today the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement announced locations selected for Lunch with the Mayor.   Lunch with the Mayor will allow Mayor Sorace to meet with residents in a casual environment where she can learn more about them and their neighborhoods.  Businesses and organizations willing to host were invited to apply in February. The following locations were selected:  Rafiki Shoppe, 1027 Dillerville Rd.  Himalayan Curry & Grill, 22 E. Orange St.  The Alley Kat, 30 W. Lemon St.  Light of the World Church, 148 Locust St.  HUBUB World Market, 257 W. King St.  Church World... read more
June 7, 2019
Today the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement announced the 2019 recipients of the Mayor’s Block Parties.  This year’s recipients include:  600 block of N. Plum St.  200 block of S. Ann St.   600 & 700 blocks of Almanac Ave.   200 block of Ruby St.  W. Strawberry St.  Crystal Park  The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement will fund and assist resident leaders and neighborhood groups with planning and executing block parties in their neighborhoods.  Dates for the block parties are still be finalized by the applicants.   “We’ve asked neighbors what they consider a strong... read more
June 5, 2019
Recipients of Love Your Block mini-grants will soon begin beautification and cleanup projects on Howard Avenue and in the ChurchTowne neighborhood. Projects were selected for grants between 500 and 2,000 dollars earlier this spring. One project has already been completed. The Cultured Professional Network, lead by resident Marquis Lupton, performed a cleanup outside and on the façade of the Crispus Attucks Community Center on Saturday, May 18. This was the first step of the group’s initiative to rehab the space and provide programming for community education. “[It’s] such an iconic building... read more
June 4, 2019
The first cohort of Neighborhood Leaders Academy kicked off their six-week training and grant program on Monday, June 3 at City Hall. Classes will continue every Monday through July 8.   The Neighborhood Leaders Academy was created to identify and cultivate neighborhood leaders. The program will empower leaders throughout Lancaster neighborhoods to encourage one another, identify community problems, and plan projects to remedy the issues. Topics to be covered include the role of local government, what different city departments do, what resources are available to neighborhood leaders, how to... read more