Governor Wolf Announces Plymouth Township, Luzerne County is Ready to Terminate Distressed Status

first_img May 03, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Plymouth Township, Luzerne County is Ready to Terminate Distressed Status Economy,  Press Release,  Results Plymouth, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Plymouth Township’s status as a distressed municipality, under Act 47, has been terminated. Plymouth Township is the third municipality to exit Act 47 under the Wolf administration.“Today’s signing is a celebration of the hard work and commitment by Plymouth Township’s leaders and residents to taking the necessary steps for improving the financial position of the township,” said Governor Wolf. “The road to fiscal stability is paved with tough decisions, teamwork, and dedication. It’s through these hard moments that strong, stable communities are established in Pennsylvania.”Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin issued a determination letter in Plymouth Township’s Municipal Building today, finding that termination of the township’s distressed status was appropriate under Section 255.1 of Act 47. Davin made the decision after a thorough review of the city’s audits, financial data, and the record from a public hearing held on March 10, 2016.“It’s been a long haul. It was a rough ride with nearly a million dollars in debt. We’ve had a lot of help from a lot of people,” said Gale Conrad, Chairperson of the Plymouth Township Board of Supervisors. “I thank the residents because they did without and they had faith in us. It has been a very hard, long storm, but with everybody, we weathered it. “The Hearing Officer’s report indicated the township is demonstrating sound financial management practices, is on stable financial footing and that all operating fund deficits have been eliminated. The Hearing Officer also determined that the city now has the tools to make the decisions necessary to maintain responsible budgets, meet its obligations to vendors and creditors and provide essential services to township residents.“Today’s ceremony is the result of hard work and effective, dedicated leadership. Twelve years ago Township Supervisors Gail Conrad, Ed Brennan, and the late Mike Manley made the difficult decision to ask the DCED for help. Plymouth Township was faced with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and needed a plan for its future,” said Senator John Yudichak. “In later years, township leaders, including my father Joseph Yudichak and Christine Koturak, helped keep the recovery on track and met the challenge of overcoming three floods. This exit from Act 47 is truly a credit to the entire community that rallied around their leaders to secure their future.”“It’s been a long journey for township officials to get to this point,” said Representative Gerald Mullery. “I applaud everyone for coming together to shed the label of being a distressed municipality.”Plymouth Township was designated as distressed under Act 47 on July 27, 2004. This determination was made after years of uncontrolled spending and inadequate financial day-to-day management. The township suffered from insufficient revenues, the inability to control expenditures, and using debt to maintain necessary services.The township, working with the Act 47 Coordinator and DCED, developed its original Recovery Plan in 2005. The plan, and its update in 2010, was designed to stabilize the township’s finances and operations. Along with many other components, the township’s recovery efforts included a change to a Home Rule Charter form of government, an increase in revenues supported by increasing the resident earned income tax rate, a countywide property reassessment in 2009, controls on expenditures, better overall management, and elimination of indebtedness.The Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, Act 47 of 1987, was enacted to provide a broad-based program of fiscal management oversight, technical assistance, planning and financial aid to municipalities experiencing severe fiscal distress.For more information on Act 47 or the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Spain needs football, claims Real Madrid star

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has claimed Spain needs football for economic support and to provide a distraction for fans. Players across Spanish football have begun to return to individualised training sessions after all 42 member clubs of La Liga – representing the top two divisions – underwent coronavirus testing last week. Spanish football has been suspended since the middle of March but 11 rounds of league action remain in the 2019/20 campaign, which La Liga chief Javier Tebas has continually insisted will be finished. “The country needs football for economic support and as a distraction for people,” Ramos told Movistar, as cited by Marca. “I’m dying to compete again and for La Liga to get back to normal, but we have to be disciplined to defeat this virus. “I would like to play at the Bernabéu but it is under construction at the moment. The important thing is they (the matches) are played.Advertisement Read Also: Messi donates €500k towards the fight against COVID-19 Tebas insisted on Movistar, as cited by Marca, that whilst the league will continue to adhere to advice from Spanish health authorities, they remain confident that there is a minimal risk of staging the remainder of the games. Diario AS have built upon an initial report from Cadena Ser that the league plan to get the campaign back underway with a Seville derby on 12 June and that there is a plan to complete the league fixtures by July with fixtures on every day. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img “Our goal is to be champions.” Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearMost Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of AmericaThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Big Movie Stars Who Got Famous Thanks To Soap Operaslast_img read more

Bucksport native wins at Autumn Trail Race

first_imgSULLIVAN — Bucksport’s Clifford Watson earned a first-place finish in the 8-mile run at Sunday’s Frenchman Bay Conservancy Autumn Trail Race.A total of 72 runners competed in the event at Sumner Memorial High School. The event featured 4- and 8-mile races and was held in conjunction with the Oct. 29 Wildlands Trail Race.Watson, 35, finished in 1 hour, 6 minutes, 31 seconds to beat out second-place finisher Eric Mauricette of Baileyville. Bar Harbor natives Jeremy Dougherty, Bryant Perkins and Peter Keeney finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.In the 4-mile race, Tremont’s Finian Burns finished first with a time of 34:45. Bar Harbor’s Jennifer VanDongen was second, and Sol Lorio (Blue Hill), Rowan Gagne (Franklin) and Tim Fisher (Gouldsboro) rounded out the top five.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Defensive mishaps plague No. 10 Syracuse in loss against No. 1 Connecticut

first_img Comments In a scoreless game midway through the first quarter, Connecticut lined up for a penalty corner. Abby Gooderham’s shot deflected off of two Syracuse defenders and under goalie Borg van der Velde’s pads. As the ball dribbled out, midfielder Jamie Martin and back Roos Weers repeatedly swung at it. They never completed the clear. Instead, Connecticut’s Jessica Dembrowski converted, sinking the ball into the back of the cage. This defensive error, along with two others throughout the game, overshadowed an otherwise strong defensive game by the No. 10 Orange in a 3-0 loss to No. 1 Connecticut Sunday afternoon at J.S Coyne Stadium.For the majority of Sunday’s loss, Syracuse’s defenders contained a potent offense. The Orange cleared odd-man rushes and deflected shots away from the cage and goalie Borg van der Velde. Untimely defensive errors where what plagued Syracuse in its second consecutive loss.“Statistically, we were dead even,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “It’s a matter of taking big moments and learning from them, which we will.”Connecticut (6-0), didn’t overpower Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) with their offense like it has previous opponents. The Huskies average more than four goals per game, and have scored under 3 goals once. On Sunday, they tied the Orange in shots with six apiece and had what Bradley described as a nearly equal time of possession.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the second half, freshman back Sasha Bull’s pass in from the sideline never made it to a Syracuse stick. Pieper intercepted the pass and carried the ball forward. Moments later she reverse hit the ball into the top portion of the Syracuse goal.“It happens,” Weers said regarding Bull’s turnover. “It’s up to me to ask for the ball there in the back, but like I said, it happens. Initially, I wasn’t too happy, but I just had to give her confidence, and she bounced back immediately.”The third UConn goal was similar to its first. With just over a minute left, Gooderham’s shot on the penalty corner was saved by van der Velde. The rebound bounced off of Weers’ shin and onto the stick of Svea Boker’s stick, and her diving shot found the back of the cage.“You have to box out, it’s just like basketball, and not stand up and watch it,” Bradley said regarding her team’s difficulty with clearing rebounds at times during the game. “When you have a 24- or 25-year-old Olympian, you can’t give a wide open shot to somebody like that.”With the exception of these three error, however, the Orange defenders didn’t allow the Connecticut attackers any open pathways to the cage. Less than 2 minutes after her turnover, Bull broke up a centering pass on a Connecticut attack, knocking the ball out of bounds off of a driving Husky. Bull and Weers, along with junior back Claire Webb, played all 70 minutes in the game.The bright spots against a top team are what excites Bradley headed into the ACC schedule.“It’s a learning moment,” she said. “Connecticut’s the gold standard, they haven’t lost a game in 29 games now, dating back to 2016.“We’ve got more opportunities in front of us, and we’ve just have to get out there on our own, practice, and get better,” Bradley continued. “This is an opportunity of where do we want to get in November.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 9, 2018 at 7:14 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

Syracuse unable to stop Boston College’s top player, Sam Apuzzo

first_img Published on February 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm Contact Kaci: Comments Syracuse knew going into the game against Boston College, it was going to be challenged. Not just because the Eagles are the No. 1 ranked team in the country but because of reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Sam Apuzzo.Apuzzo’s last-second goal against the Orange last season handed SU a 13-12 loss. Two years ago, it was Apuzzo’s five goals and two assists that led Boston College over SU in the first round of the NCAA tournament. She’s an offensive weapon the Orange have seen multiple times before, and one they still haven’t figured out how to stop. In what could be the last time No. 11 Syracuse (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) faces a No. 1 Boston College (2-0, 1-0) team led by Apuzzo, the Orange allowed seven goals to the senior attacker, as well as two assists. She helped BC dominate in draw controls —18-10 over SU — and accounted for a third of the won draws. While the defense was successful in the opening 20 minutes, it was unable to contain Apuzzo for the full 60 minutes. “Basically everything about her makes her dangerous,” SU goalie Asa Goldstock said. “She’s so creative.” Syracuse was the first on the board but Apuzzo responded during the Eagles ensuing possession. The defense worked to shut her down for the first 15 minutes of the game as the Orange went on a 7-2 scoring run. Apuzzo didn’t record a shot during the run before she put another goal on the board for the Eagles. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGait gave the defense credit after the game for its performance in the first half, holding the top-ranked team to two goals in the opening 20 minutes. Goldstock recorded seven saves in the first half, more than double the three saves per game she averaged in SU’s first two matchups. Once Apuzzo scored her second goal, BC was able to go on a three-goal run to end the half and a 6-1 run through most of the second half. “As a player, she’s very shifty.” Alexa Radziewicz said. “We as a unit did very well against her,” Apuzzo’s first goal of the second frame gave BC its first lead, one it would maintain for the final 24 minutes of the game. Dancing the crease near SU’s goal, the attacker swung her stick around her body and shot the ball past Goldstock and into the net.  She hit two more before SU was able to retaliate. It was Apuzzo’s ability to catch and shoot that made her a threat to SU’s defense. There were times when she’d be open and a teammate would pass her the ball before anyone in Orange could tell Apuzzo had possession.“We needed to talk a little more,” Radziewicz said. “In that second half they obviously made an adjustment. I think we did really well in the defense we were in but if we had just made a bit of an adjustment then we’d be fine.”Apuzzo dominated in draw control, too. Junior Emily Hawryschuk started the game in the center, lining up against Apuzzo. When the whistle blew, Apuzzo flicked her stick, knocking the ball toward her teammate, giving BC the opening possession. Based on how the draw control is set, players can figure out which direction the ball is most likely going, Hawryschuk said,  something Apuzzo was able to take advantage of. Apuzzo won six of BC’s 18 draw controls and helped in the majority of the team’s other 12 controls. The three players that lined up at the draw for SU against her combined for one draw control. After she scored BC’s 14th goal, Syracuse was able to get in two more goals and cut BC’s lead to two with 40 seconds left. It was Apuzzo’s skill during the final draw control that sealed the victory for the Eagles. The whistle blew and she reached her stick up quicky, tipping the ball toward a teammate. BC won its final possession, and held onto the ball to win. “She has the ability to completely fake me out or be everywhere on the field at once,” Goldstock said. “We were trying to find her. She scored seven goals on us. It was really important for us to find her on the field but once we’d find her, two seconds later she’d be on the other side of the field.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Jamaican Consul General to serenade at Valentine’s show

first_imgJamaica’s Consul General Oliver Mair will make his US singing debut on Saturday February 16th, 2019, as he performs in the Steve Higgins & Friends’ Valentine’s concert “Falling for You” in Davie, Florida. This show is in association with The Jamaica Tourist Board and Partners for Youth Foundation.Cameo appearanceMair will make a cameo appearance along with Higgins as the duo promises to serenade some lucky ladies with choice love songs, which will be followed by the CG’s long anticipated solo act.“Oliver Mair has long been an aficionado of the arts, has great stage presence, lovely vocal instrument the skilled performer who has in fact written and directed his own productions.  We are thrilled to have him debut with us here in Florida and you are all in for an extraordinary treat!” said Higgins, who has actually acted in one of Mair’s productions in Jamaica.The Consul General joins performers April Marr, Amaya Lewis and Master Matthew Higgins – (the protege of Steve Higgins), in what promises to be an unforgettable evening of elegance, great music and good family fun. “I am thrilled to be back on stage singing with Steve Higgins & The Crew here in Florida and supporting the Partners for Youth Foundation, and I sure am looking forward to seeing everyone there!”“Falling for you” will feature a variety of songs including Broadway, Ballads, Classical music, love songs, Island music and much more in an elegant, romantic setting. The concert will be punctuated with fun, laughter and love tips.The Show kicks off promptly at 7:00 pm at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 5850 South Pine Island Road in Davie, corner of Stirling and Pine Island Roads.Part proceeds will benefit the Partners for Youth Foundation, which partners with the SOS Children’s Village as well as the STEP Center in Kingston, Jamaica.For Tickets, visit; email or call 954-673-5885.The Steve Higgins & Friends Valentine’s Concert is produced courtesy of Steve Higgins Productions, offering excellence in diverse musical performances for all occasions. The Partners for Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization 501(C)(3) striving to develop our youth emotionally, socially, academically, and culturally. Find us on Facebook @SingerSteveHiggins or log onto www.stevehigginsproductions.comlast_img read more

MLB Futures Game 2019: Full rosters, start time, TV channel, schedule

first_imgTwo days before the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, some of baseball most promising prospects will compete in the Futures Game.The event, slated for July 7, will pit top American League talents against the best from the National League. Thirty-six players on Baseball America’s list of the top 100 prospects will feature in the contest. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNA few players from last year’s Futures Game are already big league contributors. Examples include Yordan Alvarez (Astros), Keston Hiura (Brewers) and Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres). It’s likely that several youngsters in the latest showcase will soon break through to MLB as well.Sporting News lists the full rosters for each team and, below them, answers frequently asked questions regarding the 2019 Futures Game.MLB All-Star rosters | Futures Game roster | Celebrity softball game rosterAmerican League Futures Game full rosterThe AL team will be managed by Jim Thome. Notable staffers include Sean Casey and Nick Punto.PitchersPlayerTeamLevelBrendan McKayRaysMLBJ.B. BukauskasAstrosAAJustin DunnMarinersAADeivi GarciaYankeesAAMatt ManningTigersAANate PearsonBlue JaysAABrady SingerRoyalsAADL HallOriolesAGrayson RodriguezOriolesAJordan BalazovicTwinsAPosition playersPos.PlayerTeamLevelCJake RogersTigersAAACSam HuffRangersACRonaldo HernandezRaysAIFJorge MateoA’sAAAIFNick MadrigalWhite SoxAAIFIsaac ParedesTigersAAIFEvan WhiteMarinersAAIFWander FrancoRaysAIFNolan JonesIndiansAIFRoyce LewisTwinsAOFDaniel JohnsonIndiansAAAOFJo AdellAngelsAAOFJarren DuranRed SoxAAOFLuis RobertWhite SoxAAOFJarred KelenicMarinersANational League Futures Game full rosterThe NL team will be managed by Dennis Martinez. Notable staffers include Omar Vizquel and Jerry Manuel.PitchersPlayerTeamLevelAdbert AlzolayCubsMLBBen BowdenRockiesAAAAnthony KayMetsAAAIan AndersonBravesAADustin MayDodgersAAAdrian MorejonPadresAASixto SanchezMarlinsAALuis PatinoPadresAMacKenzie GorePadresAPosition playersPos.PlayerTeamLevelCDaulton VarshoDiamondbacksAACJoey BartGiantsACMiguel AmayaCubsAIFWill CraigPiratesAAAIFIsan DiazMarlinsAAAIFCarter KieboomNationalsAAAIFAlec BohmPhilliesAAIFGavin LuxDodgersAAIFNolan GormanCardinalsAOFMonte HarrisonMarlinsAAAOFDylan CarlsonCardinalsAAOFChristian PacheBravesAAOFTaylor TrammellRedsAAOFHeliot RamosGiantsAOFAlek ThomasDiamondbacksAWhat time is the 2019 Futures Game?The annual contest will take place Sunday, July 7, at 7 p.m. ET.What channel is the Futures Game on TV?It will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed on The announcers for the matchup are Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds and Jim Callis.Where will the Futures Game be played?Progressive Field in Cleveland will host the Futures Game in the buildup to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.Which MLB team has the most Futures Game prospects?Barring late changes to the rosters, the Rays, Mariners, Padres, Marlins and Tigers are tied for the lead with three Futures Game members apiece. Every MLB team has at least one representative.What is the format for the competition?Unlike in previous seasons, when the Futures Game pitted a World team against a U.S. team, this year’s version is separated by American League and National League. The change makes the contest more comparable to the MLB All-Star Game than it was in the past.Another difference is the length of the game. For the first time, it will be an abbreviated seven-inning affair. Starting lineups will be determined by Jim Thome and Dennis Martinez, the respective managers for each squad.Who votes on the Futures Game roster? writes that rosters are determined as such:”Major League Baseball, in conjunction with MLB Pipeline, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team.”How long has the Futures Game existed?The Futures Game has been around since 1999, when Boston hosted the first edition.last_img read more

Record Number of Participants on the Sarajevo Half Marathon

first_imgThe first runners of the 10th Coca-Cola Sarajevo half marathon went through the finish line, and the fastest runners ended this race in about 70 minutes.The first place in this year’s half marathon won Hungarian Barnabas Bene, who ran 21 kilometers in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 36 seconds. Second place went to Hungarian Tamas Nagy, while the third place went to BH half-marathon runner, Srdjan Samardzic.The fastest woman was Sladjana Perunovic from Montenegro, the second was Hungarian Tunde Szabo, and the third was BH runner Danijela Kuna.According to organizers, this year’s Coca-Cola Sarajevo half marathon broke all previous records, since there was 2,500 registered participants and more than 1,100 registered half-marathon runners who ran the entire 21-kilometer track.Association Marathon Sarajevo continues its mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle. The winners of the half marathon will receive valuable prizes, while all the participants who completed the race received medals and gifts from sponsors.(Source: I. P./ read more