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Open Records Office Offers Webinars in August and September

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Earlier this Summer, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law an act that amended the Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Law. The states Office of Open Records (OOR), will be holding a virtual webinar to explain the amended law, with additional seminars in August and September on related topics.

The amended version of the law requires state government agencies, local municipalities, and school districts to post an agenda online no later than 24 hours before the start of a public meeting, with exceptions, for example, pertaining to “emergency” situations.

The webinar called, “Basics of the Sunshine Act” is on Wednesday, August 11 at 10 a.m., and  will cover the basic information about the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act.

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Additionally, you can view the Power Point presentation here for the informational session.

The webinar is conducted via Skype and you will be asked to download a small application. Please test the link prior to the webinar and speak with your IT department if you encounter issues.  Watch the webinar by visiting: https://meet.lync.com/pagov/ra-dcoortraining/08SFCCF8.

You may also listen to the webinar audio by joining via telephone at (267) 332-8737.  The Conference ID is 783481875.

Additionally, the Office of Open Records has scheduled the following webinars:

  • August 18 at 10 a.m. – Right-to-Know Law Payment Issues
  • August 25 at 10 a.m. – The Right-to-Know Law for Law Enforcement
  • September 1 at 10 a.m. – Right to Know Law Payment Issues
  • September 8 at 10 a.m. – Laws that Protect Information

The opportunity to review an agenda before a public meeting is a positive step towards increasing government accountability and citizen participation,” Office of Open Records Executive Director Liz Wagenseller said. “Access to timely and relevant information is crucial to promoting open and knowledgeable dialogue between citizens and government officials, and we look forward to the continued work of the legislature to improve government responsiveness and transparency.”

The revision to the Sunshine Act specifies no penalties for violating the new requirement to post an agenda 24 hours before a public meeting.  It would be up to a court to determine if the law was violated and any sanctions imposed, Wagenseller said in a Monday e-mail exchange.

Under the Right-to-Know Law, the OOR is required to offer training on the Sunshine Act.  The OOR will conduct a webinar on the Sunshine Act, including the newly enacted SB 554

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Local Government – Bensalem Township

Garbage-Yard Waste Pickup Schedule for Independence Day Holiday

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Bristol Borough
Being that July 4th 2024 falls on the 1st Thursday of the month, which is the Yard Waste Collection day, J.P. Mascaro & Sons will be collecting yard waste the following Thursday, 7/11/2024.

Bristol Twp
A refuse and recycling holiday collection schedule is in effect for this week, beginning July 4th through July 6th due to the Independence Day holiday. There will be no Refuse, Recycling or Yard Waste Collection on Thursday, July 4th. Service scheduled for Thursday will be delayed to Friday, July 5th. All subsequent trash/recycling/yard waste collection will be delayed by one day. For example, pickup normally scheduled for Friday, July 5th will be delayed to Saturday, July 6th. Regular collection services will resume the following week. Please call 267-812-2950 for additional information or questions.

Bensalem
Whitetail Disposal
Collection will be completed on a one day delay for service.
Thursday service will occur on Friday. Friday service will occur on Saturday.
For the remainder of our residential customers, your service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

Falls Township
If the holiday falls on your regular pickup day, trash will be collected on your next regular service day. Recyclables will be picked up on your scheduled service day the following week.

Langhorne Borough
If a scheduled holiday (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) falls on a regularly scheduled pickup day, pickup will be the following day.

Lower Makefield
Residents have private contractors who set their holiday schedule

Middletown Township
When a holiday falls on a collection day, trash will be collected on the next regular collection day. When a holiday falls on a recycling day, recyclables will be collected the following day.

Morrisville
The holiday collection schedule will be on a one day delay from the day of the holiday. For example, a Monday holiday will be a Tuesday pickup, Tuesday will be Wednesday, Wednesday will be Thursday, Thursday will be Friday, and Friday will be Saturday. All pickup days will be delayed by one day during any holiday week. This includes six holidays, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Penndel Borough
Trash and recycling is picked up every Thursday morning. Holiday weeks push trash/recycling pickups to Friday, unless the holiday falls on a Friday.

Tullytown
There will be no bulk or yard waste pickups the week of July 1st through July 5th.  Pickups will resume on Monday, July 8th.

Yardley Borough
Yardley Borough collection days are Wednesday Trash and Recycling – Saturday Trash and Bulk

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PECO: Treefall Causes Damage to Powerline, Roadblocks in Bristol

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A PECO power line pole in Bristol Township went down calling out area first responders Sunday night causing road blockages on Rt 13 and surrounding the area.

Bristol area first responders shut down access to Bath Road from Beaver Dam to Bristol Commerce Park, from Rt 13 and Bath St and even closed a small two block section of Bath Street in Bristol Borough from Buckley Street, to Rt 13.

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PECO confirmed a fire-police call was initiated and their crews responded to the scene. They deemed the area safe from their standpoint and no outages in Bristol were reported, a spokesperson said.

Initial unconfirmed reports coming into Lower Bucks Source were a powerline pole caught fire.

The PECO Outage Map, as of 8:15 pm noted two outages in the Bristol -Bensalem area currently with over a dozen customers impacted.

There were no reported injuries.

In an unrelated incident, PECO said the Bensalem area is experiencing an outage and work crews are on-site with power restoration estimated to be four hours.

Efforts to reach area first responders for comment on the outage and reported fire were unsuccessful as of 8:35 pm

Updates as they come in

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Giant Donates 15,000 Thanksgiving Turkeys to Community Partners

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Today, The GIANT Company announced it will donate a record number of 15,000 Thanksgiving turkeys to food banks and community partners in the Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia communities it serves.

“Since 1923, The GIANT Company has been committed to helping its communities eliminate hunger year-round, but it’s especially important this time of the year to ensure that everyone can enjoy a warm holiday meal with their loved ones,” said John Ruane, president, The GIANT Company. “This year’s donations will deliver more than 125,000 servings of protein to families while creating moments to connect around the table.”

Turkeys will be donated to nearly 40 local food banks and community partners across its footprint. The GIANT Company team members will once again volunteer at food banks packing hunger relief boxes and organizing and restocking shelves in advance of the busy holiday season.

“We are extremely grateful for corporate partners like The GIANT Company for all they do in support of our work to feed the hungry in Berks and Schuylkill counties,” said David Delozier, chief development officer, Helping Harvest. “Together with their generous gifts and volunteer support we are able to make a difference for thousands of children, families, and seniors in our region.”

Customers are also invited to join efforts to combat local food insecurity this November. From Nov. 10 through Nov. 23, customers can also donate free turkey certificates at the register in-store to a local food bank. In addition, customers can purchase reusable bags to benefit Feeding America®.

For more information on the turkey redemption program, including how to donate your turkey certificate, visit giantfoodstores.com/pages/free-turkey-earn.

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