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Berks Weekly

July 18, 2019

Reading and Berks County News

READING UNITED WIN 5-0 OVER LEHIGH UNITED

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LONNIE WALKER IV GIVES BACK BY HOSTING BASKETBALL CAMP Lonnie Walker IV may be known to the world as a San Antonio Spurs Shooting Guard, but to Reading, he’s family. Staying true to his roots, Walker hopes to use his stardom to inspire the next generation, on and off the court. To give back to the community who has always supported him, Walker hosted his inaugural ‘Lonnie Walker IV Basketball Camp’ on Wednesday at Reading High’s Geigle Complex. With young fans eager to meet the NBA star, Walker took a few moments to talk with Reading Magazine about being back in his

home town. “This camp was just to give back to the City of Reading” Walker says. “For having all these basketball courts and parks that I used every single day.” Speaking about his rise to fame Walker wants people to know he’s still a down to earth guy. “I’m still the humbled little kid who came to Reading High.” Walker says. “I know who I am now, but that doesn’t gotta change who I am.” Spending the week in his hometown, Walker has visited the Children’s Home of Reading, YMCA,

and will be holding an autograph session at Friday’s Fightin’ Phils Game. If you attend the baseball game, the first 2,000 kids get a free Lonnie Walker IV bobble head. Before getting back to the basketball camp, Walker had one last message for the City of Reading. “I love each and every one of you, everyone means so much to me. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, spreading positivity and inspiration to everyone else, so I just want to say thank you to the City of Reading, Pennsylvania.”

EXOTIC BIRDS STOLEN FROM THE OLEY TURNPIKE DAIRY ZOO

FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST MISSION FUND AWARDS $39,475 IN GRANTS The mission of the former First United Church of Christ in Reading continues. A charitable fund that the church established before closing has awarded 11 grants totaling $39,475. The First United Church of Christ Mission Fund of Berks County Community Foundation recently released its second annual round of grants. The beneficiaries were organizations that provide summer and after-school activities for children and/or feed and clothe those in need. In 2017, after 264 years of serving the community, First United Church of Christ closed. The church transferred its endowment to the Community Foundation to continue the church’s mission. This year, the First UCC Mission Fund committee recommended the following awards. $5,625 to Café Esperanza, which is a planned pay-what-youcan café. The café is intended to alleviate hunger in Reading by serving nutritious food to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. The café

also plans to promote healthy eating through education, such as nutrition and cooking classes. $5,000 to New Journey Community Outreach Inc. for programs that feed, clothe, and support those in need in Reading. The organization is the largest daily soup kitchen in downtown Reading. It serves more than 4,000 individuals or families annually with more than 31,000 meals and more than 20,000 articles of clothing. $5,000 to the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts after-school arts program. This free program serves approximately 350 youth with dynamic, interactive art programs. $5,000 to The Salvation Army of Reading for its summer day camp. The camp allows children to maintain and increase educational skills throughout the summer while also engaging them in fun and interesting activities. $5,000 to Olivet Boys & Girls Club for scholarships for its eight-week summer camp. The camp also reduces hunger among children in Reading. The camp

serves breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily. $3,900 to Community Prevention Partnership for its “Feeding and Nurturing Families” program. The program reduces hunger among low-income families with young children. $3,000 to Berks Youth Chorus to provide a variety of life-changing musical opportunities to more than 140 youth. $2,250 to First Senior Center of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. The center offers seniors meals and opportunities for socialization, education, and exercise. $1,800 to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ for its Opportunity House Service Group. The volunteer group serves hot, nutritious meals to the homeless residents of Opportunity House in Reading. $1,800 to Berks Counseling Center to run a summer camp for children age 6 to 12 who are in the organization’s housing program. $1,100 to the YMCA for scholarships for children age 6 to 12 to attend Summer Adventure Camp.

Three exotic birds were stolen from the Oley Turnpike Dairy zoo this past week. According to the Central Berks Regional Police Department, the burglary occurred between Tuesday, 9:30pm and Wednesday, 5am. The locally famous diner and zoo is home to over 80 different mammals and birds from Alpacas to Wallaby’s. Investigators are not certain if the burglary was conducted by one or more people. However, they do know the individual(s) forcibly entered the pen that housed the exotic animals. Three out of the six parrots, two green and one multi-colored, were stolen from their cages. Police also believe that this incident may be linked to two other unsolved burglaries that occurred this year where exotic birds were stolen. The other burglaries include February, 17, 2019, at Diane’s Pet Center, a Pionus parrot stolen around 3-4am. On May 27, 2019, at Pena Auto Service in Reading, a Grey parrot and green parrot stolen at 2:15am.

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The Oley Turnpike Dairy has taken to Facebook to help spread the word about the stolen Parrots. “It is with heavy heart that we at the petting zoo have to inform everyone that yet again someone broke into our zoo and stole three of our beloved birds” and early morning Facebook post said. “One was a Severe Macaw named Hines and two Hahn’s Mcaws Max and Aries.” This is not the first time Parrots have been stolen from the petting zoo. 4 Parrots were also stolen from the zoo in July of 2017. “We want to thank everyone for sharing the story, kind words and prayers for their return.” states a mid Saturday afternoon Facebook post. “Just to clarify yes we have cameras, no they did not catch the criminal, yes we have everything locked up. Yes we have the police drive by every night, yes we love our animals more than a job.” Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to contact the Central Berks Regional Police Department, Det. Sgt. Deron Manndel at 610-779-1100 EXT. 235 or dmanndel@centralberks.org.

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READING MAYOR cancels FLYING OF rainbow PRIDE FLAG AT CITY HALL

FAMILIES IN READING RECEIVE FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES AT COMMUNITY EVENT To help local families with the upcoming back to school season, the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading hosted its annual ‘Back to School and Community Event’ at the 6th and Amity Playground Wednesday afternoon. Even with the high summer heat, hundreds of families and kids packed the park for free food, community resources, and school supplies. Spearheading the event was DoubleTree by Hitlon Reading’s own Human Resources Director, Alneasa Jordan. She tells us the event wouldn’t be possible without the community. “We are hear to celebrate Reading” Jordan said during the opening announcements. To prepare for the event, Jordan gathered over 25 community vendors to provide free school supplies, community resources, and activities for kids. Partnering up with Penske, Jordan was able to provide 650 backpacks to local families, all free. Kids would then take their

backpacks to vendors across the park to fill up on school supplies. “Penske has been part of the local Reading community for 50 years. Giving back to the community is part of who we are as a company,” said Randy Ryerson, director of communications at Penske Truck Leasing. “We’re excited to have so many Penske leaders from across North America, who were here in Reading attending a company training session held at the DoubleTree. They supported and led this event. Together, they donated backpacks filled with much-needed school supplies for local kids heading into the new school year.” In addition to school supplies, the community event also featured free haircuts by American Barber Academy, demo by Star City Boxing, and community information vendors Abilities in Motion, Reading Area Community College, Ready Set Read, and more. Food provided by William Johnson, unofficial manager of 6th and Amity Park.

BRIDGE WORK TO CLOSE 73 IN MAIDEN CREEK TOWNSHIP

BERKS COUNTY UNDER EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH UNTIL SUNDAY

In addition to the Heat Advisory already issued by the National Weather Service this morning, the weather agency has also issued an Excessive Heat Watch for Friday through Sunday, July 19-21, 2019. The combination of heat and high humidity will lead to dangerously hot conditions through the weekend across much of the region. The Excessive Heat Watch includes Berks County and the entire region. Heat index values 100 to 110 Thursday, then 110 to 115 Friday through Sunday due to temperatures in the mid to upper 90s, and dewpoints in the mid 70s. Some areas may reach 100 degrees for daytime temperatures on Saturday. The highest heat index values will occur around mid day. Additional advisories or warnings are expected during subsequent days. The excessive heat may quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke. A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1. An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

PennDot announced this week it will close down a portion of 73 in Maiden Creek Township to repair the bridge spanning Willow Creek. The Main Street Bridge over Willow Creek is a two span, concrete T-beam structure that was built in 1927. According to PennDot, this section 73 has an average daily traffic volume of 6,660 vehicles. Traffic will be detoured on US 222/ Allentown Pike and Park Road. Significant delays expected. Local access will be maintained for property owners only. Work includes concrete deck repairs, concrete beam and substructure repairs, bearing repairs, joint repairs/joint sealing, and scour countermeasures/channel repairs. PennDot states work on the bridge will begin July 24, 2019. Estimated completion date is August 23, 2019.

A Pride flag raising ceremony held at Reading’s City Hall was abruptly cancelled Monday night by Mayor Wally Scott. The event was planned to mark the beginning of Reading’s Pride Celebration, but instead quickly turned into a heated argument between Reading City Council President Jeffrey S. Waltman, Sr. and Councilwomen Donna Reed on the steps of City Hall. Anticipating opening remarks by city officials, a crowd gathered at the steps. Just as the crowd gathered an argument broke out been to the two council members. It was then the group learned the disappointing news, the flag could not be flown due to an order by Mayor Wally Scott. Waltman explained to the crowd that he was just notified by the mayor by phone that city council could not take part in the events. “He says he doesn’t support putting up flags for causes” says Waltman. “I apologize, but we can’t go against the Mayors wishes. The Mayor has instructed the administration not participate in the raising of the flag.” This answer did not sit well with the crowd of supporters, including councilwomen Reed. “This is the peoples Mayor everyone” Reed says sarcastically. “But not all of us people.” After a few back and forth statements Councilwomen Reed suggested the group walk to 9th and Washington Street to protest the matter. Leading with the Pride flag, the group made their way down the block. Once they arrived several residents gave their opinion on the matter. “Our flag is being kept off the pole, so tomorrow I’m talking with the Human Relations Commission about this to see if we have a stance for discrimination.” Says Ernie Scheleg to the group standing on the street corner. “We went through the protocol for checking everything out.” says Reed. “I contacted the Managing Director, I was told this flag would fly through the 21st. My apologizes to all of you, I don’t control the Mayor. I look forward to another year when one of the people standing here will be Mayor, and we won’t have this kind of discrimination.”

ENJOY CAR CRUISE ‘N CONCERT AT THE BERKS COUNTY HERITAGE CENTER The Berks County Parks and Recreation will host ‘Car Cruise ‘n Concert’, Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the Berks County Heritage Center from 10am to 4pm. Antique, classic, muscle cars and trucks welcome from the 70’s and earlier for a special Car Cruise ‘n Concert. Registration begins at 9:00am. No cost for Cruise participants, with dash plaques available to the first 50 vehicles (pre-registration suggested). Rain or Shine. No pets or alcohol permitted. Non-judged show, but ribbon awards given at 1:30 pm for ‘Best of Show’, ‘Oldest Vehicle’, ‘People Pleaser’, ‘Farthest Distance Driven’ and ‘Directors Choice’ by Decade. Concerts begin at 11 am with Jeff Krick Sr’s Elvis Tribute Show, and at 2 pm,

Mitch and the Mood Swings will take the stage. Bring chairs or blankets, and your dancing shoes! Refreshments available in the barn, or visit one of our food trucks. $5 per car fee collected for concert attendees. www.jeffkrick.com, www.mitchandthemoodswings. com This program is presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 610-3742944. Visit www.countyofberks.com/ parks or find us on Facebook and Instagram under Berks County Parks and Recreation. The Berks County Heritage Center is located at 1102 Red Bridge Road, Reading.

READING UNITED WIN 5-0 OVER LEHIGH UNITED Packed with regional soccer fans Reading United hosted rival Lehigh Valley United Sunday night at Wilson High School’s John Gurski Stadium. As Reading’s last home game, the team celebrated with fan appreciation night, giving away t-shirts, mini soccer balls, and hosting a post game autograph session. Starting strong, Reading quickly gained the lead scoring their first goal in the first 15 minutes by Felipe Hideki. Minutes later Hideki scores again with a penalty kick. Taking no time off and forcing Lehigh Valley United’s hand, Troy Anspacher comes back a minute later to score Reading’s third goal. Reading lead lasted until the half 3-0. The second half of the game was full of exciting action, with Hideki’s scoring another goal, 3rd for the night, seventh for the season. To finish out the game, Bakary Bagayoko scored the final goal, leaving Lehigh Valley defeated 5-0.

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Mayoral candidate Eddie Moran also spoke to the crowd. “I’ve always talked about synergy, I’ve always talked about embracing diversity in our community, and I think that’s the only way our city is going to move forward.” Reading City Hall has flown several flags other than the US, state, or city flag over the years. They include the POW-MIA flag, Flag of Puerto Rico (2017), French flag (2016), and the Dominican flag (2019). In a statement posted to Facebook Monday night, The LGBT Center of Greater Reading offers a message of hope to the community. “What was supposed to be a proud and historical moment in history today for the City of Reading, the LGBTQ+ community and our allies, turned into a show of blatant, unacceptable discrimination.” “To those who were on the street today in support; and to those who were with us in spirit, we are resilient; we will continue the fight for our rights. We see you, hear you, support you and celebrate you. Stay authentic and know you’re loved.” The group eventually made their way back to city hall, posing for a photo on the steps pointing up at the empty flag pole where the Pride flag would have flown. In response to the cancelled flag raising ceremony, Reading Pride Celebration organizers are planning a “flag out” demonstration at the next Reading City Council meeting, Monday, July 22, 2019 at 7pm. “Please bring your rainbow flags and your voices to show Mayor Wally Scott that we are his constituents and we deserve to be represented!”

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