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BARTA board ratifies contract with transit union

From the Reading Eagle (7/5/16):

The Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority has voted 5-0 to ratify a three-year contract with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1345.

"We're very pleased with the results," board Chairman and County Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt said Wednesday. "It's great when both sides sit down and work out an amicable agreement."

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Strausstown merges with Upper Tulpehocken Township

From the Reading Eagle (7/2/16):

Rita Bentz has lived her entire life in Strausstown borough.

Until Friday.

The 62-year-old woman was one of several residents who attended a ceremony at the southern entrance to the 96-year-old borough marking its dissolution into Upper Tulpehocken Township.

 

“This community will always be Strausstown,” Bentz said as she watched local officials raise a sign identifying it as a village. “It's not disappearing. It's just becoming part of a bigger entity — that's all.”

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Editorial: Discussion on regional cooperation is a positive sign

From the Reading Eagle (5/16/16):

The notion that the fates of Reading and the communities that surround it are intertwined is hardly a new one. We are among those who have been making that argument for a long time. Not only is the city part of Berks County, it is the heart of it. It is foolish to believe that Reading's suburbs and the rural communities beyond them can truly thrive if the city is struggling. And urban problems inevitably extend beyond city borders.

But the fact remains that many people routinely talk about Reading and Berks County as if they are separate. Getting people out of this habit won't be easy. Getting community leaders to put the idea of unity between city and neighboring communities into meaningful action will be even harder.

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Lisa Scheid: Is merger going to be prosperous?

From the Reading Eagle (5/8/16)

The unification of the Greater Reading Economic Partnership, Greater Berks Development Fund and Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry has intrigued me. It should intrigue you, too. The groups represent more than $12 million in assets and $7 million in revenue, which comes through contributions, membership fees and goverment grants.

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U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, health officials discuss opioid addiction

From the Reading Eagle (5/5/16)

Medical and drug-treatment professionals discussed their efforts to combat heroin and opioid addiction and aired their gripes about related federal policies in a meeting with elected officials Wednesday. U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, a Chester County Republican who represents the Berks and Tri-County areas, said he organized the session to learn what's being done and what lawmakers need to change.

He met with treatment and medical officials along with Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams and Berks County commissioners Christian Y. Leinbach and Kevin S. Barnhardt.

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