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Our family has been homesteading in Fairview Township (zip 16415) in Pennsylvania since 1976 on nearly three acres of land zoned A1 Rural. When our family purchased this land, the adjacent acreage was nothing but corn field.
Our zoning allowed for agriculture, even Horses and Ponies were specifically mentioned in zoning as allowed. Sometime during the 1980's the township slipped in a ban on chickens, goats, cows and swine. Most were unaware and kept raising these animals in peace. In the 1980's, some adjacent property was developed into a suburban neighborhood comprising of small homes on quarter acre lots. Meanwhile, our home remained A1 rural and we continued homesteading on our land.
On April 23, 2013 our family recieved a certified letter from the township office citing two zoning violations. One demanded that we eliminate our 16 chickens (organic egg laying hens) an our two pigmy dairy goats by May 7, only two weeks later. The second violation stated we are not permitted to have on our property our vintage Farmall Type A tractor that we use almost daily on our small farm, and originally belonged to my grandfather who worked it on his 150 acre farm in Ohio. The two violations, if not corrected will essentially end our families homestead and cease our journey to living a self sufficient lifestyle. The violation notice threatens fines of $500 per day, per occurance if not disposed of by May 7, 2013.
We have many friends and neighbors who live in our same zoning district of A1 Rural who also raise chickens and other animals as they have for years, and are frightened that they will be next.
Our township clearly opposes self sufficiency and homesteading, and we hope to change this for our community, and those like us nationwide.
There is an English style stone barn on the Illg property at 356 Folly Road in Warrington Township PA. This type of barn was replaced by larger Pennsylvania bank barns in the early 19th century. There are very few English style stone barns remaining in Bucks County. According to a 1988 Heritage Conservancy report, this stone barn dates c1802. In preserving the barn, its not only a tribute to old barns but also the history of the Illg property, the Illg Family, and their hard work and dedication to Warrington.
The developer, David Cutler, has submitted a development plan to subdivide the Illg property. We are interested in seeing the developer save the stone barn. Our attempt to communicate our concerns with the developer has been unanswered.
We have also voiced our concerns to the Warrington Township Planning Commission. One of the Warrington Township Supervisors is also aware of our objection to the demolition of this rare barn.
We make the appeal based on the Warrington Township Zoning Ordinance, General Provision, Ord. 85-2,3/5/1985, § 105; as amended by Ord. 07-05, 3/27/207, § 1, which (in part)… “mandates standards to minimize negative impacts on natural environment while preserving the environment which includes the cultural and historical resources of the Township.”
On Thursday December 20, 2012 during the meeting of the STREAM Academy Cyber Charter School Board of Trustees, the board members stated that due to the economic climate and cyber charter school funding issues, STREAM Academy would be closed at the end of the 2012 -2013 school year.
A letter was then sent to the families of STREAM Academy students stating that, "due to low enrollment, STREAM Academy cannot continue to offer a rigorous, high quality education in a cost effective manner." Yet this same Board had approved the spending of funding for high-priced consultants, a lighted sign at the Penn Center Campus, new furniture, lab equipment, a sonagram machine for one of its high-school tributaries, state-of-the-art microscopes and science kits, as well as approximately $250,000 on tablets. It was later determined that filters could not be installed on the tablets, therefore they could not be given to the students, nor could they be returned.
The STREAM Academy Board of Trustees consists of 12 members - 10 of which are the superintendents of local public school districts or designees assigned by their school districts. These school districts are Allegheny Valley, Baldwin-Whitehall, Bethel Park, Chartiers Valley, Deer Lakes, Moon, Shaler Area, South Allegheny, West Allegheny and Woodland Hills. The other two board members are from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit that has a vested interest in these 10 school districts. When a child transfers from a public school to a cyber-charter school such as STREAM Academy, that school district looses a percentage of its funding to the cyber-charter school. If STREAM Academy is closed, the assets will be liquidated and divided according to the number of students enrolled in STREAM Academy, from each of the school districts indicated above, at the time of closure. The remaining funds would then be given to those districts accordingly. Therefore it has become apparent that this poses a conflict of interest between the Board of Trustees and what is best for the future of STREAM Academy.
The school was given only 3-1/2 months with very little marketing/advertising to help the school reach its enrollment requirements and achieve success. We believe that if given more time, and with a new Board of Trustees, STREAM Academy can achieve success. STREAM Academy meets an emerging need in our region by offering course work that is STEM focused with programs that give students the unique experience to work collaboratively with their peers both online and through monthly project based learning on-site days. We feel that by providing students with a unique cyber charter school experience, STREAM Academy can not only raise enrollment but achieve success if given sufficient opportunity.
Tom Corbett, cut education funding. We now have no field trips in school.
He cares more about Gambling than he does about the heroin in our streets. He was told what Sandusky did to Aaron Fisher, while attorney general, and did not do a blessed thing.
He's not a governor, he is a crooked Republican.
Please see attached letter from Glenn Schaum, Commissioner Ward 3 or contact this petition's author for more information.
I believe Neshaminy Mall should implement a Parental Escort Policy for the safety of others & to increase revenue for the stores of Neshaminy Mall.
Malls across America have started implementing a "parental escort policy," which means that teens under the age of 18 will have to be with a parent/guardian who is 21 or over in order to enter the mall. Most malls have these restrictions only on weekend evenings, but some are going so far as to keeping them in place 24-7.
The Mall of America has implemented this policy. Their website states the following…
“At Mall of America®, safety is a top priority.
We welcome all youth to Mall of America®, however on Friday and Saturday evening’s youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older from 4 p.m. until close. One adult may supervise up to 10 youth. During the Parental Escort hours, anyone 21 years or younger should be prepared to show a Mall of America employee identification card or one of the following photo I.D.'s:
▪ United States Driver's License
▪ United States State-issued I.D.
▪ Resident Alien Card
▪ United States Military I.D.
▪ Mexican Consulate I.D.
▪ Canadian I.D.
No form of college or high school I.D. will be accepted, even if accompanied by a state driver's license permit application.
To obtain a Minnesota State Identification Card, contact your local driver exam office, driver’s license renewal office, or call 651-296-6911”
Since Neshaminy Valley Mall has a movie theater, another mall, Boulevard at Capital Centre in Largo, Maryland, has implemented this policy as well…
“Youths under the age of 18 must determine pick-up arrangements prior to 9:00 p.m. or immediately upon store closing or end of movie. Youths remaining at the Boulevard for the purpose of shopping at a retail establishment after 9:00 p.m. must be picked up at that location.”
An article featured in Time Magazine entitled “Bye-Bye Mall Rats” by Julie Rawe; states, “46 of the 1,200 enclosed malls in the U.S. have adopted parental-escort policies, and others are likely to join them soon…” The article goes on to later state, “As more kids flock to shopping centers, walkways get blocked, older customers jostled and strollers overturned amid the horseplay. Even teens blame their peers. "People just hang out there and do dumb stuff, and we have to pay for it," says Jordan Keinert, 17...”
The safety of others is not the only reason why this policy should be set into place. Mid Rivers Mall (St.Louis, Missouri) put their "parental escort policy" in action and they reported a higher percentage of customers and sales. After a month, their mall traffic was up 5% on Friday/Saturday nights, and depending on the category, sales went up 3% - 10%.
An article featured on ABC News.com entitled “New Policies Exterminating Teen Mall Rats” states the following “…"There has to be a balance," …"The problem a developer has is if it becomes a hangout, it becomes scary for older customer. That's the department store customer, and that's the anchor of the center.” Castaldo of Crossgates Mall said sales across his mall have gone up as older customers have felt welcome again, and now that kids come in with mom and dad's wallets. "Now instead of teens just spending $10 on something, parents are coming in with their credit cards,"
I believe Neshaminy Mall should implement a Parental Escort Policy for the safety of others & to increase revenue for the stores of Neshaminy Mall. Help make this happen by signing this petition & writing to Neshaminy Mall through their website, www.neshaminymall.com.
State wide contracts for commodities has eliminated small local businesses from being able to provide their products and services to Pennsylvania.
A Quarter Auction is a multi-vendor/home crafters marketing tool to promote direct sales businesses while also benefiting a local charity.
At the auction, recipients bid on items by putting a certain number of quarters in a bucket. The number of quarters to submit depends on the value of the item. Never more than 4 quarters
The recipient will also place a chip with an identifying number on it in a second bucket.
A participating vendor will pull a numbered chip from the second bucket. The person with the paddle that matches the chip that was pulled wins that item.
Quarter Auction would fall under the guidelines of the Small Game of Chance Act.
Currently Quarter Auction are considered illegal because of the three element which Pennsylvania considers gambling illegal. The three elements are 1) Payment of Consideration 2) Reward 3) Chance
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
10. PA Equality
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Due to the current economic climate, state revenues for 2009/2010 have fallen far short of expectations, and revenue projections for 2010/2011 are bleak; as a result, your state legislators are considering cuts in funding for adult and family literacy for 2010/2011.
Funding cuts would result in fewer learners served and fewer learner transitions to post-secondary education/training and/or the workforce; moreover, any cuts would result in growing unemployment as educators, administrators and support staff would inevitably lose their jobs.
The Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) has responded to Governor Rendell and state legislators. See that document at www.paacesite.org.
Animals have rights. I for one am tired of them not being heard.
We as citizens of Pennsylvania will need to take a stand and voice what they can not.
Arizona and numerous states in this country are besieged by illegal immigration--more people and drugs cross illegally into the United States through Arizona than any other state. Massive levels of crime go with it. Drug and human smuggling, extortion, kidnapping and murders.
Illegal immigration is rampant across the country and in PENNSYLVANIA. And the Federal government has done NOTHING to stop it.
PENNSYLVANIA has had enough. We have decided to stop waiting for the Federal Government to do what the Constitution mandates--to protect its citizens from external threats.
PENNSYLVANIA wants legislation enacted to help stop the robberies, shootings, rapes, kidnapping, murders, and madness.
PENNSYLVANIA wants jobs given back to it's LEGAL CITIZENS and taken away from illegals.
PENNSYLVANIA want to stop giving welfare and handouts to illegals.
This isn't about racism, or xenophobia, or "apartheid" or any of the other hysterical slanders the left has come up with. This is about the safety and well-being of the citizens of the state Pennsylvania. Support was overwhelming in Arizona: 70% of Arizonans supported it. And support is Bi-Partisan, with 84% of Republicans and 51% of Democrats in favor.
SUPPORT THIS PETITION TO ENACT STRICT IMMIGRATION LAW IN PENNSYLVANIA!
Marcellus Shale, which harbors large amounts of natural gas, is found mostly in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio. Citizens of these states, and all across the country who may have friends or relatives in affected areas, please help combat the destruction of our safe drinking water, clean air and pristine land.
Leases to gas companies to drill for natural gas in Pennsylvania tripled in 2009. Leasing is a source of revenue for the state (for drilling in state forest areas) and also provides income for land owners who sign leases. The almighty dollar is usually the only thing people need to see to go ahead and sign a lease; however there are many potential and likely severe environmental impacts that come along with “Hydraulic Fracturing” (fracking) for natural gas in Marcellus Shale. A New York Times editorial says it best: “The safety of the nation’s water supply should not have to rely on luck or the public relations talents of the oil and gas industry”.
What exactly is fracking?
Hydraulic Fracturing was invented by Halliburton in the 1940’s. The method injects a mixture of sand, water, and chemicals (a large amount of them toxic) into deep underground rock formations to rupture them and release natural gas.
In 2005, a new Energy Bill was passed. That bill exempted gas companies and the Hydraulic Fracturing method from the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and the Superfund Law, among others. This is considered to be the “Halliburton loophole”, because the method of fracking was developed by Halliburton. Drilling activities now go on unregulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Problems related to fracking:
Toxic chemicals: about 250 of them are used in fracking fluids (which are injected into the ground along with millions of gallons of water). There is no definitive list, but they are known to include carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, corrosion inhibitors, gellants, glycol ethers, breaker aids, and petroleum distillates to name a few. According to The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), 16 of the known chemicals used have health effects in at least 10 categories.
Wastewater: the millions of gallons of water infused with toxic chemicals create hazardous wastewater. In West Virginia, the wastewater is allowed to be injected deep underground. In Pennsylvania, wastewater is trucked to wastewater treatment plants, and after being processed is dumped back into our waterways. Wastewater contains a large amount of salts, which is difficult to treat. This results in processed water that has a high level of total dissolved solids (TDS). High TDS water reacts with Chlorine when processed at drinking water plants, creating Trihalomethanes in our water, which is considered carcinogenic.
Methane Gas and water wells: the Pennsylvania DEP has linked drilling operations in Dimock, Pa to a well explosion there and Methane being in the drinking water in the area. Other instances of Methane in drinking water have occurred across the county, including an entire house exploding near Cleveland, Ohio and residents in Colorado who could light their tap water on fire.
Air pollution/smog: not only a product of the many diesel trucks used to transport materials in drilling operations, but vapor emissions escaping from a natural gas well have been caught videotape with an infrared camera in Texas (www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiU4ehXV-LI). These emissions are invisible to the naked eye, and contain a number of toxins.
Concrete well barriers: in most gas drilling operations, the well’s steel pipe is encased in layers of concrete to protect groundwater, and it’s extremely important in protecting water supplies. Pennsylvania currently has no regulations that require inspection or testing of concrete casings.
Fish kills: chemical spills and wastewater dumping in streams and creeks have already produced a few fish kills in Pennsylvania. In one case, Dunkard Creek (which is located along the Pennsylvania/West Virginia border in the western part of the state) had an entire ecosystem of 161 species of fish, mussels, salamanders, crayfish and aquatic insects wiped out suddenly (see article below*). Chemical analysis of creek water showed extremely high levels of TDS and chlorides in the water, which are properties of gas drilling wastewater.
Wastewater impoundments: between being used in drilling a well and moving to treatment plants, wastewater is stored in lined earthen impoundments. If seams of the liner material aren’t sealed properly, the water can seep into groundwater. People living near impoundments have also complained about bad smells emitted from the water pits.
We could continue to sacrifice the safety of our water supply and naively believe what the industry is telling us, that fracking is basically safe. After all, they do stand to make millions off the gas extracted from Marcellus Shale. But the most important question to ask is, how important will all that lease money be when we have no safe water to drink, to shower in, to cook with etc. What good will that money do if you drink contaminated water and develop cancer from it years from now? Money should not be more important than health and public welfare.
Please take the time to watch the videos below.
Videos by Josh Fox (http://www.gaslandthemovie.com):
To read more about the impacts of drilling visit:
Gas Drilling - What We Don't Know
On September 22nd the associated press published an article outlining the proposed final budget plan for the state of Pennsylvania. This proposed budget among other things calls for the addition of a 6% sales tax to concert and theater tickets.
From The PA Budget Website
"$100 million from lifting the sales tax exemption on admissions costs for theater, dance, concerts and performing arts, as well as museums, historical sites, zoos and parks."
There is a specific singling out of the performance arts in this proposal. Sporting events and other forms of entertainment are not slated to receive any additional taxation in the budget proposal.
This proposal has been confirmed with the Governor's office of public liaison. As of Sept 23rd 2009 the proposal is slated to be on the Governor's desk in to weeks time in bill form for signing.
In an already crippled live performance industry and an era of limited household incomes it is important to act quickly to keep entertainment outlets affordable.
After visiting the Penndot Drivers License Center in Coudersport PA on two occasions I witnessed and experienced rude behavior by the employees at this location.
These people are suppose to be serving the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the community mentioned. After talking with several people in the community I am now aware that these acts are not specific to my experiences and it seems that this is the way that these particular PENNDOT employees conduct there services to the community and the people of the commonwealth.
There are currently 31 other states that have an early voting option for its citizens, and it has worked well to provide more equitable access to the election process. It is time for Pennsylvania to empower its citizens, too.
Early voting makes it easier to vote, and this means more people exercise their right. Research by Curtis Gans, Director of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, shows that in the 11 states that had early voting in both 2002 and 2004, turnout increased by an aggregate average of 7.2 percentage points.
This measure will also simplify election administration for all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties by allowing more time to process ballots, lifting strain on voting systems that occurs on Election Day, eliminating serpentine election day lines, and reducing the number of poll workers needed while allowing more time for the poll workers who remain to become familiar with new or updated voting systems.
While the law currently provides protections for citizens to be excused from their work to vote on election day, for too many hard-working Pennsylvanians that is not realistic. Limited transportation, some occupations, family obligations, emergencies, or physical conditions can prevent voters from standing for an hour or more in line at their polling place on election days.
All citizens must have the opportunity to cast their ballot protected by our government.
A woman has a constitutional right to be safe in her person. That right should not be sacrificed upon marriage.
Marital rape in Pennsylvania is NOT a crime unless the parties are legally separated.
CRISTINELLA has been "banned" from attending The Church of Rock at Charlie Murdoch's Dueling Piano Bar on 3 occasions. The reasons for being "banned" have not fully been explained, and are irrational, considering that CRISTINELLA has positively promoted CHARLIE MURDOCH'S DUELING PIANO BAR for the past year.
JOEY GRANATI once revealed to CRISTINELLA that he planned on using the younger generation to generate publicity for himself as an entertainer. CRISTINELLA admires and reveres JOEY GRANATI, yet is cruelly punished for being CRISTINELLA.
As a professional entertainer, it is CRISTINELLA's right to seek solace in the live music. "BANNING" must stop. Music heals. Allow CRISTINELLA to heal through music at her favorite live music venue in Pittsburgh, PA.
The Pennsylvania Economy League (PEL) has recommended transferring governance and oversight of WIA Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy and Act 143 funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education, to the Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Workforce Development Partnerships.
The Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) has responded to Governor Rendell. See that document at www.paacesite.org.
No one is allowed to own wildlife in pa.
You are allowed to own some kinds, But not monkeys, hedgehogs, or surgar gliders!
Only because they are not native to Pennsylvania!
Please sign my petition because ALOT OF PEOPLE WANT WILDLIFE THAT WE ARE NOT allowed TO HAVE!
I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The crime of murder is out of control with young men committing murders with hand guns and not getting any punishment for it.
I believe this society has totally dismissed its own justice. People are living in fear afraid to walk down the street just to go to work, school or go to the grocery store. The legal system is failing our society.
We need the death penalty to deter murders with a handgun and we need to be brave in carrying out executions in this state. I am thinking of moving out of Pennsylvania to a state that has the death penalty.
We express our concern for Pennsylvania death row inmates Carol King (OC 7210) Michelle Tharp (OF 6593) and Shonda Walter (OJ 8227) housed at SCI Muncy.
The women have been moved recently, to another pod which houses the disciplinary inmates, which is causing the women an unbearable amount of stress and upset.
These women are finding the new conditions almost impossible to cope with and we are greatly concerned for their emotional and physical well being. Despite the fact that the women have a history of being model prisoners they are subjected to the constant calling out, shouting, screaming and banging of the disciplinary inmates housed on that pod.
The women are extremely keen and willing to work and become more involved in playing a positive role in prison activity, yet the 23/24 hours they currently spend in isolation in the new pod means they are denied these opportunities even more so.
These women have presented no disciplinary difficulties, despite the privileges they enjoyed before. We see no reason to house the women in such a bad environment after they were always model prisoners.
This Bill was introduced by repersentitives Cruz, Youngblood, Parker, Wheatley, Bennington and Curry on March 19 2007. It calls for the registration of all firearms within the state of Pennsylvania on a yearly basis with a $10 fee per firearm.
The petition reads if a gun owners application is denied for any reason athe gun owner must turn over all guns to the state police. This rule in itself is unconstitutional.
We have a right to bare firearms, They are trying to take that right away.
The U.S. government's program known as CAPTA allows for a "minimum definition of child abuse" which is destroying thousands of American families for trivial or trumped-up charges of "abuse."
This law is blattently unconstitutional as parents are less than second class citizens and are condemned by unconstitutional inquisitions. Please read more at: http://www.RobertsCourt.com
July 18, 2006
We decided to write this petition because one of our greatest dreams is to see even for a few minutes Bam Margera.
Two days ago HIM performed here in Romania at a festival. We hoped Bam will come too, knowing he doesn't miss any HIM concert.
But seems like.... he missed this one.
So, hopefully this petition will help and Bam will come to our country.
July 2, 2006
On March 31, 2005, 27 year-old James "Jimmy" Farrence Jr. disappeared from Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
Jimmy had less than $60 on him the night he disappeared, did not drive, and suffered from muscular dystrophy. He was extremely trusting and friendly.
On September 20, 2005, and again on March 11, 2006, just 21 days shy of the one-year anniversary of Jimmy's disappearance, his remains were recovered near the Lackawanna River in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The National Center for Missing Adults and the Carbondale Police Department have determined that Jimmy's death is suspicious.
For nearly a year, family and friends searched desperately to find Jimmy, organizing search and rescue efforts, addressing state legislatures and municipality representatives, networking with missing person organizations, and continually pressing for answers.
In July 2005, Jimmy's family submitted a large packet of information to America's Most Wanted with hope that his case would be selected for coverage.
Unfortunately, Jimmy was never listed on AMW's missing person list. In addition, AMW didn't respond to the family until June 2006, nearly an entire year after Jimmy's case information was submitted.
Supervising Producer Steve Katz offered words of condolences in a letter dated June 8, 2006, and stated that with less than one hour every week, they are not able to air Jimmy's story.
Mr. Katz went on to say that "there is power in numbers"; hence, this petition.
I am encouraging everyone who supports Justice for James Farrence Jr. to sign this petition so that it can be respectfully submitted to America's Most Wanted in an effort to convince the producers to air Jimmy's story.
May 26, 2006
The hill on Kiehl street has not been paved for more than five years.
The condition of this hill is totally unsafe.
The front-end on our cars are being destroyed.
March 21, 2006
New fixtures (benches, sign posts, light posts, garbage cans) on Bridge Street are installed in an inappropriate blue color.
The blue color should be painted over and future installations should be done in black to match the fixtures at the Foundry building.
This blue color is not appropriate for Phoenixville's Nationally Registered Downtown Historic District.
March 9, 2006
People diagnosed with a Mental Disorder and not given the proper treatment are being evicted and made homeless.
Let's get some answers where our Tax Money is Being spent and how.
NO MORE SECRET MEETINGS. MAKE THEM PUBLIC.