Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Halloween Events in New Cumberland and the West Shore

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Events in New Cumberland and the greater West Shore area during October 2017.
To learn more about these events, please visit the links provided.  If you know of an event not listed, please leave the information in the comments section.

Halloween Parades
Tuesday, 10/10 at 7:00 p.m. Mechanicsburg Halloween Parade

Tuesday, 10/17 at 7:30 p.m. New Cumberland Halloween Parade

Tuesday, 10/24 at 6:00 p.m. - Camp Hill Halloween Parade

Wednesday, 10/25 at 7:00 p.m. - East Pennsboro Halloween Parade

Trick or Treat Nights

Thursday, October 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31st, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Other Events

East Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest
Saturday, 10/7, 9:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m. and
Sunday, 10/8, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This event is held in Adams-Ricci Park, 100 East Penn Drive, Enola.
Fun, entertainment, vendors and food booths.

Trick or Treat on Bridge Street - New Cumberland
Saturday, 10/21 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
The New Cumberland Business & Professional Group offers a free afternoon of trick-or-treating in the downtown New Cumberland businesses. ​Participating businesses will have a pumpkin sign displayed on their door. Businesses outside the downtown area will be located in the Kelly Commons parking lot or along the 300 Block Bridge St.  

Trick or Treat & Costume Parade - New Cumberland Library
Saturday, 10/21 from 3:00 - 4 p.m.
Trick or Treat throughout the Library by stopping at each desk and treat station for a special treat.  At 4:00 p.m. assemble in the Storytime Castle in the Children's Room for a costume parade through the library and outside grounds. 

Streets of Treats- Mechanicsburg
Saturday, 10/21 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
This family-oriented event, presented by the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, features daytime trick-or-treating, crafts, games and other children's activities. The event is held in downtown Mechanicsburg. Pick up your trick or treat bag and a map of participating businesses at the Square on the day of the event (SW corner of Main St).

Wicked Spooky Party - West Shore Plaza in Lemoyne
Tuesday, 10/24 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
A free community trick or treat night for the entire family at the West Shore Plaza.  Nancy Ryan of BOB 94.9 will be on-site for a live remote and will be the guest judge for the WSP Howl-O Ween Costume Contest, open to children, adults and furry friends.  If you have food allerty concerns their stores are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project to offer non-food treats.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Gastroparesis Pie Face Challenge for a Cure 

at the New Cumberland Apple Festival

by guest blogger Carissa Haston

Have you ever wanted to smash a pie in someone’s face, have someone smash one in yours, or smash your own face in one? Visit the G-PACT booth at the New Cumberland Apple Festival this Saturday, September 30th, and you will have the chance to do it!

G-PACT is a local non-profit making an international impact fighting conditions which paralyze the digestive tract, including Gastroparesis, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, colonic inertia, and more. G-PACT was founded by New Cumberland resident, Carissa Haston, in August of 2001 in an effort to find a cure for these debilitating conditions from which she has suffered since 1994, eventually leading to the need for a 5-organ transplant—small bowel, liver, pancreas, stomach, and duodenum in 2006.

The Gastroparesis (GP) Pie Face Challenge was started by Lynn, MA teenager, Andrew Belliveau, who has struggled with GP since he was 11. The challenge was accepted and video recorded for social media sites and the news by Boston Red Sox pitcher, David Price. He challenged other teammates who also took it on. It has been featured on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, the Boston Globe, and a number of other local Boston news sources. Other celebrities, patients, teams, and businesses have joined in all over the US and even a variety of countries.

Andrew started the event to help G-PACT raise awareness and funds to find a cure for these conditions which result in chronic nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, malnutrition, dehydration, early satiety, starvation, and can lead to death—conditions which leave patients feeling as if they are struggling with a stomach flu every single day without a break. Many patients rely on feeding tubes or IV nutrition as the only source of nutrition. Andrew decided if patients can't eat pie, they might as well smash it!

The GP Pie Face challenge, sponsored by Giant Foods in New Cumberland, will be located at booth 91. Pick someone you think deserves to have a whip cream face and bring them to the G-PACT booth! Or, put a pie in your own face and enjoy the whip cream. We don't want it back! If you can't choose anyone to smash and don't like whip cream on yourself, Carissa will humbly take the pie in her own face.

Smash one or two people, or more! Or grab a group of friends, split up the cost at a discounted rate, and pie in a group for extra fun! Who will win as the messiest in the end?* With your consent, G-PACT will record the pie smash for use on social media in an effort to increase awareness on an international level and raise funds for a cure. They will send you a copy of the video link if you provide your e-mail or Facebook link so you can share it too.** However, your consent to be videotaped is not required in order to participate. Just come to join in the fun! Note: please do not “borrow” a pie from the Apple Pie Contest! G-PACT will have everything you need!

If pie isn't your thing, drop by with your kids to visit and grab a free helium balloon, make some free spin art, play the free rubber ducky game for a prize, pick up a free color changing cup, purchase some home baked goods or perhaps a handmade Afghan or kid's blanket. All funds raised go towards a good cause!

Learn more about G-PACT and the conditions they are fighting at www.g-pact.org, www.gastroparesisawarenessmonth.org and/or www.facebook.com/GPACT. Find out more about the GP Pie Face Challenge www.facebook.com/gastroparesispiefacechallenge and www.gastroparesisawarenessmonth.org/Pie-face-challenge.

*G-PACT will provide plenty of supplies to wash up and feel ultra clean afterwards and a poncho to help keep your clothes clean!

**G-PACT will not contact you by e-mail or Facebook except for the one-time purpose of sending you the video. You will not be added to a mailing list and your information will not be shared with anyone. You do not need to provide this information in order to participate.

***G-PACT is run on a fully volunteer basis, most of whom are also patients. No one gets paid or receives any benefits. Therefore, 100% of all donations go directly back to support programs, research, awareness, education, advocacy events, and low operating expenses.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Random Act of Kindness at Giant

I want to share a wonderful story about a random act of kindness that happened to my daughter's girl scout leader, and their troop. 

Yesterday, my daughter's girl scout troop had a cookie booth.  It was your typical day trying to sell cookies outside of a store, well until the end of the day.  And, little did we know at the time, the events that would transpire the next day. 

We did a brisk business all afternoon.  It was a bit cold and windy, but we all made the best of it.  The girls had fun, making up songs and trying to get customers to purchase cookies.  Even though we were all pretty cold, it was a fun afternoon.

As we were getting ready to pack up for the day, a man and his wife approached the booth.  He was looking for Tagalongs.  Tagalong cookies are these wonderful crispy wafers, with peanut butter, and covered in chocolate.  Unfortunately, we were out of them.  The man wanted two cases (24 boxes).  Quite a large sale for anyone.  The two leaders scrambled, made some calls, and made arrangements to get the cookies.  One of the the leaders would have to meet him the next day to get his order to him, and he seemed fine with that arrangement.

The next day the leader, and her husband, met the man at a Rutters, made the exchange, and everyone went their separate ways.  But that's not the end of the story.

From Rutter's, the leader, and her husband, went over the Giant to do some grocery shopping.  As they were checking out, they just happened to run into the man again.  He told them that he purchased a winning lottery ticket at the Rutter's store where they had just met.  He said he wanted to share the winnings with the girls.  The man explained that he was a former boy scout leader, and then he gave our leader a one hundred dollar bill.  The leader was shocked and couldn't believe how things had worked out that morning.  She hugged him, and thanked him profusely, as her husband shook the man's hand 'till it was about to fall off.'  She couldn't believe what had just happened.

Great people are out there, and they do good things.  I'm so glad that I learned about it, and that my daughter's troop was on the receiving end.  I hope these girl scouts always carry this man's generosity with them, and pay it forward down the line.  It was wonderful that this man was so generous, and that he chose to share his winnings with them.

I don't know if this man will ever see this blog, but I personally want to say Thank You!

Right now, the girls in this junior troop are working on their bronze awards.  They are all giving 20 hours of their time to various charities of their choice.

And another thank you to our awesome troop leaders.  This wouldn't have happened without your efforts.  Sometimes great people come together and wonderful things happen.

Friday, March 1, 2013

New Cumberland High School's Little Indian Handbook

A few years ago my Mother-in-law passed away.  Among her things we found a 1952 New Cumberland High School handbook called "The Little Indian."  It was the first handbook of it's kind for the former New Cumberland High School.
I've scanned the handbook into my computer so I can share it with all of you.  There is a lot that stands out about this little book.  The first thing is that it was created by ninth graders back in 1952.  There were no computers, meaning no graphics programs, and no desk top printers.  The image of the Indian, the 'Little Indian' logo and the school map, all appear to be original drawings, probably created by students.

Back in the day, the school newspaper was called "The Hi Times," only boys played sports, and there was dancing everyday after lunch.  On page 13, the Activities Calendar is filled with dances, parties, and more dances.  On page 34, The Assembly Schedule shows events such as Trampoline Stars, The Hammerettes, and Royal Scots.  Take a look through "The Little Indian" to discover what kids were doing in high school, and what was expected of them, in 1950's New Cumberland.

I hope you enjoy this peek back into New Cumberland history.  Please leave a comment about what you found interesting, and share the "Living in New Cumberland" blog with your friends.

Hope you enjoyed this peak back into New Cumberland history.  Please leave a comment about what you found interesting, and share the "Living in New Cumberland" blog with your friends.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Save Our Schools

I attended the public hearing held by the West Shore School District (WSSD) in regards to the proposal to close either New Cumberland or Lemoyne Middle School.  I had never attended such an event, but with all three of my children being affected by this potential decision, I thought it was a good time to start.
Mr. Thomas Burnheimer, Director of Pupil Services, WSSD
The meeting was hosted by Thomas Burnheimer, Director of Pupil Services for the WSSD.
Mr. Burnheimer was joined by several of the administrative staff, including Dr. Jones, Director of Secondary Education, who addressed a lot of the questions.  Mr. Burnheimer was the person in charge of pulling together this study that was requested by the school board.  He started off the meeting, trying to lighten the mood with comparing the meeting to a party.  Basically stating that when you have a party, you try to please everyone with the menu items, but there is always going to be someone there who does not like what you are serving.  Not sure if it was just me, but it I thought it was more like a funeral in there than a party, and nobody likes a funeral.
Slide from the presentation to close a middle school.
Mr. Burnheimer then went on to explain the committee process, the study they conducted, and then showed a presentation of the proposal to close the middle school.  That presentation can be viewed at this link WSSD Demographics update relating to middle school closure.  After the presentation, he opened the floor to questions from the crowd.
There was  a crowd of approximately 400 people attending the meeting with about 45 people asking questions or making statements.  The meeting lasted 3 hours.  The overall theme of the statements, and questions from the audience was to keep both schools open. The audience suggested the school district to find another way to cut spending.  The schools should be the last source of cuts.  Suggestions from the participants included
  1. Raising taxes
  2. Close and sell the Administration building, placing administration in the schools.
  3. Cut administrative staff
A parent asking a question of Mr. Burnheimer.
Money was not the only issue aired at the meeting.  Many parents were concerned about the impact on the students, staff, and community.  There were several parents attending whose children do not attend either of the affected middle schools, but will be shuffled between Allen and Crossroads middle schools.  Their issue was, why are their kids schools be changed if they don't attend either Lemoyne or New Cumberland?  They all wanted their children to stay put in the schools they are presently attending.  I think we all want that.

Specific concerns regarding the impact on the children included:
  1. Length of bus ride
  2. Emotional affects
  3. Class size
  4. Overcrowding of remaining middle school buildings
  5. Course offerings
  6. Extracurricular activities changing or being eliminated
  7. Quality of Education
  8. Students getting 'lost in the shuffle'
  9. Reduction of teaching staff

Overall, it was a informative evening.  I wanted to attend because I was curious as to what the rest of the community was thinking, especially those in our neighboring community of Lemoyne.  There was a little of pitting the two schools against each other, but for the most part, speakers stayed away from those types of statements.  It seemed that the people who attended, and spoke just wanted to have a say in this decision.  I want to personally thank those of you who got up to speak.  I am not a public speaker, and I was glad that there were so many people who were willing, and able to get up to the microphone to air their concerns.
Members of the news media in attendance at the hearing.
If you were unable to attend, and would like to have some input in this decision, you still can.  To submit your comments online, click this link, Online comment form WSSD middle school closure.  If you prefer to send comments via the postal service, click this link Print out comment form WSSD middle school closure.

Don't delay, please submit your comments today.

All related information and links are provided at one central page here: http://www.wssd.k12.pa.us/news.cfm?story=1939

Monday, January 14, 2013

District Considering Closing New Cumberland Middle School

Recently, the West Shore School District (WSSD) announced that it was going to close one of the four middle schools in the district.  The two under consideration for closure are New Cumberland Middle School and Lemoyne Middle School.  The school district is holding a public hearing about this proposal on Wednesday, January 16th at 6:00 p.m. at Cedar Cliff High School.  As of right now, I am unsure if the hearing will be streamed live on the web, but usually these types of meetings are.  Check the West Shore School District website on the day of the hearing http://www.wssd.k12.pa.us to see if it will be streamed live on the web.

The findings of the WSSD's Demographics Committee study on this matter was presented at the most recent school board meeting on December 20, 2012.  You can view that presentation at this link http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/27890908.  Please note that the presentation takes place at 14:13 in the video, it's actual run time is only about 15 minutes.  If you want to skip over the actual board presentation and just view the powerpoint presentation itself, you can click here http://www.wssd.k12.pa.us/files/132877/democommittee-dec21.pdf.


In the meantime, take a look at the aforementioned presentation about the closure, get to the hearing, and contact the school board members to let your voice be heard.

Email addresses for West Shore School District Board Members 

Region 1 Representatives 
(New Cumberland, Wormleysburg, Lemoyne, Lower Allen Township Precinct 4 & 5)

M. Todd Ambrose tambrose@wssd.k12.pa.us 

Ronald Candioto (Board Vice President) rcandioto@wssd.k12.pa.us

Frank Kambic fkambic@comcast.net

Region 2 Representatives
(Lower Allen Township Precincts 1, 2, 3, & 6, Fairview Township Precincts 1, 2, & 4)

Dr. Anthony Tezik (Board President) ttezik@wssd.k12.pa.us

Kelli Williamson  kwilliamson@wssd.k12.pa.us

Gayle Russell  grussell@wssd.k12.pa.us

Region 3 Representaives
(Fairview Township Precinct 3, Newberry Township Precinct 1 & 3, Goldsboro, Lewisberry)

Judith Crocenzi  jcrocenzi@wssd.k12.pa.us

Denise Grover  dngrover@epix.net 

Brian Guistwhite bguistwhite@wssd.k12.pa.us

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

We're Number 1!

This past Saturday morning, I started my day by checking out the local news.  I perused the websites of the local newspapers and TV stations.  I looked for stories about New Cumberland to share with the community on my social media pages, New Cumberland News on Facebook and NC17070News on Twitter.  Well, I did find a news item about New Cumberland on www.Pennlive.com.  The headline read, 'New Cumberland budget holds line on taxes, fees.'  I scanned the article and found out that our taxes were being kept at 3.9 mills.  After that, I came across another story about Lemoyne having to raise their taxes.  I read through the article for more details, and found out that they were raising their tax rate from 2.1 mills to 2.3 mills.  That's when a bell went off for me.  Something didn't seem right.  I went back over to the article about New Cumberland and double checked the millage rate.  Yes, I had it correct, the article stated that New Cumberland is keeping the tax rate here at 3.9 mills.  Huh?  Lemoyne's current tax rate is 2.1 mills, soon to be 2.3, and ours is 3.9 mills?  Seems like a big difference between two neighboring towns. 

On a side note, I just to make sure I'm being clear, and want to again specify which tax I am talking about.  All property owners pay a county, municipal and school real estate tax.  The specific tax that I am talking about is the municipal tax, and that money goes to the borough in which one  owns property.  Also, a little information about what exactly a 'mill' is.  I found the following definition on the Cumberland County Website:  "A mill is a way to express tax rate.  One mill equals one thousandth of a dollar.  One mill is expressed as .001.  The tax is computed by multiplying the millage rate set by the taxing body times the assessed value of the property."  Here is the link to the page where I found this definition: http://www.ccpa.net/DocumentCenter/Home/View/6869 .

After discovering the difference in tax rates between our town and our neighboring town of Lemoyne, I decided to do a little more digging.  I wondered what residents in other West Shore and Cumberland County municipalities pay in taxes.

I did an internet search which took me to the Cumberland County Website.  There I found a page entitled "Property Assessment Forms and Resources."  Under the heading 'Real Estate Tax Forms' I found the file 'Current Real Estate Millage Rates.'  I clicked that title which opened the PDF file 2012 County and Municipal & 2012-2013 School Tax Rates.

This file offers a great deal of information about tax rates in Cumberland County.  Looking at ONLY the Real Estate Municipal column, I saw that New Cumberland has the highest Municipal Tax Rate in all of Cumberland County.

That's right, we're number 1 (drum roll, please) in municipal real estate taxes.

Listed below are the top 10 highest municipal tax rates in Cumberland County.
3.9 mills        New Cumberland
3.065 mills    Wormleysburg
3.058 mills    Carlisle Borough & 2nd, 3rd, 4th Annex
3.022 mills    Camp Hill
2.6 mills        Shippensburg Borough
2.58 mills      Mechanicsburg
2.434 mills    Newville
2.1 mills        Lemoyne (To be raised to 2.3 next year)
2.1 mills        Shiremanstown
2.05 mills      Lower Allen & L.A. Annex/Shire

Now, when you combine New Cumberland's municipal tax rate with the school tax and county tax, we fall lower on the overall list.  The West Shore School District, which serves New Cumberland and other municipalities, has one of the lowest school tax rates in Cumberland County at 9.3 mills. 

The view the entire 2012 County and Municipal & 2012-2013 School Tax Rates file, please click this link: http://www.ccpa.net/DocumentCenter/Home/View/8646

I encourage you to visit the Pennlive articles at these links:

New Cumberland Budget holds line on taxes

Lemoyne homeowners to see 9.5 percent increase in taxes next year