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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
May 27, 2020

            Work to upgrade a busy intersection in New Hanover is expected to begin on Monday when crews set up long-term traffic control signals. Expansion of the southern intersection of Routes 663 and 73 is expected to be completed by the end of September at no cost to township taxpayers, according to Manager Jamie Gwynn.

            Municipal officials will utilize two Commonwealth grants and developer traffic fees to fund the enhancements, which includes the addition of a left-turn lane and the installation of a traffic light at the intersection next to Saldutti Car Corner.

            Traffic will not be detoured, according to the manager. He said the construction schedule will allow commuters to drive through the intersection with the assistance of strategically placed flaggers.

            Marino Corporation – a Skippack company and the only firm to bid for the project – will be paid just under $750,000 to complete the work, which includes the reprofiling of a hill to improve sight distance.  Municipal officials have acquired two Multimodal Transportation grants through the Department of Community and Economic Development ($377,606) and the Department of Transportation ($125,394). The balance will be funding by fees collected by developers, according to the manager.

            Meanwhile, improvements to the southern intersection of Routes 73 and 663 – near the entrance to Hickory Park – remain on hold. Last year, Gwynn said ...

Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent
May 27, 2020

            Project Live UP's monthly public meetings, weekly support groups, the skate park refurbishment, education programs, etc. came to a halt when society shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Valley's anti-drug organization, like the recovery culture as a whole, has been adapting to the new normal.

            In many ways, the pandemic has worsened the situation for families dealing with substance use disorder (SUD) as in-person support, in schools, for example, is difficult. Organizations are scrambling to fill the gaps.

            Jill Adams, Project Live's Vice President and the Director of Adolescent Services, Onward Behavioral Health: Rehab After Work and The Light Program, told Project Live's Executive Committee, "We've been running partial hospital programming, intensive outpatient groups; we've been doing all of that remotely. If you guys want to offer additional support to people right now, you can have [support] groups running now." 

            And Project Live is doing just that with the resumption of the Recovery is Possible group meetings beginning this Thursday night (May 28) at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Those who wish to participate are urged to contact Project Live through Facebook Messenger, or by calling 724-617-7203. The link to the meeting will not be made public in order to protect privacy.

            Marian Pike, one of Project Live's facilitators for the group, which usually meets in person on Thursday nights, has kept in contact with ...

April 29, 2020


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