Local News 1-14-14

TOYS FOR TOTS GROWS

The Centre County Toys for Tots program continued to grow in 2013. According to the Centre Daily Times, local food banks and state police identified 1,501 children to aid this year. Roughly 1,000 volunteers participated in this year’s program and ultimately, more than 2,200 total children were served after a walk-in weekend at the Hills Plaza.

 

STUDENT WAIVES HEARING

One of two 19-year-old Penn State students accused of vandalizing property near a Jewish fraternity with anti-Semitic slogans waived his right to a preliminary hearing. According to the Centre Daily Times, Export, Pennsylvania native Eric Hyland is facing ethnic intimidation charges for the November incident. Last month, Hayden Grom also waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Both men also face charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.


VIOLENCE GROUP TO MEET

A nonprofit group hoping to raise awareness of domestic abuse will meet tonight in Philipsburg. Break the Silence Ministries will convene at 6 o’clock at the First Church of Christ. According to the Centre Daily Times, the group is looking for volunteers to serve on several committees. The organization’s mission is to help abuse victims find help and educate the community on abuse.


ZONING HEARING BOARD

The State College Borough Zoning Hearing Board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting today at noon in the downtown municipal building. The board will elect officers for 2014. Also, a hearing is scheduled for a variance at 618 Ridge Avenue in State College to reduce the required side yard size for an adjacent lot owned.