Local News 3-10-14


Pennsylvania officials are working to ensure the September 2015 Eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia is a success. The event is expected to bring as much as $100 million in economic boom to the area. Previously held in locations such as Rio de JaneiroRome and Milan, the World Meeting of Families aims to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe. Later this month Governor Tom Corbett, First Lady Susan Corbett, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and other business leaders and civic leaders will travel to the Vatican to continue planning. 


Sparks Street between West Hamilton Avenue and Westerly Parkway in State College will be closed for portions of the next three days. Borough Public Works Crews are making sewer line repairs on the 700 block of South Sparks Street. Work is scheduled through Wednesday between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm. Work is weather permitting. 


State College police are investigating a string of downtown apartment burglaries. According to the Centre Daily Times, police say an unknown person or people entered apartments at The Meridian on East College Avenue early Friday morning during a fire alarm. Police also say two individuals were spotted entering an apartment in Calder Commons later that day and stole several items. 


Thanks to support from a local UPS store, The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State is continuing its popular candy wrapper collection program through the spring semester. According to Statecollege.com, last fall, a split with a corporate sponsor forced the nationwide Candy Wrapper Brigade to discontinue.  This caused Penn State’s affiliation to end and left the organization looking for funding to send collected wrappers for recycling. For the remainder of the spring semester, the UPS Store on Colonnade Way in State College will cover shipping costs. After the semester, the program will reevaluate its future.


The recent temperature warm-up will continue over the next two days. Highs are expected to reach the upper 50s on Tuesday. However, a midweek snowstorm will cross through the northeast Wednesday. As of now, forecasters expect State College to see a rain and snow mix. Still, Accuweather says travel delays are possible throughout the entire region. To our north and east, snowfall up to a foot in some locations is expected.