“Food stamp cuts to affect 3 million in Pa. and N.J.”

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This article on the Philly.com website talks about the cut to food stamps that will be felt by every recipient in the country.

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“Here’s why voter ID will be requested, not required, in November elections: PennLive letters “

Nouormand: Êlections au mais d'Octobre 2008, Jèrri

Nouormand: Êlections au mais d’Octobre 2008, Jèrri (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This October 15, 2013 article found on the Patriot-News powered Penn Live website in Central Pennsylvania, explains why voters will be asked for ID at the coming election, but NOT required in most cases to present it.  the long-standing rule about someone who is a first time voter at their assigned polling place will still apply.  Voters who have voted at their assigned polling place before will be asked for id, but NOT required to show it.  The new Voter ID law is still on hold by order of the state Supreme Court. Here’s a link to an August 16, 2013 article that talks about the court ruling on Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law found on the HuffPost website

 

“When problems pile up: Hoarding a tough problem to solve”

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This June 23, 2013 article on the Reading Eagle website talks about some of the issues surrounding hoarding, not just the health and safety issues to the person who hoards, but also the cost to communities that have to clean up a home that a person who hoards has moved out of.   This particular article focuses on a multi-agency task force in Berks County, but they hope that by raising awareness about hoarding they can maybe help those who do hoard and encourage them to find the motivator within them-self to see there is a problem and feel like they have a reason to change it.

“Berks suicides rise in 2013; answers are elusive”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This February 19, 2013 article on the ReadingEagle.com website talks about concern over the increased number of suicides seen in Berks County this year, which according to  the article is about double what it was for all last year.

“Passing the torch in the mental health profession”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This August 21, 2012 article on the Reading Eagle website talks about the career of Joseph Conway as he steps down from a 40 year career as a Mental Health professional. Gary Hawkins has been named as Joseph’s successor.

“Berks County group calls for changes on anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act: Abilities in Motion asks mayor to improve Reading sidewalks”

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This July 22, 2012 article out of Berks County talks about changes a group of disabled folks are advocating for in their area.  As they pointed out, in the article, ‘they do everything everyone else does, they just do it differently’.   Having access to sidewalks in my opinion is not a bad thing, it is simply asking that they be able to feel safe as they go about their day-to-day activities, just like anyone who is not disabled would want.  Very cool article though, and worth reading if you have an interest in the ADA or want to maybe learn about how it affects people in day-to-day life.

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