May made many local headlines

The year 2019 had its moments. Today the Sun-Gazette continues a daily offering of news highlights from the year.

Following are the stories that made front-page news during May:

• May 1 — Mayor Gabriel J. Campana declines to confer with City Council and announces he is reopening the children’s playground at Memorial Park. “I don’t want to wait until we may or may not get a grant,” he said.

• May 2 — Legalization of recreational marijuana received overwhelming support from those attending one of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tours at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Dozens of people discussed the hot topic.

• May 3 — Some political signs for candidates seeking nominations in the May 21 primary election were removed where they were illegally on city property.

• May 4 — New York Giants’ hopeful Dominick Bragalone went from suiting up and playing at Rodney K. Morgans Stadium in South Williamsport to making a trip to the Big Apple to attempt to continue his football career in the NFL with a two-day mini-camp try-out with the team.

• May 5 — City police Agent Trent Peacock, who has investigated countless homicides and arson fires in his 31 years on the Bureau of Police, was recognized with the honor of being the bureau’s Officer of the Quarter for the first three months of the year.

• May 6 — With Brandon Park bursting with blossoms and the rich colors of spring, a small group of people gathered for Arbor Day ceremonies near its Market Street entrance.

• May 7 — The Williamsport Area Transportation Study soon will organize a Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

• May 8 — Mayor Gabriel J. Campana has introduced a plan to work with a private developer to build a $39 million mixed-use of retail space, condominiums and a nearby 350-space parking garage.

• May 9 — Superior Court Judges Judith Ference Olson, Mary Jane Bowes, and Victor P. Stabile, spent a week at the Lycoming County Courthouse hearing cases from the bench.

• May 10 — An accessible playground at Memorial Park will remain closed after City Council dropped plans offered by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana to get a quick-fix done and open it up before Memorial Day.

• May 11 — Lycoming County has paid $3,440,505 to the GEO Group for re-entry and electronic monitoring services, said John Stahl, deputy adult probation officer, to the prison board. To date, it has saved $3.5 million.

• May 12 — Three cadets made it through “long, agonizing weeks at Harrisburg Area Community College’s fire academy” and begin work with the city Bureau of Fire.

• May 13 — State police reported that human remains were found in Williamsport along the Susquehanna River. Several fishermen discovered the deteriorated remains, believed to be several months old, along the shore between Hepburn and Maynard streets.

• May 14 — U.S. President Donald Trump will come to Lycoming County as part of a campaign stop for Republican House candidate Fred Keller. Trump will speak at the Williamsport Regional Airport, in Montoursville.

• May 15 — Timothy A. Neff, accused of stabbing his sister-in-law to death, was taken into custody by police. Neff, 56, was arraigned by District Judge John Maggs on charges of first degree murder, criminal homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault.

• May 16 — A proposed chemical facility in Montgomery passes borough council review and a public comment on the facility with the state Department of Environmental Protection is slated to help ease tension and explain issues of safety.

• May 17 — City Hall won’t be handicapped accessible once the elevator modification takes place over the summer, city officials said.

• May 18 — The city continues to seek $1 million from an insurance company after paying that amount to the estate of a man who died in January 2014 when his car was struck by a speeding police car that was heading to a call, city officials said.

• May 19 — The Federal Emergency Management Agency reaches out locally to see how communities are enforcing floodplain ordinances and how homeowners are complying with those, said Fran McJunkin, county deputy planner.

• May 20 — President Donald J. Trump’s appearance at the Williamsport Regional Airport was considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, according to those planning to attend.

• May 21 – Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., visit Montoursville, flying in to the Williamsport Regional Airport.

• May 22 — Republican Fred Keller captures the 12th Congressional District’s seat with a convincing victory over Democrat Marc Friedenberg.

• May 23 – Eleven Jersey Shore School District teachers who were furloughed by the school board last May must be offered their positions back in the next 30 days, according to a ruling by a Scranton-based arbitrator.

• May 24 — City Council gave permission to the city administration to have a consulting firm submit a $441,000 grant application for costs associated by repairing deficiencies of the cross pipes in the levee.

• May 25 — Many people paid tribute to fallen military veterans, including the Memorial Day service at Veterans Memorial Park.

• May 26 — Ambassadors of Peace medals were given to 70 Korean War veterans during a ceremony at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

• May 27 –The L.L Stearns and Sons Department story menu is highlighted as part of a short history story. The restaurant and its low prices had workers flocking in for cottage cheese and fruit plates, cream cheese and olive sandwiches and the popular coconut cream pie.

• May 28 — Forty individuals become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Middle District Court.

• May 29 — Daniel A. Klingerman, a developer and owner of The Liberty Group, told City Council economic revitalization committee, he wants to bring a $39 million mixed-use and parking project to East Third and Mulberry streets and parts of the central business district.

• May 30 — Four projects to upgrade Bowman Field, paid for with a $600,000 state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Projects grant, and other funding sources, will be delayed until the fall, city officials said.

• May 31 — The Marcellus Shale Coalition spoke about the $1.7 billion of natural gas impact fees being distributed for local projects, many of which benefit the quality of life for residents of Lycoming County and the region.


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