TOP HEADLINES BERKS, LANCASTER 02/09


>>Reading City Council To Forgive Small Business Loans

(Reading, PA) -- Reading City Council is going to forgive about one-million-dollars' worth of small business loans this year. The council voted yesterday to forgive loans given to over 125 small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials say the forgiveness was made because small businesses are still struggling due to the pandemic. Community First Fund gave money to support the loans last spring and will be verifying businesses for forgiveness.

>>Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed For Man Shot Dead By Lancaster Police

(Lancaster, PA) -- The mother of a man who was shot and killed by Lancaster Police last year is filing a lawsuit against the department, the city and the county. Ricardo Munoz's mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit yesterday. Munoz, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ran towards police with a knife during an episode when he was allegedly off his medication. The lawsuit filed by his mother claims the officer who shot and killed him chose deadly force over less-lethal means.

>>One Love Project In Berks County Collecting Clothes

(Reading, PA) -- An organization based in Reading is asking the public for help in donating clothes for those in need across Berks County. One Love Project announced yesterday that it is teaming up with the L-G-B-T Center of Greater Reading and Zoo Much Fun to host a collection drive starting today. Clothing donations can be dropped off at The Gables at Overlook Mansion located at Six-20 Centre Avenue until March 8th. Organizers say the distribution of the donations will be held on March 14th at the Overlook Mansion.

>>Reading Public Library Accepts Grant To Help Programs

(Reading, PA) -- Reading Public Library is receiving a grant to help support some of its programs. The library announced yesterday that it is accepting a ten-thousand-dollar grant from the Baker Tilly Foundation. Officials say the funding will be used to fund its adult computer classes, SAT prep classes and literacy education programs. The grant was a part of the Baker Tilly Foundation's Wishes campaign, which donated ten-thousand-dollars to ten different nonprofit organizations in the country.

>>Berks Nature Looking For Volunteers

(Reading, PA) -- Berks Nature is looking for residents who want to volunteer to work as ambassadors. The conservation announced yesterday that it is seeking people with diverse backgrounds who can be trained to lead projects and help protect the environment. Officials say that those who are interested in volunteering will receive about 20 hours' worth of training that will focus on different subjects such as hydrology and invasive plants. Anyone who is interested in volunteering can apply on the Berks Nature website. The training is expected to begin April 20th.


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