>>Participating Berks County Libraries To Eliminate Late Fees On Certain Items

(Reading, PA) -- Several Berks County libraries are joining a new program that will eliminate late fees on certain items. The program is called "Fine Free," and it is launching at participating libraries across the county including: Reading, Bernville, Boyertown, Brandywine, Exeter, Fleetwood, Muhlenberg and Morgantown. Officials say fines will be wiped out for overdue books, movies, music and magazines that are returned one to 29 days after their due date.

>>New Jersey-Based Campaign Against Drunk Driving Expanding To Berks County

(Reading, PA) -- A New Jersey-based campaign against drunk driving is going to be expanding into Berks County. The John R. Elliot HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers partnered with the Council on Chemical Abuse, and the campaign is focusing on preventing drunk and impaired driving in the county. The Council on Chemical Abuse is encouraging local bars and restaurants to participate in the HERO Establishments. Interested business owners can register for the program online by visiting

>>Last Chance To Donate For This Year's Berks Book Bonanza

(Wyomissing, PA) -- The last chance to donate for this year's Berks Book Bonanza is approaching. Organizers say they will be accepting donations today at the Berkshire Mall entrance between Five Below and the old Bon-Ton from nine-thirty-in-the-morning until noon and also tomorrow from six-to-seven-thirty-in-the-evening. Acceptable donations include books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles. The bonanza is scheduled to run from July 7th through July 11th at the mall.

>>Manheim Township Amends COVID-19 Regulations For All Buildings

(Manheim Township, PA) -- Fully vaccinated people in Manheim Township are no longer required to wear masks or maintain social distancing while visiting township buildings and facilities. The Board of Commissioners announced yesterday that it has amended its COVID-19 regulations and mask requirements for visitors. Those who are unvaccinated must continue to wear a mask when entering township buildings. Officials are encouraging residents to get vaccinated by visiting Vaccinate Lancaster's official website to schedule an appointment for the clinic at 600 Park City Center.

>>School Bus Aide In Reading Accused Of Spraying Cleaning Solution On Children

(Reading, PA) -- A school bus aide based in Reading is being accused of spraying a cleaning solution in children's faces. Juan Dorta was taken into custody yesterday, and he is facing several charges including simple assault, endangering welfare of children and harassment. Officials say Dorta threatened to punch several kids last month before he started spraying them in the eyes, face and mouth with glass and surface cleaner.

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