Borough of Carlisle Urges the Legislature to Support Gov. Wolf’s Aggressive Infrastructure Plan, Restore Pennsylvania

first_imgBorough of Carlisle Urges the Legislature to Support Gov. Wolf’s Aggressive Infrastructure Plan, Restore Pennsylvania Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – The Borough of Carlisle is the latest Pennsylvania municipality to pass a resolution formally calling for the state legislature to support Restore Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf’s aggressive infrastructure investment plan.“My colleagues and I understand the impediments that municipalities, like Carlisle, often face to provide needed services, which address quality of life issues effectively and efficiently with limited available revenue sources,” said Carlisle Mayor Tim Scott. “The Restore Pennsylvania initiative and its sensible funding mechanism are means to meet the ever-growing needs of Pennsylvania communities, large and small alike.”Restore Pennsylvania will inject $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects selected by local officials who are best situated to determine need. In the Borough of Carlisle, potential projects include flood prevention and recovery, blight remediation, brownfield redevelopment, green space creation, and broadband access expansion.“As with many of Pennsylvania’s historic communities, Carlisle is coping with changes in industry and population shifts. Restore Pennsylvania could provide the support the borough is looking for to modify infrastructure to meet today’s needs,” said Gov. Wolf. “It’s time for us to reinvest in our communities to make them competitive in the modern economy.”Borough officials made note of the support Restore Pennsylvania could provide to the Carlisle Urban Redevelopment Plan, a comprehensive strategy to redevelop industrial sites and reactivate neighborhoods. Restore Pennsylvania could provide assistance to areas outlined in the plan, including developing green infrastructure like public parks and bicycle routes, minimizing stream runoff to prevent flooding, and removing contaminants at brownfield sites.Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan. April 19, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Rockets’ Trevor Ariza credits Kobe Bryant for his development

first_imgBut Ariza, a former Westchester High and UCLA standout, maintained he already knew that would happen the moment he met Bryant. After all, Ariza called Bryant both “my favorite player of all time” and “the best player to play the game that I’ve ever seen.” “Once I met him, I felt like there’s always an opportunity,” Ariza said. “If I can get this close to where I can touch somebody, I feel like I can get to that point. He definitely gave me a lot of motivation to work.”The relationship played out the same way once Ariza played with Bryant on the Lakers from 2008 to 2009. Ariza played a key part in the Lakers securing an NBA championship in 2009. Then, Ariza averaged 11.3 points on a 47.6 percent clip from three-point range and also stole two key inbound passes in Games 1 and 3 of the Lakers’ Western Conference finals victories over Denver. Bryant and Ariza also often guarded each other in practice, which soon became learning experiences.“The way he prepared himself for the season and the offense we were running at the time is something he handed me down,” said Ariza, who has played in Houston for the past two seasons. “I did it religiously to become the best player I can be. I just try to define the things that we work on. That’s what he basically did. He taught me how to work smarter instead of doing a whole bunch of things I might never use.” A Slam DunkThe two have insisted they have patched things even if Bryant and Dwight Howard experienced plenty of tension during their lone season together with the Lakers three years ago. But that detente did not stop Bryant from challenging rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. to show off his freakish athleticism by dunking on Howard.“I saw it and just laughed at it,” Howard said.Howard then turned serious on if he would allow Nance Jr. to posterize him.“No,” Howard said. “It’s either going to be a hard foul or a block.”• PHOTOS: Bryant scores 22 points in 107-97 loss to HoustonAfter Nance Jr. dunked on Milwaukee center John Henson on Tuesday, Bryant told him he would become more impressed if he performed a similar feat on Howard. On Nov. 12, 2004, Bryant threw down a one-handed slam on Howard in only his sixth NBA game in an Orlando Magic uniform. “After Kobe did that as a rookie, he never tried it again,” Howard said. “That’s something that will go down as one of his best dunks ever. That was pretty nasty. I wish I would’ve jumped. But had I known then what I know now, I would’ve just fouled him and sent him to the free-throw line instead of being on a poster or birthday cakes.”Howard then shared that plenty of friends and family members would get him a birthday cake nearly every year that showed Bryant’s highlight reel at his expense.“But that was the last time he ever tried. After that, I was able to get a whole bunch of blocks,” said Howard, who is in his 11th NBA season with 1,746 career blocks. “He inspired me.” The event marked one of many that Kobe Bryant would soon attend often, as the Lakers’ guard grew both as a player and in stature. During Bryant’s second NBA season, the Lakers hosted a meet-and-greet with fans at the Forum where he met his future teammate.“Trevor Ariza was one of those kids,” Bryant recalled of the former Lakers and current Rockets forward. “He came up and I signed an autograph for him and took a picture with him. He still has it. It’s crazy.”It’s also crazy that just under two decades later, Bryant and Ariza defended each other when the Lakers hosted the Houston Rockets on Thursday at Staples Center. • RELATED: Kobe Bryant dunks, but Lakers fall to Rocketscenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more