Monthly Archives: December 2012

The good, bad and ugly stuff that happened to me in 2012

I detest typical “Year in Review” posts:

I ran in 2012 wearing these ridiculous glasses with my little sister, who came to York for the occasion.

I rang in 2012 wearing these ridiculous glasses with my little sister, who came to York for the occasion.

“I GOT ENGAGED.”

“I HAD A BABY.”

“I BOUGHT A HOUSE.”

Yep, I’ve done none of said things. I’m still living in my awesome bachelorette pad apartment in York city. I don’t have a ring on it. And there certainly isn’t a fetus growing inside of me (that I’m aware of).

But hey, I still had a pretty awesome year full of adventures, successes and things that made me think.

Here’s a list of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2012: Continue reading

Four days in Newtown: Reporting on the Sandy Hook school shooting

The benches in front of Edmond Town Hall serve as memorials. The benches spell out a quote by William Edmond: "History has a secondary utility, which by relieving our minds from the fatigue, more serious occupation invigorates and prepares us for fresh exertion."

The benches outside Edmond Town Hall became memorials to Sandy Hook victims. Together, they spell  a quote by William Edmond: “History has a secondary utility, which by relieving our minds from the fatigue, more serious occupation invigorates and prepares us for fresh exertion.”

He never showed up.

That, for some reason, is where it became real to me.

Somewhere between the piles of flowers, makeshift memorials, and barrage of funerals at St. Rose of Lima church, it hit me hard in a Sandy Hook hair salon on my last day of reporting from the Connecticut town.

Marci Benitez, a hair dresser at Fun Kuts, planned to cut 6-year-old James Mattioli’s hair on Saturday.

The appointment came and went. Benitez thought the young boy’s mother had forgotten, until she saw his name on a list released Saturday. Continue reading

Of parrots and pancake breakfasts: My Saturday working night cops

This is me and fellow business reporter Stephanie Reighart being awesome.

This is me and fellow business reporter Stephanie Reighart being awesome.

I spent Saturday morning hanging out with my coworkers, the NewsVroom and a man dressed as Santa Claus at the Boy Scout Troop 94 pancake breakfast in the Shiloh Fire Hall.

Trust me, anyone who was anyone and was on social media between 7 a.m. and noon that day knew without a shadow of a doubt that A PANCAKE BREAKFAST WAS GOING ON.

Why? Because we covered the crap out of it using ScribbleLive.

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A week of Johnson Controls: Reporting on the York employer’s possible relocation

Future home of Johnson Controls? We'll just wait and see.

Future home of Johnson Controls? We’ll just wait and see.

Last week got pretty wild.

For months, we knew a Fortune 500 company was looking to relocate within York County to Hopewell Township using a tax incentive program that needed approval from the school board, township and commissioners.

If they didn’t get what they needed, they’d likely go to Maryland — or so we’re told.

Not knowing who it was frustrated the hell out of me. Continue reading