News & Announcements
The College Heights Association
The College Heights Association was incorporated under the Non-profit Corporation Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1975 to protect and advance the interests of the College Heights neighborhood and its residents.
All persons residing in the College Heights neighborhood are eligible for membership. The Association holds an annual meeting for the purpose of reviewing actions of the Association over the past year and proposing action for the Association for the coming year. Additional meetings may be held at other time for discussion of current issues.
Student Arrival Information + CATA Bus Community Input Meeting
CATA staff will host a virtual CATABUS community input meeting (PDF) on Tuesday, January 19, at 6:00 p.m.
Here is a helpful FAQ for off-campus students on how to fulfill the pre-arrival testing mandate if they remained in their off-campus apartments over winter break or need to return to their off-campus apartments prior to February 15 for work, academic-program-specific reasons, or other important circumstances:
COVID FAQ: How do I get tested if I have to return early or remained on campus?
This one below more fully describes the concept that the University is urging students who live off campus to postpone their return to their campus community unless it is necessary for work, academic-program-specific reasons, or other important circumstances.
Testing requirements for students who must return to campus communities: Students who must return before Feb. 15 should follow steps to complete required COVID-19 testing
CHA Annual MeetingThe CHA Annual meeting was held virtually on October 28, 2020. View meeting minutes here (PDF)
COVID-19 Update: Thanksgiving Holiday Guidance and Other Mitigation Strategies
- Watch a Video Message from Mayor Filippelli about Thanksgiving
- COVID-19 Update: Thanksgiving Holiday Guidance and Other Mitigation Strategies (PDF)
Centre LGBTQA Thanksgiving Take-out Dinner and Thankful ZoomCentre LGBTQA will offer freeThanksgiving Take-out Dinners for pick-up on Nov. 14. and will be hosting a thankful zoom on Nov. 15. For more information, including RSVP details, pick-up location, and times, visit the LGBTQA Thanksgiving Take-out Dinner event page.
Visit the State College Area School District website to read the announcement from Bob O’Donnell, Superintendent of Schools, and help spread the word.
SCASD Calls for Substitute Teachers and Paraprofessionals
Press release provided by Penn State
Webinar Series on University Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The recorded Oct. 22 webinar with Penn State President Eric Barron is now available to view online at https://liveevents.psu.edu/oct-22-2020-webinar/. The ongoing series allows Barron to directly address questions from faculty and staff about the University’s response to the pandemic, as well as other related, critical topics.
Joining Barron for the webinar were a group of faculty experts, including:
- Cara Exten, assistant professor of nursing;
- Matt Ferrari, associate professor of biology; and
- Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology, Eberly Professor of Biotechnology and director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.
- The panel, moderated by Barron, discussed a number of topics, including community, trends and data that University leaders consider as they make operating, testing and mitigation decisions as Penn State responds to the coronavirus pandemic.
The webinar series is part of a continued effort by University leaders to share information and answer questions from the community throughout the pandemic, including virtual Town Halls and weekly faculty newsletters.
For the latest information on Penn State’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including frequently asked questions and information specific for students, faculty and staff, visit https://virusinfo.psu.edu/.
Share Your Voice on Recommended Enhancements to Mental Health Crisis Services System
The Task Force on Mental Health Crisis Services, jointly appointed by the Centre County Commissioners and State College Borough Council are hosting two (2) virtual public meetings seeking the community’s input on the Task Force’s work to identify strengths and enhancements to local mental health services. For more information about these virtual events on October 20 and 21, including how to register, view the Borough's news release.
Legal Literacy Information Sessions
The Legal Literacy Information Sessions via Zoom are co-sponsored by the Centre County Bar Association, Mid-State Literacy Council, and the State College Borough. For a list of speakers, topics, and dates, visit the Legal Literacy Information Sessions web page.
Virtual CHA Annual Meeting Reminder
Don't forget about our virtual CHA Annual Meeting to be held October 28 at 7:00 pm.
Census 2020 Outreach - Help Maintain the Sustainability of Our Community
Posted on behalf of the State College Community Engagement Office
- Please take less than 10 minutes of your time to fill out the 2020 Census.
- For more information, view and share the Census general flyer PDF and Census Board PDF.
COVID-19 Ordinance Facts Flyer
Download/view a one-page PDF flyer with the critical COVID-19 Ordinance facts.
Supporting Our Local Community
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our local organizations have experienced an increase in client needs. For a list of a several organizations with needs and donation instructions, view the Supporting Our Local Community PDF.
Ask Your Senators to Support Our Local GovernmentHelp advocate for the unique COVID-19 challenges we face in college towns by asking your senators to support our local government. Copy and paste the template message below and personalize it as you see fit.
I am a resident from State College, PA, one of Pennsylvania’s university and college towns that are experiencing some of the harshest economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of all residents, I am urging you to support an economic lifeline of direct aid to local governments in the next Senate response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help us stabilize and reopen our communities.
I request your support for all local governments. Recent National League of Cities (NLC) economic analysis finds that municipalities across the country are facing over $360 billion in lost revenues over the next three years due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local economies. NLC has recommended the Senate move forward with at least $125 billion in 2020 and $125 billion in 2021 for municipalities governing cities, towns, and villages of all sizes to reopen our communities and maintain core responsibilities, including keeping emergency responders on the job and intervening in localized outbreaks of COVID-19 and restoring the economic activity of our communities in lasting ways.
I ask you to include a lifeline of direct support to local government to ensure that we can maintain our essential services, rebound from this challenge, and revitalize our economies in the months ahead. Our communities and our economic recovery depend on your support.
Mayor's COVID-19 Video Update
On July 18, 2020, State College Mayor L. Filippelli provided a video with local updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Census 2020 Area Update
The following is shared on behalf of the Philadelphia Regional Census Center.
2020 Census Non-Response Follow-up Operation Starting More Than 20 Days Early in Our Area
Census Takers will begin visiting households that have not responded online, by phone or by mail beginning the week of July 20. Missing census responses are missing dollars and worth $2,093 per person so take action now to get your fair share.
Please answer the door and provide the answers to the questions the Census Taker asks. By answering, you will help ensure we’ll get our share of funding for the next 10 years.
Appointment of CHA Board Vice President
This June, 2020, Catherine Dauler was nominated for and appointed to the position of Vice President on the CHA Board of Directors. The position has been vacant and under Board bylaws, the Board may nominate and appoint a person to such a position to serve until the next opportunity to formally elect someone. Catherine has been nominated and unanimously agreed upon by the Board to fill this position.
Catherine has extensive experience to bring to our Board. This includes having served on the State College Borough Council for 16 years including two years as the Council President. She also previously served on the CHA Board including serving as President.
Additionally, she has served on several committees of the Council of Governments as well as being involved with the Pennsylvania Municipal League and the National League of Cities.
College Heights NewsletterFall 2019 PDF
Write to Save LivesFollowing the most recent fatal accident at the Atherton Street/Park Avenue intersection, Police Chief Tom King spoke with well over 100 local residents Tuesday (July 7) evening. He noted that both red light cameras (ARLE) and radar are critical to improving safety at that and other Centre Region locations.
Legislative authorization is required for both devices. Other PA municipalities (e.g. Philadelphia and its suburban counties, Pittsburgh) have red light cameras. PA is the only state in the nation without laser authorization for local accredited police departments.
According to Chief King, CITIZEN INPUT IS CRITICAL TO MOTIVATE OUR LEGISLATORS TO TAKE MUCH NEEDED ACTION. Thus we ask you to write to those listed below, requesting their support for both ARLE and radar authorization. Some possible talking points:
- Existing ARLE legislation should be expanded to all counties meeting requirements (e.g., 20,000+ population, accredited police department, PennDOT-approved intersections).
- In all US states except PA, every local police department is permitted to use radar. PA state police are permitted to use radar. (PA authorizes local police to use guns, but not radar.)
- Drivers speeding and going through red lights endanger pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers throughout every day, with alarming frequency.
- Police reports indicate tens of thousands of pedestrian crossings at signalized State College intersections each day.
- State College's 2+ million annual visitors result in an inordinate amount of additional vehicular traffic intermixed with heavy pedestrian traffic.
- State College becomes 3rd largest PA municipality on event weekends(e.g., football, Arts Festival).
- Local police lack sufficient staff to consistently monitor dangerous intersections.
- State College Borough Council passed resolutions supporting local police use of ARLE and radar.
An ARLE information sheet can be found here.
Please send messages to:
- Senator Jake Corman: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hon. Scott Conklin: email@example.com
- Hon. Kerry Benninghoff: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hon. Rich Irvin: RIrvin@pahousegop.com
- Hon. Mike Hanna: email@example.com
- Kevin Kline, PennDOT District Executive: firstname.lastname@example.org
Update from Tom King
On July 7 State College Police Chief Tom King spoke with area residents about the North Atherton Street/Park Avenue intersection. On July 24 he provided this update.
- Both Tom Zilla and Capt. Matt Wilson took notes at the July 7th meeting. They both typed their notes and sent them to me. I have put them into two broad categories; Comments and Suggestions.
- Later that week, PennDOT delivered and set up a temporary camera on the southwest side of this intersection. They came to our police department and got the log ins for this camera established and SCPD now has access to viewing this intersection. Our IT Department is in the process of getting the necessary equipment to record the activity at this intersection. We expect to have this equipment for the next 6-8 weeks in order to observe activity at this intersection both before students return and after they return.
- On July 17th, Capt Wilson, Amy Kerner, and Alan Sam met with Michele Halsell and two Civil Engineering professors to discuss their graduate level students conducting some studies or assisting in other ways at the Atherton/Park intersection. The professors are very excited about having their students assist so we are working on further identifying what type of work these students will perform. We may be able to have them assist with all of the data and video gathers from the temporary public cameras that will be in place for the next 6 weeks or so.
- The Borough Police Department and Public Works Department met with seven (7) PennDOT officials including the District Executive Kevin Kline on Thursday (7/23) solely to discuss this intersection. Also attending the meeting was Matt Wise from Sen. Corman's office and Ton Zilla from Centre County MPO. Part of the meeting was a presentation from a PennDOT employee on how the Automatic Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) is working in both Philadelphia and Abington Twp (Montgomery County).
- Over the next 1 to 2 weeks, PennDOT is going to meet and go through all of the comments and suggestions offered at the July 7th meeting and provide feedback on the various comments and suggestions.
- Beginning the week of August 10th, SCPD will have police department staff monitor the temporary camera and track the various activities/behaviors at that intersection. They will be charting various violations including red light violations, illegal right turns on red, drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk, pedestrian violations, bicycle violations, and any near crashes. The exact hours we will be monitoring the intersection has not been finalized but much of the focus will be on peak use times (weekdays 7:30 - 9:30 am, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, and 4:00 - 6:00 pm).
- Increased Officer Presence and Enforcement - since our July 7th meeting, SCPD officers have conducted much more enforcement at this intersection and will continue this increased presence as long as staffing and call volume permits.
- Our investigation into the fatal crash at Atherton and Park on June 22nd is nearly complete. The only information we are still awaiting is the autopsy report which generally takes about 6 weeks to receive. I am hopeful we will have that report in about 2 weeks and then we can provide our findings.
Historic Property Designation
A number of properties contribute to College Heights' designation as one of State College's historic districts. The Historic Resources Commission encourages owners of those properties to recognize those structures with an Historic Plaque.
To determine whether or not your property is on the list of those contributing to the Historic District designation, please contact John Wilson at email@example.com or call 323-7109. Information about the plaques can be found at this borough link.
On-street Parking Permission
For permission to park on College Heights streets posted No Parking, residents should call 814-954-1019. Between 8 am and 10 pm Monday through Saturday the call will either be answered by a live person or returned within one hour. On Sundays and holidays, residents should leave a message, including location, date and time for which permission is requested and vehicle license number. Granting of permission can then be assumed unless streets must be clear for snow removal. No parked vehicles may block driveways, fire hydrants, or intersections at any time.
Annual MembershipAnnual membership dues of $10 are payable to the College Heights Association for a term of membership from the beginning of September to the end of August of each year. Dues may
be mailed to:
Kevin McGarry, Treasurer
534 Ridge Avenue
State College, PA 16803
Report Violations of Borough OrdinancesState College Borough now has an online form for Borough residents' use in reporting violations of Borough ordinances (e.g. snow removal, weeds, parking, trash removal, noise, unauthorized residents, etc.). The form goes directly to the Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health staff, where it will be addressed. The link for this form is here, and the form also is available under both the Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health drop-down menus in the Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health section of the State College Borough web site.
While none of us is eager to take on this role, as the Planning Office has stressed, often the only way staff members learn of violations is through neighbors' reporting.
Information on Neighborhood PreservationFor important information regarding the Borough strategic plan's #1 goal, neighborhood preservation, please click here.