Three new officers sworn in to Erie Police Department

Three new police officers were sworn in to the Erie Police Department today in City Council chambers at Erie City Hall.

The new officers are:

James Mark Pettinato, 31, an Erie resident, and graduate of Villa Maria Academy and the criminal justice program at Mercyhurst University. Pettinato has five years previous law enforcement experience with the …

Drug take-back event set for Saturday at Erie City Hall

The Erie Police Department is partnering with the Crisis Center at UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Safe Harbor to host at City Hall a local version of a national prescription drug take-back event. Anyone can drop off prescription drugs that need to be disposed of. No sharp needles or IV solutions can be accepted. …

Applications open for City’s first Environmental Advisory Council

At his weekly news conference on Thursday, Mayor Schember announced the opening of applications for the newly formed Environmental Advisory Council.

The Environmental Advisory Council was created to assist the City in researching identifiable environmental issues and in making recommendations on how best to address those issues. The Council aims to support Mayor Schember’s vision …

Erie City Council approves short-term rental ordinance changes

Erie City Council on Wednesday evening approved changes to the City’s zoning ordinance to include short-term rentals. By a 7-0 vote, council, at its regular monthly evening meeting, approved changes which now include:

The definition of a residential dwelling unit has been changed to include its use as a short-term rental property. Hotels, motels, or …

Active Erie Transportation Plan’s Bikeway Project: Frequently asked questions

Below are 10 frequently asked questions about Erie’s Bikeway Project plans, which are detailed in the Active Erie Transportation plan.

More information about the Bikeway Project can be found at and

Are bike lanes safer for cyclists and vehicles? Yes. Studies show that bike lanes slow traffic and keep cyclists safer.

Do bike lanes improve …

ARP dollars in Action: Dina’s Authentic Dominican Kitchen

Story by: Michael Outlaw, Community Liaison, City of Erie | Photos by: Monica Z. Gustin, Digital Media and Design Specialist, City of Erie

The moment you open the doors of Erie’s Flagship City Food Hall, you will be greeted with the subtle, authentic culinary aromas of the Dominican Republic: Pollo guisado (stewed chicken), cerdo guisado …

The Holy Month of Ramadan: Iftar at the Erie Masjid

As sundown approached, families arrived at the Erie Masjid, 2419 Holland St., for a busy Saturday’s Iftar. Walking into the women’s section of the mosque was described to me as “organized chaos” as adults helped children take off their shoes. It was the beginning of Iftar, the daily breaking of the fast. Bottles of …

Special no-parking areas in Erie announced for street sweeping

Special no-parking signs have been posted for Thursday, April 13, 2023, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. in these areas for street sweeping:

Brown Avenue (Cherry to West 26th streets)

West 16th Street (Cherry to Chestnut streets)

Raspberry Street (West 6th to West 32nd streets)

West 18th Street (Raspberry to Sassafras streets)

West 21st Street (Chestnut to State streets)

West …

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