President's Newsletter March 2014


Alvernia signed a 50 year lease with the City of Reading covering all non-wetland open areas in Angelica Park. The University will assume maintenance in the park as part of our “Service In Lieu of Taxes” credit from the city. We also extended our lease for the Angelica baseball/softball/tennis complex for 50 years. 

A Community Indicators Report, developed for the Berks County Community Foundation by the O’Pake Institute, was recently released with high praise and extensive local media coverage. The report provides compelling data on the area’s quality of life. The findings illuminate many positive features of Berks County, along with areas of concern, such as the need for improved educational attainment by our citizens.

A new Holleran Center initiative offered at Alvernia’s Cumru-based Sports Park will make fresh produce available to low-income Reading families. Bog Turtle Farm features an organic garden managed by students as a sustainable agriculture project. Produce will be sold at the Penn Street Farmer’s Market, the only community farmer’s market accepting food stamps. 

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president's newsletter march 2014

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