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“In Your District” goes global

May 18, 2020

District 5 Councilwoman Donna Reed is taking her “In Your District” program well beyond the bounds of Northwest Reading on Wednesday morning when she hosts an international real-time interactive broadcast.

The hour-long program, beginning at 9:30 a.m., will include several officials from Reutlingen, Germany, the sister city to Reading.  The topic of the broadcast will be each city’s experience with and response to Covid-19.

“We are committed to illustrating that we are all in this situation together,” said Reed.  “We can learn from each other how far along the Covid-19 road we have traveled and the ways in which both cities have battled this pandemic.”

Locally, Reed will appear with Reading Mayor Eddie Moran and Managing Director Pedro Cortes, along with former Mayor Tom McMahon, who leads the Reading-Reutlingen sister city program.  Providing expert medical insights will be Dr. Charles F. Barbera, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Reading Hospital, Tower Health.

Mayor Alexander Kreher of Reutlingen will be appearing along with medical professional Dr. Gottfried Roller, District of Reutlingen, Head of the District Health Department , and colleagues from the city including :

Adrian Röhrle, City of Reutlingen, Deputy Head of the Fire Brigade
Albert Keppler, City of Reutlingen, Head of the Office of Public Order
Dr. Werner Ströbele, City of Reutlingen, Head of the Cultural Office
Interpreter: Donna Blagg (University of Reutlingen)

The program will be broadcast on both the BCTV and MAC Channels (Comcast Channels 15 and 99) and will be livestreamed on BCTV.org and BCTV’s YouTube Channel.

While the technology is not well adapted to studio call-ins, those with questions in Reading and Reutlingen may submit them to [email protected] or text 484-878-7241.

Reed thanks the folks at BCTV, the participants, and especially Reutlingen officials Petra Bannasch and Margit Fausel for their efforts in planning this broadcast.

In summer, Reed is planning a similar broadcast focusing on the Covid-19 situation with government and medical officials in Reading, United Kingdom, Reading’s namesake and sister city.

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