Police adding patrols for 'Taps' meeting, rally in Glen Rock

Written by Teresa Boeckel/The York Daily Record | Jul 19, 2017 11:08 AM

FILE PHOTO: Joshua Corney stands for a portrait outside his Glen Rock home on Saturday, July 25, 2015.  (Photo: Chris Dunn, York Daily Record)

Glen Rock council meets at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss the issue.

(Glen Rock) -- State police will be adding more patrols Wednesday night as supporters of the amplified playing of "Taps" plan to rally outside of Glen Rock while the borough council meets to discuss the matter. 

The extra patrols will help to ensure that peace and civility are maintained, spokesman Brent Miller said. The rally will be held in Springfield Township, which is covered by state police.

Southern Regional Police covers Glen Rock borough, where the council will discuss a resident playing "Taps" over a loudspeaker system. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Glen Rock EMS Building.

Southern Regional Police Chief James Boddington declined to comment about police coverage on Wednesday night or about a news release issued by the borough and the resident last week that asked that "the threats, vandalism, intimidation, hateful discord and references to violence" end.

Glen Rock borough has been threatened with a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania if the council does not lift its restriction on the amplified playing of the military song to Sundays and flag holidays.

Joshua Corney, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, plays 'Taps' every night outside his home to honor service members and their families. Chris Dunn, York Daily Record

Lt. Commander Joshua Corney had been playing the recording of the military song over a loudspeaker every night before the council imposed the restriction, saying it violated the borough's nuisance ordinance.

The issue has divided residents in the Glen Rock area.  

Janet Razgaitis lives in Codorus Township, about halfway between Glen Rock and Seven Valleys. She said she can hear "Taps" at her home if conditions are right.

She thinks the compromise the council reached to limit the amplified playing of the song was "a great idea."

"I can't figure out why it wasn't good enough," she said.

Jessica Bull, who lives in Glen Rock, said she does not plan to attend the meeting, but she is interested to see what happens.

"I don't mind the 'Taps,'" she said. 

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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