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Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, State College is a college town heavily influenced by the campus life of Penn State University and have gained the nickname “Happy Valley” for its resilience during the Great Depression. Downtown State College provide the public with essential resource, accommodation, and entertainment that stretch along College Ave and Beaver Ave. In 2010, CQ Press ranked State College as the third-safest metropolitan area in the country. They say there’s something magical about the Nittany Valley, where time just seems to stand still. Updates on the downtown area’s current affairs and additions can be located on this topic page.

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0 Webster’s Cafe Turns One Year Old

Downtown State College is all about local business. And one of our favorites, Webster’s Cafe, is celebrating its first anniversary this Saturday with a day of local art and music. The downtown bookstore/coffee shop will soon relaunch with a new and improved bookstore and new menu options.

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9 Jim’s Army & Navy: The Greatest Store Ever

For those of you who have ventured onto the west side of Beaver Avenue, there is a good chance you have passed by Jim’s Army & Navy. If you are one of those people, your first thought when passing by Jim’s was most likely, “What the hell is going on in this store?” When a store’s window display boasts handcuffs (they even come in pink), switchblades, throwing stars, machetes, other swords, and ammunition, you really have no choice but to be utterly confounded. Little did I know that I was about to walk into the greatest store ever.

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0 The Diaries of a Gumby’s Delivery Guy

We all know what it’s like to get pizza delivered: you order the pizza then spend the next forty minutes asking how much longer until the pizza arrives, but what is it like to be the person that carries the key to your happiness from the pizza restaurant to your home? I took one for the team and sacrificed my Saturday night to walk a mile in a pizza delivery guy’s shoes.

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18 Man Convicted of DUI While Riding Bicycle

Frank Aritz Jr. of State College was found guilty for riding his bicycle in downtown State College with a .162 BAC level. Aritz was spotted by police riding his bike without a headlamp on East Beaver Ave. and on the South Allen St. bike route, per the CDT.

According to prosecutors, Aritz’s reaction when he was pulled over was, “It’s a fucking bike!”

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8 IHOP Coming to State College

It’s a day of big restaurant announcements in State College — first Quaker Steak & Lube and now IHOP set to open in the State College area. The popular breakfast restaurant will open at the old Perkins location at 1661 S. Atherton St. where a sign saying “Coming Soon” designed like the IHOP logo has been for the last few months.

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21 Student Cited Three Separate Times on State Patty’s Day

I don’t know whether to be impressed or disgusted, but this one takes some effort.

As first reported by The Daily Collegian (no link because the story didn’t run online) and then called out by The School Philly, a Penn State student was cited by police three separate times for three different incidents on State Patty’s Day this year all in a matter of about five hours.

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43 Why Closing the Bars Won’t Solve Anything

Many have tried and failed to combat the holiday over the years. This year, the anti-State Patty’s Day waves are crashing down harder than ever, with fraternities shutting down, bars closing, the police taking draconian measures, and dorms limiting residence hall visitors.

But it’s not working. And it won’t work until the apartment owners and the landlords take action.

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16 Bars Will Be Dry on State Patty’s Day

Downtown State College may be filled with green this Saturday, but if you want to drink, you won’t be able to do so at the bars. The Tavern Association of State College reached an agreement today with the Campus-Community Partnership on Dangerous Drinking, in which they agreed to stop all alcohol sales on State Patty’s Day.

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67 Drinking on State Patty’s Day? You’re Going to Jail

If you’re planning to get drunk on State Patty’s Day, are under the age of 21, and would prefer not to spend the night in prison, you might be in for a rough time.

Police will be exercising different procedures during the pseudo-holiday this year, some of which were introduced in the student leader State Patty’s Day video released today.

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