Two candidates are on the Republican ballot for State Representative in the 131st District in the April 26 primary election: Bill Coyle and Incumbent Justin J. Simmons. There are no Democratic candidates on the ballot. Voters are asked to select one candidate.
The Press asked both candidates the question, “What do you see as the primary concern of your constituents?” The candidates’ answers are listed below.
Democrat State Rep. Daniel McNeill is running against Republican David Molony in the 133rd District race. Both will appear on the ballot in November.
Rev. Stephen Emick, pastor for spiritual formation and discipleship at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 W. Tilghman St., recently celebrated 25 years of ordained ministry.
Now in his 26th year, Emick reflects on his career and the future of the church.
Originally from Scranton, Emick graduated from high school and thought he would pursue a career in music.
He attended Merrywood University in Scranton and fell into communication arts, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in communication arts/radio and television.
In the spring edition of the borough newsletter, residents learned Emmaus Borough Council had decided to eliminate the summer parks program.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe said the decision was difficult.
“The purpose of the program was to provide a structured park program,” Pepe said. “It turned out to be a taxpayer supplemented babysitting program for four hours per day, five days a week, for six weeks.”
Pepe said when the borough attempted to make the program more structured, complaints were received from both parents and children.
In a surprise announcement at the March 7 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, Emmaus Police Department Chief David A. Faust announced his retirement effective March 25.
In a letter to Mayor Winfield O. Iobst, Faust said he has been considering this significant step over the past year.
“I am certain the timing is right,” Faust said. “My leadership training and experience has taught me good leaders should be the ‘first and not the last’ to realize when it is time to leave. I leave with nothing but admiration for the borough, our police department and its people.”
Wun “The Shot” Versher surprised patients with a visit to Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Feb. 24, displaying his legendary ball handling tricks, posing for photos and signing autographs.
Versher has been a member of the Harlem Globetrotters for 21 years.
He was in town to promote the upcoming family show March 2 at the PPL Center during the 90th Anniversary World Tour. PPL Center said “the game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction.”
In the Feb. 24 issue of The Press, we reported the East Penn School District will be working with Public Financial Management, as financial advisor, Rhoads & Simon LLP, as bond counsel and Worth, Magee & Fisher, P.C. as solicitor to the district in conjunction with the issuance of General Obligation Notes, Series of 2016, for the purpose of restructuring the Series of 2011 Bonds and paying the costs of issuing the 2016 Notes as the board looks to finalize the 2016-2017 budget. In the meeting story, we reported an estimated savings over a two year period which is not correct.
After a presentation by Doug White, Lehigh Engineering Associates, Inc., representing Kay Builders, Emmaus Borough Council approved Phase 1 Final Plan of the Fields at Indian Creek age-restricted development at the Feb. 16 meeting.
The development contains 217 units on 78 acres in Emmaus, Upper Milford and Lower Macungie Township. Twelve of the units are in Emmaus. White said Kay Builders has secured emergency access through the Farmhouse property.
Chris Emery, of Longswamp Township, Berks County, was in the news recently over an interview gone bad at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom.
However, the ever-smiling Chris moved past that experience and looked forward to a very special night.
On Feb. 12, Chris and his good friend Brooke Landis, of Pennsburg, attended Night to Shine at Hope Community Church in King of Prussia where they were treated like royalty.
Chris Emery, of Longswamp Township, Berks County, worried he may have done something wrong when finding out Feb, 4 he would not be welcomed back to a job he has held for 12 years at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom.
If you have ever been to Dorney, you may have seen Chris Emery cleaning the bathrooms, sweeping, handing out maps and giving directions to guests.
This 2006 Brandywine High School graduate first heard about the job at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom 12 years ago through family friends.