East Penn Press

Thursday, January 23, 2020


Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Council hears personal appeals, requests and reports

Emmaus Borough Council dove straight into their Jan. 20 meeting consisting of personal appeals, requests and reports.

Anne Zayaitz, board member of East Penn Neighbors Helping Neighbors, attended the meeting to thank council for their support. Zayaitz also invited council on behalf of the East Penn Neighbors Helping Neighbor’s board to their second spaghetti dinner.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Council reappoints borough positions and talks payments, safety concerns and contracts

At the Jan. 6 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, members appointed and designated numerous borough positions, in addition to discussing reports and payments.

First, Mayor Kathleen Palmer swore in council members Vanessa Taggart, Stephen Kaufman, John Aleszczyk and council President Ron DeIaco.

Next, council carried a motion to approve Resolution No. 2020-1 which appointed the officers of borough council and Steven Mehl, chair of the vacancy board. Borough officers remained the same with Steven Hill appointed vice president and Kathleen Raines serving as second vice president.


Thursday, January 2, 2020 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Tax rate for 2020 approved

Alburtis Borough Council began the Dec. 23, 2019 meeting by carrying motions to approve previous meeting minutes, bills for payment and several reports.

With a lack of public comments, council proceeded to discuss Resolution No. 2019-13, the police pension plan, ordinances and a proposal to raise pay rates.

Resolution No. 2019-13 reduces pension plan contributions by police officers from five percent to four percent.


Friday, December 20, 2019 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Police Officer Broc Termini completes probationary period

Alburtis Borough Council discussed topics including borough maintenance, resolutions and holiday activities at its Dec. 11 meeting

Council began the meeting with discussion of Officer Broc Termini’s employment status. Chief of Police Robert Palmer wrote to council explaining that as of Nov. 19, Termini completed his probationary period as a full-time police officer. Palmer requested council declare his full-time status as permanent. Council carried a motion to approve this request and asked Termini to visit borough hall for a proper congratulations.

WILLOW LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Gifted specialist introduces students to 3-D printing technology

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in School

In Room 309 of Willow Lane Elementary School, Julia Dweck teaches her fourth-grade gifted class about 3-D printing technology.

At nearly 9 and 10 years old, these students possess a hunger for more knowledge and eagerly await more information about the innovative technology.

At the end of November, Dweck introduced her students to the concept. They moved on to design, print and color their own 3-D printed characters as bookmarks.


Thursday, December 12, 2019 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Contract with J.P. Mascaro & Sons discussed

At the Nov. 25 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, borough finances were discussed in addition to meeting plans for next year.

After evaluating reports and bills for payments, council discussed two Pennsylvania small water and sewer grants.

One grant covered expenses for stormwater management at the intersection of Chestnut Circle West and Windsor Road.

The borough plans to utilize the second grant for finances involved with the sanitary sewer lateral rehabilitation for the borough’s 2020-2021 Sewer Rehabilitation Program.


Friday, November 22, 2019 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Council votes to extend contract with J.P. Mascaro and Sons

Alburtis Borough Council swiftly reviewed the agenda at the Nov. 13 borough meeting.

With no public comments, council discussed a garbage contract, snow removal and grants.

With the first order of business, council carried a motion to accept the extended sixth year contract bid from J.P. Mascaro and Sons.

Next, it was announced maintenance supervisor Donnie Derr received his water certification.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Borough discusses trash contract

The Nov. 27 Alburtis Borough Council meeting began with a change in Halloween plans from the Mayor’s report.

Mayor Kathleem Palmer decided to move trick-or-treat from Halloween night to Nov. 1 out of concern for public safety due to weather conditions.

Following that, public comments began with a discussion by Sam Augustine about trash service providers.


Thursday, October 31, 2019 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in School

Emmaus High School theater department presents

‘Our Town’

Queues sound and lights move as adrenaline courses through the anxious cast and crew members of Emmaus High School’s theater department.

After weeks of rehearsal, the group excitedly awaits the opening night of its production of Thorton Wilder’s “Our Town” during rehearsal.

Hoping to live up to the audience’s expectations of such a historically notable play, the cast and crew prepare to the best of their abilities.


Friday, October 18, 2019 by MAKENZIE CHRISTMAN in Local News

Council dispute borough finances and sidewalks

At the Oct. 9 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, council members evaluated expenses and a request for sidewalk installation on West Second Street.

Members analyzed garbage contract bids, energy provider offers and grants among the borough finances.

Preceeding public comments, the borough discussed the current garbage bids in comparison to their current contract. The borough has the option of extending their current contract or accepting a new contract with J.P. Mascaro & Sons.