Rev. Waldemar "Wally" Vinovskis, of Concordia Lutheran Church, Macungie, took the vacant East Penn school director's seat during a special meeting Nov. 11 prior to the school board's regular meeting.
The remaining candidates included Paul Champagne, Chris Donatelli, George Doughty, Scott Forbes, Anthony Guerrero, Jamie Hughes, Amy Miller, John Reynard, Terry Richwine, Michael Siegel, Catherine Sarver, Trevor Schneck and Ann Thompson.
Of the 14 candidates, three had served on school board in the past: Thompson, Sarver and Richwine.
Macungie Borough Council is still on track for its zoning ordinance timetable which means putting off some negotiations until next year.
As more changes to the Macungie Borough zoning ordinance were announced at borough council's meeting Oct. 21 it was clear the council and the Planning Commission had listened closely to residents' requests and accommodated them.
Brian Nixon, zoning officer for the borough, reviewed the changes before council.
Residents of Race Street between Locust and Cedar who are currently in a manufacturing district were scheduled to be moved into an R-7.8 district, a specified density residential district without the manufacturing uses they had previously.
The public is clamoring for the resignation of Julian Stolz from the East Penn Board of School Directors based on his recently revealed history of dating underage girls and using an account on a teen dating website to meet them.
Stolz, a regularly lambasted director and often controversial public figure, was asked to resign by three district parents and a concerned citizen from Bethlehem at the board's meeting Oct. 14. No public action was taken by the board and no comment was made on the flagrant remarks flung at Stolz from the public podium.
Residents of Macungie Borough filled the seats at Macungie Institute Oct. 7 at a public hearing of proposed changes to the borough's zoning ordinance.
Some properties will be affected by the re-zoning plan that casts several large chunks of Macungie in a different light. But nothing has been passed yet as the ordinance, which faces more slight revisions after council's meeting, must also be approved by Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and the surrounding municipalities of the Southwestern Lehigh Comprehensive Plan.
Charles Ballard calls for reform in the Pennsylvania School Boards Association as he enters the candidacy for vice president in 2014.
PSBA advertises itself as the "primary resource for school boards and public education" and "representing the public's interest in public education."
In his online introduction, Ballard opens by stating plainly PSBA needs to change. "If you don't want PSBA to change, don't vote for me."
After 43 years, seven with the East Penn School District, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Seidenberger announced his retirement Sept. 23 before the school board. Almost in the same breath, Seidenberger announced the retirement of the board's treasured secretary, Cecilia Birdsell, who has served the district since 1974.
Solicitor Marc Fisher reported Zoning Officer Alan Brokate will be investigating the Almost Heaven kennel facility at 4202 Chestnut St. to determine if there were any zoning violations and if so how to address them. The township's attorney did not divulge further details about the possible zoning violations at the Sept. 19 Upper Milford Township Board of Supervisors meeting.
Supervisors also approved requests for land development waivers Sept. 19 in a brief meeting in which little other action was taken beyond accounting business.
A trick of luck and little else kept Emmaus High School graduate Doug Stroock from arriving on time for work on the morning Aaron Alexis allegedly killed 12 of his colleagues at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.
The morning started off late with a head cold; Stroock was only just ready to walk out the door around 8:30 a.m. Sept. 16 when he received a text from a friend asking where he was, and if he was ok. By then, Alexis had already allegedly opened fire in Stroock's building on the very floor where he works every day.
Macungie Borough Council found a new council member Sept. 16.
In accordance with borough code requirements Marvin Moyer was duly appointed to the position of interim council member following the resignation of Linn Walker just 13 days prior.
The interviews for council member were conducted in public immediately before the usual meeting but no residents took the opportunity to comment on the candidates or their interviews.
Roseann Schleicher was Moyer's only opponent.