The Nov. 13 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with a discussion of a funeral home from Ricky Kulik Real Estate LLC.
The project was represented by Ron Saluatore of Matthews Environmental Solutions. Township Planning Director Sara Pandl was happy with the project’s landscaping plan, which includes a water feature in the detention basin as well as a gazebo.
There were a few waivers the applicant requested including a separate preliminary and final plan, a waiver involving the slope of the water basin and the extension of the sanitary sewer line.
In a party-line 6–3 vote, Lehigh County Commissioners Nov. 14 overturned the administration’s Oct. 31 veto of the Lehigh County 2019 budget.
Democrat Commissioners Dan Hartzell, Amy Zanelli and Geoff Brace voted against the amendment which reduces the tax rate for Lehigh County citizens for 2019.
The action effectively put to rest the disagreement about what the millage rate will be for 2019. The commissioners approved a 3.64 millage rate marked down from 3.79 mils Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong wanted.
In a shortened version of the Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting Nov. 15, commissioners approved the advertising of the 2019 Lower Macungie Township budget. Commissioner Brian Higgins complimented Bruce Beitel, township manager, for being able to come into this as the new person and for it to all fall into place right on time.
Emmaus Borough Council met Nov. 19 for its regular meeting hearing a personal appeal from resident Harold Griffin who asked for a status of the municipal complex and where updates and information could be found.
Borough Manager Shane Pepe told Griffin the borough has been providing updates via the newsletter once a year and progress is being made with the HVAC study about to begin.
Alburtis Borough Council Vice-President Steven Hill chaired the Nov. 14 Alburtis Borough Council meeting due to the absence of President Ron DeIaco. Also absent was Councilperson Stephen Kaufman.
Mayor Kathleen Palmer swore in new full-time police officer Broc Termini, who has been working for the borough part time since December 2017.
Maureen and Barry Kospiah, with their Australian Cattle Dog Cutty always nearby, held the third annual Veterans Day celebration at Kospia Farms, 2288 State St., Alburtis, Nov. 3.
Hosted by Bobby Gunther Walsh and Dan Holzman, of Newsradio AM 790 WAEB, the community-focused family event included a veterans ceremony.
It was scary, it was spooky and it was even a little silly and that meant everything went just right. What else would you expect when you go on Halloween night to hear tales from the dark side at the Emmaus Public Library?
To pull this off, it takes an expert storyteller with a penchant for performance and drama. Performers Rob Aptaker and Judy England McCarthy were able to do that. The two Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild representatives weaved stories that combined psychological thrillers and chillers, while providing family-friendly entertainment.
Each year, Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa and his staff at Ai Orthodontics, 550 Harrison St., Emmaus, delivers pumpkins to referring dentist offices and asks them to creatively decorate the pumpkins for the children at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest.
To make it fun, Issa holds a contest where community judges, staff and patients vote for their favorites.
The results are in. The winners of the 2018 Funny Fall Faces Pumpkin Competition, announced Nov. 12, get bragging rights until next year.
The live judge’s winners are:
On Nov. 10 and 11, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Emmaus sponsored a basket social.
Participants purchased tickets which they placed in containers set before baskets throughout the room. The baskets were filled with items of all descriptions and participants enjoyed reviewing the contents, visiting with friends and neighbors and having a bite to eat as they made their choices.
As stated by St. Margaret’s ministerial leader, the Rev. Jane Arrington Bender, all proceeds from the event will be used in support of the “… mission and ministry of St. Margaret’s.”