East Penn Press

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Bipartisan budget bolsters economy, workforce through education and skills training

In a news release June 22, Governor Tom Wolf outlined the major components of the 2018-2019 budget that will build upon the critical investments made in education and workforce development and take a major step toward restoring the state’s fiscal health, including the first real transfer to the state’s rainy day fund in years.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

Weiner tract and buffer yards discussed

The June 19 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission focused on the East Texas Village 3 draft ordinance and buffer yards.

The planning commissioners explained existing day care centers are a permitted use, but newly constructed day care centers would be a conditional use. There was a discussion about all uses in the district having a 50-foot setback.

Grant for LGBT center falls through

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A $5,000 grant to the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center fell through June 13 when one of the sponsors of the bill, Amy Zanelli, abstained from voting.

She then watched the votes split between the remaining eight commissioners, 4-4.

Zanelli commented on her abstention.

“I volunteer for, contribute to, and benefit from the Bradbury-Sullivan Community Center,” Zanelli said. “I will abstain.”


Thursday, June 28, 2018 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Arby’s restaurant approved; farmhouse will be saved

At the June 21 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting, a lot line adjustment and land development plan for 5329, 5347 and 5357 Hamilton Blvd. for an Arby’s restaurant was approved. This fast food restaurant will include a drive-thru.

The planned structure will be built around the farmhouse and include street trees. There will be a connection made with Hamilton Crossings for pedestrians.

The commissioners said they were very pleased with the plan as it saves the farmhouse. The business is projected to open January 2019.