Councilwoman Debra Cope began the Jan. 21 meeting with a statement about the direction of Macungie's Council. As a newer councilwoman, Cope said she has observed negativity, resentment and other negative behaviors.
Cope suggested council should think about where they are heading. She said she would like to see more transparency and more understanding about changes and explained changes bring about risk but are part of the process.
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The Jewish Community Centre presents "Winnie the Pooh" Jan. 20.
Brian Higgins, community volunteer and pharmaceutical sales executive, has announced his intention to run for commissioner of Lower Macungie Township.
A nine-year resident of Lower Macungie, Higgins is a husband and father of three boys. A graduate of Monmouth University, he offers the citizens more than 18 years of business experience in the private sector and a wealth of local knowledge acquired during his countless hours of service to the community, which include three years as president of the Lower Macungie Youth Association.
ŸIf you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
ŸWash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
ŸAvoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
ŸTry to avoid close contact with sick people.
ŸPractice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy food.
Ron Beitler has announced his intention to run for Lower Macungie Township Commissioner.
Born and raised in Lower Macungie Township, Beitler is an Emmaus High School and Slippery Rock University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Over the past two years, he has served on various local community boards including Chairmanship of Friends for Protection of LMT, a smart growth advocacy group and the executive board of LMT Citizens for Change.
Council decided Jan. 9 there will be new curbing and sidewalks on Church Street this year in Alburtis, even though representatives from Alburtis Campfire and Dad Daughters Association objected and continually pleaded with council to waive the requirement, as they have been a recreational, not-for-profit organization in the borough since 1927.
East Penn School District taxes will not surpass the index but the board and the public are still wrestling over the $60,000 question; busing for Willow Lane Elementary School.
At the Jan. 14 meeting, the board of directors resolved not to raise taxes by more than the Pennsylvania Department of Education's established index of 1.7 percent for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners delayed approval of the Green Future Fund for a third time at its Jan. 9 meeting in the Lehigh County Government Center in Allentown.
Several members of the board, led by Commissioner Michael Schware, said they would only approve the bill after an equal dollar amount of cuts or savings were made elsewhere to pay for the project.
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Sign unveiled at new Village Centre Office Suites on Chestnut Street, Emmaus.
This year's cold and flu season has been especially harsh, and national attention has been placed on dwindling vaccination stocks. But state and local organizations are working overtime to treat the ill and recommend preventive measures as the safest bet for a healthy winter.
To differentiate between a simple cold and the more severe flu, Deputy Press Secretary for the State Department of Health Kait Gillis said symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.