Macungie Mayor Rick Hoffman obtained approval Monday night Jan. 7 to purchase GPS units for the borough's three police department vehicles. This is after losing borough council's vote the first time he requested GPS units because there was not enough money. Hoffman said he now has the funds to cover the units completely for one year because of an end-of-year deal thrown in by Advanced Tracking, the company responsible for producing these tracking units.
More than 100 community and business leaders gathered recently at a gala reception hosted by the Lehigh Valley branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council at DeSales University's University Center to recognize green projects, organizations and individuals.
The Borough of Emmaus was one of three communities recognized in the sustainable community award division.
The 2013 budget was approved at the Dec. 20, 2012 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
The budget includes capital improvements with no tax increase and no use of the fund balance.
There will be slight increases in services including a $25 increase in the summer playground program and a $10 increase in the pool pass due to the new slide. There will also be an increase for non-resident fees.
Township Engineer William Erdman discussed the Toll Brothers development, Lehigh Crossings. The decision was reached to reduce the maintenance fee to $35,000.
This is a heartwarming story about Emmaus Fire Department volunteers who went way beyond just putting out a fire.
The firefighters were called about 12:40 a.m. Dec. 31, 2012, to 502 E. Main St. where a fire in the back of the house spread to the adjoining duplex, utterly destroying both homes and consuming everything in them.
PRESS PHOTO BY TIM SINGLES
Firefighters from Lower Macungie and Western Salisbury fire departments, along with an EMS unit from Macungie Ambulance, respond to a reported smoke in the dwelling call shortly before 7:30 a.m. Jan 4 at 1620 Hidden Valley Road in Lower Macungie Township.
Each year, Legacy Oaks Social Committee selects a charity and offers residents of the 112 residential units the opportunity to contribute to their Thanksgiving Project.
The Keystone Wounded Warriors was chosen to receive this year's contribution.
The committee contacted the organization's director, Paul Spurgin, who is in charge of Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. Spurgin gave several scenarios of men and women who need assistance after returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Life coach and owner of Inspirus Life Coaching, Joe Turchi, a local resident of Alburtis, will give a free seminar to kick off the New Year and help you follow through on all of your New Year's resolutions.
Joe Turchi is a former educator and motivational speaker who brings expertise in goal setting, time management, stress reduction, personal relationships, career development and financial budgeting.
The East Penn School District's spring 2013 community education classes are open for registration.
Visit the district website, www.eastpennsd.org, click on the Community tab, then Community Education to register for classes.
A PDF of the class listings, including descriptions, is located on the right hand side of the page in a green box labeled Class Descriptions.
Brochures can also be found in schools, local libraries, community centers, Emmaus borough hall, etc. The registration deadline is Jan. 23.
LEHIGH VALLEY SCORE, Bethlehem, seeks experienced business professionals to offer in-person and online counseling and advice to start ups and in-business owners of small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Contact Mitzi Colella at 610-266-3000 or email@example.com.
MEALS ON WHEELS OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Bethlehem, needs people willing to grocery shop for homebound clients living in the Slate Belt. Contact Janet Soos at 610-691-1030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRESS PHOTOS BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
St John's Lutheran Church, Emmaus, hosts an in-gathering every year, where 27 local Lutheran churches gather to wrap and sort Christmas goodies for different organizations such as Day Break, Topton Home, Good Shepherd Home, Turning Point, the Keenan House and more.