East Penn Press

Friday, October 20, 2017

EMMAUS BOROUGH COUNCIL

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by TARA CARMAN in Local News

Emmaus Borough Council unanimously approved the collective bargaining agreement created with the Emmaus Police Officers Association at the council meeting Oct. 2.

“It’s been a very good negotiation, it’s been very cordial,” Borough Manager Shane Pepe said. “We bent, they bent farther.”

For the first time, police officers will now be paying toward their own health care. The agreement also includes pay raises, which are between 4 and 4.7 percent and increased pension...

‘A Taste of Soup’ Oct. 28

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

LMT LIBRARY

“A Taste of Soup” will be held noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Lower Macungie Township Library, 3450 Brookside Road. Kathee Rhode, library executive director, said there will be three challenges – individual, restaurant and Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners. The winning entry in each challenge will be recognized as “Lower Macungie Library’s Best Soup.”

Local restaurants, caterers and individuals are invited to submit their favorite soup(s) for the...

STATE POLICE

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

A total of 57 motorists were stopped, one driving under the influence arrest was made and 32 citations were issued during a sobriety checkpoint in Lower Macungie Township between 10 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3 a.m. Sept. 3. The contacts with drivers were made after the checkpoint had to be canceled due to inclement weather, according to police.

A resident in the 4800 block of Pine Grove Circle, Lower Macungie Township, reported an unknown actor entered an unlocked vehicle and removed an iPod...

Election Policy

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

As we approach the Nov. 7 municipal election, the East Penn Press and the Salisbury Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the Oct. 4 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.

Letters...

Special election Dec. 5 for McNeill’s seat

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-28th, has ordered a special election be held Dec. 5 to fill the vacant seat in the 133rd Legislative District in Lehigh County.

Turzai filed the writ of election, the formal document setting the date of a special election, with the Department of State. A copy of the writ is also being filed with the Lehigh County Board of Elections.

The vacancy was created by the Sept. 8 death State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd....

ALBURTIS

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

The Sept. 27 meeting of the Alburtis Borough Council began with a discussion of implementing caller ID in the borough hall.

Council officials received a quote from Diefenderfer Electrical Contractors in Allentown. The price to implement caller ID would be $1,244 plus the hourly rate of $121.65 per hour. There was discussion about the option of replacing the phones instead.

There was also a discussion about life insurance from New York Life during the borough council meeting....

Editor’s View

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

The secular zealots who originally challenged Lehigh County’s official seal in 2015 will not be happy until all symbols of Christianity are removed from public view.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation in Wisconsin, which supported four Lehigh Valley members’ efforts to have the Latin cross in the center of the county seal removed, must be smiling smugly after a federal judge’s decision Sept. 28.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Smith upheld the group’s viewpoint — well, sort...

EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Editior's Note: The web edition of the Sept. 25 East Penn School District board meeting shows a corrected estimated cost for full-day kindergarten. The estimated cost is $1,056,592. The Press apologies for the error.

As a follow-up to previous presentations on the benefits of full-day kindergarten, assistant superintendent Kristen Campbell provided a PowerPoint overview of the first year costs to implement full-day kindergarten to the East Penn Board at its Sept. 25 meeting.

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