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February 2014

Two face drug charges following raid of Jim Thorpe residence

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Gregory Acevedo
Gregory Acevedo

Two Jim Thorpe residents are facing drug charges following a raid Friday at a borough residence.

Gregory William Acevedo, 49, and Joseph Francis Demuro, 29, both of 10 W. Sixth Street, were arraigned before District Judge Joseph Homanko of Weatherly.

Homanko set bail at $40,000 straight for Acevedo and $40,000 straight for Demuro. Both were lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

The raid happened at about 10:30 a.m. by members of the Carbon County Drug Task Force along with the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics and the Jim Thorpe police department.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, February 28, 2014

February 28, 1983

It's transition time once again for the Carbon County CETA Program.

But that's nothing new for the federally-funded agency that was among the county's leading employers.

However, that was before the large-scale layoffs of industrial workers, cutbacks in production, a few plant closings, and the demise of the public service employment phase of CETA.

Weatherly school students compete in MATHCOUNTS

Friday, February 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly Area MATHCOUNTS participants are, front from left, Lilly Newton, Katie Graham, Nikki Polivka, Mason Podgers and Jeremy Moser. Second row, Marie Gunderman, Samantha Knepper, Joel Hinkle, Jesse Gehman and Vicki Luckwaldt.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Weatherly Area MATHCOUNTS participants are, front from left, Lilly Newton, Katie Graham, Nikki Polivka, Mason Podgers and Jeremy Moser. Second row, Marie Gunderman, Samantha Knepper, Joel Hinkle, Jesse Gehman and Vicki Luckwaldt.

Students from Weatherly Area Middle School recently competed at the 2014 Anthracite Chapter of MATHCOUNTS Competition held at the Penn State Schuylkill Campus. Approximately 75 students and nine teams participated.

The school placed fourth in the team competition.

Correction

Friday, February 28, 2014

In a story that appeared in the Tuesday, Feb. 25, edition concerning guilty pleas entered in Carbon County court it was stated that defendant Keith Enlund, 28, of Albrightsville, after pleading to one count of theft, told the court he used the money he received from using a credit card without permission to feed a heroin addiction. Enlund did not state that he used the money for a heroin addiction. The TIMES NEWS regrets the error.

The sentinel

Friday, February 28, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

Lazarus, a red-tail hawk and resident of the Carbon CountyEnvironmental Education Center, is watching from its perch outside the center in Summit Hill. The bird was hit by a car a few years ago and cannot fly due to the injuries it sustained. He has since become the greeter at CCEEC and enjoys watching over the visitors, even during the frigid winter months.

Nesquehoning Council explains chief's wages

Friday, February 28, 2014

Nesquehoning Borough Council President David Hawk read a statement Wednesday clarifying raises the chief of police has received in the past several years.

He said he was making the statement in light of the fact that a court has voided the contract that Sean Smith worked with from Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2013. Smith is appealing the court's decision, Hawk said.

Magnet sales help animal shelter

Friday, February 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Animal Shelter is selling magnets to help support its operations.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Carbon County Animal Shelter is selling magnets to help support its operations.

The Adopt a Dog For Life month campaign in Carbon County was a success.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard announced that a total of 13 dogs were adopted from the county's animal shelter in February. That doubled the monthly adoption average in January.

He said that Tom Connors, manager of the shelter, said that he contributes the reduction in adoption fee as a major reason for the increase in dog adoptions. Currently, 17 dogs are available for adoption.

Pleasant Valley board adds lacrosse program

Friday, February 28, 2014
linda Koehler/times news Several Pleasant Valley Youth Association's girls' lacrosse players join coach Toni Bush (right) to celebrate the Pleasant Valley School Board's vote to approve lacrosse as a part of the district's sports programs, starting in 2014-2015 school year. From left are, Alyssa Lopez, Kimberly Masullo, Adriana Picca, Morgan Lerro, Savannah Bauman, Alex Bush and Juliana Lopez.
linda Koehler/times news Several Pleasant Valley Youth Association's girls' lacrosse players join coach Toni Bush (right) to celebrate the Pleasant Valley School Board's vote to approve lacrosse as a part of the district's sports programs, starting in 2014-2015 school year. From left are, Alyssa Lopez, Kimberly Masullo, Adriana Picca, Morgan Lerro, Savannah Bauman, Alex Bush and Juliana Lopez.

Pleasant Valley Youth Association (PVYA) scored a victory at Thursday night's Pleasant Valley School Board. Eight directors voted "yes" to establishing a Boys and Girls Lacrosse program, with director Susan Kresge voting the only "No."

The program will be instituted for the 2014-2015 school year beginning with a Junior Varsity team in both boys and girls with two coaches for each. Then in year 2015-2016 and beyond there will be a boys' and girls' Varsity and Junior Varsity team with three coaches for each team.

Kresge read a statement explaining the reasons why she voted no.

Big winners

Friday, February 28, 2014

Team RWB events helping vets readjust

This Sunday, The Army Marathon II will be run near Fort Hood, the largest active duty armored post in the United States military.

Palmerton reappoints fire chief

Friday, February 28, 2014

Palmerton has reappointed its incumbent fire chief and assistant fire chief to their respective posts.

On a 4-0 measure, with one abstention, council reappointed Larry Zawaly as fire chief. Councilmen Jason Behler, Richard Nothstein, Kris Hoffner, and council President Terry Costenbader were in favor, with an abstention from Councilwoman Holly Sell.

Council then approved, on a 3-0 measure, with abstentions from Behler and Sell, Dennis Behler as assistant fire chief.

Palmerton parking fines could increase during snowstorms

Friday, February 28, 2014

Belligerent car owners who refuse to move their vehicles during a snow emergency could see their wallets take a hit.

Borough council, on a 5-0 vote on Thursday, agreed to advertise for adoption an ordinance that would raise the fee to $25 for fines for removing cars during snow removal.

The current fine is $10.

Councilmen Jason Behler, Richard Nothstein, Kris Hoffner, Councilwoman Holly Sell, and council President Terry Costenbader were in favor. Councilmen Jeremy Barbosa and Michael Ballard were absent.

ON THIS DATE

Friday, February 28, 2014

February 28, 2007 Northern Lehigh uses a big fourth-quarter comeback to rally past North Schuylkill for a 56-48 win in the District 11 playoffs. The Bulldogs, coached by Rich Oertner, trail by six points entering the final frame but outscore their opponent 23-9 the rest of the way. Jake Waylen nets nine of his 15 points in the period while Trevor Behler adds eight of his 15 points during the frame. The winners, who hit 13 free throws in the final period and finish the game 21-of-25 there, also receive 15 points from Aron Duncan and nine rebounds from Pat Wanamaker.

Tamaqua woman faces theft charges, free on bail

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Tamaqua woman who was caught taking cash from a tax preparer's wallet is free on bail, but must abide by a strict set of rules.

Monica M. Brown, 25, was cited for attempted theft after an employee of H&R Block at 395 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, caught her on Nov. 22, crouched over the employee's purse, with her wallet open and cash in her hand.

The employee grabbed the cash and wallet from Brown who, according to a police report, said she was sorry and left the office.

Night of Unity shows students' diversity

Friday, February 28, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's ESOL program was well-represented at PV's Night of Unity. From left: Darcy Caruso, ESOL teacher at PVE, George Smith, ESOL teacher at PVHS and PVMS and Joyce Bereznak, ESOL teacher at Polk Elementary and PVI along with ESOL students and sisters, Jasmine Chapman, 5, PVE kindergartner and Isabel Chapman, 9, PVI fourth grader.
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's ESOL program was well-represented at PV's Night of Unity. From left: Darcy Caruso, ESOL teacher at PVE, George Smith, ESOL teacher at PVHS and PVMS and Joyce Bereznak, ESOL teacher at Polk Elementary and PVI along with ESOL students and sisters, Jasmine Chapman, 5, PVE kindergartner and Isabel Chapman, 9, PVI fourth grader.

"Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day."

This anonymous quote describes what Pleasant Valley School District's "Night of Unity" is all about ... celebrating the diversity in the district.

Tuesday's event marked it's 13th year at the Pleasant Valley High School gym and was very well attended. This year's theme was "Painting a Positive World."

For Carrie Bradshaw, a line to call her own

Friday, February 28, 2014
Actress and fashion designer Sarah Jessica Parker poses at the SJP Collection at Nordstrom pop up shop opening on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actress and fashion designer Sarah Jessica Parker poses at the SJP Collection at Nordstrom pop up shop opening on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) – Quick, what's your favorite "Sex and the City" moment involving Carrie Bradshaw and her adored shoe collection?

Was it the time she got mugged, and the mugger specifically demanded her Manolo Blahniks? "Somebody stop him!" she cried out. "He took my strappy sandals!"

Or perhaps the time another pair of Manolos was stolen because, annoyingly, the hostess at a baby shower demanded that everyone take off their shoes.

Or maybe the time Carrie realized she'd spent so much on shoes, she couldn't afford a down payment on an apartment.

No injuries in Monroe crash

Friday, February 28, 2014

No one was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred about 2:10 p.m. on Feb. 22 along Mountain Spring Road, in Jackson Township, Monroe County.

State police at Fern Ridge said a 17-year-old male from Belvidere, N.J., was driving 2002 Hyundai Sonata westbound and failed to negotiate a right curve. His vehicle struck the left side of a trailer being towed by a 2002 GMC Yukon, operated eastbound by Janet Cantali, 51, of Effort. Both vehicles came to rest at the point of impact.

Marriage licenses

Friday, February 28, 2014

Schuylkill County

Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Sandra Lee Pondelli, both of 432 E. Water St., Coaldale.

Ryan M. Thorne and Jamie M. Curtiss, both of 314 East Union St., Tamaqua.

Christopher L. Kreimendahl and Lawanna L. Young, both of 121 W. Lehigh St., Coaldale.

Fillies go for gold

Friday, February 28, 2014
Marian's Abby Whildin
Marian's Abby Whildin

On Saturday afternoon, the Marian girls basketball team will find itself in a very familiar situation – taking a bus ride to Martz Hall in Pottsville and playing for a District 11 Class A championship.

Schuylkill board split on union dues

Friday, February 28, 2014

In a vote split along party lines Wednesday, Schuylkill County commissioners approved a resolution that asks state legislators to change a law that requires local governments to deduct union dues from public employee's paychecks.

Schuylkill County takes the union dues from members of its seven collective bargaining units, then turns the money over to the unions.

Republican commissioners George F. Halcovage Jr. and chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier voted in favor of the resolution; Democrat Gary J. Hess was opposed.

Lehighton Area Middle School announces 2nd quarter honor roll

Friday, February 28, 2014

Dr. Mark McGalla, principal at Lehighton Area Middle School, recently announced the honor roll for the second marking period of the 2013-14 school year.

Principal's list

(95 or higher composite average with no grade lower than a 90)

Palmerton Council grants extensions for subdivision land development

Friday, February 28, 2014

Extensions for a pair of subdivision land development plans in Palmerton have been granted.

On a 5-0 vote Thursday, council granted an extension, with no exceptions, to 555 Delaware Ave., until March 14.

The property the former Bennett Palmerton dealership now houses a Dunkin' Donuts shop, and serves as a medical office for Blue Mountain Health System's new family practice physician, Dr. Syed Zia.

The back end of the site has served as a Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit facility since 2010.

Carbon bidding to cut electric bill

Friday, February 28, 2014

Carbon County is hoping to cut its electric bill.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board discussed the upcoming special meeting, which will be held at the same time as the scheduled commissioners' meeting on March 13.

The meeting will be to accept electronic bids for electric services in all of the county buildings.

Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said a special email address will be set up for the bidding. The only time companies can submit bids will be between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., March 13.

SHINE students help to design new DUI trailer

Friday, February 28, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Paige Shellhammer, a 10-year-old Lehighton Area Middle School student, cuts the ribbon, officially dedicating a 24-foot DUI trailer that the students of the Carbon County SHINE Career Academy built to area police departments. With her are, from left, Jeanne Miller, director of the SHINE program; Rachel Strucko, coordinator of the Career Academy; Mahoning Township Police Officer Audie Mertz, who also heads the Carbon County DUI Task Force; and John Kovatch III, president and CEO of Kovatch Mobile Equipment, the company that partnered with SHINE for the project.
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Paige Shellhammer, a 10-year-old Lehighton Area Middle School student, cuts the ribbon, officially dedicating a 24-foot DUI trailer that the students of the Carbon County SHINE Career Academy built to area police departments. With her are, from left, Jeanne Miller, director of the SHINE program; Rachel Strucko, coordinator of the Career Academy; Mahoning Township Police Officer Audie Mertz, who also heads the Carbon County DUI Task Force; and John Kovatch III, president and CEO of Kovatch Mobile Equipment, the company that partnered with SHINE for the project.

Fifty Carbon County middle school students can now add engineer to their résumé.

On Thursday, the Carbon County SHINE Career Academy, administered through Lehigh Carbon Community College, presented a 24-foot DUI trailer to the police of Carbon and Schuylkill County Task Forces.

Wind chills to 20 below zero today; snow Sunday-Monday

Friday, February 28, 2014

Wind chill advisory in effect until 9 a.m. for temperatures 15 to 20 below zero this morning.

The rest of the day won’t be any better.

 

Palmerton to purchase new cruiser

Friday, February 28, 2014

Palmerton plans to purchase a brand new police cruiser for its police department.

In addition, borough council on Thursday approved rules and regulations for police applicant testing.

On a 4-0 measure, with one abstention, council agreed to spend $31,458 for a 2014 Ford Interceptor from KME Kovatch in Nesquehoning.

Borough manager Rodger Danielson said money from the borough's general fund would be used to purchase the vehicle.

Rolling Stones tribute at the M.C. Opera House

Friday, February 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A Rolling Stones tribute show by The Glitter Twins will be held at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A Rolling Stones tribute show by The Glitter Twins will be held at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

It's 1973 all over again. The Rolling Stones had just released Sticky Fingers, and anyone who loved rock 'n' roll was blown away by it. It was a time when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards seemed to rule the music world.

You're not in a time warp; you are watching and listening to the Glimmer Twins, an eight-piece Rolling Stones tribute band, at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Saturday, March 1, in Jim Thorpe.

Experience a youthful, energetic Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in their Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street prime, raw and unfettered.

How potholes form

Friday, February 28, 2014

In Pennsylvania, driving in the winter is an obstacle course.

You steer right to swerve around a pothole.

You jerk left, just missing another, larger hole that is waiting to swallow a tire.

This back and forth technique is becoming the norm as potholes are popping up quicker than the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation can patch them.

But how do potholes form?

According to a diagram supplied by Ron Young, district press officer for PennDOT Engineering District 5, potholes begin after snow or rain seeps into the soil below the road surface.

Night of song

Friday, February 28, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua Elementary School's Fifth Grade Chorus held its annual concert Wednesday night at the Tamaqua District Auditorium. Songs the chorus performed included the "Star Spangled Banner," which they sang earlier this month at a Wilkes-Barre Penguins hockey game.

The chorus is under the direction of Samantha Yachera.

Guitar accompaniment was provided by fifth grade teacher Dylan Peters.

Parent concerned about author's visit to Panther Valley

Friday, February 28, 2014

A parent voiced concern to the Panther Valley School Board Thursday about having middle school students attend a talk by a noted author who will be visiting the school district on March 12.

Karen Berk said the novel "Crank" has material she feels is inappropriate for middle school students.

Berk told the board the book mentions such things as "fun from protected sex," details on how to smoke meth, the protagonist getting high with her father, and some quotes on group sex.

That puppy dog look

Friday, February 28, 2014
AP PHOTO This photo provided by Jeremy Lakaszcyck, shows Maymo a lemon beagle posing for a shame illustration in Merrimack Valley, Mass. Lakaszcyck of Boston started putting shaming videos of Maymo, on YouTube but behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look, head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.
AP PHOTO This photo provided by Jeremy Lakaszcyck, shows Maymo a lemon beagle posing for a shame illustration in Merrimack Valley, Mass. Lakaszcyck of Boston started putting shaming videos of Maymo, on YouTube but behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look, head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.

Behaviorist says dogs feel no shame no matter how they respond

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting "Shame on you!" because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn't know what your rant is about.

Behaviorists insist dogs lack shame. The guilty look – head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy – is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.

MASTER GARDENERS

Friday, February 28, 2014

Tomatoes

Penn State Extension Carbon County Master Gardeners will present "Tomatoes: From Seed to Table" from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, March 15, at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill.

Learn about starting your own tomato plants from Penn State Master Gardeners. Plant four varieties of tomato seeds to take home to your garden and learn about their care.