Sunday, July 23, 2017

Local News

Friday, July 14, 2017
The Village at Palmerton was recently sold to Inspirit Senior Living of Fairfax, Virginia for $5 million. BENJAMIN WINN/TIMES NEWS

After several months of negotiations, the ownership of a local senior living facility has officially changed hands.

Monday saw the finalization of the property transfer for the The Palmerton, formerly the Village at Palmerton, from Life Care Holdings to Inspirit Senior Living of Fairfax, Virginia.

Life Care Holdings, based out of Allentown, has held the assisted living facility for about 14 years. President Joseph Cimerola said that the decision to sell has been in the works for over half a year.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Electronic signatures matter.

Here’s why.

It is no secret that business of the 21st century is much different than it ever was before.

Business deals being made on napkins at a diner have all but ceased and a new form of “napkin” has moved in — the electronic napkin.

And now, more than ever, it is important to leave your contact information for the receiver with every email and text message sent.

Adding a signature to your emails and text messages serves a few purposes:

1 It gives you and your business credibility.

Friday, July 14, 2017

July 16-22 is Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision week across the nation.

This year’s theme is “Clients, Employees, and Communities — Power through Partnerships.”

During the week, people across the United States will join together to recognize the work that probation, parole and community supervision professionals perform for the public’s safety.

Today in America, pretrial, probation and parole officers monitor over 5 million adults and juveniles on community supervision.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Schuylkill County prosecutors want all three people involved in the overdose death last year of a Tamaqua woman to be tried together.

It’s a matter of “judicial economy,” said First Assistant District Attorney John T. Fegley.

“We have the same facts and the same witnesses for all the defendants’ charges,” he said.

The defendants are Kyle J. Merenda, 22, of Barnesville; Melanie L. Kropp, 25, of Mahanoy City; and Jonathan James Seekins, 34, of Coaldale.

Friday, July 14, 2017
Rides and entertainment will roll as scheduled Friday and Saturday night. Fireworks are also scheduled for 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

The heavy storm clouds that rolled in Thursday night left the Walnutport Playground Association scrambling to reorganize the 43rd annual Carnival’s activities for the weekend.

Thursday night’s events were limited, leaving only the basket raffle and food stand for a limited amount of hours. A performance by The Large Flower Heads was also canceled.

Weather is something the co-organizers Bob Treskot and daughter, Gale Husack, have had to contended with in past carnival years as well.

In previous years, rides had been closed and bands canceled last minute.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jim Thorpe Borough Council passed an ordinance creating a municipal fire department Thursday night after the president of the Fairview Hose Company said he felt the action was taken against firefighters.

“We take it personally because we think it is a vendetta against us,” said Frank Lauth. “These are good people who volunteer for this community. They protect life and property and don’t deserve this.”

Council, however, said the action was by no means an attack on firefighters or any company.

Friday, July 14, 2017

While Palmerton Area School District and its teachers’ union wait on a recommendation following a June 28 arbitration hearing, it doesn’t appear the two sides will be meeting for further negotiations.

A representative from the Palmerton Area Teachers Association said the union reached out to the district for a bargaining session, but the request was turned down.

The district, meanwhile, said it also offered to meet to discuss “significant positive changes in the district’s proposal,” but wasn’t happy with the terms under which the union wanted to negotiate.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Six first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program last week by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they would face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Lansford police officer injured on the job will receive full benefits while he completes his recovery.

Borough council voted 6-0 to approve officer Shawn Nunemacher’s request under the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act.

The Heart and Lung Act gives police officers access to benefits beyond normal workers’ compensation. It allows police officers to receive 100 percent of their pay, tax free, while they recover from injuries incurred on the job.