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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Movie goers got to stay in town last night as they enjoyed a free movie at the East End Park in Tamaqua, sponsored by the East End Park Association. The association's final free movie of the summer will be "Despicable Me", rated PG, which will be held on Monday, August 15 at 8:30 p.m. Pictured at the concession stand during movie intermission are Tavio Pavia, 6, Metta Pavia, 4, and Abby Pickford, 16, buying goodies from park volunteer Frank Miller. Association member Penny Gursky stated, "This free program provides local kids a fun place to go and enjoy a night with family."

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

With the absence of Nesquehoning Water Authority chairman, David Hawk, the monthly meeting was conducted by vice chairman, Frank Parano.

Authority member Gary Porembo made a motion in light of the fact that Balliet Insurance Agency of Nesquehoning did not attend the meeting or show any interest in the authority switching their business to their company, that the authority would keep their insurance with the Byrant Agency of Tamaqua

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

State Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) and state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-122) will hold a public hearing on property tax reform at 1 p.m. Thursday in the 1st floor auditorium at the Lehighton borough annex at 110 North 3rd Street.

The event will feature members of the House and Senate Policy and Finance Committees to discuss various plans to reduce and eliminate property taxes as well as steps the General Assembly took this spring with property tax reform initiatives.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Some members of Summit Hill Borough Council are intent on restoring an ordinance which had a short life span five years ago.

They want to re-enact a landlord-tenant ordinance, which would mandate that landlords bring their properties in compliance with borough codes before renting them, and that they notify the borough when a tenant moves in or out of a rental unit.

One provision some want to see added is a "three strikes" rule, in which a landlord would have to evict a tenant if there were three legitimate police complaints lodged against the tenant.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Two of the biggest developers are giving Mahoning Township Fire Chief Mark Ebbert the runaround, so he claims. He appeared before the Mahoning Township supervisors to request their assistance in getting the emergency vehicle pre-emption systems installed in both the traffic light at the new Wal-Mart and the existing light at Lowe's. As it turned out a representative from Lowe's was at the meeting on an unrelated manner and was able to discuss the older light, but Wal-Mart remained elusive.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS A photograph of the newly renovated Northern Lehigh School District Administrative Office, a component of a $21.5 million renovation project at Slatington Elementary.

At long last, Northern Lehigh School District administrators have an impressive new facility to call home.

The school board met on Monday for the first time in its new two-story complex built at the front of the building that houses its district administration offices.

Board President Edward Hartman greeted the sparse crowd in attendance to the new facility.

"Welcome to our brand new meeting room," Hartman said. "All of you people are responsible for this."

Superintendent Michael Michaels said he couldn't be more pleased with the new setting.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Douglas Endy and Rachelle and Brianna Kroboth are given a preview peek at the new flight pen at the Carbon County Environmental Educational Center. Franklin Klock, bird handler, tells them about it. The pen was built as an Eagle Scout project for Steven Hutta to benefit eagles who need the extra room to redevelop their flight muscles before release after there had been some type of injury that brought the bird to the center.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Two security personnel at the Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Monroe County, were stabbed during a confrontation at the track early on Sunday, Aug. 7, and a Montgomery County man has been jailed, charged with stabbing the two.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Carbon County jury found a Lehighton man guilty of two counts of arson on Monday.

Joe Lincen Mesa, 63, was charged with setting on fire his home and his car at 12 Cub Road in Penn Forest Township, on Feb. 27, 2009.

The panel deliberated for about two hours before finding him guilty. The verdict was reached following a trial that began Thursday morning.

Mesa did not testify at the trial.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Tamaqua Salvation Army Older & Bolder Group will meet next Wednesday at their building, 105 West Broad St . The group meets every other Wednesday to socialize and enjoy music, games, crafts, health & well being, guest speakers, movies, day trips, lunch, and more. The group is for seniors aged 55 and older. For more information, please contact Dina Depos or Mel Latham at (570) 668-0410. Call to confirm. Handicap accessible.