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Monday, November 17, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Here is a sample of some of the Dear Tamaqua submissions that have been collected.

As with any great production, first comes the writing, next comes the performance that brings it to life.

Dear Tamaqua is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the Tamaqua Safety Initiative and its coordinator, Leona Rega, who is also the director of the Tamaqua Community Art Center. During the first phase, past and present members of the Tamaqua Community were asked to write their memories and hopes about the borough.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Playworld Systems of Lewisburg has donated a playground structure for the VanBuskirk-Haney Park in Ross Township in honor of the victims who were killed during a public meeting on Aug. 5, 2013, at the Ross Township Municipal Building in Saylorsburg.

The playground is here, but is in pieces and needs to be put together. A Community Build is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday. Any volunteers willing to follow instructions and give of their time and efforts to make this happen are welcome.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Black Diamond Parrot Head Club of Summit Hill has made donations to six area organizations.

Recently the group gave $500 each to the Summit Hill Food Pantry, Lansford Food Pantry, Nesquehoning Food Pantry, Shepherd House in Jim Thorpe and the Salvation Army in Tamaqua. The club also gave $500 to the Stockings for Soldiers "Keystone Military Families" campaign currently taking place in the area.

Members of the club continually donate to the food pantries because it helps a lot of people enjoy meals on the holidays.

Monday, November 17, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A pontiff who has long championed human kindness sneaking off to break bread with the homeless as an archbishop and washing the feet of young prisoners early in his papacy is coming to the City of Brotherly Love.

Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will make his first papal visit to the United States with a trip to Philadelphia next September for the World Meeting of Families, a conference held every three years in a different city to celebrate the importance of family.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Brittney Clouse, left, talks with Kristal Nemeroff, at the Dream Come True Blue Ridge Chapter's annual telethon Sunday night in Jim Thorpe. Clouse and Nemeroff are both past Dream recipients. Clouse fulfilled her dream of meeting Hilary Duff, while Nemeroff went to Disney World in 1996. Nemeroff now co-hosts and performs at the telethon each year.  The 2014 event raised $78,660 to fulfill future dreams.

Sunday night marked another milestone for the Blue Ridge Chapter of Dream Come True.

The local non-profit organization raised $78,660 during its annual telethon to help fulfill the dreams of seriously ill children in the area.

According to Eileen Thompson, president of the Blue Ridge Chapter, additional donations after the conclusion of the four-hour broadcast could add to the final amount.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nesquehoning police are investigating the armed robbery of the Dollar General store in the 1100 block of West Catawissa street (Route 209).

The incident occurred 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Nesquehoning police chief Sean Smith reports a lone male entered the store pointing what is believed to be a 9 mm semi automatic handgun at the female clerk. He then demanded she open the store safe which she could not do.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a weather advisory for snow changing over to freezing rain tonight into Monday.

The advisory is in effect from 7 tonight until 9 a.m. Monday.
Ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch are expected with about an inch of snow.

Snow will overspread the area later this evening before transitioning to a mixture of sleet and freezing rain after midnight.

By mid morning Monday, temperatures should warm up and the precipitation will change to just rain.

The morning commute will be affected.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Here is the full statement from John P. Schmitt, a lawyer for Bill Cosby, amid allegations that the comedian sexually assaulted several women in the past:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least two visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players' claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.

There were no arrests, Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman Rusty Payne said Sunday. The San Francisco 49ers' staff was checked at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, after they played the New York Giants. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' staff was going to be checked at Baltimore-Washington International airport after playing the Redskins.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed when his car fell onto him as he was working on the vehicle outside a northeast Philadelphia home.

Police said the 64-year-old man was under the vehicle behind a residence in the Rhawnhurst section of the city when the vehicle fell onto him shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday.

Emergency responders removed him from beneath the car and rushed him to Aria Health-Torresdale, where officials said he was pronounced dead less than a half-hour later.

The man's name hasn't been released. Police said the accident remains under investigation.