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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The congregation of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mahoning Township, is responding to the needs of the people of Long Island, New York, who are still suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Speaking for the support effort is the Rev. Christopher DeForest, who is pleased that his congregation wants to reach out to help the Long Island community.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Eldred Township resident, Joe Cardello, asked the Eldred Township supervisors what could he to do about his neighbors' horses, which repeatedly get loose and roam on his property. Some suggestions were to contact the SPCA, the constable, or file a civil complaint with the district magistrate.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS In attendance in the Conference Room at The Inn in Jim Thorpe for the third meeting of the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Carbon County were front, left to right : Bowmanstown Mayor Keith Billig, new Recording Secretary Jamie Solomon, and Summit Hill Mayor Paul McArdle. Standing, from left : Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko, Lansford Mayor Ron Hood, and Beaver Meadows Mayor William Hines.

Carbon County's third Mayor's Meeting was held last week in the Conference Room at The Inn in Jim Thorpe to talk about issues that are facing each of their communities.

The Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Carbon County's agenda for new business to be discussed at the meeting included :

1. Discuss a February 2013 meeting date, time, and place and update any information.

2. Mailed letters to the Carbon County Commissioners and the Schuylkill County Commissioners and also invited all Mayors of Carbon County to attend their monthly meeting.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The wife of the alleged ringleader of a burglary and drug ring that operated in a multiple-county area, was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court for her part in the operation.

Janet Munoz, 43, of Breinigsville, and formerly of Nesquehoning, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison on five counts of receiving stolen property. The prison term will be followed by 36 months of probation.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Six first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, the commonwealth can prosecute them on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Enjoying the special magic of our area's first snowfall of the season, Laura, left, and Gregory, right, Williams of Lehighton made their own version of Frosty the Snowman Tuesday. Because of the snow, schools in Lehighton Area School District dismissed early.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Middleport man was one of three defendants who were sentenced on criminal charges in Schuylkill County court recently by county judges.

James Thomas Maguire, 38, of 62 Washington St., Middleport, pleaded guilty to forging a check, theft by unlawful taking or disposing of moveable property, and theft by deception.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Emergency personnel were called to three motor vehicle accidents along SR54 near the Hometown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The accidents, each separate from each other, occurred around the same time and about 300 feet from each other. The only injury reported was Stephen Lukach in the Jeep Liberty who suffered an injury to his head. Lukach was able to walk around. Rush Township Police closed SR54 due to slippery conditions.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Little Calianna Smale looks like she is very upset over the news that Santa Claus didn't bring Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with him to the Palmerton Borough Park's annual Santa Arrives in Palmerton event last year. And because her parents brought their camera, they were able to capture her first visit with Santa Claus, free.

"You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town."

Indeed. Santa Claus is coming to Palmerton. He's leaving his sleigh and reindeer at the North Pole so he will be arriving in a fire truck which will deliver him to the Palmerton Borough Park on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.

This successful holiday event has been a tradition for over 22 years. It is sponsored by the Aquashicola Fire Department, the Palmerton Fire Department and Palmerton Memorial Park Association.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

As if on cue, Mother Nature blanketed our area with the first snowfall of the season on Tuesday. Many homes, like this one in Lehighton, have already "decked the halls" and the snow certainly adds to the festive Christmas decorations.