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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ruling that the initial stop of a vehicle was the exit ramp on private property of Wal-Mart Store, Tide Road, on Rush Township, Judge John E. Domalakes dismissed criminal charges filed against Nikki Bertolette, 20, of White Haven.

A hearing was held in Schuylkill County court on the petition brought by Bertollette to suppress the charges filed against her by Rush Township Patrolman Adam Sinton, who charged her with driving under the influence (DUI), possession of drug paraphernalia, underage drinking and failing to drive on right side of road.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tamaqua's Historic Architectural Review Commission's recommendations to issue certificates of appropriateness met with some opposition from Tamaqua Borough council.

One request was from a resident who wished to install an aluminum carport at a residence on Arlington Street. Council heard from Antonio Rodrigue, who is a member of the borough's planning commission. "I believe that type of a structure in our historic district is incongruent with the theme and the structures that we have," he said, calling the carport "totally inappropriate."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Two area men received jail sentences from judges in the Schuylkill County court.

George J. Bonetsky, 33, of 214 Brown St., Tamaqua, who had been found guilty last Sept. 12 of drug charges, was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin to serve six to 12 months in the county prison begining on Monday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m on the charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The prison term will be followed by an additional 12 months on probation on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, Bowmanstown, will serve a community Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 19. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and the dinner will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome. There will not be any take outs available, but there will be meals available for priority homebound people. To arrange for transportation or homebound meals, call (610) 377-1471, (610) 852-2716 or (570) 386-5586.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The West End Rotary Club will hold a meet and greet event from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17 at Antonio's Grille, Route 209 and Weir lake Road, Brodheadsville. The event is free and open to anyone who wishes to learn more about the fellowship and service projects of Rotary in their community. The club will provide light snacks. A cash bar is available.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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Fire companies from Lansford, Coaldale and Tamaqua responded to a fire call just after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning at 10-12 E. Abbott St. in Lansford. Arriving first on the scene was Lansford Chief of Police John Turcmanovich who informed responding fire units of a smoke condition in the residence. Firefighters soon discovered the smoke to be from a motor of a washing machine located in the rear of the dwelling. Lansford fire police maintained traffic control at the scene. The house belongs to Arthur R. Williams.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Black Diamond Writers' Network meeting scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Tamaqua Library has been canceled due to the closure of Route 309 from Nov. 18-21.

The next meeting will be held Saturday, Dec. 17.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Four area subdivision plans were acted upon by the Carbon County Planning Commission recently.

On Thursday, the board approved three plans and conditionally rejected one. The actions are as follows:

Louis P. and Jane Cervenak received conditional plan rejection for a proposed subdivision at 174/176 Lehigh Ave., Palmerton. The plans call for subdividing a .1462-acre lot into two lots. Ivan O. Meixell Jr., county planner, said that zoning variances may be required from the borough because the proposal does not meet minimum lot size requirements.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh School District Superintendent Michael Michaels on Monday presents a plaque to Director Lori Geronikos for her 12 years of service to the school board.

Could Northern Lehigh School District seek marketing strategies to boost its revenue?

Sherri Molitoris, co-director of Business Affairs/ Human Resources, told the school board on Monday that Advantage 3, Maplewood, N.J., a marketing company has proposed a negotiable contract amount based on student enrollment.

There would be a up front cost, based on students enrollments and areas of concentration within the district that it would wish to market.

Board President Edward Hartman weighed in on the matter.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, Bowmanstown, will present a Chrismas Cantata, "In the Fullness of Time," at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.