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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Firefighters were called to the 100 block of Mountain Road in Walker Township just after 6 p.m. yesterday after a nearby homeowner spotted a fast-moving brush fire in the hills above their home.

Firefighters were quick to attack the fire as it reached high into the hills. Local residents could be seen helping firefighters pull hoses and spray water over the flames.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The replacement of the East Broad Street Bridge, between Pine and Greenwood streets, in Tamaqua is anticipated to last 18 months. Tamaqua Borough Council held a special meeting last night to discuss the implications for the downtown area and to help residents and business owners start to plan for the changes. PennDOT contractors are expected to start construction in April.

As construction work winds down on one Tamaqua bridge, PennDOT is gearing up to replace another one.

The reconstruction of the Center Street Bridge, along south Route 309, started about a year ago, with the construction of a temporary bridge that allowed traffic to continue flowing along the same route. Officials are hoping that the new bridge will open Thursday.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
PHOTOS BY ALEXIS SIMCHAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A house in Sea Bright, N.J., is collapsing after Superstorm Sandy battered the beach community two weeks ago. Cleanup efforts have now begun, but it will be months before rebuilding the once-lively town can begin.

The streets of Sea Bright that once bustled with the sounds of beach life were silent Saturday as dozens of volunteers from Carbon County arrived in the New Jersey shore community.

Beautiful beach homes now lay in ruin, split in half and crumbling from the weight of waterlogged wood.

Sand dunes 30 feet high, rise at the edge of the beach, separating humans from water once again.

The lives of the families in Sea Bright have been uprooted; their belongings lost to Superstorm Sandy, a late-season hybrid hurricane that ravaged the East Coast two weeks go.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Tamaqua area man was among those whose parole was revoked following hearings held in the Schuylkill County Court.

Joseph Franz, 25,of 190 Lincoln Drive,Tamaqua R.D., had his parole revoked by President Judge William E. Baldwin and was recommitted to the county prison to serve out the balance of his sentence and his 370 days of liberty is disallowed and shall be added to his maximum sentence.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Patricia Conroy, Women Veterans Program Manager, was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Tamaqua Business and Professional Women's group. Conroy provided members with information on the unique issues facing women veterans. The Women Veterans Program promotes the health, welfare and dignity of women veterans by ensuring equitable access to timely, sensitive, quality healthcare and gender specific needs. Services are provided to women who have served their country five months ago or five decades ago through the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
ALEXIS SIMCHAK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jon Bon Jovi, left, meets with Kevin Steber, who began the group "Carbon County, Pa., helps Sea Bright, N.J.," and learns about the volunteer efforts from Carbon County. Bon Jovi made a surprise visit to the Sea Bright Fire Company on Saturday afternoon.

When the members of Carbon County, Pa., helps Sea Bright, N.J., pulled into Sea Bright on Saturday, it wasn't long before word spread through the town of the group's efforts.

In addition to residents, volunteers, National Guard troops and state police from various states, one unlikely visitor helped boost everyone's moral.

That visitor was rock star Jon Bon Jovi.

"Someone told me to go into the fire house because Bon Jovi was there; we didn't believe them," said Kira Michalik, one of the organizers.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

St. Joseph Regional Academy, Jim Thorpe, recently announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.

Grade 4

Distinguished Honors: Sophia Samoleski, Isabella Stianche

First Honors: Owen Brady, Liliana Kelly, John Malarkey, Julian Rickert, and Trent Young

Second Honors: Mason Fristick, Aisling George, Nicole Ivan, Madison Moore, Alexia Pietkiel, and Olivia Wolfe

Grade 5

Distinguished Honors: Nicholas Goff, Emily Reaman, and Gianna Steber

Second Honors: Brandon Becker

Grade 6

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
PHOTOS BY ED MORAN John Drury tests the weight of the huge tree that crushed a car across the street from Brooklyn Technical High School following hurricane Sandy.

"I wanted to do something," explained John Drury. "I just had a calling. Maybe it's part of my spiritual nature."

In New York City, nine days after the worst of hurricane Sandy, although things were getting better as the cleanup progressed, things were about to get worse. As a nor'easter was sweeping snow across New Jersey into New York City, Ed Moran, who lives part-time in Jim Thorpe and part-time in Brooklyn, called Drury and told him that help was needed-especially by people who have been evacuated from nursing homes.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit Tamaqua this Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Tamaqua Salvation Army Building, 105 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. Hours will be from 1-6 p.m.

Anyone 17 or older, who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in general good health is eligible to donate blood.

This visit will be sponsored by the Tamaqua Salvation Army. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcross.org.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On the heels of Hurricane Sandy, a Walnutport official has suggested the formation of a community-wide emergency plan.

Matthew Newhard, president of Walnutport Borough Council, approached Northern Lehigh School Board on Monday to discuss the concept.

Newhard praised the district for opening up its facilities so that residents in the community who were recently without power could take showers.

He said "even without power, to have a nice hot shower makes a huge difference."