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Thursday, August 14, 2014

New legislation may help arm the fighters in their War on Blight.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lansford Borough Council is looking into demolishing two properties in the community.

At Wednesday night's meeting, members agreed to meet with a grant writer from Barry Isett and Associates Inc. to seek proper funding for the removal of the Elks Building on Ridge Street and a residential property at 242 E. Kline St.

Two representatives from the company, Lori Pepper and Gary Esposito, attended the council meeting.

Thursday, August 14, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police said Farrah Munoz, 21 months old, was struck by a car on Mountain Road in Washington Township. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A 21-month-old girl died Wednesday after being hit by a vehicle outside her home in Washington Township, Lehigh County.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim said Farrah Munoz died of multiple blunt-force injuries.

State police at Bethlehem said the girl was struck in front of her home at 4241 Mountain Road by a 2000 Jeep Cherokee sport utility vehicle driven by Daniel L. Watt, 33, of Germansville.

Munoz was flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, following the 3:35 p.m. incident. She was pronounced dead at the hospital at 4:55 p.m., Grim said.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A 21-month-old girl died Wednesday after being hit by a vehicle outside her home in Washington Township, Lehigh County.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim said Farrah Munoz died of multiple blunt force injuries.

State police at Bethlehem said the girl was struck in front of her home at 4241 Mountain Road, by a sport utility vehicle driven by Daniel L. Watt, 33, of Germansville.

Munoz was flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, following the 3:35 p.m. incident; and pronounced dead at the hospital at 4:55 p.m., Grim said.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates don't see eye to eye on most campaign issues, but they have agreed on where and when they will hold their debates.

The campaigns of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf said Wednesday they'll hold three evening debates between late September and early October. They will be held in the Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh media markets.

The first debate will be at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce dinner in Hershey on Sept. 22.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Williams' daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called "cruel and unnecessary" messages sent to her following her father's death.

Zelda Williams, 25, wrote that she was deleting her Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram applications from her mobile devices and stepping away "for a good long time, maybe forever."

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

After an executive session Tuesday, Coaldale council members voted to stop paying Police Chief Tim Delaney's Heart and Lung benefits, effective immediately.

It was a 4-2 roll call vote, with Council President Angela Krapf and Brenda Hosler voting to keep paying the benefits. Voting to stop paying the benefits were Linda Miller, Harry Hontz, Thomas Keerans and Michael Doerr.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Broadway in Jim Thorpe remained open after a tractor-trailer knocked down a street light at the intersection with Hill Roadnear Race Street. The incident occurred at 11 a.m. as the rig was traveling west. PPL crews were on scene.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
AP Photo/Elise Amendola Women write messages with chalk near a bench at Boston's Public Garden, Tuesday, where a small memorial has sprung up at the place where Robin Williams filmed a scene during the movie "Good Will Hunting." Williams, 63, died at his San Francisco Bay Area home Monday in an apparent suicide.

On Monday, the world lost über-comedian Robin Williams, who police say committed suicide in his northern California home.

Williams, 63, catapulted to fame with the 1980s television series, Mork & Mindy, in which he played the role of Mork, an alien from the planet Ork. From there he starred in films and continued his meteoric rise to fame by way of his razor-sharp wit, uncanny ability to mimic others, and his rapid-fire, stream-of-conciousness comedy routines.

But hidden behind the laughter, Williams' heart ached.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mail arrives at township buildings every day, and often includes supply catalogs, state municipal publications, correspondence from law firms and even the various pieces of junk mail all of us receive.

But how should a township handle an unsigned letter? Does that depend on its contents? Should any and all mail addressed by supervisors be reviewed by them? Or should the township secretary decide what to keep, and what to shred?