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Friday, March 29, 2013

HARRISBURG - Two prescription drug rings, allegedly responsible for the distribution of $2.1 million worth of Oxycodone in Northeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, have been broken up by agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI), federal officials and local police.

In addition to the two rings operating in Pennsylvania, authorities in New York have dismantled the New York City arm of the operation.

Friday, March 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Contractors are almost done the demolition of the 80-year-old nurses' residence in Coaldale. The decision was made to raze the structure after an intense investigation into options to save the building. Surviving almost 80 years, the large structure stood to the eastern rear of the present hospital building.

Friday, March 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In the spiritof giving and helping others in need,especially

during theholiday season, Councilman David Yelitoof Coaldale donatesgroceriesfor Easter to a localeconomically strugglingfamily.

Friday, March 29, 2013

According to the Pocono District of Penn State Extension, an Introduction to Tree Risk Assessment for Communities webinar will be held on April 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Too often, municipal tree commissions and staff are unaware of the risks associated with defective trees, which can cause personal injury and property damage. Interest in tree risk assessment and mitigation has increased in recent years due to safety and liability concerns resulting from preventable accidents.

Friday, March 29, 2013

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced that the permissive dialing period has commenced for residential and business customers within the existing 570 area code.

During the permissive dialing period, callers can begin using 10 digits each time they place a call from the 570 area code. However, if a caller dials just seven digits, the call will still be completed.

Friday, March 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of Living Hope Lighthouse Church of Palmerton gathered with Michael Coulson, financial adviser, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, of Palmerton, Wednesday to fill Easter bags that will be delivered to Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown this Friday. Pictured are (l-r) Rev. Chris Bronico, Missional Pastor, Sandy Long, Lorraine Stackhouse, Ellen Domermuth, Bob Domermuth, Laura Coulson, Levi Coulson, 1, and Michael Coulson.

Chances are this Easter holiday ought to be a bit brighter for a local personal care home.

On Good Friday, 55 Easter bags filled with various items will be delivered to Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown.

The bags are part of a joint effort between Michael Coulson, a financial adviser with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Palmerton, and members of the Living Lighthouse Church, Palmerton.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Eagle Rock Resorts Company, Hazle Township, Luzerne County, recorded in the Schuylkill County courthouse sale of lots in its subdivisions in East Union Township, Schuylkill County, to the following buyers:

Michelina Z. Fink and Michael S. Fink, Allentown, Lot 23, WSS3 Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, East Union Township, $10 (full consideration $32,900).

Aesha Javines and Richard B. Javines, Barnegat, N.Y., Lot 49, WSS4 Subdivision, Eagle Rock Resorts, East Union Township, $10 (full consideration $37,900)

Friday, March 29, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton Area Library Teen Advisory Group are holding a Food For Fines program during National Library Month. Each one is holding a library book end that they painted as part of their campaign to make the library "prettier and brighter." They are, from left, Mara Tracey, Brittany Irwin, Kristen Rausch, Senia Smith, Allyssa George and Mikayla Dolsay.

April is National Library Month. One way the Palmerton Area Library is planning on celebrating is to invite the community to support the Teen Advisory Group's (TAG) second annual Food for Fines program.

The idea is to get patrons to return overdue library materials.

If you have library materials (books, DVDs, etc.) that are overdue and you owe fines, for every non-perishable food item or toiletries you bring in between April 1-30, a dollar from your fine will be deducted for each item you donate.

Friday, March 29, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 100 people came out Wednesday evening to remember a mother and four children lost to a house fire last March in Shenandoah.

Just over 100 people gathered Wednesday night in Shenandoah to remember the victims of a fire that claimed the life of a mother, her son and her two nephews one year ago.

The victims were Tiffany Matejick-Sanchez, 29, her son, Cristian Sanchez, 10; and nephews, Damien Lopez, 10, and 7-month-old Aziah Hernandez.

During the vigil, people held candles and sang songs of remembrance. Rebecca Barnes, 17, of Ashland, sang "In the Arms of an Angel," by Sarah McLachlan while Sister Catherine and Sister Mary Ann sang gospel songs during the program.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Temple of Israel, 194 Bankway Street, Lehighton, will hold a Nosh and Natter from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 31 in the Shul Social Hall. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite Passover dessert and memories to share.

Temple of Israel is also continuing the Mitzvah Project of the donation of canned goods to the Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley's kosher Food Pantry/Lehighton Community Food Pantry. Everyone is asked to bring a can of food to help others.

Future dates for Shabbat services are Friday, April 12; and Friday, May 17.