Monday, May 20, 2013
Forks Township officials all wet over why waterproofing issues linger at new public works building.
It's brand-spanking new and awaits its showcase to the public. But Forks Township's new $5.5 million public works building still has a hurdle it can't clear: a drippy dilemma that's leaving officials scratching their heads. The building leaks. And despite efforts to remediate the issue, the leakage continues, Township Manager John Cornell told the Board of Supervisors at Thursday night's meeting. "They have not fully identified the problem," Cornell said regarding the monstrous football stadium-like structure on Newlins Mill Road. "They have tried every test imaginable," he said. "But what they thought would work has failed." Water-proofing leakage issues have lingered for more than six months, holding up the public works department's move…
Voters in Palmer and Forks Township will go to the polls in Tuesday's primary election for school board and supervisors races.
Voting day is upon us. Tuesday is the primary election and residents in Palmer and Forks Townships have several contested races to decide among their party affiliations when they go to the polls. The key races include ones of the Democratic ticket for supervisor in Palmer and Forks, the Easton Area School Board race and county executive election. The winners will square off in November's general election. Click on the story below for previews of the races. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here are the polling places to vote in Forks Township. Forks Township Palmer Township Easton Area School Board Northampton County Visit this site for updates throughout election day and results of the races.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Dan McKinney, who heads the Charles Chrin Community Center, will oversee Palmer Township's new parks and recreation department.
All under one roof. That was the thinking behind Palmer Township officials creating a township department of parks and recreation. The Palmer Township Board of Supervisors voted to establish the department at a recent meeting and then appoint Dan McKinney, who oversees the Charles Chrin Community Center, as the head of it. "It's all under one person," Supervisor Ann-Marie Panella said. "It's always been spotty. This makes more sense. He's the expert. He has a lot of heavy-duty experience and he's a very organized person." The new department will oversee the community center, municipal pool, bike path, the township's fields and athletic complex and 16 parks, Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver said. Colver said McKinney is getting a $7,000 …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Privatization debates in the Pennsylvania General Assembly could mean changes to where Pennsylvanians can buy six-packs.
Saturday, May 18
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — A simple six-pack of beer is becoming a focal point of the most substantive legislative debate on Pennsylvania alcohol laws since Prohibition. A Tuesday afternoon Senate Law and Justice Committee on liquor privatization, headed by Chairman Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, featured numerous testifiers discussing the already-private industry of beer sales. Chief among the concerns from the beer distributor industry and taverns is package reform, or allowing establishments who sell beer to sell different amounts. Under current law, beer distributors cannot sell less than a case, and bars or grocery stores with the ability to sell bottles cannot sell more than a 12-pack. The Senate, under McIlhinney’s…
Medicaid expansion continues to hang over Gov. Tom Corbett and budget-making lawmakers.
Saturday, May 18
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent HARRISBURG – Democratic leaders in the General Assembly say Gov. Tom Corbett has delayed long enough on a decision about expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania. And if the governor won’t make a decision, they are ready to force his hand. “If Gov. Corbett is unwilling to do the right thing, my colleagues in the Senate must send a clear message that this is unacceptable. It’s time for a vote on Medicaid expansion,” said state Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, on Tuesday. Hughes has filed a resolution to force the state Senate to vote on Medicaid expansion. If a majority of senators support the resolution, a proposal to force the state to accept the expansion would be busted out of committee and brought …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Forks Township officials less than thrilled that 'shoddy' work has yet to be fixed as amphitheater gets ready for summer events.
Memorial Day is right around the corner and Forks Township is gearing up for its summer concert and movies in the park programs. And the township will have to do so probably with a "shoddy" amphitheater. Forks Township officials will send out a final notice to the contractor of the amphitheater to ask one last time that repairs need to be made to the canopy and concrete steps. "I would be shocked if the contractor reappears," solicitor Karl Kline said. Officials believe they will probably have to terminate the contract and go out to bid on the repairs themselves. But time is ticking and those fixes might not be ready by summer's start. The contractor is being given until May 31 to respond. "The first step is the final notice," Supervisor …
The May 21 primary election features three Democrats vying for two seats on the Board of Supervisors. Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss is running unopposed.
It's time to vote. Residents of Forks Township can cast votes in Tuesday's primary election. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. A primary election is party specific, meaning you must vote based on your party affiliation and not crossvote for other candidates. This year, there is are primary races in the Easton Area School District. There is also a primary race for Board of Supervisors on the Democratic ticket where three people are running for two seats. Supervisor Bob Egolf is being challenged by former Supervisor Bonnie Nicholas and newcomer Blandine Mballa-Fonkeu. Here are the polling places in Forks: Your voting registration card identifies your voting district. If you have misplaced your voter registration card, contact the …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan and County Councilman Lamont McClure face off against former executive Glenn Reibman.
Although it's been two years since Northampton County voters chose to keep Gracedale from being sold, the county-owned nursing home remains a hot issue. So much so that the three Democrats running to become the next county executive list Gracedale as one of their top priorities. Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, county Councilman Lamont McClure, and former executive Glenn Reibman are all seeking the Democratic nomination for executive in Tuesday's primary. We asked all three candidates to fill out questionnaires about themselves and the issues. Click on their names below to see how they responded. The three candidates also spoke about their positions—while attacking those of their opponents—in a debate last week. The winner of the primary …
A supervisor, former supervisor and newcomer are squaring off for two seats on the Forks Township Board of Supervisors in Tuesday's primary election.
Forks Township Supervisor Bob Egolf is running for re-election in Tuesday's primary election, hoping to get the Democratic nomination for one of two seats. Former Supervisor Bonnie Nicholas—a regular at supervisors meetings who is very vocal on a lot of township issues—is also running along with newcomer Blandine Mballa-Fonkeu. The winners will run against Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss, a Republican seeking re-election in November. Palmer-Forks Patch sent out questionnaires to the candidates asking them why they are seeking office. Their responses are running in their entirety. Click on their names below to see what they have to say.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Three supervisor candidates—one incumbent and a former supervisor—are vying for the Democratic nomination in the May 21 primary election. Two seats are open.
Three Democratic candidates are vying for two seats on the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors in Tuesday's primary election. Supervisor K. Michael Mitchell squares off against former supervisor Jeffrey Young and newcomer Frank Lambert. A seat became open after longtime Supervisor Bob Lammi opted not to run for re-election. Patch sent a questionnaire to each candidate and is posting the replies in their entirety. Click on the name of the candidate to read his information. Lambert was contacted, but did not return phone calls for comment. The winners of the two seats would run unopposed in the November general election. Incumbent K. Michael Mitchell Challengers Frank Lambert Jeffrey Young