Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Palmer Township Supervisor K. Michael Mitchell and former Supervisor Jeffrey Young won the Democratic nod for two supervisor seats in Tuesday's primary election.
Palmer Township will be getting a new supervisor next year who is a familiar name. Former Supervisor Jeffrey Young and Supervisor K. Michael Mitchell won the Democratic nomination for two seats in Tuesday's primary election. With 75 percent of the precincts reporting, Young received 400 votes while Mitchell got 313 votes. Challenger Frank Lambert finished with 232 votes. Young was a member of the Board of Supervisors from 1988-2000. He has also served on the Palmer Township Planning Commission, the Palmer Township Recreation Board, the Palmer Township Athletic Association and is currently a board member of the Business, Industrial and Professional Association of Palmer (BIP). A seat became open after longtime Supervisor Bob Lammi opted not…
The Easton Area School District sent out message Tuesday morning that its schools are participating in 'active shooter' training this week and next.
Schools in the Easton Area School District are participating in "active shooter" training exercises this week and next, according to an alert sent out to parents Tuesday morning. The school district is teaming up with local law enforcement to conduct the training, which will take place later in the day after students have been dismissed from the buildings, according to an automated telephone message sent to parents today. Training is set for the week of May 20 and the week of May 27, school officials stated in the alert.
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 …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Palmer Township police officers chase a man on foot in Palmer Park Mall Tuesday night, according to court records.
A Philadelphia man is facing multiple charges including aggravated assault on two police officers and resisting arrest after a foot chase at Palmer Park Mall resulted in one policeman breaking his big toe, according to court papers. Palmer Township Police Sgt. Glenn Sipel used a Taser to apprehend Geffrey Desir, 27, near a construction dumpster outside the mall on Tuesday night, police said. Desir ran into Sipel, whose right big toe was broken, and kept going before the Taser was fired and knocked the suspect to the ground, police said. Police were called to the mall at about 8:20 p.m. by Freeman Jewelers, whose employees reported that a man was trying to make a purchase with a stolen credit card and identification, according to an arrest …
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
Route 248 was shut both ways for an hour Wednesday morning due to a vehicle fire.
Route 248 was closed in both directions just after 6 a.m. Wednesday due to a van that caught fire, the Palmer Police Department is reporting. Palmer police said the van caught fire at the intersection of Route 248 and Newburg Road near the township's municipal building. The owner was driving the vehicle, a 1997 Pontiac, at the time of the fire, police said. There were no injuries. The Palmer Fire Department and Forks Township Fire Department responded and extingushed the fire, police said. The vehicle was towed by Easton Autobody. Route 248 reopened about 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Construction of a Sheetz gas station/convenience store is under way in Palmer Township.
The construction has begun. The new Sheetz gas station/convenience store—the second phase in the Northwood Center development—is starting to take shape. Crews have cleared and leveled land around the parcel by Route 248 and Kingston Road as Palmer Township officials have signed off on an agreement for a new traffic signal there. "They've put a fence up and you now see the equipment," Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver said. At its meeting last week, the Board of Supervisors authorized entering into a professional services agreement with traffic, planning and design. Supervisors also agreed to go out to bid for the traffic signal installation. Strausser Enterprises is developing the Northwood Center, which includes a CVS that opened right …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Palmer Township's Community Pool may get some outside visitors from Nazareth, which closed its pool for this summer.
Palmer Township's Community Pool is a popular one. The pool already draws residents from Forks Township, which doesn't have a pool. And with Nazareth Borough Council's recent decision to close its deteriorating Nazareth Boro-Park Pool this summer, Palmer's pool might become an even more popular swimming destination. The pool kicks off its summer season May 25 and will be open on weekends until the Easton Area School District closes for the summer on June 17. The pool is on Seip Avenue and Farmersville Road and has hours of operation between 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily, weather and attendance permitting. It holds several events throughout the summer: Family Nights on July 5 and July 19 and Movie Nights on June 28 and July 12. Here are the …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Shut twice in the past month because of sinkholes, Northwood Avenue in Palmer Township has opened once again.
Northwood Avenue is back in business. Palmer Township Police Chief Larry Palmer said the sinkhole that shut Northwood Avenue, the key road connecting Forks Township to Palmer and Lower Nazareth townships, earlier this week has been repaired and that the road is open again. Palmer said Northwood Avenue opened between late Thursday afternoon and early evening. Frank Cullen, who lives near the sinkhole and has expressed fear for his family's safety, said that the road opened at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. But Cullen still says there are plenty of unresolved issues. He said one issue is vehicle operators such as 18-wheelers and cars violating speed limits. "The pounding, abuse, and compaction these vehicles cause will lead to other incidents," Cullen …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Palmer Township recently changed to a new trash hauling system.
The Palmer Township Board of Supervisors expected a large turnout to talk about trash. But no one showed up. Supervisors expected a large crowd at Monday night's meeting to ask questions and raise concerns about how the township's trash collection system changed on May 1. But a funny thing happened. "Not one person spoke on trash," Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver said. Instead, township officials saw the same faces they've been seeing for the past few months: residents complaining about the digital billboard on Route 22. Township officials had prepared themselves, too. Waste Management, which now handles the township's trash collection, was on hand to discuss the system where residents have 96-gallon toters for garbage and recyling. So …