Thursday, April 29, 2010

2010 Election – 137th District Race

Just a few words about the race for State Representative in the 137th district. On the GOP side of the aisle, we have two candidates. Joe Emrick and Donald J. Albanese are running hard to get your votes to represent the following townships in the state house

  • Palmer
  • Forks
  • Nazareth
  • Upper Nazareth
  • Bangor
  • East Bangor
  • Washington
  • Roseto
  • Lower Mount Bethel
  • Upper Mount Bethel
  • Stockertown
  • Tatamy
  • Portland

Check out the candidates web site for their positions on critical issues. The state wide primary will be held on May 18, 2010. This is a very important election, so please vote.


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Easton Area Middle School Junior Honor Society

Tonight, I had the honor and privilege to attend the EAMS Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony.  250 Middle School students were honored as outstanding students and school leaders.

I would like to extend my congratulations to all the inductees on a job well done! 

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

EASD Budget Cuts

To begin, I would like to express my appreciation to the Easton Area School District (EASD) board and administration for allowing the parents to have input into to the budgeting process. I know some of the Ad Hoc committee recommendations were not implemented, but the process was a good start at practicing open government and community collaboration.

In response to the sports priority question, I have been involved in sports for as long as I can remember. I understand the positive attributes that youth sports has on our communities especially the sense of belonging that it gives kids. Sports also helps kids develop a sense of teamwork, and in many cases, a sense of family. In other words, sport participation contributes to the well being of our children. I fully understand the parent’s reaction to the elimination of EASD middle school sports.

The local municipality’s sports program may be called upon to absorb the cost of providing recreational opportunities to the affected children. I am certain the municipalities will find the money to accommodate our children.

Our first priority is to provide an education for all our children. In fact, I feel it is mission critical to provide them with a quality education, which includes the arts. In fact, for some students the arts are as important as sports are to other students. We need to develop teachers, scientists, engineers, doctors, artists, musicians, and others in order to guarantee our national and economic security.

It seems the outcry is about cutting the sports programs. Where is the outcry for the elimination of teachers, increasing class sizes, and eliminating technology support in a highly connected world? In my humble opinion, education is clearly priority one!

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Easton Area School District – AD Hoc Budget Committee Update


Tonight, the EASD Budget Ad Hoc committee wrapped it’s work tonight and discussed the committee final recommendations.

It is my understanding the school board may vote on the budget at the April 22, 2010 meeting, if the budget is ready for board review.

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Forks Planners Review Public Works Building Design

The Forks Township Planning Commission reviewed the latest plans for the Public Works Building (PWB). Kimmel Bogrette discussed the various design changes, including the fencing, landscaping, and the revised placement of the building.

The building was moved 200 ft from the Vista Estates housing development, with the closet point of the PWB being 151 ft from the backyards of the houses.

Additionally, residents of Vista Estates expressed their concerns about the environment impact of the new building on their development.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Penn Ridge Open Space


At the last board meeting, the township accepted  about 3 acres of open space, as the result of the Penn’s Ridge and Forks Township PRD agreement.

The 3 acres is located on the west side of Bushkill Drive, between the road and Bushkill Creek. This will enable Forks Township to connect our bike paths with the Palmer bike paths.

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Weis Market Update

At the last BoS meeting, the board was given a quick update on the Weis market development plan.

The township and the Weis corporation are exchanging the final legal paperwork.  The latest round of permits have been issued, so we are hoping construction can start this summer.

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