Monday, May 20, 2013
Here's what you need to know about Tuesday's primary election in Upper Macungie Township.
Tuesday, May 21 is primary election day in Pennsylvania. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Poll Problems? Contact the Lehigh County voter registration office at 610-782-3194. How to Use Touch Screen Voting Machines Upper Macungie Races (click on the link for information on candidates) Lehigh County Races Voter ID According to Lehigh County Voter Registration: Polling places
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Privatization debates in the Pennsylvania General Assembly could mean changes to where Pennsylvanians can buy six-packs.
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.
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
Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and subsequently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, according to a release from Lehigh County. Tom Muller is now acting executive.
Lehigh County Executive William H. Hansell, who was appointed last summer to fill the unexpired term of former Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham, has resigned his post for health reasons, according to a release from the county. Hansell was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and subsequently diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He has started undergoing treatment and felt he needed to devote his energy to restoring his health, the release said. “I have been proud to serve as Lehigh County Executive for the past year," Hansell said in the prepared release. "I felt that it was the culmination of my 52-year career in local government. The decision to resign has been one of the hardest I’ve had to make in my professional life.” Thomas …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Upper Macungie Planning Commission wants to examine plans for the proposed Gas-N-Go fuel station.
The Upper Macungie Planning Commission declined to give approval Wednesday night to a proposed Weis Gas-N-Go fuel station at 7801 Glenlivet Drive in Fogelsvile. According to a report in The Morning Call, planners want changes to the eight-pump station before giving approval. Those changes include moving the entrance to accommodate traffic flow during busy periods. Once planners give their approval, the plans move on to the Board of Supervisors for its OK. Now, that may not happen until July. Weis Markets took the first step in its quest to build the fuel station in March at the Fogelsville location when it received a use variance from the Upper Macungie Zoning Hearing Board. The prospect of additional retail stores at the Fogelsville Weis …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Incumbent Percy Dougherty faces a challenge from Scott Aquila for the Republican nomination to a Lehigh County commissioner seat in a District that includes South Whitehall, Upper Macungie, Lower Macungie and Alburtis.
Incumbent Lehigh County Commissioner Percy Dougherty faces a challenge from Scott Aquila for the Republican nomination for the board's District 2 seat. The primary is Tuesday. District 2 includes South Whitehall, Lower Macungie, Upper Macungie and Alburtis. Patch sent a questionnaire to Dougherty and Aquila and is posting their replies in their entirety. Click on the name of the candidate to read his information, including educational and family background as well as each candidate's vision for the county, qualifications and priorities. Percy Dougherty Scott Aquila The winner of the Republican primary will square off in the November general election against the likely Democratic nominee, Susan Ellis Wild, who is unopposed for her party's …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The early childhood and preschool learning center has plans to open a location at 8236 Hamilton Blvd. in Breinigsville.
The Goddard School, an early childhood and preschool learning center, will present revised land development plans to the Upper Macungie Planning Commission Wednesday night. The school has plans to open a location at 8236 Hamilton Blvd. in Breinigsville. According to township records, the company plans to develop a 1.9482-acre parcel of land. The proposed child-care facility would be a 13,219-square-foot building with 52 parking spaces. The property is in a medium low density residential zoned area. A child-care facility is a permitted use in the area, provided that it is served by an arterial road, which in this instance, it is. The commission will also consider a re-submission of a land development plan for Dan's Auto Repair, located at …
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he's exploring another run for the Senate; Sestak narrowly lost to Pat Toomey in 2010.
A rematch between former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is in the works as Sestak announced Tuesday that he's exploring a run for the Senate in 2016. Democrat Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, lost narrowly to Republican Toomey in 2010. Sestak, of Delaware County, has formed an exploratory committee—the equivalent of launching a campaign in terms of Federal Elections Commission paperwork, according to a Washington Post report. Can Sestak beat Toomey? Who would you vote for if the Senate election was held today? Tell us in the comments section below. Tuesday's announcement ends speculation that Sestak, 61, is raising money to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. Sestak raised $460,000 in the first quarter of this year. A Sestak-…
Two candidates—one incumbent and one challenger—are vying for the Republican nomination in the May 21 primary election.
Tuesday, May 14
Two candidates, one incumbent and one challenger, are on the ballot for the May 21 Republican primary for an open six-year term on the Upper Macungie Board of Supervisors. The winner will face the lone Democratic candidate Chris Casey in the November general 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. Incumbent Challenger
Political foes Scott Ott and Dean Browning seek the Republican Party nomination for Lehigh County Executive in the May 21 primary.
Two political foes—Scott Ott and Dean Browning—are seeking the Republican Party nomination for Lehigh County Executive in the May 21 primary. Ott, 51, of Lower Macungie, is currently a Lehigh County commissioner. He is co-host of a current events talk show for PJTV, a conservative online network. Browning, 57, of South Whitehall, is former Lehigh County commissioner and board chairman. He is executive vice president, finance and administration, and chief financial officer at New World Aviation. Patch sent a questionnaire to Ott and Browning and is posting the replies in their entirety. Click on the name of the candidate to read his information, including educational and family background as well as each candidate's vision for the county …