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Voice of Jordan lawsuit delayed following death of John Roberts

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by KEN PETRINI Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Edward D. Reibman has issued a 60-day stay in the hearing regarding a lawsuit filed by the citizens group, The Voice of the Jordan Inc., against North Whitehall Township supervisors.

The delay, until March 6, is so The Voice of the Jordan can retain new counsel following the death of Attorney John E. Roberts on Jan. 4.

Roberts, of Coopersburg, represented the community group opposed to the location of a proposed sewage treatment plant in North Whitehall.

Maxatawny files suit against Upper Macungie

Thursday, December 6, 2012 by KEN PETRINI Special to The Press in Local News

Police department assets are at crux of the issue

Much like a divorce lawyer's war story about the couple spending thousands fighting over a $100 piece of furniture, the split of Upper Macungie Township from the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department took on an air of wastefulness when Maxatawny Township filed legal actions Nov. 1.

That is the view of Upper Macungie Supervisor Sam Ashmar who spoke with The Press.

"I don't see how this makes sense," Ashmar said.

Though part of the conflict is the inventory and value of property, a quick review of vehicles and weapons suggests a total value of no more than $200,000.

Charlie Dent retains seat in 15th District

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by KEN PETRINI Special to The Press in Local News

Much like Superstorm Sandy, several elements came together to give Charlie Dent an easy path to re-election as the U.S. Representative from the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

The popular Republican had the advantage of incumbency heading into the election.

First elected in 2004, Dent has held onto his seat in Congress with wide margins in recent years.

Mackenzie wins seat in 134th District

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by KEN PETRINI Special to The Press in Local News

After a very confusing year, residents in the 134th Legislative District will remain represented by Ryan Mackenzie in Harrisburg.

Mackenzie defeated John Reynard, his Democratic opponent, in the General Election.

Unofficial tallies show Mackenzie easily outdistanced Reynard with at least 60 percent of the vote in each of Lehigh and Berks counties.

Mackenzie was first elected April 24, to replace Doug Reichley after he resigned to take a seat as Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas judge.

Day wins third term in 187th District

Thursday, November 8, 2012 by KEN PETRINI Special to The Press in Local News

In the 187rd District, incumbent Gary Day, a Republican, was challenged by Joseph Haas, a Democrat, for the two-year term as state representative.

Day, who had no primary opposition, was seeking a third term, while Haas, who defeated William Bispels in the primary, was seeking his first term.

Day easily won re-election.

Unofficial results show Day garnered 63 percent of the vote to Haas' 37 percent.

Day rolled to a nearly 2-1 margin in Lehigh County, his home.

Berks County, home to Haas, gave Day a 12 percdent margin of victory.

Day and Haas on ballot for seat in 187th District

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by KEN PETRINI Special to The Press in Local News

In the 187rd District, incumbent Gary Day, a Republican, is facing an election day challenge from Joseph Haas, a Democrat, who defeated William Bispels in the primary.

Day is running for a third term.

First elected in 2008 with 52 percent of the vote against opponent John Ritter, Day garnered 70 percent of the vote in 2010 against Richard Stine.

Day told The Press why he was seeking re-election.

Dent facing challenge Nov. 6 from Daugherty

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by KEN PETRINI Special to The Press in Local News

This year, all Lehigh County residents will vote for the U.S. Representative from the 15th Congressional District.

As a result of redistricting after the 2010 Census, the portion of Upper Macungie the previoiusly was in the 6th District is now part of the 15th.

The district has also shifted west, dropping Easton and part of Bethlehem and picking up parts of the I-78 corridor toward Dauphin County.

Those changes should make the district, which has been in Republican hands under Pat Toomey and Congressman Charlie Dent for over a decade, less Democrat.

Mackenzie to face Reynard

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by KEN PETRINI Special to The Press in Local News

Voters in the 134th Legislative District may be a bit confused this year.

After Douglas Reichley resigned to take his seat on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, voters went to the polls April 24 to vote in a special election, and to vote in the 2012 primary.

Faced with a slate of choices, Republican voters nominated Ryan Mackenzie for a two-year term while Patrick Slattery was unopposed on the Democratic side.

At the same time, Mackenzie defeated Slattery in the special election to fill Reichley's seat by roughly 60 percent to 40 percent.

Board approves Ocean Spray plans

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by KEN PETRINI Special to The Press in Local News

Upper Macungie supervisors have given final plan approval for the proposed Ocean Spray facility.

There was some confusion at the Aug. 2 meeting as to whether the matter was on the agenda.

Ocean Spray recently reviewed revised plans with the planning commission.

"It had to do with downsizing the building," Director of Community Development Ken Molony explained.

After a discussion, supervisors decided to address the matter and gave quick approval.

Preparations made for future Upper Mac Police Department

Thursday, August 9, 2012 by KEN PETRINI Special to The Press in Local News

One of the biggest questions regarding the new Upper Macungie Police Department was answered at the July 30 supervisors meeting.

Chief Edgardo Colon reported his management team has concluded interviews with officers currently part of the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department.

He also sought authorization to set the size of the department at 30 officers, including three, himself and the two lieutenants, already hired.

Supervisor Sam Ashmar said the original recommendation was for a force of 28 to 32 officers.