Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Incumbent Maurice Heller lost his re-election bid to remain on the Nazareth Area School Board in Tuesday's primary election.
The Nazareth Area School Board will be losing another current member. One day after director Chris Miller announced his resignation, board member Maurice Heller lost his re-election bid in Tuesday's primary election. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting in Region III of the Nazareth Area School Board, board member Dominic Villani, who replaced Christian Audenried when he moved to fill a spot on the Nazareth Borough Council, was the leading vote-getter. He received 162 votes on the Republican ticket and 225 on the Democratic side. All four candidates cross-filed as Republicans and Democrats for the two open seats. Former School Board member Linda Stubits was the other winner. Stubits received 141 votes on the GOP ticket and 201 as a …
Nominees include two former Northampton County officials and incumbent Peg Ferraro.
Ten candidates—five Republicans, five Democrats—will face off this fall for five open seats on Northampton County Council. Voters in both parties made their nominations Tuesday, choosing a mix of veteran county officials and poltiical newcomers. According to unofficial election results, the five Republican nominees are: The Democratic nominees are: Also in the race were Republicans Tricia Mezzacappa and Frank Hesch, and Democrats Kerry Myers, Jason Toedter and William Wallace.
Newcomer Steve Ytkin knocked out Republican incumbent James Augustine for one of two seats in Upper Nazareth Township Supervisor primary election Tuesday.
So who is Steve Ytkin? Upper Nazareth Township residents will soon find out. The 14-year township resident ousted Supervisor James Augustine to win the Republican nod for one of two seats on the board. Supervisor Chairman Mike Rinker led the charge with 120 votes with 100 percent of the precincts reporting. He was followed by Ytkin, a former planning and zoning board member, who received 104 votes. Augustine finished third with 81 votes. Rinker and Ytkin may be running unopposed in the November general election. There were 22 write-in votes on the Democratic side. If one write-in candidate received more than 10 votes, then they are placed on the November ballot. Rinker has served as a supervisor for six years, including the past two as …
Wednesday's Senate hearing on the IRS 'Tea Party' scandal included Pennsylvania's Sen. Pat Toomey and Sen. Bob Casey, who both released statements after the event.
Pennsylvania's Sen. Bob Casey (D) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R) both participated in Wednesday's hearing about IRS scrutinty of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Both men released statements regarding the event. Witnesses before the Senate Finance Committee were: Casey, chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, said: “Pennsylvanians and Americans across the country deserve to know that the IRS and all government agencies do their jobs without prejudice or political agenda. I intend to hold accountable those responsible for any breach of the taxpayer’s trust. Today, as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I directly questioned top IRS officials about what took place, who was …
It's Mayor Carl Strye Jr. against Councilman Jack Herbst for mayor in November's general election.
The mayoral battle is set for Nazareth. Mayor Carl Strye Jr. won the Republican write-in vote for mayor during Tuesday's primary election, setting up a showdown between him and Councilman Jack Herbst, a Democrat, in November's general election. As of 11:22 p.m., Strye received 67 write-in votes to win the Republican nomination. "I'm very satisfied," Strye told Nazareth Patch late Tuesday night. "This gets me on the ticket. I can breathe a little easier now." Herbst ran unopposed Tuesday as a Democrat and had received 109 votes as of 11 p.m.. He needed 10 to get on the ticket in November. Nazareth's new mayor was appointed to replace Fred Daugherty Jr. earlier this month, getting the nod over Herbst, who had also applied for the position. …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Bethlehem mayor will face off against Republican John Brown in November in Northampton County Executive race.
Northampton County Democrats appear to have chosen Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan as their pick for the next county executive. Unofficial results from the county election office showed Callahan leading challengers Glenn Reibman, the former executive, and county Councilman Lamont McClure. Results from WFMZ had Callahan winning 50 percent of the vote with 82 percent of precints reporting. Callahan will face Republican John Brown in this year's general election. Brown, the mayor of Bangor, had no opposition for his party's nomination. The winner will replace John Stoffa, who is not seeking re-election. All three Democratic candidates had campaigned on platforms that stressed economic development and the need to keep Gracedale—the county-owned …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Nazareth Police Committee provides update on status of police department's future.
The Nazareth Police Committee held its first meeting Monday night with new Mayor Carl Strye Jr. among the participants. While 15 residents turned out to find out the status of the future of police department services in the borough at last month's meeting, only two were present Monday night. And Councilman Jack Herbst—who chairs the police committee—stated that there's basically nothing new to report. "No formal policing plan has been brought before us," Herbst said. "We have nothing negotiated with Colonial." Resident Wayne Schissler, a frequent Nazareth Patch commenter, asked the committee what the status was with negotiations involving Colonial Regional Police. Last month, the Police Committee informed residents that it was awaiting a …
Nazareth area residents will go to the polls in Tuesday's primary election.
Voting Day is upon us. Residents in Upper Nazareth Township, Nazareth and those living in the Nazareth Area School District will go to the polls in Tuesday's primary election to vote on contested races for supervisor, council and school board. For Nazareth, while there is a Democratic primary battle in the Second Ward, registered Republicans can also do a write-in for new Mayor Carl Strye Jr. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. In Upper Nazareth Township, residents can vote at Gracedale and at the township building. Nazareth Upper Nazareth Township Nazareth Area School Board Northampton County Visit this site for updates throughout election day and for the results and stories on the election.
Upper Nazareth Township gets reimbursed from FEMA from Hurricane Sandy storm damage.
Hurricane Sandy will linger in the memories of Nazareth area residents for years to come. While the storm wreaked havoc on the region, many municipalities are still dealing with its aftermath in some fashion. Upper Nazareth Township is no different as the storm came up in conversation at Wednesday night's Board of Supervisors meeting. But the news wasn't so bad. Township Secretary/Treasurer Jeri Kronstadt told supervisors that the township has been reimbursed from FEMA from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. She said that Upper Nazareth received $19,565.51. Of that, $17,943.92 is going to public works while $1,621.59 is being given to the police department.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Tension over police issues mounted at Nazareth Borough Council meeting among Police Committee members.
Monday's meeting of the Nazareth Police Committee might not have the fireworks that came about over police issues at the recent Borough Council meeting. As Councilman Jack Herbst was giving his Police Committee report, he responded to a question from Councilman Charles Donello. "If you have a police issue, you come to me," Herbst stated before a crowd that had gathered at the May 6 meeting to hear a presentation on the pool and find out who the borough chose at its new mayor. "There wasn't an issue," Donello shot back. "I'm not sure why someone would go crying to you. This is getting a little carried away. If a council member has to be afraid to ask a question, then something is wrong." Herbst responded that it obviously was an issue since…