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Friday, December 21, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

2019 budget approved with no tax increase

Salisbury Township has held the line on taxes for 2019.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 on no tax increase.

“There is no tax increase. It will remain at 2.2 mills,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich said at the Dec. 13 meeting when commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget.

The township tax rate is to remain at 2.2 mills for 2019.

Based on the average township residential assessment of $200,000, the tax bill is $440.

Movie Review: Who stole ‘The Grinch’?

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Grinch” almost stole the Christmas movie. The 2018 iteration of the Dr. Seuss’ classic takes a lot of the fun out of previous versions of “The Grinch.”

The real question is: Who stole “The Grinch”? That said, the film has its amusing moments and is gorgeous to look at.

The primary source material (other than The Grinch and his machinations being inspired by Charles Dicken’s Scrooge in the “A Christmas Carol” 1843 novella) is the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” 1957 children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.


Thursday, December 13, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Budget expected on Dec. 13 agenda

The 2019 Salisbury Township budget is expected to be on the agenda of the 7 p.m. Dec. 13 township meeting in the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.

The township tax rate is to remain at 2.2 mills for 2019. Based on the average township resident would be $440.

“I think this budget has the bare minimum,” Salisbury Township Director of Finance Paul Ziegenfus said at the Nov. 20 township meeting.

While no tax hike is expected, increases in service rates for township residents and businesses are expected.

Sales of houses in LV up slightly in October

Friday, December 7, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley increased slightly in October.

Closed sales increased 0.4 percent to 718 houses sold, up from 715 houses sold in October 2017, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) October report, released Nov. 14.

For the year-to-date, the percentage of closed sales for 2018 is up slightly, by 0.1 percent, with 7,081 houses sold, compared to 7,077 houses sold year-to-date in 2017.

Devonshire homeowner seeks flooding prevention

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

It’s been known as the Hills of Devonshire.

The neighborhood of upscale homes in Salisbury Township is north of Lehigh Street, south of Devonshire Road and east of Keystone Road.

Wendy Carney, a resident of Devonshire, wants township officials to address stormwater flooding she says is damaging her family’s property.

Carney said the problem is caused by a storm sewer drain not handling the volume of water in recent rainstorms, resulting in sheet-water flow downhill to her home.

Movie Review: ‘Beasts’ not so ‘Fantastic’

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has fantastic special effects, fantastic casting and fantastic acting.

As for the storyline: not so fantastic.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a big disappointment and isn’t much better than the reboot, or “Harry Potter” prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (2016).

Review: ‘Marvel Universe’ stunning spectacle at PPL Center

Saturday, December 1, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To say that “Marvel Universe Live! The Age Of Heroes” is not your son’s or daughter’s Marvel Comics is an understatement.

“Marvel Universe Live!,” seen opening night, Nov. 29, at PPL Center, Allentown, where performances are at 7 p.m. Nov. 30; 11 a..m., 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, and noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 2, is nothing short of spectacular entertainment for all ages, and the ages.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Five single homes, one twin-home, proposed for former greenhouse property

A seven-lot subdivision is proposed for the site of the former Schaedel Greenhouse on Salisbury Township’s east side.

Real estate developer Rudy Amelio, who operates ERA Rudy Amelio Real Estate, Allentown, would build five single homes on five lots and one twin home on two lots for a total of seven lots at 621 E. Lynnwood St., Salisbury Township.

The project is in the township’s R-4 Zoning District. The preliminary-final major subdivision plan includes demolition of existing structures on the property.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Moving permit ordinance amendments, rental inspection program adopted

After the term, property manager and changes to that term were made, amendments to the moving permit ordinance and adoption of a rental property inspections program have been approved by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.

Commissioners voted unanimously 5-0, on a motion by Commissioner Joanne Ackerman and seconded by Commissioner James Seagreaves, to approve amending the moving permit ordinance and adopting the rental inspections program at the Nov. 8 township meeting.