They're trash-talking in Salisbury Township and the township manager wants more of it.
As of the April 10 township municipal meeting, Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano said he's only heard from about eight residents concerning possible changes in township garbage service.
"Some of the comments were: 'We don't really care about the rates, but we like the frequency,'" Soriano reported to the board of commissioners.
With approximately 5,000 residential units and a population of about 13,000, the annual fee for twice-weekly garbage pickup has been $340.
The alert wife of a Salisbury Township commissioner has brought to light the need for vigilance concerning door-to-door solicitation.
Sue Martucci, wife of Salisbury Township Commissioner Robert Martucci, Jr., questioned the identity of a salesman who was knocking on doors in their neighborhood, attempting to get electric utility customers to switch providers.
The salesman showed up last month at the door of the Martuccis' home.
The man took out a notebook and asked the Martuccis for their electricity service account number.
"Bird Town" will be a big part of the second annual Earth Fair in Salisbury Township.
"Earth Fair," 10 a.m. to noon April 26, Lindberg Park, is organized by the Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council.
The Bird Town banner and road signs are expected to be displayed at Earth Fair, which will feature several workshops.
Bird Town is a partnership of The Audubon Society and municipalities, including Salisbury, in Pennsylvania to promote conservation and a healthy, more sustainable environment.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is an actor-studded comedy-drama that bristles with the joy of cinema. The film is a concoction of dizzying dialogue, madcap pacing, larger-than-life characters, bizarre encounters, manic escapades and stunning visuals.
While the film seems to have little to do with Budapest, Hungary, it is inspired by the sense of time and place of Eastern Europe sometime between the wars: World War I and World War II.
Salisbury Township residents may see garbage pickup reduced from twice-weekly to once-weekly. The change is under consideration by the township administration and board of commissioners with the current township trash hauler contract expiring in less than three months. The township administration expects to advertise for Requests For Proposals.
The township's six-year contract with Waste Management, Inc. expires June 30. The contract was a three-year pact, with a one-year renewal for three years. Waste Management was paid $1.5 million annually for each year of the contract.
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Grants drove traffic citations last year in Salisbury Township.
Traffic citations in- creased by 133 percent, from 872 in 2012 to 2,038 in 2013.
Traffic and safety enforcement grants increased by more than than 100 percent, from $21,875.28 in 2012 to $54,128.59 last year, according to the 2013 Salisbury Township Police Department.
Officers assigned to zone patrol issued an additional 1,542 traffic citations, an increase of 178 percent over the 553 citations issued in 2012.
When he took his seat on the dais in Johnston Hall, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Bill Cosby wore a gray hooded sweatshirt emblazoned with "Moravian College" and sweatpants with "Temple," his alma mater, printed on the right pants leg.
After a nearly nonstop one and one-half hour talk, mostly in response to a handful of questions, the audience of 1,200 students, parents and members of the Moravian College community, were, by, degrees, symbolic graduates of another institution of higher learning:
The Blues Brotherhood, The Blues Brothers tribute group, is beginning its 10th anniversary year with a concert, 8 p.m. April 12, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
"Not only to we try to stay very true to the music, but we try to stay very true to the characters," says Paul Miller, who sings as and portrays Jake, the John Belushi character in The Blues Brothers.
Elwood, the Dan Aykroyd character, is portrayed by Aaron Hetrick, who has been with the Blues Brotherhood since its founding by Miller.
There's a reason Harpeth Rising is called Harpeth Rising.
And it's not because the eclectic group has a harp as one of its instruments.
It has to do with geography and the aspirations of the trio that mixes classical music with bluegrass.
"We have many happy associations with that river," says Rebecca Reed-Lunn, banjo player and co-founder of Harpeth Rising, which makes its Lehigh Valley debut, 8 p.m. April 11, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.
The Harpeth River is part of the Mississippi River watershed.
"Journey: Dream of A Red Pavilion," in its world premiere through April 13, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, tells numerous stories about the Asian experience in the City of Bethlehem: Asian immigrants, Asian adoptees, Asian natives, Asian tourists, and the reactions to them by non-Asians, city officials and college professors.