Salisbury Township residents voted overwhelming to retain the library tax, and also voted to re-elect two Salisbury Township commissioners and the township tax collector in the Nov. 5 municipal election.
The referendum to continue a tax to support the Allentown Public Library won with 1,287 votes, or 67 percent, in favor, and 624 votes, or 33 percent, against, of 1,911 votes cast.
Linda J. Minger, a Republican running unopposed as Salisbury Township tax collector, was the big vote-getter at township polls, receiving 2,084 votes.
No new hires.
And a tax hike.
That's the word from the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners concerning the proposed 2014 township budget.
The new taxes are to plug a projected 2014 budget deficit.
Commissioners discussed the budget, plus the financial impact of hiring new employees at a special Nov. 14 workshop lasting three hours.
The police department requested the promotion of an officer to become a second detective and the hiring of a new police officer.
The public works department requested the hiring of a mechanic and an equipment operator.
A preliminary 2014 Salisbury Township budget has been approved calling for a tax hike that, on average, would amount to $39.49 annually per township residential property owner.
The "status-quo" 2014 budget, as Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano calls it, plugs a $241,556 deficit, but does not include requested new hires in the public works and police departments.
Based on the average township assessment of $207,817 and the millage of 1.42103, the gross annual township tax is now $295.31.
"All Is Lost" is a harrowing tale about a sailor lost at sea.
What's the big deal about that, you might say?
The big deal is that the sailor is played by none other than Robert Redford.
And, at 77, the filming of "All Is Lost" was also likely a harrowing experience for Redford.
"All Is Lost" is all Redford. The character he plays, simply called "Our Man," is the only person in the film, and he's on-screen for virtually the entire film.
The film begins with a voice-over narration by Redford and then a title card tells us it's "Eight Days Earlier."
A health center proposed along East Emmaus Avenue has been approved by the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board.
Zoners voted 5-0 at the Nov. 5 hearing to approve an appeal for a special exception for a "wellness facility" to be run by Gregory Reihman and his wife, Dr. Kristin C. Reihman, at 739 E. Emmaus Ave.
"I believe having this center in Salisbury would be a welcome addition," Gregory Reihman said.
"Last Vegas" is a hoot, starring four icons of contemporary cinema who have never appeared together in the same film.
Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline star as senior citizens, who called themselves the Flatbush Four when they were Brooklyn, N.Y., youths. In "Last Vegas," the four reunite in Las Vegas for a bachelor party.
"12 Years A Slave" is a profound film depicting an era of unspeakable horror in the history of the United States, as well as a marker in the evolution of the depiction of slavery and race in American cinema.
On the west is Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest.
To the east is the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.
In between are major thoroughfares, including Interstate 78.
It all adds up to more work for the Salisbury Township Police Department.
Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles made his case for the promotion of a police officer to detective and the hiring of a new police officer as 2014 township budget talks continued at a special board of commissioners meeting Nov. 7.
St. Luke's Emergency and Transport Services will continue to provide emergency ambulance services in 2014 to eastern Salisbury Township.
Kermit C. Gorr, Jr., executive director, St. Luke's Emergency and Transport Services, updated the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners about the ETS service at the Nov. 7 township meeting in the Municipal Building.
St. Luke's ETS responded to 405 calls so far this year, a 19 percent increase from 2012, when it responded to 340 calls.
An amendment to the Salisbury Township Police Pension Plan was recently tabled by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.
Township commissioners voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent at the Oct. 24 meeting, to table the amendment, which must be considered as an ordinance, pending clarification of language.
Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the motion at the Oct. 10 township meeting, but the motion was brought back for additional consideration.