Salisbury Press

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Solicitor to prepare medical-marijuana dispensary legislation

Thursday, January 5, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

While there are no known proposals for a medical-marijuana facility in Salisbury Township, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners is preparing for that possibility.

By consensus, township commissioners at the Dec. 22, 2016, meeting asked Salisbury Township Solicitor, Atty. John W. Ashley, to research the preparation of an ordinance that would regulate medical-marijuana facilities, medical marijuana growers and medical-marijuana transportation.

Review: ‘Rogue One’

Friday, December 30, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It is, after all, named “Star Wars.”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” if not all “Wars,” has enough martial-arts, battles and aerial dogfights to please the ardent “Mortal Kombat” or “Call of Duty” gamer.

“Rogue One,” billed as the first stand-alone in the “Star Wars Anthology,” won’t disappoint “Star Wars” aficionados, should entertain the casual “Star Wars” fan and impress movie-goers.

Purchase of first drone approved in 2017 budget

Friday, December 30, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

A drone was said to be one of the most popular items on Christmas 2016 wish lists.

Santa was good to Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles, who got at least one of his Christmas wishes granted.

More specifically, on page 12, line item 411.700, under capital equipment, emergency management, of the Salisbury Township 2017 general fund budget, lists an unnamed expenditure of $7,500.

2017 budget approved; water and sewer rates to rise

Friday, December 30, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Salisbury Township 2017 general fund budget has been approved with no tax hikes, but with water and sewer rate increases for residents and business owners.

Township commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 on a motion by Commissioner Vice President Robert Martucci Jr., and seconded by Commissioner President James A. Brown, at the Dec. 22 meeting to accept the 2017 budget.

The 2017 general fund budget, as proposed by Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano, has revenue of $8,405,555, which is based on 2017 revenue of $7.581,700 and prior-year reserves of $823,855.

Hydrology study first step for Laubach Park Master Plan

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The first step in implementing the Laubach Park Master Site Plan is to address concerns about runoff problems in and around the park on Salisbury Township’s east side.

With that goal in mind, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent at the Dec. 8 meeting, to accept a proposal at a cost of $32,000 from Gilmore & Associates, Inc., to develop a hydrology study for the master site plan for William H. Laubach Memorial Park.

Zoning ordinance amendments approved for beekeeping

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Several updates to the Salisbury Township Zoning Ordinance have been approved.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent, at the Dec. 8 meeting to approve the zoning ordinance amendments. The vote came after a public hearing prior to the regular meeting.

Commissioner Vice President Robert Martucci Jr. made the motion, seconded by Commissioner Joanne Ackerman, to vote on the amendments.

Theater Review: A behind-the-scenes visit to ‘SantaLand’ at Civic514

Friday, December 16, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be one of Santa’s elves at Christmastime, “The SantaLand Diaries” gives you the inside scoop, a scoop of coal, that is, right in your Christmas stocking that will crack you up with laughter.

Jarrod Yuskauskas, in the role of David in the one-man show, does the heavy lifting. The result is heavy laughter.

Theater Review: ‘Follies’ we trust at Touchstone

Friday, December 16, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s a tradition that’s akin to the Christmastime hanging of the greens.

Call it the hanging of the quilt.

You know it’s “Follies” time when the big quilt patchwork curtain hangs over the stage of Touchstone Theatre on Bethlehem’s south side.

The show’s different each year. The curtain’s the same.

For the 2016 holiday season, “Christmas City Follies XVII” is a sanctuary city.

Review: ‘Loving’

Friday, December 16, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Loving” the film is about Loving the family. The title is ironic. The Lovings were arrested for getting married.

“Loving” is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple arrested because their marriage was illegal in Virginia. Their fight for justice became a legal battle that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

The Lovings were vindicated. Richard and Mildred Loving were plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case, Loving v. Virginia, that struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.