The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners is expected to hold a last-minute meeting, 7 p.m. Dec. 30, to consider adoption of the 2015 township budget.
Township Manager Randy Soriano said the meeting was needed to incorporate new financial amounts resulting from the recently-approved trash hauler pact with Republic Services, which is less annually than the garbage pickup contract the township has had.
Salisbury Township's proposed 2015 municipal budget holds the line on taxes and funds numerous township capital improvements.
It is, after all, called "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."
So, why should it be surprising that about one-third of the nearly two and one-half hour latest installment of "The Hobbit" seems to be taken up with fighting and battles?
Right from the start Of "The Battle of the Five Armies," Smaug, the dragon monster, is laying waste to Lake-town. The film picks up where "The Desolation of Smaug" (2013), sequel to "An Unexpected Journey" (2012), left off.
No spoiler alert here: Smaug is slain early on. Where can the film go from here?
Salisbury Township residents will see different trash trucks pick up their garbage next year.
However, they should not see any changes in the trash service. Twice-weekly trash pickup is to continue.
And residents may even see their annual bill for garbage pickup lowered.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent at the Dec. 18 meeting, to approve a three-year contract with Republic Services. Commissioner Robert Martucci, Jr., made the motion to bring the contract approval to a vote. Commissioner James Seagreaves seconded it.
Speed limits along 33rd Street and Lindberg Avenue will be reduced to 25 mph.
The lowering of the speed limit along the length of 33rd Street, between Lehigh Street and East Emmaus Avenue, and Lindberg Avenue between 24th Street and South Cedar Crest Boulevard, will not take place immediately.
Signs must be posted stating the 25 mph speed limit before traffic enforcement can begin.
"Once the signs are installed, according to PennDOT regulations, it will be enforced," Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles said.
Miracle of miracles, "Exodus: Gods And Kings," is actually quite good.
There are plenty of miracles in director Ridley Scott's reimagining of the Old Testament story, beginning in 1300 BC, about the Jews' travails and travels to Canaan, the "Promised Land."
You want miracles? "Exodus: Gods And Kings" got miracles.
The Boyd Theatre has apparently been saved from a fate worse than a box-office bomb, that of the wrecking ball.
J.G. Petrucci, a Asbury, N.J., based design-built firm with an office in Bethlehem and projects in the Lehigh Valley, has purchased the downtown Bethlehem movie theater for an undisclosed price.
The purchase may expedite the theater becoming a venue for Moravian College's theater program.
Moravian College President Bryon L. Grigsby greeted the sale enthusiastically.
Darlene Love knows where she's going after "Late Night With David Letterman."
She's going to The Christmas City.
"Darlene Love: Love for The Holidays" is at 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
Love sings "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on the "Late Show With David Letterman" for the last time Dec 19. Letterman retires from the show May 20, 2015.
Love has performed the song for 28 years on Letterman's show prior to the Christmas holiday.
Following a public hearing on the new Salisbury Township zoning ordinances, the Salisbury Township Planning Commission reiterated its support of the ordinance.
After discussion of some fine points at the Dec. 9 hearing, planners voted 5-0 with two planners absent, to recommend approval of the ordinance to the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.
Prior to the vote, Chairman Charles Beck said, "Before we do anything, I want to thank everyone, including those in the audience."
Added Secretary Joseph Hebelka, "Including the community advisors."
Several Salisbury Township residents, including the chairman of the township planning commission, would like a monument placed in Laubach Park to honor a founder of what would become the Salisbury Youth Association.
"We sold bottles and bought baseballs and gloves," Charles Beck, planners' chairman said.
Beck said the Boys' Club, formed in 1951, became the Salisbury Athletic Club which, in turn, became the Salisbury Youth Association.
Beck said the monument would honor Lester A. Young, who he said was a founder of the Boys' Club.
Lynnie Godfrey wants to get something straight right away.
She's not a jazz singer per se. She sings standards.
To this, it should be added, the way that Lynnie Godfrey sings standards is anything but standard.
Just give a listen to either of her CDs released this year: "Lynnie Godfrey: Doing It Her Way" and "Spending The Holidays With Lynnie Godfrey."
Or attend her concert, "Celebrating The Holidays With Lynnie Godfrey," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.