Friday, May 24, 2013
Looking for something other than a Camry from one of the world's largest automakers.
My car’s rear seats don’t fold down. They did on my previous car, which was a coupe version of my current car, but my car’s first owner didn’t pony up the money for the cold-weather package … so now I’m stuck with a small trunk and no headlamp washers. First world problems, I know. And because my seats don’t fold down, whenever I want to go skiing, or surfing, or just carry a long stick in my vehicle, I’ve got to run to my mother. She drives a 2001 Toyota RAV4. It’s cavernous, can plow through 2 feet of snow with its gas-guzzling, always-on 4-wheel drive system and 70-series tires, and is probably the slowest vehicle I’ve ever driven. I’m always welcome to drive it when I need to take a tortuous trip to Ikea and I love it. But, being a …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Most people have a restaurant that is their favorite place at which to eat out. Whether it's delicious food, amazing service or a cozy atmosphere, tell us what makes your favorite Lower Saucon Township restaurant so special.
Lower Saucon Township* Restaurants *To post a comment about your favorite Hellertown restaurant, click here. To write a review about any of the restaurants listed below, click on a name. Yianni's Taverna Casa Mia Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant Starters Pub Red Brick Grille (Revolutions at Saucon Valley) Feasta Pizza Bagel Basket No. 1 Chinese Restaurant Mario's Pizza Cafe China Moon Subway (Route 378) Subway (Route 412) Oriental Gourmet Dunkin' Donuts
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Christine Widgren of Hellertown has written a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett about the traffic situation along Route 412 at the borough's north end, which she says constitutes 'a severe crisis of public safety.'
Wednesday, May 22
Note: The following letter is addressed to Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett. A copy of the letter was shared by its author with Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch. Governor Corbett: I am requesting that your office investigate the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's actions as they relate to the project of widening of Route 412 in Hellertown/Bethlehem. I have never in my life seen such a traffic debacle that was done on purpose. Bad weather, serious accidents—I can understand. But this is beyond belief. I refuse to question the "planning" because whatever was done has nothing to do with the definition of "planning." We are in a severe crisis of public safety. We have been invaded and occupied by barricades and heavy equipment. It …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
One poll suggests that, while Pennsylvania voters might support medical marijuana use, they aren't in favor of legal pot.
Pennsylvania voters aren't in favor of legalizing marijuana, according to a recent poll. The Frankin and Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters for May 2013 showed that 54 percent of voters polled opposed to legalizing marijuana in the state. A similar F&M Poll at the beginning of February found that 55 percent of respondants were against legalizing marijuana. While voters don't support its outright legalization, 82 percent of those polled favor the use of marijuana for medical reasons if prescribed by a doctor. The poll, which was conducted between April 30 and May 5, gathered responses from 526 registered voters, including 265 Democrats, 196 Republicans and 65 Independents. The full poll is available for review here. The following…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Former Quarterback Donovan McNabb announced this week that he is going to retire as a Philadelphia Eagle.
With the Philadelphia Eagles in mini-camp this week, a lot has been discussed about the team's quarterbacks. Who will emerge as the starter among Michael Vick, Nick Foles and rookie Matt Barkley. But then another quarterback's name entered the picture. And while he's not fighting for a roster spot, he's gunning for a legacy in Philadelphia Eagles history. Donovan McNabb announced this week his intentions to retire as a Philadelphia Eagle. And the team is planning a ceremony that will enable McNabb to be honored with Coach Andy Reid and his new team the Kansas City Chiefs in town. Ah, No. 5 and Big Red. Those were the days... And don't you miss those days? Maybe we took it for granted that McNabb put the Birds in playoff position every year…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Eric Savage left the VW/Audi world to work on MINIs and BMWs in Manayunk.
It’s possible to walk past Helix Motorsports on Umbria Street in Manayunk and not know what happens in the building. Nestled between row homes and close to a bar, an elementary school and a purveyor of tomato pie, Helix’s headquarters could pass as a law or a dental office. It’s modest, just the way owner Eric Savage likes it. Savage comes across as a mellow guy, but he’s taken some risks in his career … and they seem to have paid off, as his MINI and BMW tuning business is now a pretty heavy hitter in the car community. In 2001 Savage left AWE Tuning, a Willow Grove-based VW/Audi-focused company, to start something of his own. He then bought a MINI, rented some brewery space and then moved to Manayunk. “Basically, the way we started, we…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Saucon Valley School Board member Ralph Puerta, who is seeking re-election to the board, submitted the following rebuttal to 'The School Board Election: A Guide for the Perplexed' by Arthur Joel Katz.
It is my belief that over time most of us come to about the same place, hopefully above midpoint, on the Perfection Scale. I make my mistakes, learn, and try to do better. So does Ed Inghrim. Therefore, in response to Arthur Joel Katz's article (published May 15, 2013): I am running with Ed in this election because I have witnessed directly his genuinely valuable contribution to analysis and planning for eight years. We have a long history of talented people serving our board. You may put yourself on that list, and you are entitled to a judgment about Ed from your perspective. However, I have seen it in much closer detail for eight years. Ed is one of those talented contributors, providing a level of expertise in some areas that we have …
Bert Macklin of Hellertown has differing opinions to those expressed by Joel Katz in his opinion piece about the upcoming Saucon Valley School Board primary election: 'A Guide for the Perplexed.'
To the editor: I could not disagree more with the foundation of Arthur Joel Katz's opinion piece "The School Board Election: A Guide for the Perplexed" (May 15, 2013). It was not a guide to the upcoming school board elections, but merely a flawed endorsement of a slate of candidates. The article should be more clearly labeled as an editorial. Joel starts his opinion piece on the belief that the large candidate pool is solely an indication that many do not know what they are getting themselves into. He believes that only "magic" can provide the patience and knowledge to make the tough decisions of balancing budgets against the quality of education. I do not have the same glass half empty mentality. After reading 10 of the candidates' …
The Lehigh Valley Tea Party issued this statement on the scandal over IRS targeting of Tea Party groups for scrutiny.
The Lehigh Valley Tea Party has followed the rules since its creation in 2009. Our organization has tried very hard to do everything the way we're supposed to. We consulted lawyers and advocacy experts about legal options for non-profit grassroots organizations, and applied to the IRS for tax exempt status just like non-profit groups engaged in all kinds of activities do all over the nation every day. We believe that the Lehigh Valley Tea Party provides a vehicle for patriotic Americans with a wide variety of political affiliations to voice their opinions and become more educated about the important issues of the day. We are not a political organization, and our group's bylaws specifically prevent us from endorsing or opposing political …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I'm recommending four candidates of the 11 running in the May 21 Saucon Valley School Board of Directors primary election.
The fact that 11 candidates are entered in the May 21 primary for the four seats available on the Saucon Valley School District Board of Directors indicates many of these candidates have no notion of the work entailed, and/or they believe that they have some sort of magic formula which will enable them, if elected, to reduce school taxes without harming the educational system, and/or they have a very dim idea of how complicated being a good board member can be, and/or the patience required. As Nathan Hale is alleged to have said just before he was hung as an American spy during the Revolutionary War, “Except for the honor, I’d just as soon pass.” Seriously, a good board member must passionately believe his or her board business is to …