Morning Call reporter who tweets the news and sports of the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

Baby boomer retirees drive Lehigh Valley housing, demand for 55-and-over communities. — Who needs Florida? The Lehigh Valley's baby boomers, like their cohorts across the country, are less likely than their forebears to head into the stereotypical retirement of shuffleboard among the palm trees. Nor are they necessarily flocking to the traditional facilities that can carry them through the tiers of the senior years, from the immediate post-retirement period all the way to nursing care.

Commissioners OK agreement for Costco transportation funding — Lower Macungie commissioners have made official an agreement that helps funnel $6.35 million in state tax dollars to the planned Costco-anchored shopping center to help pay for transportation improvements at the site. Commissioners on Thursday night approved an agreement with the state for those state grant dollars, which will be used for various improvements on and around the Route 222 bypass.

Lower Macungie commissioners shoot down rezoning request — Lower Macungie commissioners on Thursday narrowly shot down the latest rezoning request in the area of Spring Creek Road and Route 100, heeding advice from officials in neighboring municipalities who argued the change could adversely affect their lives.

Lower Macungie preparing for more housing growth — Over the past decade-plus, Lower Macungie has become something of a destination in Lehigh County for people in search of housing designed specifically for the older population. With four 55-and-older communities offering a combined 700-plus units, the township has the most age-restricted housing in the county. And developers are looking to bring more.

Lower Milford man again warned to connect to public sewer system — More than a year after he was ordered to connect his property to Lower Milford's public sewer system, Ted Zapach hasn't begun the work and hasn't sought a contractor to do it. He says he has no money to do the job. And he's already saddled with tens of thousands of dollars worth of liens.

Emmaus firefighter labor case costs surpass $100,000 — A battle over the Emmaus firefighters' attempt to unionize has cost borough taxpayers more than $100,000 in less than a year's time, and the legal dispute is far from over. The borough spent $102,529, mostly for lawyer fees, through the end of September, according to a list of bills obtained by The Morning Call through a Right to Know request.

Slatington man to police: "You'll need the National Guard for me" — A 27-year-old Slatington man arrested on a probation violation Thursday escaped by kicking out a window on a police vehicle and running away, court records say. When officers showed up at Roy A. Schlegel Jr.'s home where he had returned by Friday morning, Schlegel told them to "bring the muscle in.

Philadelphia man busted with drugs in Allentown — A 56-year-old Philadelphia man is facing drug charges after police found marijuana, large stacks of money and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle during a Thursday night traffic stop in Allentown, according to court records.

Lower Macungie hiring tow service for snow emergencies — Lower Macungie, coming off a winter season that yielded its share of complaints about towed vehicles on snow emergency routes, will apparently have the same towing service this coming winter. Mechanics Plus, which provided the service in 2013 and was the target of complaints about fees that were charged for towed vehicles, was the lone company to provide a bid to provide the service this coming winter.

Police: Man tried to steal jewelry in Craigslist transaction — A 24-year-old Coopersburg man tried to steal $850 worth of jewelry from a woman after arranging via Craigslist to meet her to buy the items, police said.
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Oct 21, 2014

Police search Pocono Mountain schools for Eric Frein

Oct 21, 2014

Consultants: Allentown needs more downtown housing @mcall

Oct 21, 2014

RT @LehighCourts: Mistaken for #EricFrein more than 20 times, James Tully has had guns in his face and knees in his ribs.

Oct 21, 2014

RT @phillysport: From @ZBerm: Mychal Kendricks, Darren Sproles, Jason Kelce, Chris Polk all return to Eagles practice:

Oct 21, 2014

Clothing bin becomes focus of Eric Frein manhunt Tuesday

Oct 21, 2014

Environmentalists: 'This pipeline is not a done deal'

Oct 20, 2014

NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it via @phillydotcom

Oct 20, 2014

RT @phall215: Pa. Supreme Court, in 4-1 vote, gives conduct board 30 days to decide on charges for colleague in porn flap.…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @phall215: Justice Todd, who was elected same year as McCaffery, dissents on suspension, saying he is entitled to due process.…

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