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Commissioners voice support for $3M turf project — Lower Macungie commissioners appear poised to include in next year's budget a $3.3 million Quarry Park improvement project that has rankled some who say it's too costly and would benefit a relatively small number of township residents.

Lehigh County towns could face EPA fines over unfinished sewer work — Public sewer customers across Lehigh County have been saddled with increased rates in recent years to help fund more than $25 million in improvements to aging and leaky sewer systems carrying waste to Allentown's treatment plant. That work is far from over, and the price tag for it is expected to continue soaring.

Man leaves Pocono outlets with two stolen Rolexes — A man trying on Rolex watches at the Crossings Factory Outlets in Tannersville walked out with two of the high-end watches during his visit Thursday night, Pocono Township police said.

Police: serial Rogaine, whitening strip thieves nabbed — Two people accused of stealing female Rogaine and Crest Whitestrips at stores across the east coast were charged this week with taking those items from a CVS Pharmacy in Lower Macungie Township, court records say.

Court papers: Emmaus man had 6 dead snakes, exotic birds in unclean home — A 35-year-old man was keeping six dead snakes in a plastic container inside an Emmaus home that authorities say was unfit for animals and that the borough has condemned multiple times, court papers say. Jason D. Wieder also had 43 exotic birds, one of which was dead, and three dogs inside his house at 56 S.

Costly park project dominates Lower Macungie budget talks — Lower Macungie officials confident of avoiding tax and rate hikes in 2015 may not be as fortunate in side-stepping a bit of drama over the administration's latest spending plan. After building goodwill by promising a modest tax break for homeowners, commissioners are preparing for a debate over the planned use of a surplus of cash to create lighted artificial turf fields at one of the township's parks.

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.
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Oct 29, 2014

Lower Macungie debates $3.3 million for artificial turf, lights at park @mcall

Oct 29, 2014

RT @LOLPhillies: Barring anything that may happen tonight, the runaway highlight of the 2014 MLB season. #mlb

Oct 29, 2014

RT @JonHeymanCBS: sources: joe maddon will be the new cubs manager. (cubs deny a deal is done tho)

Oct 29, 2014

Suspect named in Lower Macungie man's shooting death

Oct 29, 2014

Weather balloon a bust in search for Eric Frein

Oct 29, 2014

Lehigh County towns could face EPA fines over missed deadlines for sewer work

Oct 29, 2014

Police search Buck Hill Inn after reported Eric Frein sighting

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