Allentown residents and landowners are invited to participate in a series of public meetings next month to discuss the city’s proposed stormwater fee. The fee, which is slated to begin in 2018, would be charged to all city property owners based on the impervious surface on their land – areas covered by buildings, concrete or pavement where rainwater isn’t able to sink into the ground. As proposed, the fee is $20 for every 500 square feet of impervious surface.
Allentown officials are hoping to capitalize on the city’s development boom by increasing development fees. The city’s proposed 2018 budget, which must be approved by the end of the year, includes several fee increases throughout the city’s planning and zoning process as well as for residential inspections.
Early in 2018, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski faces a trip to a federal courthouse for a trial on 54 criminal counts arising from a long corruption investigation that ensnared the veteran Democrat and several in his inner circle. Voters knew this when they went to the polls this month, but they elected Pawlowski to a fourth term anyway, setting up a scenario unprecedented for the city. What happens if the mayor goes to prison? The short answer is, he’d have to give up the office.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".