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TAMAQUA CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION
The Borough of Tamaqua Street Department will be collecting Christmas Trees throughout the month of January. Residents should place their trees at the curb for pickup on their garbage collection day. The Street Department will check each street on garbage days and collect trees as time and weather permits. Christmas Trees must be free of tinsel and other decorations. No trees will be collected after January 31, 2012. Residents may also drop off their Christmas Trees behind the Tamaqua Borough Garage at 421 Rear East Broad Street.
TAMAQUA SNOW REMOVAL
Snow removal will be performed on various streets in the Borough of Tamaqua during the winter season. Streets will be posted the day before snow removal is scheduled. Snow removal may begin anytime after 12:01 a.m. on the posted day, and start times will vary depending on work schedules and weather conditions. Residents are reminded that they must move their vehicles for snow removal. Vehicles that remain on the posted streets will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.
Tamaqua property owners must maintain a three-foot-wide path on their sidewalks that is clear of all snow and ice. Snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowstorm ends. Residents are also reminded not to throw snow, ice or other materials onto the streets. Vehicle traffic compacts snow into ice and causes a traffic hazard. Snow should not be piled at intersections, near fire hydrants or on top of storm drains. Individuals plowing snow on the streets must remove any snow piles that they create. Residents may be fined for throwing or piling snow onto the streets or for failure to clear their sidewalks. Any questions may be directed to the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 East Broad Street, Tamaqua during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call 570-668-3444 or 570-668-0300.
TAMAQUA HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL HOLDING COAT DRIVE FOR NEEDY STUDENTS
SEASON FLU SHOTS TO ALL STUDENTS
The Tamaqua Area School District in conjuction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), Division of Immunizations (DOI), is offering the seasonal injectable Trivalent Influenza Vaccine (TIV) to all students who meet vaccine recommendations for the 2011-2012 school year. This program is designed to assist schools in ensuring that their students are protected from influenza in accordance with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Schuylkill County has been identified as an area of need due to lower vaccination rates. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is committed to increasing vaccination rates and protecting our school children from preventable disease.
For more information, please contact the school nurse at the school your child attends in our district.
Cathy Miorelli, MSN, RN
Secondary School Nurse
Tamaqua Area MS/HS
(570) 668-1901 ext 2060
TAMAQUA BOROUGH RELEASES INVITATION FOR BIDS FOR SALE OF USED VEHICLES
The Borough of Tamaqua will receive sealed bids for the sale of five (5) used vehicles. Bids will be received until 2:00 p.m., prevailing time, on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania 18252 at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud.
Bids will be accepted for the following equipment:
1. 1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police Car, 4.6 L, 146,358 miles (As Is)
2. 1985 Chevy K5 Blazer, 6.2 L Diesel, 4WD, 81,676 miles (As Is)
3. 1994 Chevy 1500 Pickup Truck, 5.0 L, 4 WD, 135,990 miles (Parts Only)
4. 1994 Chevy 2500 Pickup Truck, 5.7 L, 4 WD, 148,706 miles (Parts Only)
5. 1988 Dodge D150 Pickup Truck, 5.2 L, 2WD, 110,981 miles (Parts Only)
Some vehicles are out of service and should be used "for parts only". Vehicle specifications are available upon request. The vehicles may be examined Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bidders must call 570-668-3444 to make an appointment.
Bid forms are available upon request. Bidders may bid on any or all equipment; however, each item will be awarded separately. Bidders must furnish a separate bid amount for each item.
Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope, clearly marked: “BID FOR BOROUGH EQUIPMENT”. Bids must be addressed to: Borough of Tamaqua, Attn: Georgia Depos DeWire, Borough Secretary, 320 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. The Borough assumes no responsibility for bids mailed but not received.
Each bid must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of a certified check, money order or bid bond in an amount equal to at least ten percent (10%) of the total bid payable to the “Borough of Tamaqua”.
All sales shall be subject to the following conditions:
1. The vehicles will be sold “as is” or “for parts only” to the highest qualified bidder.
2. All transfer taxes, title and fees shall be the sole responsibility of the purchaser.
3. Bidders must agree to hold settlement within sixty (60) days after acceptance of their bid.
4. The Borough of Tamaqua reserves the right to waive any informalities, to reject any or all bids, or take such other action as it may deem to be in the best interest of the Borough.
NEWS FROM THE TAMAQUA LIBRARY
Monday & Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Looking for a unique Christmas gift for your child’s teacher or that hard-to-buy-for person? Our display case this month features one-of-a-kind, handcrafted floral and Christmas bookmarks created by Rose Vallee from actual pressed flowers and ferns! Selling for $2.00 each, these exceptional bookmarks will make a great Christmas gift for readers of all ages. There is a limit of 3 per person and they will be on display until November 26. Bookmarks can be picked up during library hours on November 28, 29, & 30th.
The library is looking for collectors and artists who would like to display their work in our locked display case in the front lobby for a month. Some of the displays we have showcased are clay figures, homemade baskets, and rock collections. If you are interested, please contact us at 668-4660 to set up a showing.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
This month’s book discussion group features the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks written by Rebecca Skloot. The discussion will be held at the library on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 6 p.m.
Henrietta Lacks was a poor African American migrant from the tobacco farms of Virginia who died from an aggressive cancer at the age of 30. The book tells the story of how a sample of her cancerous tissue was taken without her knowledge or consent and turned out to be a key component in scientific research. Meanwhile, her family continues to live in poverty and with frequently poor health. For a detailed review check our website under the Program/Book Talk tab.
Want a head start on next month’s book? December’s book group will be discussing Plain Truth written by Jodi Picoult.
Interested readers should contact the library so the staff can locate a copy of the book through the Interlibrary Loan System. New members are always welcome to join. Please feel free to come on your own or bring a friend.
CHRISTMAS BOOK SALE
Come in and do some early Christmas shopping at our Annual Christmas Book Sale! Gently used and like-new books, suitable for gifting, will be on sale from November 28th until the New Year. The maximum price of a book is $3.00 for a copyright 2011 book or coffee table book. Our selection consists of hundreds of books ranging from children to adult, non -iction to fiction. You are sure to find something of interest! All proceeds benefit the Tamaqua Public Library.
QUILTING A PATH TO FREEDOM
Learn about the secret codes and messages that slaves used in quilts to help each other find their way to freedom. Guest speaker Sue Paul will be at the Tamaqua Public Library on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. discussing the role of quilt-making in relation to the Underground Railroad. The program is free and light refreshments will be served. Please call 668-4660 to reserve a seat.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Santa is on his way….! Our annual Preschool Children’s Christmas party will be held during the second week of December. Bring your children and grandchildren in to visit with Santa. In addition to a gift from Santa, children will be singing seasonal songs, making crafts, and enjoying the stories our librarian will be reading. This event will be held on Monday, December 12, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. All infants and toddlers are also welcomed. Snack donations to the party are appreciated. Please call 570-668-4660 for more information and to register for this free program!
M & S TRUE VALUE HARDWARE STORE SPONSORS RETURNING LOCAL AUTHOR!
Please join New Ringgold resident Kathy M. Miller at the library for a second time to promote her newest book, Chippy Chipmunk: Babies in the Garden. This book is a delightful glimpse into the real lives of baby chipmunks featuring more than 80 beautiful photographs and an educational, fun narrative. The second book in this multi-award winning series, continues the adventures of Chippy, the author’s resident chipmunk, who we met in Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden. Books will be for sale and can be signed by the author (what a wonderful holiday gift for the little one in your life) on December 17, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. The author will present a program and light refreshments will be served afterwards. Each attendee will be given a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for one of three prizes: a signed copy of Kathy’s first book, a signed copy of Kathy’s second book, or a small stuffed chipmunk! All ages are welcome to this free program. Please help support the library, as a percentage of books sold will go directly to the Tamaqua Public Library. Call 668-4660 for reservations.
THIRTY ARTISTIC DISPLAYS
The library’s entryway display window has the work of David Hafer showcased. Along with his model train display, there are thirty-three vintage train photographs of Tamaqua and the surrounding area. In addition to being able to purchase reprints of the photos, Mr. Hafer is selling back copies of a magazine featuring Tamaqua’s flooding in the 1950s.
Local artist Jeff Rimm has an art exhibit in the Reading Room of the library. Mr. Rimm is displaying framed works ranging from photography to pen and ink. His subject matter will be of interest to locals who will recognize places such as Rabbit Run, the Tamaqua Train Station, and Drakes Creek. A select few of his prints are available for purchase.
The library is also showcasing the Lion’s Club annual Peace Poster Contest. We have 24 posters from St. Jeromes and Tamaqua School District hanging in our adult Non-Fiction area. Please come in and see the wonderful work and creativity the children have brought to the concept of world peace.
BLACK DIAMOND WRITERS NETWORK
The Black Diamond Writers’ Network conducts regular monthly meetings at the Tamaqua Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month. Because of the Tamaqua bridge closure on Route 309, the network will NOT meet on Saturday, November 19th. A meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 17th. For more information, call Kathy Ruff at 570-645-3059 or visit the Tamaqua Public Library web site and click on the Black Diamond Writers Tab or BDWN’s blog at http://blackdiamondwriters.blogspot.com
Free Wireless connection is available. Simply check in at the front desk to obtain a login code to connect your laptop, ipad, etc., wirelessly. There is a dedicated black and white wireless printer available for use (just 10 cents per page). We also offer free use of headphones. Be sure to bring a plug if needed to connect to the outlets under the tables. You Do Not have to be a member to connect.
FREE BASIC COMPUTER TRAINING
The Seniors Training Seniors Program offers one-on-one computer instruction. The general public can also be served on a space available basis. The program is being offered at the library, Monday thru Thursday during normal operating hours. Please call Bill at 668-0401 or 668-4660 for further information.
HELP COMPLETE OUR YEARBOOK COLLECTION
The Tamaqua Public Library is in the process of compiling a complete set of yearbooks for the following area schools: Tamaqua High School (Unknown Date to 1960); Tamaqua Area High School (1960-Present); Coaldale High School (Unknown Date to 1963); and Marian High School (Unknown Date to Present). Thank you to those individuals who have donated books over the last few weeks. Our collection is still missing books from the following years:
Tamaqua High School’s “The Sphinx”: 1920, 1921, 1942, 1946, 1955, 1957-1959
Tamaqua Area High School’s “The Sphinx”: 1960, 1962-1963, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2007-2009
Coaldale High School’s “The Stentor”: 1930-1932, 1948-1963
Marian High School: 1980, 1981, 1986-2008
If you have yearbooks that you would like to donate to the library to help complete the collection, please call (570) 668-4660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be sure to check out our website at www.tamaquapubliclibrary.com for upcoming events and general information. Don’t forget to sign up for e-mail updates at the bottom of the page!
Not sure which book to check out … ask our librarians to help you with a book search on our patron computers. We can help you find the book to match your needs.
Please call (570) 668-4660 for any additional information on library programs or services.
STONEHEDGE GARDENS, SOUTH TAMAQUA, SEEKS ARTISTIC MILITARY VETERANS
Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua is looking for artistic military veterans who want to display their art work. If you know of any veterans who possess artistic talents, call Tracy Perry, board president, at (570) 449-4568. http://www.stonehedgegardens.org/
FREE BASIC COMPUTER TRAINING AT TAMAQUA LIBRARY
The Senior-Training-Seniors Program offers one-on-one computer instruction. The general public can also be served on a space available basis. The program s being offered at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 South Railroad Street, Monday through Thursday during normal operating hours. Please call Bill at (570) 668-0401 or (570) 668-4660 for further information.
FLOOD BUCKETS NEEDED BY TAMAQUA CHURCHES
The Outreach Committee from Zion Lutheran Church is collecting donations for flood buckets; you can drop items off at the church (Greenwood & Mauch Chunk Streets) by called (570) 668-2180 or drop items at the Chamber of Commerce (114 West Broad Street). Items needed are large 5-gallon lidded buckets, sponges, work gloves, Playtex gloves, bleach, 50-78 oz. dry laundry detergent, 25 oz. liquid dishwashing detergent, 6-8 oz. insect repellent, 50 or 100 ft. clothesline, 50 clothespins, 40-45 gallon heavy duty trash bags, Easy Wipes or other cleaning reusable towels and scouring pads. New items please. Size specifications are so the items fit into the buckets. Flood Buckets are sent to any area in need. For questions or more information call Fran Stahl at (570) 668-2699.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY CLASSES HELD AT TAMAQUA SALVATION ARMY
The Tamaqua Salvation Army will once again sponsor Financial Peace University Classes offered by the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. The 13-week course, designed by financial expert and radio talk-show host Dave Ramsey, is designed to help you understand the foundation of financial management. The course is taught through entertaining and informative video lessons and peer dialogue to help you find your way out of debt, organize your finances through budgeting and prepare yourself for a future with less financial stress. Over a million people have benefited from this solid principle of common-sense money management course. Find a simple way to manage your household income and expenses and avoid spending more money than you earn! Classes start bi-annually at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, and run weekly. Classes meet on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register or for more information call Dina at (570) 668-0410.
2012 STEAM & DIESEL RAILROAD CALENDARS OFFERED BY TAMAQUA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Tamaqua Historical Society is now selling 2012 Reading Company Technical & Historical Society’s Steam and Diesel on the Reading Railroad calendars. Pick up your copy today, $12, at the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 West Broad Street, Tamaqua.
COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHEN MEAL BEING PROVIDED FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT TRINITY U.C.C. IN TAMAQUA
A free Outreach Soup Kitchen will be held at the Tamaqua Trinity United Church of Christ every first Saturday of the month from 4 PM to 6:30 PM, located at 22 Lafayette Avenue in Tamaqua. Anyone is invited to come and share their food, their friendship, and God's Love.
TAMAQUA SALVATION ARMY'S OLDER & BOLDER GROUP MEETS WEDNESDAYS AT 10 AM
The Tamaqua Salvation Army’s Older & Bolder group has many activities planned for March 2011. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 16 by bringing a dish along with a favorite poem or saying. Enjoy Bells & Brain Teasers on March 23 and Bells, Arts & Crafts, & Computer fun on March 30. The Older & Bolder group meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Tamaqua Salvation Army located at 105 West Broad Street in Tamaqua. Even though the programs ar geared toward anyone 50 years or older, any adults are welcome to attend. For more information call Dina Depos or Mel Latham at (570) 668-0410.
REP. KNOWLES WANTS PEOPLE TO BE AWARE OF POTENTIALLY FRAUDULENT FINANCIAL AID OFFERS
Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) and the Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) would like to caution students and families about potentially fraudulent financial aid offers. During financial aid application season, students and families may be contacted by individuals or companies offering assistance for securing money for a college education. For a cost, persons or companies may offer help in securing scholarship money or in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
STATE POLICE UPGRADE MEGAN'S LAW WEBSITE TO IMPROVE SAFETY
Improvements to Pennsylvania's Megan's Law website will make it easier for the public to find information about registered sexual offenders in the state, acting state police Commissioner Frank Noonan announced today. The website is www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us. "The site's new features enhance the user's ability to determine whether someone in their neighborhood is a registered sex offender," Noonan said. "Parents and others can use this information to help protect themselves and their families."
ADDICTION PROGRAM OFFERED EVERY MONDAY AT TAMAQUA FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
An addiction recovery program is held every Monday at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 124 West Broad Street in Tamaqua. The "Jesus in the Steps" (from addiction to recovery) course is a recovery and group support programmed at helping anyone with an addiction. It is a program for addictions of any kind. Designed for all addictions including smoking, sex, drugs, alcohol, sugar, chocolate and more. First Church is hosting the weekly programs. It is designed for a journey into lasting change and healing. The program will feature Biblical teaching that will help integrate Christian faith into recovery. More information is available by calling (570) 668-3653. All are welcome.
TAMAQUA SENIOR CITIZENS GROUP MEETS THURSDAYS AT 1 PM
The Tamaqua Senior Citizens group meets every Thursday, at 1 p.m., at the Tamaqua Community Center, located to the rear of Boyer's Food Mart. Anyone 55 or older is welcome to join. The meeting room is handicap accessible.
TAMAQUA T.O.P.S. MEET EVERY WEDNESDAY
The local chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Wednesday in the education room at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale. Weigh-ins begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by a short business session and a program. TOPS is a weight loss support group for men and women of all ages. Members learn sensible nutrition, portion control and lifestyle changes that promote lifelong health. Visitors are welcome to attend their first meeting without obligation, free of charge.
SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS TO BE DESTROYED AFTER 7-YEARS
FYI: The Tamaqua Area School District will destroy all Special Education records 7 years after a student graduates, moves, or drops out of school. If you would like a copy of your child's records before they are destroyed, please contact the Special Education Office at ( 570) 668-2566. There will be a service fee of $.25 per single side page. For more information, please see the complete notice on the TASD website.
PPL CUSTOMERS CAN STILL APPLY FOR HEATING ASSISTANCE
There's still time to apply for heating assistance program. Cash grants ensure eligible PPL Electric Utilities customers stay warm through winter. With the snow and ice of recent storms serving as a stark reminder that we're in the middle of winter, PPL Electric Utilities encourages customers who need help paying their heating bills to check their eligibility for cash grants under the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Through LIHEAP, nearly 30,000 PPL Electric Utilities customers have already received $6.7 million in assistance with their heating bills this winter season. "That money offers families greater peace of mind through the winter months," said Tim Dahl, manager of Regulatory Programs and Business Services for PPL Electric Utilities. "We want our customers to know that help is still available for those who meet the requirements." LIHEAP, which is administered by the state's Department of Public Welfare, will accept grant applications through March 31 or until the funds run out. Two types of grants are available: cash grants that help eligible homeowners and renters pay for home heating this winter, and crisis grants to help with heating emergencies or fuel shortages. The state began accepting applications for crisis grants earlier this month. "We stand ready to help our customers with grant applications as well as referrals to local assistance offices if necessary," Dahl said. Although there are income guidelines, the program is not limited to customers with unpaid bills or those receiving public assistance. LIHEAP income guidelines for 2010-11 are listed below. Eligible customers can apply online at www.pplelectric.com or through the Department of Public Welfare website: www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/heatingassistanceliheap/index.htm.
PPL Electric Utilities also offers other programs to help customers in need of assistance:
- OnTrack, a special payment plan that offers reduced monthly payments, protection from shutoffs and debt forgiveness. OnTrack is for residential customers who are struggling to pay their bills and who meet program income guidelines. It gives them a chance to earn a fresh start. OnTrack is administered by local agencies.
- Operation HELP provides emergency financial aid to pay heating bills for families with financial hardships. PPL Electric Utilities was one of the first utilities to establish a fuel fund for customers in need. Operation HELP is funded by voluntary contributions from customers, employees and PPL, and is administered by a network of local agencies.
- Winter Relief Assistance Program, or WRAP, which provides free energy education, home weatherization and conservation services. WRAP can help eligible customers reduce their energy use and improve their living comfort.
To learn more about these programs and their eligibility requirements, customers should call 1-800-358-6623 or go to www.pplelectric.com, then click on Quick Links and "Need Help Paying Your Bill."
Above information courtesy of Times News newspaper.
Schuylkill County Treasurer Jackie McGovern reminds residents that 2011 dog licenses are now available. Dogs 3 months of age or older must be licensed. Licenses may be obtained at the county courthouse in Pottsville, by mail or at a variety of licensing agents. Locally, those agents include AAA at 202 E. Broad St.; Tom's Auto and Marine, Greenwood Street and Mountain Avenue; and Koch's Farm Service in the Lewistown Valley. For more information, call McGovern's office at (570) 628-1433.
BUNGALOW PARK COMMISSION SEEKS NEW VOLUNTEER BOARD MEMBERS
The Bungalow Park commission is looking for some new members. Wendy Dunkelberger, who has been a member of the organization since 1995, spoke at last night's Tamaqua council meeting. "We have supported this community in many ways. Recently, some members have resigned," she said. "We are moving on with the other stages of our lives. This generation of members has done plenty, but it is now time for the next generation to step up and take over." Dunkelberger said that the future of the Bungalow Park depends on an infusion of new blood to take over the various fundraising activities that the group has done over the years.
Above information courtesy of Liz Pinkey/Times News.
TAMAQUA MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
The Tamaqua Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to help on weekday mornings. If you can help, please call (570) 668-6954.
TAMAQUA POLICE STRESS ROBBERY PREVENTION TIPS
Robbery Prevention Tips for Businesses:
- Be observant.
- Employees and employers should always remain alert.
- Watch for suspicious persons or vehicles around the business, especially at opening and closing time.
- Watch for people wearing inappropriate clothing for the weather, such as heavy coats during warm weather.
- Try to have at least two employees open/close the business, especially if it is in the hours of darkness.
- Try to use the most visible entrance to the business and avoid back/secluded entrances when opening/closing the business.
Robbery Prevention To Do List:
- Have a plan.
- Have regular safety meetings to develop and discuss your plan.
Some elements of a good plan include:
- Employee demeanor during a robbery (do not resist)
- How to notify Police
- An escape route
- How to obtain a suspect description
- How to obtain a vehicle description and license plate number
- Have prearranged signals between employees
- How to activate alarms
- When not to activate an alarm
- Mentally review as often as possible the actions you must perform if confronted with an emergency. The plan should become second nature to you.
TAMAQUA STUDENT FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
A financial aid night, hosted by the Tamaqua Area high school guidance department, was held last month in the Tamaqua Area auditorium to provide high school students, their parents and other adults information about benefits of continued education via PHEAA and other means.
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Northeast Region Higher Education Partner speaker Cathy Caffrey and Tamaqua Area high school guidance counselor Frank Dickman spent time explaining all the benefits available to students and adults during the presentation. Caffrey pointed out that the low economy is a good reason to future anyone's education. In addition to the presentation, pamphlets and other literature was available. Dickman stated, "Over 90 percent of Tamaqua graduates attend secondary education, 52 percent start at LCCC and 39 percent attend elsewhere." Every Tamaqua high school student is required to do a four-year comprehensive career graduate project, which enforces the idea of secondary education. Caffrey added that PHEAA can also help adults, who don't already have a bachelor degree or higher, further their education. For more information on how to apply for educational financial aid, anyone can call Caffrey at (570) 826-1476 or visit www.PHEAA.org. Tamaqua students are also encouraged to stop by Dickman's office for more information. Both Caffrey and Dickman stressed the availability of scholarships, grants, other opportunities available and the importance of filling out forms before the required deadlines. Another informative online resource is www.LearnStudentAid.org.
COALDALE HAS NEW WEBSITE
Coaldale launched their new website.
Times News story: http://www.tnonline.com/node/151219
It is: www.coaldaleborough.org
Another cool Coaldale website is: http://coaldalehighalumni.homestead.com/
SMOKE DETECTORS AVAILABLE VIA TAMAQUA FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Tamaqua Fire Department is giving away a limited number of free smoke detectors to interested borough residents. All residents are eligible, but priority will be given to homes with children under the age of 18 and/or elderly residents. The only stipulation is that all free detectors must be installed by a representative of the Tamaqua Fire Department. The free detectors are available thanks to a grant administered by the state fire commissioner's office and the Schuylkill County Fire Chiefs Association. For more information, or to schedule an installation, contact Chris at (570) 527-6141.
Wednesday is the day for curbside recycling pickup for all residents of Tamaqua.
All recyclable items must be placed in the containers issued to each borough household. Any other containers, such as plastic bags and cardboard boxes, will be emptied and left behind. Anyone who needs a recycling container may contact borough hall at (570) 668-3444.
Collection bins for cardboard have been moved to the Tamaqua Transfer Station on Sewage Treatment Plant Road.
Collection bins for newspaper can be found at the Tamaqua Borough Garage on East Broad Street.
ALWAYS HAVE A WATCHFUL EYE. CRIME/NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHERS NEEDED
If you see someone suspicious, keep an eye on that person. If you see someone littering, tell them or report them. Littering can be just as bad a vandalism. Help us keep Tamaqua a beautiful place by reporting vandals and litterbugs. Crime watch is a good way to help as well. Call me at (570) 668-1234 or stop by the borough hall for registration forms or for more information.
STREWN SHOPPING CARTS IN TAMAQUA
Strewn shopping carts have become more visible throughout the Tamaqua area over the past months. Members of the Tamaqua Volunteers community initiative group state these shopping carts are strewn all over Tamaqua, including parks. One volunteer said, "If you are going to take a shopping cart, at least have the decency to return it, instead of throwing it on the sidewalk or piling them at a community park." One official said, "Someone has to pick these carts up and its time consuming. If you have to take a cart off the store's property, at least bring it right back."
Times News Story: http://www.tnonline.com/node/91156
TAMAQUA GROUP HELPS WITH ALL TYPES OF ADDICTIONS
A 12-step addiction group called Celebrate Recovery is held every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the New Life Assembly of God Church located at 407 Schuylkill Avenue in Tamaqua.
The program helps with any type of addiction and is instructed and coached by community volunteers and some prior addicts.
Recover head coach Phillip Rabayda states, "The program we are offering is called Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered and Bible-based 12-step Recovery Program with the purpose of focusing God's healing power through fellowship with others."
Anyone in need of recovery of any type of addiction can participate in Celebrate Recovery. The program is free, non-denominational, and anyone can start at any time. Rabayda and a few other coaches were once addicts themselves. They succeeded the Celebrate Recovery program themselves and furthered themselves by going through a one-year long in-patient training and teen challenge training.
Drew Strohl, co-recovery leader and past addict, stated, "There is nothing like this around. We are offering people a broader scope of recovery." We are people helping people." Vanessa Rabayda said, "This is a passion of ours. We don't want this to happen to anyone else." Phillip added, "This tried and proven system uses the traditional methods of groups, sponsors, accountability partners, and special events to build recovery for those struggling with addictive habits, codependency, and other life experiences that affect or control us."
For more information about this program contact the recovery leader at email@example.com or call 570-805-4054 or 570-668-4059 and leave a message. Rabayda added, "Addiction has its seasons, you will realize you are powerless over it. Get help while you still have power over it."
TAMAQUA MUSEUM IS OPEN ON TUESDAYS
The Tamaqua Museum is now open on Tuesdays from 7 PM to 9 PM. Other days and times by appointment. Volunteers are always welcome as well!
GREAT NEW BOOK RELEASED ABOUT TAMAQUA, CALLED "IRON STEPS"
Times News Story: http://www.tnonline.com/node/86084
The author is Don Serfass, a local well-known author and Times News feature story writer who lives in Tamaqua.
Feel free to stop by the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce to buy the book. If you buy it there, you don’t have to pay shipping and the proceeds go to the Tamaqua Historical Society. Only $20.
If you live out of the area, click here to buy the book https://www.createspace.com/3439790 or email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEERING - A FUN WAY TO FEEL GOOD
When most people hear the word “volunteer”, they usually cringe. You shouldn’t feel that way. Tamaqua has so many charitable organizations and everyone of them needs your help. You don’t have to give a lot of your time. Just show up at any event and offer your help. I guarantee the organization won’t turn you away. If you ever want to help out and have fun, view my Tamaqua Volunteers calendar: www.TamaquaArea.com/TamaquaVolunteersCalendar.aspx
If you see an event on the calendar you like, just simply show up for it. Your time is greatly appreciated by all the charitable organizations throughout are area. Besides, volunteering is fun.
RESIDENTS WARNED TO WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS
Rush Township Police Department has received several calls in reference to a scam from someone claiming to be representing Proctor and Gamble Corp. The person calling is stating that the person has won a large sum of money (usually $2.2 million). They request that the person wire money (usually $695) to process the check. They give a number which comes back to Jamaica. Upon speaking with Proctor and Gamble Corp., they stated that they absolutely do not offer such a contest. The Rush Township Police Department would also like to remind residents not to give out any of their information over the phone such as their bank account information, social security number, credit card numbers, etc. Nesquehoning police are also warning borough residents of another apparent telephone scam. Police Chief Sean Smith reported he received several calls from residents about a male by the name of John Weaver, of American Money Corporation, calling residents and claiming they won $350 million but they have to send him a personal check or give a credit card number for $499, which is claimed to be a processing fee. Police warn residents not to give any personal information over the phone to an unreliable source. The calls were reportedly received during the period of Feb. 28 to March 1.
LIHEAP 2010 INCOME GUIDELINES ARE LOWERED
FY 2010 Income Limit
(For each additional person add $5,610)
FY 2011 Income Limit
(For each additional person add $5,610)
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
LIHEAP Online: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/heatingassistanceliheap/S_000960
LIHEAP Application: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/heatingassistanceliheap/P_002978
POLL CHANGES FOR TAMAQUA'S SOUTH DISTRICT
Voters in Tamaqua's South District will see a change in polling place for the November election. Instead of the South Ward Playground, voting will now be held at the South Ward Fire Company on Van Gelder Street. Details of the change have been mailed to all registered voters in the district.
2011 TAMAQUA SALVATION ARMY THANKSGIVING
AND CHRISTMAS/TOYS FOR TOTS REGISTRATIONS
The Tamaqua Salvation Army will be holding registrations for food baskets and holiday toys for both Thanksgiving and Christmas/Toys For Tots on November 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2011. 9 AM to 2 PM daily.
YOU WILL NEED:
Proof of Household Income (social security & paycheck).
Social Security Card.
Birth Certificate of all children (12 and under only).
Photo Driver's License.
If you missed the above dates, a makeup date is set for Christmas help for Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 from 9 AM to 2 PM.
Please inform all your friends and family concerning these registration dates, as no later registrations can be accepted.
The Tamaqua Salvation Army phone number is (570) 668-0410.
VETERANS CAN APPLY ONLINE FOR EMERGENCY EDUCATION FUNDS
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki today announced further outreach to Veteran-students eligible for a special emergency payment of their education benefits. Veterans can now apply online beginning Oct. 2. Veteran-students can also request courtesy transportation to VA regional benefits offices.
"Our Veterans went the extra mile for their country," Shinseki said. "One of our top priorities in transforming VA is to be, first and foremost, the advocate for Veterans."
Last week Shinseki announced that VA's 57 regional benefits offices will begin providing on-the-spot emergency payments up to $3,000 to students who have applied for their education benefits but who have not yet received a government payment.
Citing the distance many Veterans would have to travel to apply in person at a VA benefits office, Shinseki announced Veterans can also apply online at www.va.gov. The online application will guide Veterans through the process to supply needed information. Shinseki noted that online applicants will receive their emergency payments through the mail after processing.
Students without their own transportation can also request free van service, provided by volunteers, to carry them to the nearest benefits office. To obtain this service, Veterans would have to call their nearest VA medical center and ask for the "Volunteer Transportation Coordinator." Transportation will be on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis. Veterans can find a map and list of medical centers at http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/division_flsh.asp?dnum=1.
Whether traveling by personal vehicle or volunteer van, VA officials suggest students check their mail boxes and banking accounts before leaving home, since some Veterans will find their checks have already arrived. VA would like to recognize the volunteers and Veterans Service Organizations for partnering with the Department to ensure that Veterans' needs are met.
The emergency checks are an advance on each student's education benefits, and the amount will be deducted from future benefits payments. Checks will be written at the regional offices for Veterans who bring a photo ID and evidence of their enrollment. VA officials emphasize that $3,000 is the maximum payment, with many Veterans receiving smaller payments based upon their likely monthly education benefits.
A map and list of the participating VA regional benefits offices is available on the Internet at http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/division_flsh.asp?dnum=3. The most updated information regarding VA issuing emergency checks will be available at VA's web site www.va.gov starting today.
Applications from approximately 25,000 Veterans are currently being processed for Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefit payments to students or schools.
TAMAQUA BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH ANNOUNCED
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Tamaqua Mayor Christian Morrison issued a proclamation announcing Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the borough. Residents are urged to wear pink in awareness of the victims of the disease and the research being done to find a cure. Participating in the proclamation at Tamaqua Borough Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009 were Jolene Barron, representing the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society; Sharon Oravec, representing the Oncology Department of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale; Mayor Morrison; and Rita Morrison, the mayor's mother, who has personally battled breast cancer.
TAMAQUA CRIME WATCH
Times News article:
Tamaqua's Crime Watch program has been given new life thanks to almost two dozen new recruits who volunteered to be involved in their community. The newly reinvigorated program had its second meeting last Thursday and volunteers are set to begin routine patrols as of July 1.
Volunteers received applications, informational brochures and street maps of the borough. Tamaqua Patrolman Michael Hobbs provided an overview of the program, as well as tips on how to be "effective eyes and ears of the community. Residents who remain alert to suspicious activity are the biggest help a police department can have."
Members were cautioned about approaching suspicious persons or putting themselves at risk. "We want you to just observe, note details and report your suspicions to police," offered Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison. "If it's an emergency, dial 9-1-1. If it's something that you think needs to be reported, don't be nervous about calling 668-6100. That's a non-emergency line to the Schuylkill County Communications Center. It's monitored 24 hours a day and dispatchers will contact police with your concerns."
New program coordinator Andrew Leibenguth is in charge of contacting individual members concerning scheduled shifts and suggested patrols "contact police or the comm center when you start your shift. That way officers will know you are out there." Past organizer Mr Tertel also suggested members will be provided with identification cards or stickers.
As part of the overall program, placards will also be made available to residents who offer to provide "safe havens," places where children can go if and when they feel alarmed about suspicious behavior.
Crime Watch applications are available at Tamaqua Borough Hall, the Tamaqua office of the TIMES NEWS, Hope's Mini Mart and the Tamaqua Public Library.
TOYS FOR TOTS REGISTRATIONS for 2011
If you missed the registration dates held at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, please register at the location and times to be listed in October 2011.
Registration for Toys for Tots for Carbon County residents will take place at the Salem Bible Fellowship Church, 1105 Frederick's Grove Road, Lehighton.
This is the only location for registration.
No phone calls will be accepted.
Please be there on one of the dates listed:.
To ensure that a family is eligible for Toys for Tots, there must be a letter from your church/clergy, proof of public assistance, or proof of unemployment.
Only parents or legal guardians are permitted to register children. The person registering the children must have ID for themselves.
Legal guardian must have proof of guardianship.
For each child being registered, a birth certificate and social security card are required.
The age limit is 14 years, handicapped children are 16 years.
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