Editor’s note: Delusional to the bitter end, Missy Mayor told the Mercury “the perception of crime in the borough is often greater than actual incidents suggest.” Numbers don’t lie and neither do drug baggies all over the sidewalks in the core neighborhood. Bye Bonnie. We won’t miss you!
POTTSTOWN, PA — Republican Sharon Thomas won back the mayor’s post Tuesday, reversing her loss to Democrat Bonnie Heath four years ago and taking back the post by a decisive 233-vote margin.
Thomas has said her race would depend on the effectiveness of a “grassroots” effort and she said Tuesday night with the smile in her voice that those roots had “passed the test. We recruited people quickly and taught them what they needed to know,” she said.
Thomas declined to attribute any particular satisfaction to defeating the candidate who had defeated her. (And there’s another difference between Sharon and Bonnie)
Editor’s note: At least there are two new faces on council! We also read that Missy Mayor lost to Sharon Thomas. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus 🙂
POTTSTOWN, PA — Borough council will swear in two new members as a result of Tuesday’s election that will leave council with only one Republican member.
In the Third Ward race, Democratic challenger Sheryl Miller ousted incumbent Republican Jeff Chomnuk by a slim unofficial 13-vote margin, according to unofficial results posted on the Montgomery County voter services website.
However, in the Seventh Ward, incumbent Democrat Joe Kirkland successfully defended his seat for a second time against Republican challenger Cindy Conard, winning by a 77-vote margin, according to unofficial results.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A $56.5 million redevelopment project including significant retail, office and student housing space is planned for Bethlehem’s South Side business district.
Developer Dennis Benner today revealed plans for a 13-story student housing and retail complex on the first block of West Fourth Street and a seven-story office and retail complex a block north at West Third and South New streets.
Construction on the project, which includes a 507-space parking garage, is scheduled to start in the second quarter of next year and take 24 months.
Benner, a Lehigh University graduate, said he’s long heard complaints about how there isn’t enough for college students and young professionals to do in the city and that his complex aims to remedy that. His retail plans include high-end restaurants and lounges, likely including a wine bar, he said.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Should some city entity buy the empty northwest Reading parcel where the skeleton of the half-built Berkshire Bottling Works has stood rusting since 2007?
At 50 acres, it’s the last big industrial site left in the city, and it’s up for foreclosure, city sources said Monday.
And City Council, which discussed the site in executive session last week, discussed the possibilities again on Monday in another executive session, this time with officials of the Reading Area Water Authority.
A 1947 topographic map of the Reading, Pennsylvania area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer on Monday accused City Council President Francis G. Acosta of waiting so long to appoint members to a new city authority that it could derail a major city revitalization effort.
“The process is taking too long,” Spencer said. “I’m turning up the heat, because I don’t want it said that we dropped the ball on this.”
He said the administration’s timeline calls for members of the new Reading Revitalization and Improvement Zone Authority to be chosen by Wednesday, so there’s time to make the required advertisements, incorporate the authority, have members choose officers, and finally submit an application to the state – all before Nov. 30.