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World Aids Day
Friday November 30th 2012

Tomorrow marks “World Aids Day.” The Lehigh Valley Health Network is kicking off their campaign one day early. This year's focus is on the younger generation.
Every year in the U.S. more than 12,000 people between 13 and 21 years old are infected with HIV. To raise awareness, the hospital brought in actors from Muhlenberg College to act out real life stories about young people infected with the virus and students say it was an eye-opener. The Lehigh Valley Health Network offers free HIV testing on weekdays and you get your results in just 20 minutes.

Festival of Lights Preparation
Thursday November 29th 2012

The holidays are here and Milford is preparing to brighten up the down town shopping experience with a 69 year old tradition.

The annual festival of lights ceremony is this Saturday. Every year the lions club and the Milford business council join forces to create the perfect ambiance for two things. Holiday spirit… and shopping. Business owners say December is one of the biggest shopping months of the year, and for many the event is expected to bring a much needed boost in sales.

The festival of lights kicks off this Saturday at five o’clock. The tree lighting and the Knob Hill star lighting countdown starts at six.

Tax Increase In Carbon County?
Thursday November 29th 2012

For the first time in a decade, Carbon County residents will soon face a tax increase. County Commissioners presented their 2013 proposed budget today. They voted 2 to 1 on a 58% tax increase. Meaning, if your home is assessed at $100,000, your taxes will go up by $200 a year. One issue -- state funding has decreased for our most expensive and mandatory programs. Forcing the county to spend money they don't have. Commissioner William O'Gurek voted against the proposed budget, rather than a drastic tax increase, he wants to cut programs such as Solid Waste, the pet shelter and Farm Land Preservation. The final budget is due December 20th.

Lehighton Borough Tries Not to Raise Taxes
Wednesday November 28th 2012

Lehighton Borough Council is trying to eliminate an $80,000 deficit. Rather than raising taxes by 1 mill, officials want to make cuts to programs throughout the community.
One idea thrown on the table during last night's 2013 budget meeting effects the borough's police department by possibly cutting some supplies. Borough council is also looking to make cuts to recreation programs and much more. They have until next Tuesday to make a final decision.

School Buses in the Snow
Tuesday November 27th 2012

Despite today's snow fall, school districts throughout Carbon County remained open. But the drive to school wasn't easy for anyone. Panther Valley's buses needed to pull over on Route 902 and wait for PennDot to clear the road. All of Panther Valley's buses did eventually make it to school safely, but that wasn't the case for Palmerton's buses. Two of their buses got stuck and were unable to get to the school. Instead, they dropped their students back to their homes. Many bus drivers say they were close to an hour late because of the snow. Palmerton and Lehighton School Districts did let their students out one hour early for safety reasons.

Pike Library Closed
Tuesday November 27th 2012

Library goers in Norther Pike County will now have to travel much further to check out books.

Substantial budget cuts have forced Pike County Library board members to close its branch in Lackawaxen Township. In the last year the library system has seen over one hundred and eight thousand dollars in state cuts. Library officials say its become increasingly harder to state standards at the Lackawaxen branch because book check outs and usage has significantly decreased…

The library board is working on a plan to reopen the Lackawaxen branch but until more funds can be obtained it will remain closed.

Slow Start to Deer Season
Monday November 26th 2012

Opening day of rifle season has brought hundreds of deer hunters to the Poconos, but this year many in Pike County are experiencing a slow start to the season.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is reporting a decrease in deer population due to relaxed regulations in years previous. Until now the deer population in Pike County was over populated but due to a steady harvest numbers are now at a healthy and normal level for the territory. This is good on a management level but now many hunters are finding it more challenging to fill their tag.

The Game Commission says the deer population fluctuates every year and with continued management they don't expect numbers to reach unhealthy numbers.

Three People Charged For Stealing from Walmart
Monday November 26th 2012

30-year-old Sabree Clinton, his cousin 30-year-old Henry Clinton and their friend, 28-year-old Nyra Foster, all from Philadelphia, are charged with stealing more than $3,400 worth of electronics from the Walmart in Mahoning Township. Police are searching for three other people in connection with this incident.
According to court documents, the alleged thieves threatened Walmart staff. Employees even say they heard shots fired. The weapon used was a paint ball gun. All the thieves got away. Police later found three of them at an Exxon Station along Route 145 in Laury’s Station. Police feel these individuals may be connected to other superstore thefts -- including the one in Hometown. Right now, Cinton, Clinton and Foster are behind bars in the Carbon County Prison. Police are on the lookout for the other people involved.

Fatal Fire in Schuylkill County Claims Life of Elder Man
Friday November 23rd 2012

Flames rip though an East Brunswick Township home early this morning, claiming the life of a 73-year-old man. The victim's family tried to save him, but they were too late. Crews found Kenneth Gernert dead in his bedroom. His cause of death has been ruled smoke inhalation. The fire broke out around 1 a.m. Officials say it started in the back of the home. It took crews more than 4 hours to battle the blaze. While a fire marshal is still investigating, an open wood stove is thought to be the cause. Gernert’s dog and cat were also killed in the flames.

Shop Local in Honesdale
Friday November 23rd 2012

Many small business owners in Honesdale are trying to reduce the hustle and bustle off Black Friday shopping by promoting less travel and more local purchases.

This year the Greater Honesdale Partnership is providing visitors with a guide to shopping local. For the next month shoppers can pick up a twenty page news reader at that maps out and showcase a number of local retailer. The partnership says the guide helps small businesses compete with big box store advertising.

Shoppers can get their guide at many downtown merchants. It provides a list of up coming events and many of the stores sales.

Free Thanksgiving Feast in Slatington
Wednesday November 21st 2012

Volunteers at a church in Slatington are working hard to make sure no one is lonely or goes hungry this Thanksgiving. Tomorrow is the annual, free Thankgiving feast at Saint John's United Church of Christ. Volunteers prepared around 20 turkeys, sweet potatoes, corn, dessert and more. Whether you just don't want to spend the holiday alone, or you can't afford to cook a meal, everyone is welcome to join! Volunteers expect around 200 people. Food will be served at the church on Second Street from 12 to 2 p.m. If you can't make it out and would like a meal, they also deliver.

East Stroudsburg Health Clinic Closing
Tuesday November 20th 2012

Low income adults in need of medical assistance will soon need to search even harder for affordable care. The "Family Health Center" in East Stroudsburg will be locking up its doors December 14th. The issue is money. The clinic tried to become a "qualified health center" though the Federal Government, which would get them extra grant money. However, they didn’t qualify. With a lack of funds, they can only afford to staff one part time doctor for their adult unit, who only works about 10 hours a week. Officials stress their pediatric and dental departments will remain open --- only the adult department will close. They are hoping to get the funds to reopen the clinic next spring. In the meantime, patients are being referred to Pocono Medical Center.

A new rehablitaion center is set to open in Pocono Township
Tuesday November 20th 2012

A rehabilitation facility is quickly taking shape in Pocono Township.

Officials say the new Pocono Mountain Rehabilitation Center is offering patents more than just treatment. On the 10 acres of land, they are building a recovery trail, where residents can walk and escape. The new recovery dome will have basketball hopes, volleyball nets and a host of other amenities. Officials are looking to take a holistic and physical approach to drug and alcohol treatment at a time when Monroe County needs this facility the most.

They hope to treat 50 patients and staff 17 once the facility opens early next year.

Brodhead Road
Tuesday November 20th 2012

AFTER 14 MONTHS A BRODHEAD ROAD IN LEHMAN TOWNSHIP IS NOW OPEN, AND
IT’S A MOMENT MANY IN LEHMAN TOWNSHIP HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, FOR A LONG TIME.

"It’s long overdue it was 14 months but it feels like 2 years," said Jack Hoffman a Bushkill Resident.

DUE TO FLOODING LAST YEAR TWO OF THE CULVERTS ON BRODHEAD ROAD WERE WASHED OUT FORCING MANY IN LEHMAN TOWNSHIP TO DETOUR THROUGH LONG DISTANCES OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON ROUTE 2001…

"You have people going really slow and you are like come on so it’s nice to have it open so you can just whip by and come down here," said Allison Gonsalves Lehman Township Resident.

THE REPAIRS MAY LOOK PERMANENT BUT IN THE NEAR FUTURE THIS CULVERT AND THE ASPHALT LAID HERE WILL ALL BE RIPPED OUT. THAT’S BECAUSE THE TOWNSHIP WANTS TO MAKE THIS ROAD FLOOD PROOF, BUT FOR THE PAST FOURTEEN MONTHS THEY HAVE RUN INTO A NUMBER OF PERMITTING ISSUES SO FOR NOW THIS WILL HAVE TO DO.

"This is one of the sites we are going to have to be upgraded in the future with DEP's permits but for right now it’s a safe clean road for people to use,” Said John Sivick Lehman Township Supervisor

THE CULVERTS ON BRODHEAD ROAD HAVE HAD A HISTORY OF WASHING OUT AND THE TOWNSHIP SAYS UPDATING IT HAS BEEN A TOP PRIORITY,BUT BECAUSE DEP HAS BEEN INUNDATED BY RECENT STORM REPAIR PERMITS BRODHEAD ROAD WAS TABLED.

"Given the damage state wide it could be month maybe another 9 months," Said Sivick.

AND THAT’S WHY THE TOWNSHIP DECIDED TO INVEST ABOUT 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO MAKING TEMPORARY REPAIRS AND BY THE SOUND OF IT MANY RESIDENTS ARE HAPPY WITH THE DECISION.

“I’m glad oh am I glad it’s open" said Allison Gonsalves Lehman Township Resident.

East Penn Township Woman Jailed for Stabbing
Monday November 19th 2012

A woman is in jail for allegedly stabbing a man at an East Penn Township home Friday night. State Police say they were called to a home along East Lizard Creek Road for a report of a domestic dispute. 23-year-old Kristy Jones is accused of stabbing 29-year-old Michael Wallace in the face during the dispute. Both Jones and Wallace were taken to the Palmerton Hospital for injuries sustained during the incident. Jones was then transported to the Carbon County jail.

Body Found in Tuscarora State Park
Monday November 19th 2012

The body of a McAdoo man is pulled from the lake at Tuscarora State Park. Rush Township Police and park rangers are investigating the death. The Schuylkill County Coroner's office identified the victim as 22-year-old Kamil Sposob. Sources at the scene say the man was reported missing last week. This weekend his car was found in the parking lot of the lake and a search ensued. Late Sunday afternoon divers from the Ryan Township Fire Company discovered the body.

Monroe County Seniors Losing Their Home
Monday November 19th 2012

After about 10 years in business, Pocono Lutheran Village, an assisted living center in East Stroudsburg, is closing its doors.
Residents have until January 14th to pack up and find somewhere else to go. The problem - Pocono Lutheran Village is more than $4.5M in the red and they can't stay afloat any longer. With a lot of residents in their late 80's and 90's, they say they're dreading the move. Many residents are afraid they won’t be able to make new friends. Officials at the Village are keeping the residents a top priority – they’re trying to help find everyone a safe home. Also, all moving expenses will be covered by the facility. Officials are urging residents to move into one of Pocono Lutheran Village’s nine sister facilities – the closest are in Scranton and Allentown. Residents say the hardest part is dealing with this during the cold, holiday season.

Popular Tavern Re-opens After Destroyed By Fire One Year Ago
Friday November 16th 2012

When you walk into the new Burke’s Tavern on Route 611 in Mount Pocono, you’ll find a huge bar with big screen TV’s and a lot of happy customers. Just one year ago, officials say fire broke out in the kitchen and with heavy winds it spread -- destroying the entire establishment. Today, owners share the re-building process with customers through a 285 picture slide show. Since the bar re-opened it has a bigger bar, even larger menu and it’s smoke free. Customers say it’s a place you can take the whole family. With a new crowd, owners say business is booming. In fact, they’ve even made reservations for seven months down the road. Burke’s Tavern re-opened their doors this month.

The Teachers Union Speaks Out
Friday November 16th 2012

The teachers union is saying, I told you so, to the Stroudsburg Area School District, after the district found an extra four million dollars.

Prior to their windfall, the district cut over 50 positions and programs. While the district plans on keeping the money in savings, the teachers union says they should hire back more teachers and re-establish programs.

The district will explore options for the funds during the next budget cycle.

Beach Lake Fire
Friday November 16th 2012



THREE PEOPLE ARE NOW HOMELESS AND A POPULAR RESTAURANT IS IN ASHES AFTER A FIRE BROKE OUT IN WAYNE COUNTY.

“We were just sitting watching a movie when we heard fire fighters knocking on the door telling us to get out" said Joe Paul Fire Victim

LAST NIGHT JOE PAUL AND HIS 2 ROOM MATES WITNESSED THEIR APARTMENT IN BEACH LAKE BURN DOWN.

"First it was thick Black smoke they knocked the wall out over there and then flames just shot out through everything and it shot through the ceiling as you can see there" said Joe.”

AROUND 10 O'CLOCK LAST NIGHT A FIRE BROKE OUT IN THE OFFICE PORTION OF JOE'S RANCH HOUSE RESTAURANT WHEN FIRE CREWS ARRIVED SMOKE HAD FILLED THE INSIDE OF THE BAR AND GRILL.

"We went into a full second alarm fire right from the start considering the size of the building we were pretty familiar with it. We tried to get it stopped but as you can see only the residential part is left. Tony Franklin Beach Lake Fire Chief.

FIRE CREWS SAY AFTER SEVERAL HOURS OF FIGHTING THE BLAZE IN THE RESTAURANT THE FIRE GOT SO HOT THEY HAD TO SWITCH THERE EFFORTS TO THE RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE NEXT DOOR.

"At that point we said we had to cut our losses and take on half of it and write the other half off as a loss” said Tony.

OWNERS OF THE RANCH HOUSE SAY THE RESTAURANT RECENTLY WENT UNDER SOME MAJOR REMODELING… OVER THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS WAS PUT INTO THE BUILDING AND HE IS UNSURE OF HOW MUCH OF THAT HE WILL GET BACK…

"I don't know because I know I don't have near enough insurance… not even close” said Joe Krempasky Owner of Ranch House.

FIRE CREW SAY THEY FOUGHT THE BLAZE WELL INTO THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING AND MANAGED TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE WITHOUT ANY CASUALTIES BUT PAULE AND HIS ROOM MATES ARE LEFT TO PICK UP WHAT IS LEFT OF THEIR BELONGINGS…

"Our Bedroom our washer dryer and closed gone all that’s left is a scrap pile” Joe said.


THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL WAS INVESTIGATING THE FIRE AND AS OF NOW THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDETERMINED. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE FOUR OF THE FIVE APARTMENTS WERE SAVED AND THOSE RESIDENTS BELONGINGS CAN BE RECOVERED.

Going Over the Fiscal Cliff?
Thursday November 15th 2012

Officials in Washington D.C. are working to reform taxes and people in Monroe County fear if a bi-partisan agreement isn’t reached by January first, they'll face a tax hike. President Barack Obama feels to protect our middle class, people who make more than $250,000 a year should face higher tax bills. Many republicans on the other hand feel taxes should remain the same for everyone. Instead, social programs would face budget cuts. If an agreement isn't made, however, everyone's taxes will increase. Officials in Washington will be meeting Friday to discuss the topic.

Monroe County may recieve FEMA aid
Wednesday November 14th 2012

Residents who have been without power and sustained property damage are hoping for FEMA relief funds.

Monroe County EMA officials led FEMA and PEMA representatives on a tour of Monroe County, with the hopes of declaring the county a disaster area. FEMA guidelines require at least 100 homes that are majorly damagers or destroyed. They also consider how long the families in the home will be affected.

But they need strength in numbers. EMA officials encourage residents to pick up and turn in damage request forms at your municipal building. And even if FEMA does not extend emergency funding, those damage reports are important for future impact studies on the county.



Local Hurricane Relief Supplies to NYC
Wednesday November 14th 2012


FOR THE PAST 2 WEEKS RESIDENTS IN PIKE AND WAYNE COUNTIES HAVE BEEN COLLECTING, PACKING, AND SHIPPING HURRICANE SAND RELIEF SUPPLIES TO STORM STRICKEN AREAS ON THE EASTERN SEA BOARD… THESE SUPPLIES RANGE FROM CLOTHING TO PERSONAL CARE ITEMS AND WHEN THEY LEAVE THE POCONOS MOST END UP AT DISTRIBUTIONS CENTERS LIKE THIS ONE IN QUEENS NEW YORK…

"The work in itself can be exhausting but the most difficult part is actually encountering the families people are at a loss," Said John Powel Legacy Center.

THE LEGACY CENTER AND THE VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION ARE A FEW OF OVER A HUNDRED NON PROFIT GROUPS WHO ORGANIZE AND TAKE RELIEF ITEMS TO VICTIMS LIKE JOE ADINOLFI…

"We just redid this part of the house last year… cost us 50 thousand dollars and now it’s all destroyed," Said Joe Adinolfi Hurricane Sandy Victim

JOE AND HIS FAMILY ARE AMONG THE THOUSANDS ON ROCKAWAY BEACH NEW YORK WHO NOW HAVE TO NOW START OVER… AND FOR MANY THAT RECOVERY PROCESS BEGINS AT THE POINT WHERE FLOOD WATERS REACHED IN THEIR HOMES…

"See the blue line this is where all our damage was done everything from that line down was distorted," Said Brian Bayne Hurricane Victim Breezy Point.

"Now if you look here this is a good example of some of the filth left behind from hurricane sandy and mind you it’s only been about 2 weeks since the storm and already mold is starting to set in and that’s why it’s so important that these victims get the cleaning supplies they need." Said John Bartell Reporter

"We have volunteers going door to door helping people get out of the mud and muck and help clean their house if its still there," Said Michael Ambrosini Visiting Nurses of New York

VOLUNTEERS SAY OF ALL THE DONATIONS THAT ARE SENT TO VICTIMS ITS CLEANING SUPPLIES THAT ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY…

"I drove up with a box of contractor bags and it was like I was giving a million dollars to people," Said Jim Killoran Habitat for Humanity.

JUST BY LOOKING AT THE IMAGES ALONG THIS BEACH YOU CAN SEE THE RECOVERY PROCESS IS IN KNOW WAY AN OVER NIGHT EFFORT AND VICTIMS AND VOLUNTEERS SAY ITS ONLY THROUGH THE GRACE OF GENEROUS DONATIONS THAT WILL HELP THEM THROUGH THE PROCESS…

"Its difficult to keep up with and it can be overwhelming at times but what we are going through pales in comparison to what some of these families are going through," Said John Powel Legacy Center.

United Way of Monroe County Needs Help
Wednesday November 14th 2012

With a reduction in donations last year, the United Way of Monroe County is faced with tough decisions. They now have less money to give to the community. In turn, hurting the 22 organizations they help fund - like the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. For the 2011 - 12 fiscal year, the United Way gave more than $21,000 to Meals on Wheels. For the 2012 - 13 fiscal year, that amount dropped by about $5,000. Now, Meals on Wheels is searching for other donors. So such organizations don’t have to face even steeper cuts in the near future, the United Way is making cuts right in their own office. They’ve already cut 2 full time and one part time position. They're also cutting back on utility expenses as well as office supplies. So now they're asking for your help through donations. Officials say they need office supplies. They’re also in the midst of its capital campaign and with a goal of more than $1 million, the more money they receive, the more money than can put right back into the community. You can donate through their website: www.unitedwaymonroe.org

New Program To Save the Lives of Drivers
Tuesday November 13th 2012

PennDot is launching a new program aimed at saving the lives of injured drivers. It's called the Yellow Dot Program. It allows EMS officials to have easy access to a person's medical information right on the scene of a car crash - even if the person is unconscious. Here's how it works: first - fill out paperwork that includes your emergency contact and medical information. Then put a yellow sticker on your back windshield. That will let EMS officials know you're a Yellow Dot member, and that vital information can be found in your glove compartment. While the program is for all age groups, officials feel it's most beneficial for seniors. To become a member, stop by your local Area Agency on Aging office or an EMS center. For more information, visit www.yellowdot.pa.gov

Turkey Prices on the Rise
Monday November 12th 2012

Thanksgiving is next week and when it comes to buying food for you feast there's one thing on everyone’s mind -- the price! According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, this year the average Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people will cost $49.48 -- that's up $0.28 last year. Officials say you can blame that small increase on turkeys, since it cost more to feed and transport them this year. Despite that price increase, owners of Jaindl's Turkey Farm in Orefield say orders are up this year. So if you're looking to buy a turkey that's a certain weight, officials urge you to get your turkey now.

Voting Machines in Carbon County Flip Floping Results
Thursday November 8th 2012

During Tuesday’s elections, two machines in Franklin and Towamensing Townships needed to be pulled from their polling sites. It was prompted after a number of people's votes were registering for the opposite candidate. Issues also arose when a person voted straight ticket. If you selected Democrat, the presidential vote showed up for Governor Mitt Romney and vice versa. Commissioners are investigating the issue. While the manufacturer says the solution could be as simple as re-calibrating each machine, officials say they've already done that. Officials say the machines are six years old. If it does have to do with age, the big problem is the county has around 135 machines and replacing them all isn't in their budget. Officials are have each machine tested to ensure there isn’t an issue come next election.

Construction on 209 Delayed
Wednesday November 7th 2012

AFTER MAJOR HURRICANE CLEANUP EFFORTS BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, CONSTRUCTION ON ROUTE 209 IS BACK ON TRACK.

BUT A FORETASTED SNOW STORM HAS PARK OFFICIAL WORRIED ABOUT MORE DELAYS.

Bill Tagye Park Service Roads and Trails Facility Manager: "Its kind of unpredictable right now so we are preparing for the worst."

IT’S ALL HANDS ON DECK AT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AS CREW CHECK SNOW PLOWS AND UNLOADING CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT.

Bill: "We are extremely busy still cleaning up from sandy and with this nor’easter
coming so we have our hands full."

ACCORDING TO PARK OFFICIAL THE DAMAGE CAUSED TO ROUTE 209 BY LAST YEARS HURRICANE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE COMPLETED NOVEMBER FIRST. BUT DUE TO CLEAN UP EFFORTS FROM HURRICANE SANDY THAT PROJECT COMPLETION DATE WAS DELAYED.

Kathleen Sandt National Park Service : "Hurricane Sandy had other plans and she brought some trees and power lines down with in the construction zone and that came down on some of the construction equipment so it to a little bit of time to get things back in order. Barring any unforeseen weather related disasters we are expecting to have that road open by November 20th.”

RIGHT NOW CONSTRUCTION CREWS ARE WARPING UP THE ROAD GRADING PROCESS AND ON MONDAY THE FIRST LAYER OF ASPHALT SHOULD BE LAID. AND ONCE THE STORM PASSES A NUMBER OF PARK STAFF WILL BE SHIFTING THEIR EFFORTS TO CLEANUP NEAR NEW YORK CITY'S NATIONAL PARKS.

Kathleen: "Gateway, Fire Island some of those parks that were really hit hard they need some help so starting tomorrow we will be cutting some of our crew loose so they can help down there and lend a hand to some of our sister parks.”

Ironman Triathlon Not Coming Back to Poconos
Monday November 5th 2012

Over the past 2 years, the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon has built a reputation in the Poconos -- for boosting both the population and economy. In fact, the Ironman competition brings in about $1 million annually. But the Florida based company that owns and operates the Ironman brand, wasn’t reaping those same financial benefits. So the company has decided to break their five year contract with local operators three years early. Officials do plan to replace the Ironman with another triathlon or similar adventure course competition by September 2013 – race time.

Wayne Hurricane Relief
Monday November 5th 2012

Community members in Wayne County are collecting hurricane relief supplies lending a helping hand to their neighbors along the coastal region…

The Wayne County Helping hand organization is placing drop boxes off at a number of local businesses in hopes to assist needy residents on Staten and Long Island. Organizers hope to take the first shipment of donations to New York by Wednesday and are looking for food clothing and most importantly cleaning supplies.

Dave's Super Duper, Rent a Center and the Ledgedale Barbecue Pit are just a few of the drop off center. For a list of other drop off locations log onto News 13"s Facebook Page.

Scams after Hurricane Sandy
Friday November 2nd 2012

As homeowners work to clean up their property after Hurricane Sandy, police are warning everyone to keep an eye out for scammers posing as contractors.
Officials say, don't hire any contractors before doing your homework. Police are already looking into a few possible scams. Scams can include: fraudulent contractors, people posing as utility workers and people promising services and not supplying
those services. Red flags include: if someone comes to your door offering services and if someone presses you to hire them quickly. Officials say, all contractors should carry identification and have a PA license number on their vehicle. To see if a contractor is licensed, check out: www.attorneygeneral.gov/hicsearch/

Officials get a birds eye view of Sandy damage
Friday November 2nd 2012

Days after hurricane sandy inflicted her wrath on the Poconos. Local officials took to the air, looking at road closures as well as property and infrastructure damage caused by sandy.

Robert G. Werts, Program Manager for the Northeast PA Regional Counter-terrorism Task Force, says the hardest hit areas are Smithfield and Middle Smithfield Townships as well as Delaware Water Gap and Shawnee.

Township officials are now submitting damage reports, but the do not have a price tag at this time. The expects this will be the most expensive repair effort of any hurricane aftermath.

Hurricane Sandy Hits Eastern Part of Monroe County Hard
Thursday November 1st 2012

There are some sections in the eastern part of Monroe County - including Smithfield and Middle Smithfield Township - that have lots of clean up ahead. For many, this is day 4 without power. Once government officials took a look at damage throughout the county, they found areas like Fawn Road in Smithfield Township to be among the worst. But before residents can deal with the property damage, they say they need power. For relief, the Country Club of the Poconos Clubhouse and Banquet Hall in Marshalls Creek is now open for hot showers and charging stations. They also have bottled water, hot coffee and ice.

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