Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Powdered Aspirin Mailing Alert

I received the following alert from Northampton County Emergency Management Services today that I thought I'd share with you:

For your information and awareness.

Between May 20th and May 29th, 2009 there will be a nationwide mass mailing of 178,000 envelopes from the Bayer Aspirin Company.

Approximately 33,561 of these envelopes will contain a sample of Bayer Aspirin Crystals, which is a white powder. Area police departments, EMT's, and hospitals should be aware of these mailings and the potential to present as "white powder" calls. In addition, private sector mail rooms should be aware that these envelopes may be coming through their respective facilities.

As always if you are suspicious of the source please contact your local law enforcement.

Thank you,
Robert F. Mateff, Sr., ENP

If you're not on the distribution list already (you should be), you can sign-up here. The service is free, and you can choose a number of different notification methods (e.g. SMS message, email, or, for the most critical alerts, a voice call).

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hello Everyone!

I was reminded last night that I have been remiss in posting here. My work life has seemed to get very crazy these past few weeks, and I haven't taken the time to post here as much as I like, and for that, I apologize.

In any event, I thought I'd give you an update on a few things.

1. Hollo Road. In case you haven't noticed, yes, it's still closed. Someone from Lower Nazareth actually came by sometime last week and uprighted the barrier that was knocked down and put the plastic fencing back in place to keep folks from driving around the barrier.

2. Election. Tatamy voters came out last week to show their support for the candidates in the local primary election. A total of 105 votes were cast by Tatamy voters, 53 Republicans (50 voters and 3 absentee ballots) and 52 Democrats. The tally for the Council race is as follows (you can get the remainder of the Northampton County results, including those for Judge and District Judge here). Search for Tatamy.

One vote cast for a write-in (no name listed). No official candidate running.

Michael Racz - 33 votes

Luke J Duignam - 44 votes

Hazel DeReamus - 45 votes
Robert Hayes - 36 votes
Robert Fisher - 27 votes

It looks like things are going to be interesting this coming November. There are currently three seats open, and four folks running.

3. Into the Woods. I posted recently about Into the Woods - the play that the Nazareth Area Middle School Drama Club was putting on in the beginning of May. Let me say - that show was fantastic. The kids did an awesome job. Once again hats off to Tatamy's own John Nadolski for his role as "Jack". Great job (as always) John! My son Jordan played the part of the Prince's Steward. Let me take this opportunity right now to gloat (it's my blog and I believe I have the right to occasionally gloat) and say that he did an awesome job. I am very proud of you son.

4. Chrin Commerce Centre and the Route 33 Interchange. Recently it was reported that Chrin Land Developers has submitted plans to construct a $25MM interchange at Route 33 and Main Street, to provide enhanced access to the Chrin Commerce Centre and other projects in the area. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. June 25 at the Charles Chrin Community Center in Palmer Township. I encourage everyone to attend and ask questions. I will go on record and publicly say that I support the entire Chrin project, including this interchange. In my opinion that interchange is probably one of the best things that can happen for Tatamy and the surrounding area. It will provide improved (almost immediate) access to Route 33, and allow the Chrin Commerce Centre to really grow and attract top notch businesses, which, in turn will provide Tatamy with much needed local jobs and the accompanying tax revenue that those business (and jobs) will generate. This interchange, should it be approved, will be funded entirely by Chrin. No township (the interchange would actually be located in Palmer Township) or state money will be used to complete this project.

5. Memorial Day Service. Don't forget to join us tomorrow, Monday, May 25, 2009 at the Borough Hall for our annual Memorial Day service. The weather looks like it will cooperate. Please take an hour out of your holiday weekend and come honor those folks, both living and dead, who have served for this country (yes, I'm a US Navy veteran). Part of what makes Tatamy so special is the fact that we actually have services such as this. I hope to see you there.

That I think pretty much sums things up. As always, feel free to drop a note at any time.