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ABPA hosts speed networking, mixer
Shown, from left: Leah Rudolph of the Abington Community Library and Sara Grande of EuroCafe will host ABPA speed networking event at the library May 26.Rosemary Nye, ABPA President, Dan Santaniello,Fidelity Bank and April Loposky, Marley’s Mis-sion Founder, Director.
AgaveCantinaand TequilaBargrandopeningand ribboncutting
UnitedMethodistWomenof theClarksGreenUnitedMetho-distChurchSpringRummage sale,
.Contin-uesMay7.Residentsareasked toplaceclean-upitemscurbsideforpickupby5a.m.May6.Metalsmustbekeptseparatefromotheritems.Itemsthatwillnotbepickedupinclude:Regu-larhouseholdtrash,recyclables,grassorleaves,non-compactableitemssuchasbrick,blockand concrete,castiron,autoparts,tires,batteries,motoroilorlubri-cants,paint,paintthinnersor turpentine,pesticides,hazardous,noxious,caustic,oracidchem-icals,asbestos,metaldrums, propanetanks,oil/gascontainingitems,explosivesofanytypeincludinggunloadingmaterials.Refrigerators/freezers/aircondi-tionersmustbecertifiedFreonfreewithatagcontainingthetechniciansIDnumberanddat-ed.
for thoseinterestedintheMastersof BiomedicalSciences(MBS) programfrom4to7p.m.atLackawannaCollegeinScran-ton.Info:firstname.lastname@example.org
heldinthefellowshiphallof CountrysideCommunityChurchat14001ChurchHillRoad,ClarksSummitbeginningat6 p.m.Opentoeveryone,bringitemforauction.Info:587.3206.
RiverFest2011,hostedbyThe LackawannaRiverCorridor Association(LRCA).
Regis-trationopensat8a.m.Launch-ingbeginsat10a.m.Register:www.lrca.org.Rentalregis-trationsmustbecompletedand receivedbytheLRCAnolater thanMay4forpeoplewhoarerentingcanoesorkayaks.Volun-teersneeded.Info:347.6311
*TheAbingtonHeightsSchoolBoardWorkSessionwill beheldintheAdministrationBuilding,GroveStreet,Second Floor,May4,at6:30p.m.*IntheApril27BestoftheAbingtonssection,oneofthewinner’snameswaslistedin-correctly.TheownerofSportsPage,whichwonBestPlacefor Men’sHaircut,isStephenJSalvaggio.
The Abington Heightsschool board should noteliminate programs that willhurt our children.While I understand thatthe district faces a very dif-ficult budgetary situation, Iask that budget cuts be madein nonessential areas thatwill not affect the quality of the education that we pro-vide to the children of theAbington Heights SchoolDistrict.The school board mustlook at the administrative budget of the district beforeit looks toward cutting mon-eys allocated to academics.Just as families throughoutthe district have personallymade cuts in their own bud-gets, the district must makecuts in its. For the last sever-al years, families have cutthe nonessential parts of their budget: they are eatingout less; they are cancelingtheir cable service; they aregoing to less sporting events,concerts and movies. But atthe end of the day, they arenot feeding their childrenless food or sending them toschool without clean clothes.They are providing their children with all the essen-tial necessities that are their duty to provide.The school district is herefor one reason: to educateour children. There is noth-ing more essential that thisdistrict can provide. As such,when faced with the choiceof making difficult adminis-trative cuts or eliminatingcomputer teachers, weshould choose to teach our children how to use the com- puter. When faced with fill-ing an administrative posi-tion or taking away our chil-dren’s librarians, we should ensure that our libraries havelibrarians to teach our chil-dren how to do research.When faced with spendingnearly a quarter of a milliondollars on two coordinator positions and an athleticdirector or eliminating es-sential programs for our most vulnerable children,such as transitional firstgrade, we should provide for our children. The educationof our children must be our number one priority.
Tom BroganSouth Abington Twp.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
In the Abington HeightsSchool District we have two atlarge seats open and at leastthree candidates to fill them.The candidates are:Tom Brogan, a retired dis-trict teacher who was, untilthe filing of his nominating petitions, a co-chair of theunion’s grievance committee.Mike Fleming and Frank Santoriello, who are runningas a team.Fleming and Santoriellohave no political agenda, and are seeking to maintain theacademic excellence that is ahallmark of Abington Heightswhile maintaining fiscal re-sponsibility.As a registered IndependentI have no ties to either politi-cal party and cannot even votein the primary. However I do believe those who can, should have as full and understandingof the candidates who will benominated and possibly, for all intents and purposes elect-ed on May17.
Union official seeksschool board seat. TomBrogan the retired middleschool teacher and former Grievance CommitteeChairman for the AbingtonHeights teachers’ union isrunning for an at-largeAbington Heights schooldirector position in theMay primary election. As acivics teacher, Mr. Broganmust know that voters electschool directors to servethe best interests of par-ents, their children, and thetaxpayers of the district.Teachers’ union officialsare elected by their unionmembers to representunion interests. Whoseinterests do you think Mr.Brogan will he serve as weapproach a new contractwith our teachers in thecoming months? Can he dothis? It certainly defiescommon sense.For 30 years the tax- payers paid Mr. Brogan’steacher’s salary, reimbursed his tuition costs, contrib-uted to his pension and paid for a health care plan.Today, Mr. Brogan is re-tired and enjoying the ben-efits of the taxpayer fund-ed pension and the samehealth care plan. Now, hewants a seat on the very board that must negotiatewith his union brothers and sisters. Does that seem likea conflict of interest toyou?When I confronted himabout his lack of transpar-ency in a public meeting,he was quite proud of hisrecord as Grievance Com-mittee Chairman for the past 20 years. Think back and recall what happened during the last 20 years of contract negotiations withthe teachers’ union. Re-member? This May 17 is primary election day.Choose wisely.
Ken HeronAbington Heights SchoolDirectorClarks Summit
A Health and Wellness fair will be held May13, from10a.m. until 2 p.m. at AbingtonHeights High School, for students and employees.Professionals interested in participating can contact eventcoordinator Beth Stone at570.585.5304 or email@example.com.
A.H. to host fair