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Sunday, October 22, 2017

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County Council Incumbent Door Knocks In West Easton

Northampton County Councilman Hayden Phillips (R) has taken an old school approach in West Easton, as he seeks re-election to County Council. I arrived home today to find a campaign card, along with a personal sticky note attached. I wasn’t alone. Others residents tell me they found the same on their doors. It impresses me

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Puerto Rico – Americans In Need

In a recent speech, President Donald Trump explained Puerto Rico to Americans who don’t live there. I believe he was given the geography lesson on Puerto Rico from his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Regrettably, he might be explaining it as best he can. That may actually be a good thing for those living in

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Tricia Mezzacappa May Have Torpedoed Public Works Building Grant

For those who don’t believe in grants that can save your community money, give Tricia Mezzacappa a big, “Thank You!” Writing in her “official” role of Constable, Tricia Mezzacappa has apparently sent a letter to Senator Lisa Boscola and State Representative Bob Freeman, asking them to rescind their endorsement of a grant application West Easton

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West Easton Borough Facebook Page Benefits Residents

Last year, Borough Manager Joan Heebner asked my opinion on West Easton having an official Facebook page. Joan wanted my thoughts on a “community” account. My opinion was that, because it came at no cost to the borough, she can do what she thought was best to help get out information to residents. My only

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Councilman Dees Wants WWI Vets Sent To The Front

2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the United States entering World War One. West Easton had 55 men serve in the Armed Forces during that war. They, along with every U.S. veteran who served in “The World War,” as it was referred to before WWII, have passed away. The last U.S. Veteran of World War

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The Best West Easton Democrat Primary Candidates

Since the lone Republican candidate for Council seems intent on trying to influence the Democrat primary by putting up a banner and making phone calls to Democrats I am going to give my own unsolicited endorsement of those I feel would best serve West Easton, but first, let me give my opinion of who must

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Council Approves Engineer Inspection Of Borough Hall Roof

An engineer from Barry Isett & Associates will be paid to inspect the roof of Borough Hall and give his recommendation on how a roofer should shingle it. Though the roof isn’t leaking, it was installed when the building was erected in 1991. The roof shingles may be in need of replacement, as they approach

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Councilman Tom Nodoline Rolls Out The Toilet Issue

Much to my surprise at the March 27th Council meeting, Councilman Tom Nodoline actually brought up a toilet when trying to deflect his involvement in West Easton’s Computergate, in which computers were removed, hard drives ordered drilled, work stations locked out with undisclosed passwords, and files wiped of information important to borough business. That doesn’t even

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Don Rickles Was Truly Mr. Warmth

You will hear a lot about Don Rickles in the next 48 hours, as he passed away yesterday from kidney failure at the age of 90. You all know I don’t write about the passing of celebrities, but I’m making an exception for Don. His tributes will come from names who are recognizable – actors, comedians, and

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Millionaire? Councilman Dees Owns HostGator Says Tricia Mezzacappa

The quote below was made during the last Public Comment portion of the West Easton Council Meeting, held on February 13th, 2017. Mezzacappa was addressing Council President Dan DePaul. She left the meeting immediately after throwing it out there. “About this advertising on the Borough website, Dan. If somebody advertises that’s one thing. If somebody

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Meet The Real Tricia Mezzacappa

  Republican candidate for West Easton Council, Trisha Mezzacappa, wrote to me yesterday. It wasn’t the usual anonymous comment on Bernie O’Hares political blog, but from her own email address. Soon after I published my previous post about Mezzacappa shouting at Monday’s Council meeting I was treated to an email from her. Others I’ve gotten are just your general

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Why You Should Apply For The Vacant Council Seat

There is a vacancy on Council due to Ron Nixon’s resignation. I won’t lie to you and tell you that you have a chance of being appointed to the Council seat left open by Ron’s resignation, if you apply today. There are people who have already put in a letter of interest. There are those

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It’s Raining Dems! In West Easton Primary

Democrats are going to make a race of it in the upcoming Primary with a shower of 7 candidates. That’s a good thing and something I’m pleased to see, even if it means I could lose in the Primary to a newcomer. At the conclusion of this election, no matter who is on Council, they can

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Council President Dan DePaul Provides 14 Month Council Review

When West Easton Council President Dan DePaul saw what Councilman Tom Nodoline’s wife, Patty Nodoline, posted on Facebook he thought it strange that this Council would be described as “out of control.” Especially when Tom Nodoline was the keystone for former Council President Kelly Gross. DePaul knows this Council has done much in a short time to regain control of a

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Tricia Mezzacappa Validates Einstein Conclusion

Our West Easton Constable, Tricia Mezzacappa, spoke at the Public Comments portion of last night’s Council Meeting. She started out well, asking a legitimate question about the lack of a Borough Complaint Form on the borough’s website. Our Borough Manager said she would get it on the website. I had a brief hope that her comments might actually

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Contentious Issue Of PSAB Webinar Costs Leads To Argument

There is no avoiding the fact that what occurred last night, between myself and Councilman Robert Lewis was anything less than a loud argument over the spending of money on Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) webinars and their worth to those on Council. PSAB offers webinars and conferences each year to elected officials. Webinars are

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Councilman Dees Falsely Accused Of Sending Malware To Tricia Mezzacappa

Tricia Mezzacappa’s embarrassment at being proven wrong publicly, when calling my Honorable Discharge into question, apparently hasn’t slowed down her attempts to impugn my character. Her latest foray delved into the world of “alternative facts” regarding an email she received. She went so far as to copy Northampton DA John Morganelli, our West Easton solicitor, and her

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OOR Denies Councilman Tom Nodoline’s Appeal

Councilman Tom Nodoline was denied on his appeal to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records in which he sought, among other items, a 2016 budget status report. What amazes me the most about his request and his appeal, is that it revolves around a subject that one would believe he wouldn’t want revisited. That being, his involvement

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What’s Your Opinion? Leave A Comment

Last week I was talking to a resident at the Safety First Social Club. She wanted to know why I didn’t allow comments on this website. The main reason, explained on the FAQ page, is this website isn’t intended to be a discussion forum and I didn’t want to become a moderator of comments left by

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The New West Easton Council – Year One

As 2016 comes to an end I want to write about the first year of what I have often referred to as, “The New Council” in West Easton. I won’t be using the word, “new” any longer when we enter 2017. All of us have had a year to find our footing. The new council

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Gerald W. Gross Park Dedication Tentatively Set For April 15th, 2017

In 2015 the previous council passed a resolution renaming the park on Keystone Avenue, “Gerald W. Gross Park.” A dedication ceremony was supposed to take place when weather turned more pleasant in 2016. Spring, Summer, and Fall passed. The excuse was that the new signs, being made by county inmates (which would save the borough

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