Monthly Archives: October 2012

Local Road Closings

From WNEP –

Monroe County

PA 115 between Brookmont Drive and Gilbert Road in Chestnuthill Township was closed due to a downed utility but is now open;

PA 191 north near Browns Hill Road in Paradise Township is closed due to a downed tree and utility wire;

PA 191 between Lower Swiftwater Road and Cranberry Creek Road in Paradise Township is closed due downed trees and utility;

PA 191 between Wooddale Road and PA 447 in Stroud Township is closed due to a downed tree and utility;

PA 191 between Wooddale and Creek roads in Stroud Township was closed due to downed trees and utilities but is now open;

PA 314 between Upper Swiftwater Road in Pocono Township and Ski Haven Drive in Paradise Township is closed due to a downed utility;

PA 402 between Resica Falls and Courtright Lane in Middle Smithfield Township is closed due to downed trees and utility;

PA 423 between Main Street and Sterling Road in Coolbaugh Township is closed due to a downed utility;

PA 611 between Broad Street and I-80 in Delaware Water Gap Borough is closed due to debris in the roadway;

PA 715 between US 209 and Effort Neola Road in Chestnuthill Township is closed due to a downed utility;

Cherry Lane Road between Laurel Lake Road and Birchwood Road in Pocono Township is closed due to a downed tree in utility wires;

Cherry Lane/Clubhouse Road between PA 715 and Cherry Lane Road in Pocono Township is closed due to downed tree and utility;

Lower Swiftwater Road between Bush Road and PA 191 in Paradise Township is closed due to a downed utility;

School House Road between Wooddale Road in Price Township and Manzanedo Road in Middle Smithfield Township is closed due to a downed utility;

Cherry Valley Road between Kemmertown and Glen Brook roads is closed due to a downed utility;

Cherry Valley Road between Glen Brook Road in Hamilton Township and PA 191 in Stroud Township is closed due to a downed tree and utility;

Business Route 209 between Neola Road and Green View Drive in Hamilton Township is closed due to a downed utility;

Clearview Avenue between Cayuga Way and Westbury Drive in Stroud Township is closed due to a downed utility;

Cranberry Road between Wigwam Park Road and Chipperfield Drive in Stroud Township is closed due a downed tree in utility wires;

Hollow Road between Frutchey Drive and Hidden Lake Drive in Middle Smithfield Township is closed due to a downed utility;

Upper Smith Gap Road between Mountain and Mount Eaton roads in Ross Township is closed due to a downed utility;

Gilbert Road between US 209 and PA 115 in Chestnuthill Township is closed due to a downed utility;

Fiddletown Road between Kunkletown and Meixsell Valley roads in Eldred Township is closed due to a downed tree;

Sugar Hollow Road between PA 115 and State Road in Chestnuthill Township is closed due to downed trees and utility;

Hamilton South Street between Meadow Lake Drive and US 209 in Chestnuthill Township was closed due to a downed utility but is now open;

Hamilton South Street between Kunkletown and Anchorage roads in Ross Township is closed due to downed trees;

Neola Road between Pennsylvania Creek Road in Hamilton Township and Twin Pine/Neola Church Road in Jackson Township is closed due to a downed tree in utility wires.

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Local Storm Damage – Pictures

Lola Lauri

The truth is, we were lucky.  The power is still out for some of our neighbors, but the flooding and damage could have been a whole lot worse.  The power companies can’t tell us when service will be back, but the Community Center is open for those needing a shower or something warm to drink.  Mr. Z’s has limited power, but they are open.  The gas station has no power to the pumps, but their quick mart is open. Still, to the person whose tree fell, or to the child whose play house was crushed, this storm was serious business. To those without power, it could be a cold miserable night.

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Staying Safe Throughout the Storm

EMERGENCY INFORMATION FOR HURRICANE SANDY

The following are useful links for information and assistance during the storm.

This website has a number of free publications and information for preparing and surviving during natural disasters, including information on how to prepare an emergency kit, how to protect your home, and how to prepare food without electricity: http://www.ready.gov/

Receive alerts for Monroe county on your phone or through your email account: https://monroe.alertpa.org/index.php?CCheck=1

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“Party House” Major Focus of Board Meeting

October 27th Open Board of Directors Meeting

     “Party House” Major Focus of Board Meeting

By Buz Whelan

Although the discussion didn’t begin until over an hour into the meeting, the grievances over a short-term rental house on West Emerald Lake produced the most passionate remarks during the October meeting. Beginning with Mark Davis’ opening statement, which was comprehensive, residents from the general area of the house spoke, one after the other, on the rental’s damaging effect on quality of life. Speaker after speaker cited littering, garbage dumping, loud parties, fireworks far into the night, and a septic system that is overtaxed and sure to fail at some point in the near future. The discussion went on for about 45 minutes and showed evidence of the strain on affected members’ nerves. Board President Al Leslie assured the distressed group that the association attorney is working to resolve the situation, but it was unclear what form that resolution would take.

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Halloween Fun in ELA – Funhouse Pictures

Stefania Johnson

What an amazing production at the Funhouse (aka Community Center)!   Four days of scary turns and twists that sent some running out the door even before the end of the tour!

She looks harmless, right?

Brave participants were greeted by The Evil Gypsy Fortune Teller, and then led past the friendly but tortured soul who just wanted new friends she could make look like her or her hollow-eyed doll.  At every corner the scary clowns and mimes warned all to play fairly.  They said they just wanted to be friends, but woe to those who said no, for they would suffer terrible consequences!  All around was evidence of what happened to those who did not please them. Victims were jailed, tortured, beaten, stabbed by the Ring Master.  There was Jack who didn’t stay in his “box” but instead came after visitors with his Chainsaw trying to chop up his the next meal!  Through it all, there was a crazy Jester who would pop up in places that you would never imagine.  The final stop on this terrible tour was the play room, where sadistic clowns were waiting for each group, trying to lock them in, making them beg for mercy before they were released, except for one young soul.   She absolutely never left!  We’ll see next year where she is found…or NOT.

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Who We are NOT

Opinion

Lola Lauri

We got a letter this weekend, from the ELA Inc. board, and we have decided to just give them what they want, so they can sleep better at night and stop wasting money on this “non-problem”.  But what are they so worried about?   Here’s my take on what happened:

Since the ELA board just won’t play nice

They shelled out your cash for legal advice

On how to shut down the EL Free Press

That seeks to shed light on their ongoing mess.

It seems the lawyer said don’t overreach

We live in a land that values free speech.

The best you can do is send them a note,

And try to scare them. So they took a vote.

Then GM Roth got a paper and pen,

And asked us to say that we’re us and not them.

But just to be clearer, right on this spot

We’re gonna say ALL of the things that we’re not:

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Public Notice – Variance Hearing in Emerald Lakes

OWNER FILES FOR VARIANCE TO BUILD ON 5720 CLOVER ROAD

The Tunkhannock Township Zoning Hearing Board will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the Township Municipal Building located at 1557 Long Pond Road, Long Pond, PA. The purpose of the hearing is to consider a variance from Township Zoning Ordinance 2012-127, Article XII, 1207(A) for unique physical circumstances or conditions. The property is in R-1 zoning district of the Township and is located at 5720 Clover Road, PIN#20634404613114, Tax ID# 20/C/1/432.The property is owned by Christian Charity Foundation.

Violence in HOA’s

Opinion

Lola Lauri

From an article in the Seattle Times:

Who would want to subject themselves to such friction by being part of a homeowners’ board? Some are genuinely drawn by the opportunity to volunteer, McKenzie said. But others relish the chance to wield influence over the neighborhood.

“Associations are seen as the bad guys,” Feingold said. “They’ve got a rap for being overreaching and overbearing. In America, we have `My home is my castle.’ You’re really challenging that proposition.”

Read the whole article here.  Also, another HOA tragedy, here

We have had members threaten violence at the annual meeting, and at the monthly open meetings.  Most times they are simply asked to leave and escorted out.  I have often expressed my concerns over our Association not taking these things seriously enough.  Let’s not wait for a tragedy here before we take action when someone threatens violence in our community.

Ten Things that are Just Okay

Here is a list of 10 things that are Just Okay.

1. Mashed potatoes

2. Pedicures

3. Jimmy Fallon

4. Sunday newspaper magazines

5. Canned vegetables

6. Garden apartments

7. Four door sedans

8. Fast food

9. Peddle boats

10. Audiobooks

11. Walmart

ELA Haunted Funhouse

Stefania Johnson

The gypsy knows your fate!

Are they laughs of joy and fun or demented laughs of terror?  Come find out at this year’s ELA Haunted Funhouse where our clowns have gone mad, our Ringmaster has lost control and the misfits were left behind to rot!  Will you dare come through to see what is left?  Are you afraid of being forced beyond your will to stay? Will the Gypsy Fortune Teller guide give you insight into your immediate future of whether you will stay or go?  Dare us!!  Better yet,  dare yourself!

Watch out for this fellow.

The annual Emerald Lakes Haunted House October 17, 18, 19 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. October 20 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Community Center. $6 for Adults and $4 for children under 10.

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