New date set for Garrison Keillor’s postponed show in Reading

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Garrison Keillor is hoping better weather this spring will allow him to visit Reading.

The author, storyteller and humorist was scheduled to appear on stage at the Santander Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, however, the forecast for wintry weather forced the show’s postponement.

“An Evening with Garrison Keillor” has been rescheduled for Thurs., April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets already sold for the original show will be honored. Remaining tickets can be bought at the Santander Arena box office or through Ticketmaster online or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Keillor’s one-man show will include anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and late-life fatherhood.

Ethical Charges Against Former DA Don Corriere

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The Morning Call has reported that former District Attorney Donald Corriere is under an ethical cloud, having been accused by the Disciplinary Board of misusing client resources. It’s a a 51-page Complaint, to which Corriere has filed an Answer denying all wrongdoing.

I’ve been aware of this matter for several days,but dd not want to write about it without the Complaint and Answer. I called Don yesterday. He is under the impression that he’s unable to discuss the matter, So was I. Not so, says the Disciplinary Board. Once he files his Answer, the matter is public.

I learned this two days ago, when I first found out about the complaint. I called there and spoke to an Elaine Bixler.

“Your name sounds familiar,” Bixler told me.

Uh oh.

I was suspended in ’85, and Bixler told me she’s been with the Disciplinary Board since the ’70s.

Once I get copies of the Complaint and Answer, I will post them here.

Corriere is a former Northampton County Commissioner and has long been involved in local Democratic politics.  He’s a former District Attorney who was unseated in by a little-known Bethlehem Attorney named John Morganelli.

In all his years as DA, Morganelli tells me he has never had a complaint about Corriere.

When I practiced law, I acted unethically and disgraced my profession and family. In my case, my misconduct occurred because I thought i could do anything when I was drinking, even if it was just a small amount. It’s not how much, but what it does to you.

I know numerous other lawyers over th years who have had problems with alcohol, drugs or both. It does not excuse the misbehavior, but explains it.

The fact that Corriere has been charged with misconduct does not mean he is guilty of anything.

Arrest Made in Cold Case Murder Investigation

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LOCK HAVEN – A man has been arrested in connection with a 24-year-old homicide investigation. Loyd Groves, 65, of Beaver County, was taken into custody on Thursday for the murder of Katherine Heckel, according to state police at Lamar. He was brought back Thursday morning to face charges first and third-degree murder. Investigators recently reopened […]

Crash on Route 11, Road Expected to be Shut Down for Several Hours

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SCOTT TOWNSHIP — A crash sent two people to the hospital and shut down a busy road near Bloomsburg. Authorities say Route 11 in Scott Township is closed in both directions between Shaffer Road and Bissets Lane after a box truck and a pickup truck collided just before 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Police said one man […]

Create Your Own Buffet Highlights: Super Bowl Recipes

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Super Bowl Sunday is billed as the second biggest eating day in America.  Regardless of what team you will be cheering for, it will be a day to belly up to a buffet. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey has some ideas when it comes to those sweet snacks. Super Bowl recipes are courtesy of : Chef […]

Bethlehem ZHB Toss Enforcement Notice Against Elias Market

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Alex Karam is not just Joseph Kray’s lawyer, but a customer, too.

Like the recent snowstorm that never was, the January 28 meeting of Bethlehem’s Zoning Hearing Board bore all the signs of a very long night. Elias Market, located at 3131 Linden Street, was on the agenda. Though a Zoning Hearing Board decision allowing an expansion had been affirmed by three different courts, opponents sought and obtained an enforcement notice that would essentially require the busy store to remove its asphalt parking lot. At one side of the room sat lead opponent Al Bernotas and his friends. Earlier that day, he had had supplied a 48-page presentation to the Board that appeared to be an attempt to relitigate matters already decided against him. On the other side sat the proud Elias family with engineer drawings, ready to relitigate matters already decided in their favor. But it was not to be. Instead of lasting hours, the hearing was over in minutes. It seemed to end in favor of Elias again, although this is the case that just won’t go away. 

The reason for this short hearing? Two words. Joe Piperato. A lawyer, he represents the Elias family. He pointed out that the enforcement notice issued to Elias wasn’t worth the paper it was written on, except he didn’t use those words. He said it was void ab initio because it never informed Elias of its appeal rights, something required by both state law and the Zoning Ordinance. Solicitor Terry Faul told the Board that Piperato was correct, and just like that, the enforcement notice was dismissed, 5 to zip.

As Elias foes and supporters filed out of town hall, Bernotas sat there, in stunned silence. He was still there as three other cases were heard. He may still be there.

Whether this is finally the end remains to be seen. But Elias Partner George Azar was relieved. “The less I’m here, the better,” he whispered on his way out.

With the main event out of the way, zoners tackled the undercard.

As her two daughters looked on with angelic smiles in the audience, Virginia Fowler received the Board’s unanimous blessings for a dimensional variance that would allow a greenhouse at her property at 53 E. Market Street,. Attorney Mike Deschler argued that the 2% variance was so slight as to be immaterial. But he didn’t use those words. He instead called it a classic de minimis variance.

Attorney Alex Karam, representing computer guru Joseph Kray, persuaded zoners to grant a special exception that would permit him to operate a computer sales and service shop in what had been a law office at 1022 Main Street. “I know he’ll be an asset to the city of Bethlehem, Karam assured the board,adding that he is not just his lawyer, but a customer, too.

“Are you employed by him?” joked Zoning Hearing Board Chair Gus Loupos.

Lucy Lennon, acting as the realtor for Darey Hamm, also sought a special exception that would substiute a dog -grooming business for what had been a doctor’s office at 1809 Columbine Avenue, right across the street from Notre Dame Church and Elementary School. She called it a “low impact” business that would be operated by a mother-daughter team, a “good fit for that neighborhood. Michael Santanasto and Linda Shay Gardner, both of whom are attorneys, agreed that lennon makes a good case, but suggested she seek a use variance instead of a special exception. So her appeal was continued so she can re-post the property.

Talkback 16: Medical Marijuana

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The possibility of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is the focus of this edition of Talkback 16.

Parents on Alert After Students Report Man Tried to Lure Them into Van

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MUNCY — The Muncy School District is putting parents and students on high alert after two students from Myers Elementary reported a man tried to lure them into his van. The superintendent says the two students said they were walking home from school around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Lincoln and South Washington […]

Powerball numbers for Jan. 28, 2015; jackpot is $261 million

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The estimated jackpot is $261 million, with a $179.1 cash value.

So did that $2 you plunked down for a Powerball ticket pay off? Check your numbers here.

The winning numbers in Wednesday evening’s drawing were:
49-24-12-36-35, Powerball: 01, Powerplay: 5X

The estimated jackpot is $261 million, with a $179.1 cash value.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, about 365,000 tickets had been purchased for this latest drawing.

If no one wins in this drawing, the Powerball jackpot is expected to increase to about $289 million for Saturday’s drawing, with a cash value of about $198.4 million.

A person’s odds of winning the jackpot were 1 in 175 million, according to the official Powerball website. That’s how many combinations are possible with the game’s five white balls and one red ball.

Powerball drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays and are offered in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

MLive.com contributed to this report.

Towanda vs Wyalusing wrestling

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Top seeded Wyalusing Valley hosted Towanda in the opening match of the District 4 ‘AA’ wrestling duals.  Wyalusing wins out 57-11.  The Rams will host Troy in round two.  More on the Wyalusing siblings on Thursday.