Realtors Spruce Up Therapeutic
Petting Zoo On ‘RED Day’
DINGMAN — Last week, over 20 Keller Williams’ real-estate company employees from their Tri-state area offices celebrated RED Day by taking a day off to provide Country Ark Farm in Dingman Township a facelift.
RED Day is an acronym for Renew, Energize, and Donate. For the past eight years, Keller Williams Real Estate shuts down their offices on one day in May for RED Day.
Their 80,000 agents and associates do volunteer community service projects for a designated company in their regional or local area, according to Bob Wells, a co-partner in the Keller Williams’ Keystone Partners Group (serving communities from Westchester, New York to Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania).
Keller Williams RED Day Project Coordinator Theresa Rocco assembled the team that carried out Farm owners’ Donna and Mike Ciancitto’s priorities, which included gardening, weeding, re-mulching, painting, staining picnic tables, refurbishing the play areas, repairing outdoor furniture, raking, and hosing down plastic play items... for complete story get this week' s issue.
Auditor Litigation Goes To Oral Arguments
DINGMANS FERRY — The appeal for the case between the Delaware Township Auditors and Supervisors will have a hearing at the Superior Court on June 15. The Supervisors estimate that legal fees for oral arguments could reach $10,000, even though the Auditors have only $121 left of the originally requested legal fees.
At their meeting last Wednesday, May 13, the Supervisors suggested a possible Sunshine Act violation since the Auditors have cancelled several meetings in advance of the appeal. According to the Sunshine Laws, discussions with lawyers regarding litigation can be conducted in executive sessions, and executive sessions should be announced at the following meeting.
In a telephone interview Auditor Dennis Lee explained that they schedule 12 meetings in advance to make advertising easier for the Township, and they cancel if there is nothing pressing on the agenda.
Lee said they held their meeting March 21, after John Wells was appointed to replace Mike Dickerson. He also pointed out that all written arguments for the case had to be submitted by Jan. 30, and they had completed all work and discussion with their lawyer by then and that he was empowered to talk with their lawyer directly.
Lee stated, “We have followed all the rules and regulations for the Sunshine Law... for complete story get this week' s issue.
Grad Student Biking For Syrian Refugee Children
BUSHKILL — The life of former Lehman Township resident and East Stroudsburg North graduate Tim Mathews suddenly changed last year from a quiet role as an accountant to challenge of adventure.
Mathews is in the midst of a solo 1,700-mile bicycle ride from Arlington, VA to Grapevine, TX to raise money for children who are refugees of the sectarian conflict in Syria.
Mathews uses Google Maps and Global Positioning System on his Smartphone to navigate. His trip started in early May and he expects to arrive at his destination by mid June.
Mathews said, “The logistical challenges are the most difficult aspect for me, determining my route every day, figuring out when and where I’ll eat, making sure that I have enough water and Gatorade, determining what is necessary to carry each day, because the weight can slow me down, and figuring out where I’ll sleep. “The riding is the easy part to me and my body is holding up well so far (even though one night the temperature plummeted to 37). “I talk to strangers daily. I met one person who is biking from San Diego to Rhode Island and back. This is his 10th cross-country trip. He is raising money for childhood cancer. He gave me a lot of advice on riding and fundraising... for complete story get this week' s issue.