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MUNICIPAL BRIEFS DURYEA â€” The Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will meet Monday at 7 p.m. LUZERNE â€” John Lohman, tax collector, says the face period for 2013 county/municipal real estate property taxes and municipal per capita taxes ends Saturday. Taxes paid after June 1 will be accepted at penalty value. The entire bill must be sent with payment, especially if a receipt is requested. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with payment. Office hours are 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays. If office hours are inconvenient, payment arrangements can be made by calling John at 570-288-9640. WILKES-BARRE â€” The Lu-
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Yenkevich, 1,747; Mariano, 1,585; and Chirico, 1,515. A combined 273 Democrats picked Hahn in the two counties. The Democratic tallies for the seven contenders: Mehalick, 1,924; Chapman, 1,879; Oâ€™Donnell, 1,862; Yenkevich, 1,691; John, 1,611; Mariano, 1,333; and Chirico, 1,265. If these results stand, Chapman, Mehalick and Oâ€™Donnell secured nominations to appear on both party ballots in November. John would be the fourth ballot contender on the Republi-
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exist if the county had filed the criminal charges against Griffith instead of the state. At a preliminary hearing on the civil suit last week, Elliott, Greenleaf & Dean presented legal arguments for dismissing the case. County Senior Judge Charles Brown has not issued a ruling. Pedri said he wonâ€™t file notice of the lawyer change until the ruling because Griffith and the county wonâ€™t need further representation if the suit does not proceed. Shoval, who serves on the board of the nonprofit CityVest, which owns the Hotel Sterling in downtown Wilkes-Barre, alleges Griffith recorded a March 29 telephone conversation Shoval had with him without Shovalâ€™s knowledge or consent. Shoval seeks damages for viola-
zerne County Treasurerâ€™s Office says the face period for 2013 county real estate collection of tax bills ends Saturday. Because this falls on a day the courthouse is not open for business, the Treasurerâ€™s Office will collect taxes for properties in Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke and Pittston at the face amount on Monday. The Treasurerâ€™s Office is on the first floor of the courthouse. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payments with a clearly visible postmark of June 3 or earlier will be accepted at face amount. Mail both parts of tax bill with a self-addressed, stamped envelope if a receipt is requested. To make a payment online, visit www.paylocalgov.com/ luzernecounty-pa. A convenience fee of 2.4 percent will be applied to credit card payments
or a $3.95 flat fee to Visa debit cards by the payment processing company.
can side, while Yenkevich would be the fourth Democratic candidate. Election officials in Carbon and Schuylkill counties said they are proceeding with certification of their election results and havenâ€™t received indications any candidates or Luzerne County will challenge the results. Carbon County Elections Director Lisa Dart said she does not know how a special election with the same candidates would be structured. Two county municipalities â€” Banks Township and Beaver Meadows Borough â€” fall in the Hazleton Area School District, and roughly 700 voters cast ballots in the two.
â€œI believe the only people eligible to vote again would be the ones who voted last week,â€? Dart said. Would these voters be required to appear at polling locations again, or could they vote by absentee ballots because of the unusual situation, she wonders. 2nd challenge possible If the nominees changed as a result of a new election, the candidates who went from winners to losers may then have an opportunity to challenge the new results, Dart said. Butera said the three candidates who secured both party nominations could end up losing a second time around.
tion of the state wiretap law and invasion of privacy. Griffith, who recently won the Republican nomination for a second four-year term as controller, faces three counts of â€œintercept communicationsâ€? in the criminal case. Each violation carries a maximum sentence of seven years.
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ASHLEY â€” Ashley Borough Council announced the second half of the trash and recycling fee for 2013 will be collected in the secretaryâ€™s office through June and July, starting June 4. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The mandatory fee is $115 until July 31. After this date, a $10 late fee is assessed. Citations will be issued for non-payment. Stickers may be obtained by sending a check or money order payable to Ashley Borough to 10 N. Main St., Ashley, or by depositing payment in the drop-off box in the vestibule of the Municipal Building. When using this method, add $1.80 for postage and allow sufficient mailing time for delivery of stickers.
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will hit higher education. Selingo did more research and wrote a book designed to help parents and students know what to look for and expect. â€œMy contention is that in the future there are going to be many different pathways to and through college; College in the future will be, as the title says, unbound.â€? The traditional, four-yearsin-one-place model has already eroded, as colleges increasingly mix Internet-only, classroom-only and hybrid courses. A few colleges have dropped the â€œ120 credits for a degreeâ€? mantra completely, testing students when they enter and letting them study what they need as they need it.
At Western University, where such â€œcompetencybasedâ€? learning has been fully embraced, Selingo noted, the average time to a bachelorâ€™s degree is 2.5 years at an average cost of $18,000. Big changes are necessary because the old system no longer works, Selingo argues. â€œWe talk about how great the American higher education system is.â€? he said. â€œBut 400,000 students drop out of college every year.â€? A big reason for that is soaring costs, but itâ€™s also a lack of information when students pick a college. Giving students greater flexibility in how they earn their degree â€” including cooperation among colleges, real world learning experience worth college credits, and travel abroad â€” can change that equation. Selingo said his book
is designed to help make better choices in higher education. It can also help keep college grads in smaller communities such as the Wyoming Valley. â€œI talk about Wilkes-Barre at the end of my book,â€? he said, noting that the rate of students attending college varied little among lower and higher income cities 30 years ago, but that a gap has grown. â€œIf you come from a family that makes more than $90,000 a year, you have a one in two chance of getting a bachelorâ€™s degree by age 25,â€? Selingo said. â€œIf you come from a family that makes under $35,000, you have a one in 17 chance. â€œAnd even if you graduate here, you tend to gravitate elsewhere, where the jobs are. Until you break that cycle, places like Wilkes-Barre will never keep up with other cities.â€?
â€œA lot of crazy things could happen with a new election,â€? he said. The election board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday night â€” the location has not yet been finalized â€” to certify the election results and discuss other business. Butera said the board will comply with councilâ€™s resolution to investigate primary election problems and report findings to council on June 25. Election Board member John Newman said the election office has been busy tallying hundreds of write-in votes in municipal races and verifying that the winning nominees are eligible to hold office.
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