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Dent Commends "Mad Dog" Nomination

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis to be his secretary of defense. Congressman Charlie Dent has been no fan of Trump, but applauds the selection of the “Warrior Monk.”

“I commend President-Elect Donald Trump for naming retired United States Marine Corp General James Mattis as his choice for Secretary of Defense. I believe that General Mattis will serve our country and the men and women of our Armed Forces with the same distinction and integrity as he did for four decades wearing the uniform of the United States Marines. As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that is tasked with meeting our nation’s military construction needs, I look forward to working with General Mattis and his team.”

NorCo Council Condemns Possibe Cunningham Conflict on Chinese Board

Don Cunningham

As reported here yesterday, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) CEO Don Cunningham has decided to accept no compensation as a board member at plastic company Fuling Global. “While it’s perfectly legal for me to serve, I have learned that perception often becomes people’s reality, and I don’t want to cause any harm to LVEDC or Fuling.”  But that did nothing to dissuade Northampton County Council from adopting a resolution condemning what had happened.

Hayden Phillips, who sponsored the resolution, was aware of Cunningham’s decision to accept no compensation. But he went on with it anyway. “The bell’s rung, you can’t unring a bell,” he said. “I think we should still go through with this.”

Bob Werner, who has clashed with Cunningham in the past, called Cunningham’s letter a “walkback.” “It’s an ‘I’m sorry’ after I hit you.” Saying he had no problem with LVEDC, Werner added, “I know Don,” and questioned whether Cunningham really was waiving the $30,000 salary. “If any one of us up here did anything like this at all, we would be fried to death.”

Executive John Brown defended Cunningham, stating it is a “common practice” among economic development professionals in the private sector, and affords a “learning experience.” He indicated that Cunningham’s willingness to forego a salary on the Fuling Board should cure any misperception. He asked Council to withdraw the resolution.

Glenn Geissinger agreed that sitting on a board was not a problem, but accepting money was. He believes Cunningham corrected that error. “I no longer have a problem with it since he’s not being compensated,” he said.

“At the very least, we should say what he did was wrong,” said Council President John Cusick

Supporting the resolution were Phillips, Werner, Cusick, Peg Ferraro, Mat Benol and Matt Dietz. Voting against it were Geissinger, Ken Kraft and Seth Vaughn.

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N.J. teen sees new uses for old eyeglasses — charity

She’s collecting used glasses to be recycled for use in impoverished countries.

Molly Szpakowski has found a use for your old frames.

Molly SzpakowskiMolly Szpakowski (Courtesy photo) 

Unwanted eyeglasses can be recycled for use by those who need them, both domestic and aboard. And the Hackettstown teen wants to collect them for charity.

“I started thinking about the unwanted glasses laying around my house and I decided to go on a mission to find how many I can collect. At the end of the day I found 8 pairs,” she said. “So if I could do that in a day, imagine what community can do together and how many people we can help.”

Szpakowski, a student at Morris Catholic High School in Denville, is gathering the glasses for New Eyes for the Needy, a New Jersey-based charity that purchases eyeglasses for those who need them in the U.S. and recycles donated glasses for others around the world. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is a spokesman for the charity.

Since 2015, New Eyes helped 9,910 U.S. residents and recycled 248,945 glasses in 41 developing countries, according to its website.

Szpakowski said she has accrued 500 pairs since she began her project at the start of November. Her goal is 2,000.

This is not her first large charitable undertaking. Last year, Szpakowski collected nearly 9,000 used prescription containers for the Malawi Project, an Indianapolis-based humanitarian group that provides medicinal, educational and other forms of aid to the sub-Saharan nation and others in Africa.

Szpakowski previously said her family instilled the importance of volunteerism since she was young, and that she plans to be a doctor. She has traveled to Europe and Asia for charity work.

“I was able to clean the Black Forest, pick up trash off of the beaches, visit local schools and villages, spend invaluable time with the natives and so much more,” Szpakowski told lehighvalleylive.com last year. “I got to experience culture in its purest form and see how different, yet similar humanity truly is.”

HOW TO HELP

Szpakowski is collecting used and unwanted eyeglasses, sports glasses, children’s glasses, empty frames and eyeglass cases. Prescription glasses and sunglasses are accepted.

Collection sites are set up at:

  • St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hackettstown.
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Great Meadows.
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Hackettstown. 
  • St. Jude Thaddeus Church, Budd Lake. 
  • St. Hedwig’s Church, Elizabeth.
  • Trinity United Methodist Church, Hackettstown.
  • The House of the Good Shepherd retirement community, Hackettstown. 
  • Colonial Manor Retirement and Assisted Living Residence at Panther Valley, Allamuchy Township.
  • Warren County Library (northeast branch), Independence Township.
  • Flex Fitness Gym, Allaumchy Township.
  • Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.

For more information or to arrange a pickup, contact Szpakowski at 908-914-1248 or m.szpakowski@comcast.net.

More information on New Eyes for the Needy can be found at www.new-eyes.org.

Steve Novak may be reached at snovak@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @type2supernovak and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

Couple cop to ‘a good run’ selling coke, authorities say

A more than year-long investigation stemmed from complaints about cocaine sales out of Stroudsburg bars.

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