Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Comm'rs Batcha and Murphy To Soon Be Citizens Batcha and Murphy

Jerry Batch (L) and Art Murphy (R) bid adieu
Jerry Batcha and Art Murphy served their last meeting as Bethlehem Township Commissioners on December 19. Both Republicans, Batcha has twelve years of experience while Murphy has eight.

Saying it was time for somebody new, Batcha decided against seeking re-election. A teacher at Northampton Area High School with two master's degrees, he was a major proponent of the Bethlehem Township Community Center. He will be succeeded by Republican Felix "Phil" Barnard, a plant manager at Bay Insulation. He wished current and new board members luck.

Murphy, a Notre Dame University grad and accountant at Selvaggio Enterprises, was defeated in November's election by developer Martin Zawarski. Murphy credited Township staff as "hard-working" and "outstanding people."

Both Murphy and Batcha will soon re-join the ranks of the highest office in America - the office of citizen.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kudos to the commissioner who championed the community center. Unlike the cement box known as the Palmer Community Center that bears the name of the benefactor in every conceivable location on the property, it was done right.

Anonymous said...

Agree with the above.

Anonymous said...

Community centers are a tremendous expense that benefit very few. Cake and circuses government is not good government.

Anonymous said...

thank God and greyhound they're gone

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 9:27, I can tell you that both of these gentlemen were outstanding public servants who kept the taxpayers first and worked. We could use a few more like them.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I've been to the Beth Community Center twice in the past 4 weeks. It was being heavily used and is probably the best gym in the entire LV. As I circled around the indoor track, I particularly enjoyed seeing the basketball courts being used by so many kids.

Anonymous said...

Community centers are a tremendous expense that benefit very few. Cake and circuses government is not good government.

And hundred of kids in youth basketball, thousands of people all summer in the pools, and anyone else in the township who wants to exercise or even get a room for a meeting. Get a brain.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Or outside the Township. We have to pay more, but it's a remarkable facility.