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May 18th is Primary Day in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is a “Closed Primary” state, which means that only registered republicans and democrats may vote for candidates in their respective parties.  Because of this rule, many registered voters falsely believe that they are unable to vote on this day.  However, Primary Day is often when special elections and referendums are voted on.

This May 18th all registered voters in PA, regardless of party affiliation, can vote on the referendums to limit the Governor's emergency powers to 21 days, unless extended by legislative vote.

The death of a 2-month-old baby in a Poconos, PA apartment has been ruled a homicide, authorities said.

The infant girl, Ryann Bacchus, was found with trauma to her head resulting in multiple skull fractures in a Barrett Township apartment on March 19, the Monroe County District Attorney's Office said.

County Coroner Thomas Yanac Jr. ruled the baby's death a homicide.

As of last Friday, three people were charged with child endangerment in relation to the child’s death, while homicide charges had not yet been filed, officials said.

Brian Myszkowski
Pocono Record

The death of a two-month-old girl in Barrett Township has been ruled a homicide, the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney announced Friday.

Editor's Note: A very thin coat of blacktop was added to Oak Ridge Lane in the last year or two but it's already deteriorating.  Why aren't they paving the rest of Oak Ridge Lane? And why wasn't it done properly the first time?  


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PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION FOR BIDS Notice is hereby given that the Barrett Township Board of Supervisors invites and will receive sealed bids for paving on Laurel Pine Road (T-606), White Oak Road (T-596), Ash Road (T-633), and Naomi Lane (T-634), Locust Lane (T-406, Hemlock Lane (T-407), Dogwood Lane (T-405), Spruce Lane (T-408), White Birch Lane (T-404), Old Orchard Drive (T-403), and Lower Seese Hill Road (T-579) in Barrett Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, until 12 p.m. (noon) Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. All bids must be submitted upon forms furnished by Barrett Township and returned in a sealed envelope clearly marked "Paving Bid Barrett Township." Faxed bids and bids received after the deadline will not be accepted. Copies of the Contract Documents including detailed specifications may be obtained at the Barrett Township municipal offices at the address listed above. All materials shall conform to PennDOT specifications and standards as provided in Publication 408, as amended. Pennsylvania Prevailing wages may apply to this contract depending on the bid amount. The Contract Documents contain requirements addressing prevailing labor wage rates, labor standards, nondiscrimination in hiring practices and related matters. All contractors and subcontractors shall comply with the Pennsylvania Public Works Employment Verification Act. The Act requires the contractor to verify employment eligibility through the e-verify program operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security as a precondition of being awarded a contract for this project. The Contract Documents contain information regarding the Act. Each bid must be accompanied by a proposal security in the amount of ten (10%) percent of the amount bid in the form of a certified check, bank cashier's check, or satisfactory bid bond naming as payee Barrett Township. No bid or proposal may be withdrawn for a period of thirty (30) days after the date specified above for receiving of bids. The successful bidder shall furnish a performance bond in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the amount of the bid, naming as payee Barrett Township. The successful bidder shall be bound by the terms and conditions of the Contract Documents. Sealed bids will be opened and read aloud at a public meeting at 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, April 14, 2021 and a contract may be awarded immediately thereafter or at a subsequent public meeting the date and time of which will be announced after bids are opened. The Barrett Township Board of Supervisors shall award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder or shall reject all bids within 30 days of the date of the bid opening. The Board of Supervisors reserves the right to reject any or all bids or parts thereof, and to waive any defects or irregularities in the proposals. The Board further reserves the right to reject any proposal deemed not to be in the best interest of the Township. By order of the Barrett Township Board of Supervisors P - March 25, April 1

BARRETT TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Police are investigating after discovering an infant dead inside of an apartment in Monroe County.

Authorities were called Friday just after 3:30 p.m. to an apartment building in Barrett Township, located in the 5000 block of Route 447, where they found the body of the 2-month-old.

Inside the home at the time were the child's mother, identified as 29-year-old Amanda Green of New Castle, Delaware, and the tenant, identified by police as 29-year-old Tony Kristiansen.

Monday, 22 March 2021 08:34

Toni Purcell Memorial Fund

via GoFundMe:

On Sunday, March 14, 2021, my sister-in-law, Toni Purcell, was involved in a fatal car accident in Monroe County, Pa. she was only 33 years old. She leaves to mourn her memory her husband, Jeffrey Purcell, also 33 years old, and their children - son Noah, age 11 and daughter, Autumn, age 5 years old.  We are looking to raise $25,000 to support the children. Any donation you give is accepted with heartfelt gratitude.
Update 3/22/21 @ 10:15am:
3 charged after infant found dead inside Monroe County apartment
Officials were called to the scene around 4 p.m. on Friday.
Suspicious death investigation underway in Poconos
Officials were called to the scene around 4 p.m. on Friday.

Author: WNEP Web Staff
Published: 6:46 PM EDT March 19, 2021
Updated: 7:45 PM EDT March 19, 2021

A suspicious death investigation is underway in the Poconos.

According to officials, Pocono Mountain Regional Police and the Monroe County Coroner were called Monday afternoon to Pinehurst Rentals in Barrett Township.

Pinehurst Rentals is an apartment building along Route 447 near Canadensis.

This is a developing story - please check back for updates.

(Updated 3/16/21 @ 10am to include PDF attachment of proposed ordinance)

PUBLIC NOTICE INTENTION TO ENACT PROPOSED ORDINANCE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Supervisors of Barrett Township hereby gives public notice of its intention to enact the ordinance summarized below at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors to be held on March 24, 2021 at 8 a.m. at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. As summarized below, the proposed ordinance would approve the terms of a cable franchise agreement between the Township and Blue Ridge Communications and would authorize the execution of that agreement. At the time of the public meeting, the Supervisors will listen to comments by members of the public concerning the proposed ordinance. If substantial amendments are not offered to the draft of the proposed ordinance, the Supervisors intend to consider enactment of the proposed ordinance immediately thereafter at the public meeting. The proposed ordinance is entitled: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF BARRETT, COUNTY OF MONROE, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A CABLE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT BETWEEN BARRETT TOWNSHIP AND BLUE RIDGE COMMUNICATIONS. The following is a brief summary of all of the sections of the proposed ordinance: Section 1 provides for the Board's approval and execution of the cable franchise agreement with Blue Ridge Communications. Section 2 provides for the repeal of all prior inconsistent ordinances and the termination of all prior franchise agreements with Blue Ridge Communications. Section 3 provides that the ordinance is severable and if any section is declared invalid the remainder of the ordinance will continue in effect. Section 4 provides that the proposed ordinance will take effect 5 days after it is adopted. The full text of the proposed ordinance is on file for inspection and review without charge (or a copy may be obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof) at Barrett Township's offices at 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. A complete copy of the proposed ordinance has been provided to and may be reviewed at the Pocono Record and the Monroe County Law Library. If you require special accommodations in order to participate in this meeting, contact the Township at 570-595-2602 at least 1 business day in advance. Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Huffman, LLC By: Todd W. Weitzmann, Esquire 700 Monroe Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Barrett Township Solicitors P - March 15 

Pennsylvania state Sen. John Blake (D) resigned on March 8 to take a position on U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright’s (D) staff. Cartwright represents Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District in Congress. Blake represented District 22 in the state Senate, which includes Lackawanna County and parts of Luzerne and Monroe Counties.

(via Rosemary Brown)

Restaurants and other hospitality-related businesses in our region will soon be able to apply for financial assistance through the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program.

Established under Act 1 of 2021, the program allocates $145 million in funding assistance statewide to hospitality industry businesses adversely affected by the pandemic. Businesses can find more information and an application by clicking their respective county below.