NEW YORK CITY — Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a $7.8 million settlement with eAppraiseIT, formerly one of the nation’s largest real estate appraisal management companies, and its parent corporation, First American Corporation, for colluding with savings and loan giant Washington Mutual to inflate the values of homes. The settlement resolves charges that the corporation violated appraiser independence laws, which regulate the conduct of real estate appraisers. Read more
HARRISBURG NY — A mobile home park owner with dozens of properties in 17 Pennsylvania counties, including in Wayne County, has entered a $1.3 million consent decree with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) over repeated violations of drinking water and wastewater standards. GSP Management Co., Frank T. Perano and related companies are further required to take necessary corrective measures.
The three Wayne County locations—Canal Mobile Park in White Mills, Sunrise Terrace Mobile Park in Honesdale and Pocono Mobile Manor in Gouldsboro—were all listed for drinking water violations. Read more
During the comment period of the monthly meeting of the Damascus Township Board, resident Barbara Davis Dexter urged the township council to pay heed to the provisions of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Clean Indoor Air Act, which she suggests the council has been ignoring. Read more
The Victims Intervention Program (VIP) is seeking funding from the federal government for its Services Training Officers Prosecutors (STOP) program. The organization hopes to receive $375,000 over three years from the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which is mainly a federal program, and according to a formula from the funding source, victim services receive 41% of funding, prosecution gets 31% and 28% goes to law enforcement. Read more
William Roos is 91 years old. A World War II veteran, he is also wheelchair-ridden due to his weakened condition.
His family was among the first to settle in Honesdale and established a business employing hundreds of Honesdale residents. He has voted in every general election since 1941, mostly as a Democrat. Read more
DINGMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — Businessman Phil Scollo, who is running against U.S. Representative Tom Marino to represent the 10th PA District in the House of Representatives, accuses Marino of voting against funding for the Tobyhanna Army Depot located in Monroe County. Read more
RIVER VALLEY — The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) was supposed to send a check for $5.6 billion to the U.S. Treasury by September 30 to prefund the cost of health benefits for future retirees. But for the second month in a row, USPS could not make the payment because it didn’t have the money. The payment, however, is only part of the agency’s problem. Read more
Last week an obscure British organization called the National Pig Association launched a wave of stories here in the U.S. with a press release that said, “A world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable.” Read more
The title says it all: “We Made This Ourselves.” In a real-life, local version of the hit television show “Glee,” 23 Eldred Central School (ECS) students under the direction of their teacher, Justin Glodich, have completed their goal of producing their own CD.
The eighth- through 12th-grade students are members of the a cappella group the Eldred Key Elements. Last year, the group delivered a stirring performance for the ECS board of education. Read more
The sign in front of the old family farmhouse said the farm was established in 1866. It’s been through a number of reincarnations, for instance when, according to the farm’s website, “Timothy Cunningham changed the farm to growing sweet corn to sell directly to consumers. There was a roadside stand out on Route 17B where customers could stop to pick up dinner. This was in the days when you could leave a can on the table and trust people to leave their money if the grandkids had gotten tired of sitting out by the table and wanted a break.” Read more
ALBANY, NY — A press release with the headline, “Commissioner Joseph Martens Rejects Call For ‘Independent’ Health Study of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing,” from the commissioner of the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that “NYS Health Commissioner Nirav Shah has agreed to assess the department's health impact analysis,” regarding gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, garnering advice from the most qualified “outside experts.” Read more
The chairman of the Pike County Commissioners said he was disappointed and insulted that so many federal, state and corporate officials ignored an invitation to a meeting for September 18 that was called to address the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) plan to cut a 6.1-mile loop around the borough. Read more
NEW YORK, NY — A federal judge threw out a lawsuit brought by the NY State Attorney General against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and various federal agencies regarding hydraulic fracturing. Schneiderman had argued that the DRBC was compelled to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act in creating a set of rules for fracking in the Delaware River Basin, which would require the completion of an environmental impact statement. Read more
The deadline for voter registration in Pennsylvania is October 9, and a significant controversy concerning Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID Law has been drawing national attention for several weeks. Waynepeace will host a discussion of this law and its implications at the Wayne County Public Library on Tuesday, October 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Read more