Abington Reorganizes

Board President channels her inner Andy Reid


The Abington Board of Commissioners held its reorganization meeting last night. While the board looks quite different with its four new members, its leadership remains the same.

administered the oath of office to the four incumbent commissioners in one fell swoop. They are:

  • , Ward 1
  • Wayne Luker, Ward 5
  • , Ward 9
  • , Ward 13 

The newcomers were sworn in one by one — each was accompanied by his or her family. The newly-minted commissioners are:

  • , Ward 3
  • , Ward 7
  • , Ward 11
  • , Ward 15

Board president Carol DiJoseph and board vice president Peggy Myers were each re-appointed unanimously by a vote of 14-0. (Commissioner Lori Schreiber was not in attendance; township manager Michael LeFevre said she had a death in the family earlier that evening.)

DiJoseph, on being appointed board president: 

“Being in politics, no one ever knows what’s going to happen waiting for an evening such as this,” DiJoseph said. “Of course I wondered, ‘Well, I don’t know if I’m going to be president again.’ And then I had a sign at around 3 o’clock. I heard that Andy Reid was going to continue as coach of the Eagles. I said, ‘If that man — after all the times he’s been vilified in the press, and everyone has called him all kind of names — if that man can come back as coach, they’re probably going to put me back in tonight as president.”


  • Rex Herder was re-appointed township solicitor through Dec. 31, 2013; the annual retainer is $105,000, paid in monthly installments. After some discussion, DiJoseph called Herder "a bargain." She also said she felt there was "no reason to entertain any other applications [for township solicitor]." Herder said he went to a fixed retainer in 2000 and added that his rate only increased once — from about $97,000 to the current $105,000. Newcomer Madeleine Dean — who voted for Herder — interrupted the roll-call vote, and said that she was uncomfortable voting for an appointment so shortly after being sworn in.
  • The board of commissioners appointed Michael Powers to the position of township engineer through Dec. 31, 2013.
  • The board of commissioners appointed James Carroll to the position of Chairman of the Vacancy Board through Dec. 31. Carroll was elected by a vote of 8-6. Former commissioner Michael O'Connor also received a nomination, but lost.
  • Rabbi Lawrence Sernovitz of Old York Road Temple-Beth Am gave the invocation.
  • Boy Scout Troop 72, which has been in operation since 1934 at the Roychester Community House, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
al January 11, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Fix for web links on ADL-Penn State Issue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKY7TTweTwU Penn State President Graham Spanier fired over Sandusky issue Spainer was a major back of Hillel at Penn State the same group control by the Bronfman Crime Family who backs the ADL to tolerate LGBT agenda. http://www.natallnews.com/printer.php?id=10041 raham Spanier, who is Jewish and according to The Daily Collegian was active at the Penn State Hillel, was relieved of his duties on Wednesday by the Board of Trustees. He served as the university’s president for 16 years. Same ADL-Hillel in Abington that supports LGBT agenda in Abington's Schools time to take Josh Shapiro and Abington Commissioners Watcher, DiJoseph and Lori Schreiber, Luker on their support for the Abington No For Place for Hate Program Removal of the program reduces the risk of another Sandusky issue in Abington Schools. http://www.hiddenmysteries.org/conspiracy/reststory/bronfmanscrime.html
Marc Lombardi January 11, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Art Larson, ladies and gentlemen. The most anti-Semitic, hate-filled, conspiracy theory driven lunatic in Abington. He'll be here all week. Remember to tip your waitresses.
al January 11, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Also what is your war chest like? I have been sued about 250 times track record is 1 loss 249 wins. My Lawyer is hungry can he have you for lunch? I suggest you not say anything you are not ready to back up with facts in front of a Jury Trial. Ask Upper Moreland what I am like. I already have a law on the books in PA dealing with them Here a public official can after me for a small fine. He was found to lie to the courts. I sued he filed for bankruptcy and lost his home as a consequence of my legal actions( Matt DeSimmons) Why even Watcher was reminded that he can not legally do things to oppose his deeds of corruption public office We can be nice with a small wager of 20 Silver Dollars To see if the see facts shown are incorrect. 1) The Wager is the ADL is the Mafia and they sponsor Abington's No Place for Hate Program. 2) Josh Shapiro as publicly stated he supports the Hate Crime Laws. Shapiro was cited via JewishPhilly.com and They are tied to Lubvitch which is controlled by Sheldon Adelson the Sands Casino operator who bought the Casino from Lansky If you want to claim Anti-Semitic I may ask you to prove this in front of a Jury Ask Prudential Fox what I am like www.nixprufox.wetpaint.com Let's see if you can deny these two facts on the Anti-Mafia Issue.
Marc Lombardi January 11, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I don't think that being sued 250 times is something to brag about. And look, I'm all for freedom of speech. When your mailer went out to citizens in Ward 5 before Wayne Luker faced off against Donna Brewer in the Primaries, I supported your rights to send out whatever you wanted to send. That's one of the blessings of living in America and -- whether it's run by the Jewish-Italian-Anheuser-Busch Mob or not -- we have to take the good (things like The Daily Show) with the bad (I'm sure we could come up with a good example for bad). Free speech is a right given to us by our constitution. It's the reason that I can argue with the Bobs on one day and agree with them on how we disagree with you the very next. You seem very caught up in money. You want to bet $10,000. You want to bet 20 silver dollars (some reference to Judas Ascariot perhaps?). You want to take me on in the court of law. But here's the thing...just as you have the right to spew your fringe-speak based on conspiracy theory, I have the right to voice my disagreement with you. I do not believe that the ADL is the Mafia. If you want to, that's your right. I think you're wrong. I think a LOT of people will think you're wrong. And I think that if YOU could have proved it (instead of asking everyone else to prove otherwise) then maybe you'd have more people taking you seriously and fewer people, like me, asking you if you missed your meds tonight.
al January 11, 2012 at 03:56 AM
good comment Marc we disagree on the ADL issue. If you are right nothing happens If you are wrong and the community does nothing. Then in about ten years one will see property taxes like they have in Long island NY.Here they pay about 15k per year on a 200K home due to mob control. Just like Camden NJ and Bell California http://articles.cnn.com/2010-09-21/justice/california.bell.arrests_1_luis-artiga-misappropriation-victor-bello?_s=PM:CRIME Bensalem, Jenkintown-Chelthen are already going this way now. high property taxes and trash firms like waste mgt in a town are indicators Proof? ask law enforcement you may be surprised by the answer you get Ask some of the DAs in PA also No legal issues are not great spent about 1.5 million over 12 years. However I learned freedom is not free. One has to fight tyranny and one must stand up to it regardless. You may not believe but some do Why were the No Place for Hate signs removed from the Library and Township buildings? To me those ADL signs mean the government is up for sale to the highest paying pimp. That this is a mob controlled town just like Vegas. And the government of the people has been replace with tyranny


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