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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
November 15, 2018

            Pennsburg property owners could face a tax hike of nearly $94 next year. Borough Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve and advertise a preliminary 2019 budget with an average tax increase of $93.75 for a property appraised at $125,000.

            Increasing the borough's tax rate from 6.475 mills to 7.225 mills would generate $100,000, according to Administrative Manager Liza Hiltz. The additional funds are necessary to fund repairs at Borough Hall and the municipality's public works garage as well as make much needed street repairs, according to council President Kris Kirkwood.

            After the public budget meeting, Kirkwood listed several streets that might be upgraded, including 8th Street between Main Street and Montgomery Avenue, Penn Street, 5th Street, Dotts Street, Railroad Street and Seminary Street.

            The cash influx is required to help the borough recover from "two devastating years" caused by the dissolution of the Upper Perk Police District over financial and political disagreements with East Greenville, according to Kirkwood.

            "This is a solid budget," he said after the meeting. "It should get it back on track."

            Borough officials are doing what they need to do to provide ...

Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent
November 15, 2018

            Readers who are following the saga of Paige (Moyer) Zezulka know that sometimes good deeds do indeed get rewarded. The former Valley resident was recently featured in the Town and Country after she and her husband adopted three children,

            The Zezulka's Facebook video announcing the adoption of the oldest child, Ivey, attracted national attention and, this week, led to an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' show where several surprises awaited the family.

            Last Sunday, the family flew from Georgia to Los Angeles to prepare for the Tuesday taping.

            The Zezulka's shared billing with actor Mark Wahlberg, who ironically is starring in and producing a just-about-to-be-released movie called Instant Family. The film's description on the IMDb site reads: "A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children."

            On the set of Tuesday's show, available at, Wahlberg sat on the couch with Paige, a 2005 Upper Perk graduate, her husband Daniel and ten-year-old Ivey as they conversed with DeGeneres about the circumstances that led to the adoptions.

            "We had no experience. I'll say that," Daniel told Ellen and the audience.

            "It is instant family," the host responded.

            Wahlberg, who has starred in movies such as The Departed, Ted, Patriot's Day, Lone Survivor, and, a movie with a Philadelphia Eagles connection, Invincible, presented the Zezulka's with their first surprise.

            "On behalf of the movie Instant Family," Wahlberg said, "we would love to donate a check to you guys for ...



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