Category Archives: NEWS / OPINION

Another CD tax hike is in the works

Central Dauphin’s school board is on a course to adopt a property-tax hike for the sixth consecutive year.

CLICK HERE to get up to speed with a report filed by independent journalist Bill Bostic for

School board members Richard Mazzatesta, Eric Esptein and Justin Warren said earlier this week that the board will discuss in June ways to reduce the proposed 2.8 percent tax increase.

The key meeting on this issue is scheduled for June 11, which is the only time the board will be in one room prior to gathering on June 25 to take a final vote on the nearly $200 million budget for the 2018-19 school year.

The Gazette will attempt to do a video interview with Mazzatesta and Epstein soon after the Memorial Day weekend to discuss the budget. They have been lobbying the board to hold the line on the tax rate this year.



CD East High dedicates sports complex gateway

The Central Dauphin School District community gathered Monday to dedicate a new gateway to a 14-field athletic complex on the CD East High campus.

The gateway is named after David Alexander, who was a member of the school’s first graduating class in 1964 and went on to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He served in Vietnam, where he lost his life in service to his country.

The project was fully funded with private money, said Ford Thompson, president of the Central Dauphin School Board.

Marty Gruver, a classmate of David’s at East High, spearheaded the project that took several years to take shape.

In addition to the gateway, David’s memory lives on with an annual award given to an East High male senior athlete.

Marty gives a brief backgrounder on David and the sports complex gateway in the video below.



Lower Paxton to assess new environmental fee

By Bill Bostic
Gazette editor & independent journalist

The impact of federal clean water regulations is about to take a chunk out of every property owner’s wallet in Lower Paxton Township – and there’s nothing local officials can do stop this environmental freight train.

The Lower Paxton township supervisors have retained a financial consultant to sort through options for addressing stormwater runoff, and Tuesday they approved spending $65,000 for the consultant to help create a stormwater utility fee to fund a remediation program.

It looks like property owners will have to cough up between $128 and $192 a year after the fee is enacted.

The township’s consultant has agreed to conduct public information meetings to explain the proposed environmental fee and to field feedback from citizens.

The money will be used to reduce the amount of runoff material that drains into the Paxton Creek and eventually the Susquehanna River. If this environmental program works, stream water will be cleaner which in turn will help to make the waters in the Chesapeake Bay healthier.

CLICK HERE for a story by independent journalist Bill Bostic about Tuesday’s vote and HERE if you want to dig into the nitty-gritty details of this issue.

Managing stormwater runoff and the potential high costs associated with the environmental initiative have been lurking around for years. Digging through the archives of Linglestown Gazette produced a link to an article published in 2011 by The Patriot-News.

Lower Paxton isn’t the only municipality dealing with this environmental headache. Many other communities in the Susquehanna River watershed are impacted too, and some of them have already established a stormwater utility fee or raised property taxes.

CLICK HERE for a PennLive article published a year ago that looks at how nearby communities are confronting this situation.



Town hall focuses on school safety

On the eve of the Columbine school massacre’s 19th anniversary and with emotional scars from February’s Florida school shooting still raw, a diverse group of people gathered last week at Susquehanna Township High School to consider how to strengthen school safety.

The Gazette’s independent journalist Bill Bostic attended the town hall and filed a report that appeared on CLICK HERE to read the story.



Forum unveils two seeking to succeed Marsico

By Bill Bostic

State Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Lower Paxton Township, deciding to retire at the end of this year is forcing voters in 105th state House District to pick a new officeholder for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Republican voters in Lower Paxton and East and West Hanover townships appear to have a tough choice to make when they cast their votes in the May 15 primary election to select their party’s nominee.

Candidates Adam Klein and Andrew Lewis offered similar views Monday evening on a wide range of issues during a debate staged by the Tea Party Patriots of Central Pennsylvania.

Dan Mosel, the debate moderator, asked everyone in attendance to conduct themselves in a civil manner and both candidates followed the script to a T. About 35 people attended the meeting held at New Love in Christ Church in Lower Paxton Township.

Lewis, a 31-year-old military veteran, said he wants to help the state become a leader in economic growth and job creation. He is an executive with a construction company based in Lower Paxton Township and moved into the township about a year ago.

He called for the state to lower corporate taxes, expand educational opportunities, increase government transparency and put term limits in place for state lawmakers.

In his opening remarks, Klein, a lawyer who resides in West Hanover Township, said getting the state budget under control, addressing the opioid crisis and repairing the state’s aging infrastructure are the most pressing issues facing the state.

Klein, age 46, has lived in West Hanover Township since 2002 and served 11 years as a West Hanover Township supervisor. He also is a former Dauphin County deputy district attorney.

Both candidates mirrored each other on most issues raised during the debate, including the challenge facing the winner of the Republican primary to defeat likely Democratic nominee Eric Epstein in the fall. Epstein, a Central Dauphin School Board member and well-known community and statewide political activist, is unopposed in the primary election.

Klein and Lewis are scheduled to debate again on April 18 at a meeting sponsored by the Linglestown Area Civic Association in the St. Thomas Social Hall at Linglestown Fire Company’s brick firehouse. The event will start at 7:30 p.m.
Photo by Steve Miller (Pictured l. to r. are Adam Klein, debate moderator Dan Mosel and Andrew Lewis.



A little potpourri – GMU, Mon, 4/9/18

A little potpourri on the GAZETTE MORNING UPDATE for April 9, 2018 brought to you by Consolidated Insurance Services in Paxtonia and PA House candidates Eric Epstein and Adam G. Klein.

The newscast originated from St. Thomas Roasters Coffee House in Linglestown.

Today’s local yocal newscast by Bill Bostic includes a watchdog update, high school sports and a beautiful mix of potpourri items.

Hey, be sure to check out tonight’s candidates’ debate between Republican PA House candidates Adam G. Klein for State Representative and Andrew Lewis. CLICK HERE for details.

Lastly, student internships announced on today’s newscast



Hitting the reset button – GMU, Fri, 4/6/18

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This is the TGIF local yocal news – called the GAZETTE MORNING UPDATE (GMU) – for April 6, 2018, brought to you by Consolidated Insurance Services in Paxtonia and PA House candidates Eric Epstein and Adam G. Klein.

Today’s broadcast originated from St. Thomas Roasters Coffee House in the village of Linglestown.

Special guests were Anthony Cristillo aka owner of The Fat Man Clothing Company and preschooler Izzy.

Feature segment is an update by independent journalist and sometimes showman Bill Bostic on how those of you who value the info provided by Linglestown Gazette can help the nonprofit service remain in operation.



Focus on The Paxton Herald – GMU, Thu, 4/5/18

The Paxton Herald featured on the one and only GAZETTE MORNING UPDATE for Thursday, April 5, 2018 sponsored by Consolidated Insurance Services and the agency’s head guy David Jones.

Plus, PA House candidates Eric Epstein and Adam G. Klein for State Representative are supporting the area’s only local newscast with independent journalist Bill Bostic. Yea!

Watchdog, CD Rams sports and the highly popular segment that breezes through this week’s amazing edition of The Paxton Herald are waiting for you to check out.

CLICK HERE for info about Lower Paxton’s CHILI COOK-OFF and FAMILY FUN DAY on April 28,.

And, CLICK HERE for details on the nine all-star high school basketball games to be played this Friday and Saturday at Harrisburg Christian School near Linglestown (look for “The 43rd Annual Pennsylvania vs Maryland All-Star Weekend”) . BTW, several Central Dauphin Lady Rams Basketball team members will be in action.



The Historians Are Coming! – GMU, Wed, 4/4/18

Welcome to the GAZETTE MORNING UPDATE (GMU) for Wednesday, April 4, 2018 brought to you by our Consolidated Insurance Services, our title sponsor — and supporting sponsors Eric Epstein and Adam G. Klein for State Representative who are running to succeed retiring state Rep. Ron Marsico.

Hey, check out the large number of Lower Paxton eateries listed in a report from by CLICKING HERE.

Plenty of good local yocal stuff today on the newscast courtesy of broadcaster Bill Bostic. Check it out sooner than later, folks!

Go Rumble Ponies!

MENTIONABLES – Anthony Cristillo, The Fat Man Clothing Company, Joe Murphy, Polly Murphy, Lower Paxton Township Historical Committee, Lower Paxton Township, CD Rams Baseball, Central Dauphin HS Boys Lacrosse, Bob Miller, Linglestown Baseball Association, Tim Tebow, Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Himalayan Fusion, Mellow Minded Cafe, Crave The Food, The Blue Moose Bar & Grille, Pho La Vie – Vietnamese Cuisine, Greystone Public House



Waste Management retained as trash contractor

Waste Management will continue as Lower Paxton Township’s solid waste and recycling contractor for five more years.

The township supervisors voted 4-0 to award a $17 million contract to Waste Management that begins in July. Board Chairman Lowman Henry didn’t participate in discussions or vote due to a unspecified conflict of interest.

The company’s bid was the lowest among the three received by the township.

The monthly cost of residential service during the first year of the contract will be $19.06, which is 91 cents per month lower than the current rate. The rate will go up every year and will top out at $20.72 per month in the contract year that starts in July 2022.

The new contract increases the number of leaf pickups from 19 to 21.

For low-volume customers that opt for a pay-as-you-go option, the price will increase from $4 per bag to $6.

The board opted not to require residents to use large trash cans with lids that Waste Management uses to automate trash collection.

Supervisors Robin Lindsey and Chris Judd said some older residents expressed concern about the size of the receptacles, 96 gallons for trash and 64 for recyclables. Also, residents who live in communities that do not allow outside storage of trash cans may not have room inside their garages, they said.



It Takes A Village – GMU, Tue, 4/3/18

“It Takes A Village” is the main topic today on the GAZETTE MORNING UPDATE (GMU) for Tuesday, April 3, 2018, sponsored by Consolidated Insurance Services in Paxtonia at 6109 Jonestown Road – look for the Erie Insurance sign.

And PA House candidates Eric Epstein and Adam G. Klein also help to bring you this public service.

Broadcaster Bill Bostic explains why the village of Linglestown has good bones.

Today’s newscast also includes breaking news, update on the tentative bus tour, a look at tonight’s Lower Paxton Township Board of Supervisors meeting, sports and more.

MENTIONABLESThe Computer Shop, Boscov’s, Hammondsport, New York, Lower Paxton Township, Lower Paxton Supervisor Lowman S. Henry, The Fat Man Clothing Company, Harrisburg Senators, Penn FC, Dauphin County Heroes Grove, Central Dauphin HS Boys Lacrosse, Linglestown Fire Company #1 – Station 35St. Thomas Roasters Coffee House, Stray Winds Area Neighbors – SWAN, Spring Gate Vineyard, Mellow Minded Cafe



Soft Poop & Hot Farts – GMU, Mon, 4/2/18

Soft poop & hot farts? Watch and learn, folks.

This is the GAZETTE MORNING UPDATE for Monday, April 2, 2018 brought to you by Consolidated Insurance Services and David Jones in Paxtonia.

Also PA House candidates Eric Epstein and Adam G. Klein for State Representative are helping to bring you this hyperlocal newscast.

Today get an update on homelessness, save the date for a candidates’ night, and a look at this week’s local government meetings.

Is Lower Paxton Township prepared to ward off cyberattacks? Many munis are not according to the Associated Press. CLICK HERE for more the story.

In sports, get info on Central Dauphin Lady Rams playing in an all-star basketball event by clicking HERE.

CLICK HERE to get the lowdown on the dispute over Colonial Park first responders using fire trucks for non-emergency runs..

Mentionables — Ted’s Bar & Grill,, Joe Gilloway, Brian Zellers, Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Downtown Daily Bread (DDB), Linglestown Area Civic Association, Susan George, Tim McCarthy, Central Dauphin HS Boys Lacrosse, Jamie Elise J. Brann, Nadia Romanchock, Turo, Colonial Park Fire Co. #1, Lower Paxton Township, Adam Kosheba



Local government pollution? – GMU, Fri, 3/30/18

Find out why Pennsylvania has local government pollution. What the heck?

TGIF celebrated today on the GAZETTE MORNING UPDATE (GMU) for March 30, 2918, brought you by Consolidated Insurance Services and PA House candidates Eric Epstein and Adam G. Klein.

Best wishes go out to Gazette reader and viewer Tim McCarthy who is recovering from medical problems stemming from a house fire. Get well soon!

Keep up to speed on the mix-up over use of Lower Paxton fire trucks. For the latest, CLICK HERE for a update.

Also, high school sports and a chance to win a prize on today’s newscast.

MENTIONABLES – Anthony Cristillo, The Fat Man Clothing Company, Karen Long, Becki Rider Kraft, Joe Gilloway, Susan George, Central Dauphin HS Boys Lacrosse, Central Dauphin Lady Rams Basketball