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Matthews: Breakfast Club Probe A Joke

wnpv_politicsThe Chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners, Jim Matthews, says he and Vice Chairman Joe Hoeffel did not violate the state Open Meetings Law, or Sunshine Law, with breakfast meetings they held over a period of more than two years at two East Norriton restaurants. County Solicitor Barry Miller and Deputy Chief Operating Office Jim Maza also participated in the meetings, which observers have called the Breakfast Club, but Commissioner Bruce Castor was never invited.  Matthews says he got a legal opinion before the first meeting and found that the law does not bar them.

“You can talk about everything.  You can share your opinion, share information.  You can say how you’re going to vote on things.  It’s a fuzzy law, but it seems to say you can’t deliberate and you can’t vote.  That leaves 99.9 percent totally legit, and here’s the crazy thing about it.  You can deliberate and you can vote if you do the same thing in public the same day.”

Matthews says he thinks District Attorney Risa Ferman is a little bit embarrassed that her office subpoenaed engagement calendars from him and Hoeffel and promised a grand jury investigation.  He says she can’t back down now because the system doesn’t work that way, but the probe will drag on for a long time before the grand jury comes up empty-handed.

“We’ll have to wait for the end of the grand jury that hasn’t even been seated yet because they just got a new judge.  That will be six months from now before the grand jury will start and finish their business, and we’ll never be called because there’s nothing to call us on.”

He says the grand jury investigation is a joke.

“Now come on.  How hysterical is that?  I had a professor of law at Temple University who said to me, ‘What the Hell is Risa giving in to this for, this pressure from her former boss?’  (Castor)  I said I don’t think it is, but other people seem to think it is, and then he said ‘How do you take a summary offense that’s not in the criminal code and take it before a grand jury?’  It’s not a crime.  It’s not in the criminal code.”

He says the political fallout, including the grand jury investigation, resulted from overreaction to a story in the Times-Herald newspaper.

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WNPV AM 1440 As reported by Sam Verano, SAHS Principal, this morning, there will be a vigil in memory of Nina Flick and for the full recovery of Anthony Flick at Souderton Area High School this evening. The vigil will be held in the high school gymnasium. Doors will open at 6 PM with the vigil beginning at 6:30. It is expected to last 45 minutes. It would be most appreciated if you could stop by and help promote the vigil and fundsforflick. If you have questions, please contact Melissa Mecca at mmecca1988@gmail.com.
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Click here to support From happiness to nothing in 1 day by Erika Kershaw www.gofundme.com Im sure you have heard about the montgomery county shooting spree. These two little girls Kayla age 5 and Shannon age 9 were caught in the middle of this and lost their mother, father, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, uncle, and cousin. Including these girls losing their loved ones Kayla als...
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TAP into North Penn Press release from Lansdale Police: Due to the recent tragic events here in Lansdale and surrounding communities, the Lansdale Police Department has asked Victim Services Center (VSC) to give a presentation of the services they offer on Monday evening, December 22nd at 6:00 PM at the Lansdale Parks & Recreation building located at the intersection of East Seventh Street and Lansdale Avenue in Lansdale Borough. Victim Services Center (VSC) is a non-profit organization located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania that provides free and confidential comprehensive support services such as: Crisis Counseling Many people who are impacted by violence experience anxiety, fear, confusion and anger. A crisis occurs when people no longer feel able to cope in the ways they could previously. Through crisis counseling we provide support and information to community members who are in crisis as a result of victimization. Clients learn to reduce their anxiety and access important resources. Supportive Counseling Once the crisis has subsided, people find they have been impacted by victimization in many different ways. Some people feel very angry, some feel powerless, and some blame them-selves for the actions of others. Through supportive counseling, clients learn new skills for coping with stressors in their lives. Clients gain increased feelings of safety and self– confidence. Chief Robert McDyre – “The effects a heart-rending event such as the one we have recently experienced often manifest themselves after the event has transpired and the initial shock dissipates. It’s typical to experience rage, grief and many other emotions. VSC is at the forefront in helping those affected put the pieces back to together.”
WNPV AM 1440 For those of you interested in donating to Anthony Flick, go to http://www.gofundme.com/Fundsforflick.
Click here to support Funds for Flick by Melissa Mecca www.gofundme.com On December 15th a tragedy struck a Souderton Borough family. A deranged man entered the Flick family residence he shot and killed Anthony's Mother and Father. Anthony was shot while defending his fourteen year old sister Nina. The shooter cut off three of Anthony's fingers, stabbed him and ultim...
WNPV AM 1440 A group of students from Souderton High School has set up a fund for Anthony Flick, the injured victim of yesterday's rampage, at "GoFundMe." If you wish to contribute to this young man who has lost so much, the account is called "Funds for Flick."

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