Carzwell ap­pointed to board of com­mis­sion­ers

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Ryan Gen­ova

ABING­TON » The Abing­ton Board of Com­mis­sion­ers has a new mem­ber.

In the wake of com­mis­sioner Tom Hecker’s Aug. 15 res­ig­na­tion, Jes­sica Carzwell of Ward 10 was wel­comed to her newly ap­pointed chair with the board at its Sept. 13 meet­ing.

“Thank you for the warm wel­come,” Carzwell said. “I’m hon­ored to be here. As this is the first time I’ve done some­thing of this na­ture, I’ve got a long learn­ing curve ahead of me. I look for­ward to work­ing with every one of the com­mis­sion­ers of Abing­ton.”

In other mat­ters, Abing­ton’s board of com­mis­sion­ers took time to honor the life-sav­ing ef­forts of two township res­i­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, a young fe­male at­tend­ing a June pool party was un­able to come up for air dur­ing a game be­ing played in the wa­ter. Matthew McHugh, the life­guard on duty, was able to re­trieve the child and quickly ini­ti­ate CPR ef­forts.

A 911 call was made, and Michael Sabia, a neigh­bor and a vol­un­teer with the Abing­ton Fire Depart­ment, was a first re­spon­der. Sabia ar­rived on the scene and im­me­di­ately be­gan as­sist­ing with the re­sus­ci­ta­tion, of­fi­cials said.

“The word ‘hero’ gets thrown around a lot, but these two in­di­vid­u­als are he­roes,” Com­mis­sioner John Spiegel­man said. “They saved a child’s life, and for that they de­serve our com­men­da­tions.”

McHugh is an Abing­ton Se­nior High School stu­dent, of­fi­cials said.

“Your pres­ence of mind un­der the pres­sure of ex­tra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances saved a life. You are what makes Abing­ton proud,” Spiegel­man said. “On be­half of a grate­ful township, thank you.”

In other busi­ness, the board passed a mo­tion which will op­pose a re­quest by Aqua Penn­syl­va­nia Inc. to in­crease its wa­ter rates as of Oct. 16.

“We’re send­ing a very sim­ple mes­sage to Aqua,” Spiegel­man said. “If you’re go­ing to raise our rates, you need to ad­dress the PFOS and PFOA con­tam­i­nants in our wa­ter. It’s as sim­ple as that. Those house­holds who are able to af­ford in-home wa­ter fil­tra­tion sys­tems should be the ex­cep­tion, not the rule.”

Com­mis­sioner Jimmy DiPlacido pointed out that the res­o­lu­tion was crafted in con­junc­tion with Spring­field, Up­per Dublin and Chel­tenham town­ships.

“Thank you for the ef­fort in putting this to­gether,” DiPlacido said.

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