Beltzville opens without lifeguards

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The sun was out, the cool water glistened and people returned to Beltzville State Park this weekend to enjoy the start of the summer season.
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Abbondanzo

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May 27, 2008
 
"Autumn Ackley of Palmerton, who brought her two children to the beach, suggested the state charge a small fee, such as $1, if money is the problem.
Her boyfriend, Lenny Twaskas, said he believes it's important to have someone trained in rescue measures, such as CPR, working as lifeguards and keeping a watchful eye."

-Why is it that EVERY article anymore has non-traditionale families? i.e. the parents have differnent last names than the kids. I know "it happens" but why does it seem to happen all the time in every news story you read or watch on TV.
wow

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May 27, 2008
 
last time i went there it was pretty nasty. Looked like the inner city Allentonians were all there. won't go there anymore. and yes i saw people let their little babies have only a diaper on and be in the water. ever heard of lil swimmer diapers.
just me

Palmerton, PA

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May 27, 2008
 
I think people in this area should have a pass of some sort for free 'admission' to Beltzville. All others from out of this area should be charged at least $1 per person to be admitted. That just may cut down on some of the filth. The out of towners may not want to pay admission.
Pachacutec

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May 27, 2008
 
When kids are around water, it IS important to have people on hand who are trained in CPR; how about the parents? There are courses out there and I think every parent should have basic CPR/first aid training. And when kids are around water, there should be an adequate number of adults to supervise the kids.
1 for Justice

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May 27, 2008
 
wow wrote:
last time i went there it was pretty nasty. Looked like the inner city Allentonians were all there. won't go there anymore. and yes i saw people let their little babies have only a diaper on and be in the water. ever heard of lil swimmer diapers.
If you look closer, it isn't the Allentonians. Try a bit farther south. The buses in the lot are most likely from Philly. And they don't care how they pollute our waters.
Bitter

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May 27, 2008
 

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I think this was a wonderful idea! Now it forces people to watch their OWN children, and we all know that is why a LIFEGUARD is at pool or a beach, so they can watch the kids free of charge.
PRIME EXAMPLE;
Lenny Twaskas, said he believes it's important to have someone trained in rescue measures, such as CPR, working as lifeguards and keeping a watchful eye."
Be responsible learn this yourself and watch your own children.
Bitter

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May 27, 2008
 
Pachacutec wrote:
When kids are around water, it IS important to have people on hand who are trained in CPR; how about the parents? There are courses out there and I think every parent should have basic CPR/first aid training. And when kids are around water, there should be an adequate number of adults to supervise the kids.
I think every one should take a test, and pass with 100% before they breed to see if they are responsible enough to have children. If you cannot pass then they should be made sterile right then & there.
dying allentown

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May 27, 2008
 
Allentown, Philly...don't matter. Every year the visiting filth causes the swimming area to be shut down because of unfit bacteria. It would be a waste to hire a lifeguard for a couple weeks
Hey YaHomos

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May 27, 2008
 
I remember when Beltzville was a nice place to take your family for a swim and a picnic .. Now its all puerto ricans, screaming little puerto ricans, loud music and kaos ... what a shame ..

“"JUST LOOKING FOR SANITY"”

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May 27, 2008
 
Lifeguards are not the problem, how people respect the parks, I mean let's face it the parks are for them, and if they are rotten enough to ruin them constantly....SHUT THEM DOWN! They only go there because they're free.

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Since: May 08

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May 27, 2008
 
MojoMan the Navy Man wrote:
Lifeguards are not the problem, how people respect the parks, I mean let's face it the parks are for them, and if they are rotten enough to ruin them constantly....SHUT THEM DOWN! They only go there because they're free.
I generally agree. Charge a small fee and hire someone to monitor usage and evict people abusing the park. I live within view of the lake but haven't swam there in over 20 years. It's a shame.
Joe Dirt

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May 27, 2008
 
If you start to drown just grab on to a floating piece of monkey poop.
Claire

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May 27, 2008
 
Parents should be responsible for their kids, not lifeguards, etc. And for gods sake, don't take your kid in the water with just a diaper on. Have some respect for other people. Furthermore, from what I've seen of the "crowd" that frequents Beltzville anymore, it would a blessing if they ALL drowned.
wow

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May 27, 2008
 
Claire wrote:
Parents should be responsible for their kids, not lifeguards, etc. And for gods sake, don't take your kid in the water with just a diaper on. Have some respect for other people. Furthermore, from what I've seen of the "crowd" that frequents Beltzville anymore, it would a blessing if they ALL drowned.
I AGREE!!!
IAMAL

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May 27, 2008
 
Ed should lease the state parks to a private firm, maybe from Spain. Take the money and invest it into Phila's infrastructure. Ed could give a speech at Beltsville wearing a diaper while eating a greasy cheese steak.
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Hey YaHomos wrote:
I remember when Beltzville was a nice place to take your family for a swim and a picnic .. Now its all puerto ricans, screaming little puerto ricans, loud music and kaos ... what a shame ..
Last time I was there it was all white redneck trash. The ones polluting the water are the little white snot nosed brats
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May 27, 2008
 
wow wrote:
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I AGREE!!!
That would get rid of all the white scum!!!!!!
Latinos False Pride

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May 27, 2008
 
This sounds like a plot to exterminate Latinos by the white man.

The white man knows that Latinos and water are lethal.
Everytime you have a Latino around water, they drown.
Its like everytime you have a Latino woman around fried food, they plump up.
Mike

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May 27, 2008
 
This (the scum who frequent) is the reason I go to a different lake that charges per person to enter. It is much cleaner and nice than BSP.
David-1206

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May 27, 2008
 
It won't be long until the feces in the water shuts it down anyway...

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