The Boro & Towne News is the community newspaper for the Top of the Mountain area of Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
We cover the contiguous municipalities of Coolbaugh Township, Mount Pocono Borough, and Tobyhanna Township. Included within their borders are the unincorporated villages of Blakeslee, Pocono Lake, Pocono Pines, Pocono Summit, and Tobyhanna, as well as a portion of Long Pond. Six fire companies, two libraries, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police, the Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services, and the nine schools of the Pocono Mountain School District all operate within our coverage area.
We try to cover every meeting and event in our community. Supervisors and council members know that we will be there – meeting after meeting, asking questions, looking at documents, reviewing their bill packs. That’s our job – to be the independent eyes and ears of the community.
We work for you – the citizens of our community. You are our first loyalty.
Our mission is to be your independent voice, delivering accurate, comprehensive, and relevant information in a meaningful context. The role of community journalism is to provide citizens with the information they need to be self-governing. Everything we do flows from that prime mission.
The Boro & Towne News is published from Mount Pocono. We started as a monthly print newspaper mailed to every home in Mount Pocono. Not long after, we responded to your demand and expanded our coverage to the rest of the Top of the Mountain community. Around the same time, we doubled publication to every other week. Soon, we will publish weekly, becoming only the second newspaper in the county qualified to publish legal advertisements (the other being the Pocono Record).
A free newspaper at the beginning, in order to provide the comprehensive coverage you deserve, we will become a subscriber-based publication in the Summer of 2021.
Our editor, and currently our main reporter, photographer, distributor, and advertising salesperson, is Tom Ford.
Tom’s first job in life was as a ten-year-old newspaper delivery boy for Newsday on Long Island, where he had a 250-home route. Now, approaching retirement age, he finds himself once again distributing newspapers. This time, though, his sturdy, reliable triple-basket Schwinn is not suited to the job.
Tom had an eight-year journalism career, in two states, before going on to law school and a nearly 40-year law practice. He’s now returned to his journalism roots. You can reach him at Tom@TheBoroNewspaper.com.