Meals on Wheels of Northampton County's new logo not only offers a fresh look but also a fresh take for this 42-year-old social service organization.
In addition to the new logo, fresh ingredients from local farms and expanded programs are key features to the MOW vision for the future.
"Our plan is to expand our existing services and create some new services to better meet the needs of the community," said Debra Ghia, vice president of MOW's Board of Directors.
Continuing point of discussion: Some churches open their doors to same-gender marriages, others do not
"It's about time," was the response of one same-sex couple now planning to wed in September.
In May, after a U.S. federal judge ruled as unconstitutional the state's ban on same-sex marriages, the state became one of the last Northeast region states to legalize same-sex marriages. In 2014, there are 20 states where same-sex marriages are legal.
For the first time ever, 9-year-old Owen Annicchiarico took to Café the Lodge's Open Mic stage to sing two children's classics. With focus and stage presence, Owen sang "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" with no musical accompaniment and, just in case there was a memory lapse, only minimal cues from his Dad's tablet with the song lyrics.
They were all there for Aaik. Two years ago, thanks in large part to the vision of Aaik Van Munster, Café the Lodge opened its doors.
A standing-room-only crowd filled Café the Lodge's rooms March 21 to celebrate Van Munster's life and the Café's second anniversary. Van Munster, who would have turned 58 in March, passed away in October.
He served as Café the Lodge's founding director and the director of the Mental Health Recovery Lodge.
Forty-four acres surrounding Bethlehem Township's Housenick Memorial Park will be preserved for open space. At the Dec. 5 Northampton County Council meeting, a packed house was on hand to support two land-acquisition resolutions which will improve the storm water management system of the Monocacy Creek and extend the recreational and educational use of Housenick Park.
For 2014, Northampton County residents will see no increases in their county tax.
By a 7-2 vote, county council approved the $330 million spending plan, but not without considerable discussion of the more than two dozen budget amendments that needed approval.
This is the seventh budget and county Executive John Stoffa's final budget that has seen no tax increase. Council President John Cusick, who is also stepping down as a council member, said that the new council and executive will have a difficult time preparing a no-tax increase budget in the future.
Centanarian Nina Harpel plans to have afghan #58 completed by Christmas. The 100-year-old Harpel, who crossed the century mark Nov. 13, believes staying active is one of the keys to her longevity. "Either use it or lose it," said the white-haired ManorCare resident, who doesn't look a day over 70.
Northampton County employees will now be prohibited from serving on boards or commissions that do business with or provide paid services to the county for a period of one year following the employee's termination with the county. The law goes into effect in spite of County Executive John Stoffa's veto and opposition from concerned citizens and three council members.
In two years time, Gracedale's census numbers have increased by 60 residents and revenue has increased. Due to the improvements made by Premier Healthcare Resources, there are now 640 residents up from 580 in 2011. Premier's goal is to average a stable 670 census count with a total bed capacity of 688.
While the financial picture is looking rosier for the county's nursing home in upper Nazareth, there are still challenges to meet.
Hoping for six votes, Northampton County Council will attempt to override a vetoed amendment that prohibits county employees from serving on boards or authorities that do business with the county.
County Executive John Stoffa vetoed the change to the county's administrative code because he views it as weakening the government's ability to keep communication lines open among these boards and authorities, and it duplicates policy already in effect.