Bethlehem Press

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LEHIGH COUNTY-Anti-discrimination wording a concern

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Business as usual hit a speed bump Feb. 27 when county commissioners attempted to approve a couple of routine professional services contracts. Commissioner Amy Zanelli objected to the boilerplate anti-discrimination provisions of two proposed agreements – one with Election IQ LLC and another with Alfred Yacoub, Esquire for professional services with the County of Lehigh.

Zanelli, elected in 2017 from District 3 to her commissioner office, noted the proposed contracts did not contain language that protects “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.”

School safety issues - ‘We need to put our money where our mouth is’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Local politicians, school superintendents, law enforcement, an advocacy group, and high school students came together for a question and answer discussion on school safety March 1 at PBS 39’s studio.

The National Rifle Association declined to attend the forum in Bethlehem, even though they were invited, according to host and moderator Tracy Yatsko. An empty chair on the stage represented the absent pro-gun organization, Yatsko said.

County, valley economic leaders

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“I represent the average person,” said the new Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong addressing a convivial crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests on Thursday. “We understand the power of the average person.”

Executive Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Stadium in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees, “We put progress over politics.”

Armstrong said that “over the past several years, our local economy has undergone a renaissance … we still make stuff here.”

County, valley economic leaders

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“I represent the average person,” said the new Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong addressing a convivial crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests on Thursday. “We understand the power of the average person.”

Executive Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Stadium in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees, “We put progress over politics.”

Armstrong said that “over the past several years, our local economy has undergone a renaissance … we still make stuff here.”

Bethlehem Council-Evans resigns, takes city job

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

City Councilman Eric Evans formally resigned his position on Bethlehem City Council Jan. 16 and was immediately confirmed by the council in a unanimous vote as Bethlehem’s business manager, succeeding Dave Brong, the current business administrator. Councilman Brian Callahan was not present at the meeting and Evans recused himself from the vote.

Evans had just recently been sworn in for his third term as a city councilman.