Bethlehem Press

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Guest speakers laud Literacy Center

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The success of The Literacy Center’s education efforts were on proud display Oct. 5 at the Great Room on the Allentown campus of Muhlenberg College. Three guest speakers showed off their public speaking skills in English as they each made brief remarks before a roomful of fellow students, teachers and board members and sponsors of The Literacy Center. A smattering of political representatives and well-wishers, plus some proud family members of the speakers, rounded out the audience.

Shelter families welcomed

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Dilia Coppedge, owner of The Nanny Loft Foundation, teamed with Tiffany Sandt and Jerod Baim, co-owners of Sweet & Sassy and with Daniel Ballester and Charisse Carrion of Luminous Moment DJ and Photo Booth and with other sponsors to throw a wonderful party Nov. 12 for homeless children from Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown.

Over 30 children arrived by school bus at The Promenade Shops in Saucon Valley and were immediately greeted by about 40 volunteers welcoming the kids and the moms and the Sixth Street Shelter employees who accompanied them.

‘This is cool stuff’

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Valley responds to storm victims’ needs

When a hurricane called Maria knocks your homeland to its knees, strips the shade from the trees, and leaves the land devastated, destitute and down, what do you do? If you’re a Lehigh Valley Puerto Rican, you get busy.

On Nov. 5 at ArtsQuest SteelStacks in Bethlehem, area Hispanics – Puerto Ricans and their simpatico brothers and sisters, the Dominicans, joined hands with other Lehigh Valley residents and raised money to help the families back home.

Council to limit short-term housing

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Making a few extra bucks by using Airbnb to rent out a spare bedroom for MusicFest or Christkindlmarkt visitors is about to get a little harder.

Bethlehem city council Nov. 21 voted 6–0 to give preliminary approval to a bill called Short Term Lodging Facilities. This action and the public input citizens were able to make during the meeting advances the bill toward final approval Dec. 19, when the city council will take up the matter again, likely approving the final version.

Lehigh County 2018 taxes will remain static

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners on Oct. 30 passed the 2018 county budget on a vote of 9 – 0. In a very short meeting and with very little discussion, the lawmakers set the spending priorities for the next year. After the quick vote, they engaged in a general round of congratulatory exchanges and shared smiles.

The general mood of the lawmakers was epitomized by Commissioner Percy Dougherty’s comment, “Any budget without a tax increase is a good budget!”

LEHIGH-Commissioners retain counsel to fight cross ban

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners Oct. 25 voted 7-1 to retain the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty of Washington, D.C. as special counsel to represent the county in its appeal to retain the Christian or Latin cross in the Lehigh County seal and flag.

Minutes from a December 1944 Lehigh County Commissioners meeting make the meaning the cross clear: “Underneath same and in center of Shield [Seal] appears the huge cross in canary-yellow signifying Christianity and the God-fearing people which are the foundation and backbone of our county.”

OLPH students practice fire safety

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

“Stop, drop, and roll!” shouted benches full of uniformed children at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School on Santee Road in Bethlehem this past Thursday. They were repeating the refrain from Fire Officer Jeff Owens’ song about fire safety.

The class, presented by Owens Public Education Coordinator for Koorsen Fire & Security, was good, but besides getting some valuable advice, the kids got a chance to pet his two black Labrador retriever dogs, Kali and Kasey.

No tax increase in proposed 2018 budget

Monday, September 11, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County residents got mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he presented his proposed Lehigh County budget for 2018 with no tax increase for Lehigh County for 2018.

Muller presented his fiscal plan at Cedarbrook nursing home which is owned by the County. A small crowd comprised mostly of county staff, politicians, local township officials and numerous residents of the nursing home attended the Aug. 31 press conference.

Article By: Douglas Graves Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Commissioner Dan Hartzell recently decided to temporarily withdraw a favored option for renovation of Cedarbrook nursing home from the agenda. The option will be considered at the next regular commissioners’ meeting, according to Commissioner Hartzell.

In spite of the absence of commissioners Thomas Creighton and Michael Schware, the vote could have been held, but Hartzell wanted to have a full board present for the vote. He said he didn’t want board members to feel legislation had been “rammed down their throats.”

LEHIGH COUNTY-No tax increase proposed in 2018 budget

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County residents got mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he presented his proposed Lehigh County budget for 2018 with no tax increase for Lehigh County for 2018.

Muller presented his fiscal plan at Cedarbrook nursing home which is owned by the County. A small crowd comprised mostly of county staff, politicians, local township officials and numerous residents of the nursing home attended the Aug. 31 press conference.