Governor Tom Wolf declared a health disaster Jan. 10 due to the worsening opioid crisis. Unlike a national-level emergency announcement several months ago, this has real and immediate effect.
A collaboration of all the state agencies, including the departments of Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Pennsylvania State Police, the measure contains 13 initiatives in the war on heroin and opioids.
The very first medical marijuana site in Pennsylvania has officially opened, and it is in Bethlehem. Keystone Canna Remedies’ new dispensary on Stefko Boulevard will soon offer an array of cannabis products to those suffering from various ailments from multiple sclerosis to PTSD.
Bethlehem Authority members gathered for the first time this year Jan. 11 and began with the annual reorganization meeting, at which positions such as secretary and treasurer usually hop to somebody else and longtime employees and associates are quickly voted on for retention.
John Tallarico will once again serve as president of the body, a position he has held before for several years and which other members appear perfectly satisfied with. Following the rapid votes, Executive Director Stephen Repasch eyed the clock with a smile, saying, “Seven minutes.”
It was a year of continued tragedies and devolving political and social discourse nationwide, yet the Lehigh Valley and Bethlehem in particular remain quiet and prosperous. But that is not to say there have not been many highs and lows.
Here is a reminder of what we at The Bethlehem Press have covered in 2017:
• Northampton Country District Attorney John Morganelli at loggerheads with Sands Casino over state legal concerns regarding its annual $10 million in host fees to local municipalities
Administrators and police officials of Bethlehem and Bangor announced in the city Rotunda Nov. 16 a new program designed to help residents suffering during the ongoing opioid crisis. Called the Bethlehem/Bangor Police Assisting in Recovery program, or BPAIR, it allows people who want help initiating their recovery from addiction to go directly to the police and ask for it.
As part of the ongoing effort to curb the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, officials with the Wolf Administration today announced the opening of 65 prescription drug take-back boxes at Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) stations across the commonwealth. State Police Commissioner Tyree C.
City council Nov. 8 was scheduled to vote on renewing a longtime collections contract with Portnoff Law Associates. The contract regards collecting outstanding real estate and water and sewer taxes, and is renewed every two years.
“We have a budget.”
Though it was the biggest takeaway from Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to Bethlehem Friday, it was only because of this the real reason for his visit was made possible. Standing in the National Museum of Industrial History on Third Street, Wolf announced a $12 million initiative to help coordinate and streamline activities and opportunities for bettering industry statewide.
“We have a budget.”
Though it was the biggest takeaway from Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to Bethlehem today, it was only because of this the real reason for his visit was made possible. Standing in the National Museum of Industrial History on Third Street, Wolf announced a $12 million initiative to help coordinate and streamline activities and opportunities for bettering industry statewide.