In back-to-back press events Aug. 28 Lehigh County officials unveiled the county's new executive and the proposed 2013 county budget.
President Judge Carol McGinley administered the oath of office to 75-year-old William Hansell, a former city council member and business administrator with decades of experience in government and management.
Hansell replaces Don Cunningham, who left the position after six years to become executive director of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.
City officials inducted three men into the Fire Department in a brief but warm ceremony the morning of Aug. 15.
Mayor John Callahan called public safety the most important aspect of running local government, and said the simplest terms to apply to its members are skilled, professional, courageous and trustworthy.
City officials announced at an afternoon press conference Aug. 15 the implementation of a $236,000 study to develop the old Hoover-Mason Trestle at the Bethlehem Steel furnaces into an idyllic walking path connecting the ArtsQuest Steelstacks campus and Sands Casino resort.
Mayor John Callahan, City Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Tony Hanna and Wallace Roberts and Todd architects principle Antonio Fiol-Silva together described the study as the next logical step for the site.
Following his Aug. 15 arrest for beating his wife and driving drunk, State Rep. Joseph Brennan, (D-133) announced in a brief statement Aug. 22 he is ceasing his campaign for November re-election.
"I have been privileged to represent the 133rd District for the past six years, but today I am submitting a request to remove my name from the November ballot," Brennan said. "I will remain in office until the conclusion of my term on Nov. 30 and my offices will remain open and staffed to help constituents deal with state government."
Around 12:21 a.m. Aug. 21, police officers arrived at a Wall Street residence to investigate an automatic alarm.
They found 51-year-old Michael Lindgren, who had just been at the police station asking to use a telephone, with blood on his hands and feet, leaving his parents' home, and the elderly couple brutalized within.
Less than 24 hours later, Lindgren's mother, Shirley, 77, died of head injuries at St. Luke's Hospital. Lindgren's father, Ralph, 78, is in recovery.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim ruled Shirley Lindgren's death a homicide.
Tempers flared in Borough Hall as council clashed with fire company representatives during an extended Aug. 14 meeting that several times devolved into passionate shouting matches.
The contention: Council is stripping the all-volunteer company of the few resources it has and needs to function.
The problem: The borough is in financial shambles and the small-town rumor mill keeps the resentment toward council at a low boil.
Democratic state representative and Fountain Hill resident Joseph Brennan, D-133rd, was arrested the afternoon of Aug. 15 for hitting his wife and driving while drunk.
According to affidavits, borough police were dispatched to Delaware Avenue around 3 p.m. regarding alleged domestic violence on a front porch. Upon arrival, police identified Norma Jane Brennan, who had suffered injuries to her face, hands, feet and left knee.
It's been on the national stage and in the Harrisburg courts, but even here in the semi-rural Lehigh Valley the Voter ID law is maligned as a needless and expensive partisan encroachment on basic American rights.
As liberals decry the law's unconstitutionality, conservatives have faced a court decision on an argument so thin they wouldn't even use their straw man in the proceedings.
In July the city's Water Authority finalized a long-term forest management contract with the Wildlife Conservancy to maintain tens of thousands of acres for decades.
One intangible benefit with the earning of carbon credits – essentially cash credit for not using up resources – was that the watershed was audited for in the first week of August.
Authority Executive Director Steve Repasch said prior to Aug. 10 more than 17,000 of the 22,000 acres submitted for study had qualified, though with a number of needed correctable actions.