The Muslim community called a news conference in Whitehall Township March 15 to express its sorrow and outrage at the attack earlier that day on two New Zealand mosques. The loss of life from such a wanton violation of human decency shocked the world.
The Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley opened its doors to others in the community. Dr. Mirza Baig, MALV vice president, welcomed members of all different faiths who had gathered. In his address, Imam Basheer Bilaal described Islam and how the death of one member of the Muslim family affects all.
Vicky Bartholomew, owner of Blocker’s Coffeehouse, decided to reward Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers at Lehigh Valley International Airport Jan. 25.
Many government employees had been working without a paycheck during the 30-plus-day government shutdown.
“We decided to run coffee and pastries up to them around 8 in the morning,” Bartholomew said. “That’s when the shifts change.”
TSA agents were thrilled.
Bartholomew said it was a goodwill gesture.
“Maybe some of them will taste some good coffee and stop by our place,” she said.
When Mark Reccek was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, he began his treatment in the oncology department at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. The Marine was a fighter and wrote regularly for The Press newspapers.
While he was undergoing treatment, he was being cared for by his sister, Donna Kukor, of Bath. During his stints in the hospital, Reccek continued to write columns on the experiences he had during his treatment.
Coplay Borough Councilman Stephen Burker announced Feb. 8 that the borough plans to have a community parade for Penn State football star Saquon Barkley.
“He has been someone this community has followed throughout his football career,” he said.
The parade date is set for March 24.
“We set the date after numerous discussions with Saquon’s mother, Tanya,” Burker said. “It is something that the borough wanted to do, and the Barkleys were humbled by our request.”
Rick Daugherty opened his congressional campaign with a gathering of supporters at Pies On Pizza in Catasauqua. Daugherty is no stranger to the area. He lived in Catasauqua and graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1978. Daugherty was chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee from 2006 to 2010. He was a district administrator for Congressman Paul McHale in 1994 and 1995. He ran for office twice against Charlie Dent.
Republican David Molony held a press conference Nov. 16 to get the word out on some of his campaign commitments. A special election is scheduled Dec. 5 to fill the seat vacated by Dan McNeill for the 133rd Legislative District.
“I’ve talked to more than 25,000 people in the district over the past years,” Molony said. “They want to participate more in how decisions in Harrisburg are made.”
To meet that demand, Molony said he is going to use his constituent contact mail to show voters important pending legislation and solicit feedback on how he should vote.
On the last full weekend in June, local ham radio operators gather to work with 40,000 other operators around the world as part of their annual 24-hour preparedness drill.
Members of Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club (DLARC) set up this year in a pavilion at Bicentennial Park, East Allen Township.
“We pick this weekend because it is when ionization is best,” said Bob Green, of radio station KE3AW. “We set up contacts with other operators and record them.”
Ionization in the atmosphere helps signals travel farther because they can bounce off the atmosphere.
Editor’s note: Correspondent Paul Cmil spoke with Candace Winkler about her recent participation in the North Dakota pipeline protest. Since her return home, the Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit to construct the protested segment of the pipeline under the direction of President Barrack Obama. However, it is understood President-Elect Donald Trump could reverse that decision when he takes office in January. Cmil’s interview took place before the permit was denied.
A number of incidents at the new Innovative Arts Academy Charter School on Howertown Road have been listed on recent reports released by the Catasauqua Police Department.
The new charter school opened its doors Sept. 12, a delayed start after CEO Loraine Petrillo announced her resignation.
She was replaced by Steve Gabryluk, who did not return calls from The Press for comment on the incidents.
An individual fielding calls for the school said Gabryluk was not available and there was no one appointed to handle community inquiries.
State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd, called a town hall meeting at Whitehall High School Feb. 24 to highlight the increased levels of heroin addiction in the Lehigh Valley. Two hundred-plus interested residents attended.
A host of speakers presented brief speeches on their role in combating the epidemic of heroin abuse.
“Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no one in the county jail who is there because of his addiction,” Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said. “Our goal is to get those with an addiction into a rehab facility.”