Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Charter Arts boards adopts official diversity and inclusion resolution

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

At its June 11, meeting, the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts Board of Directors voted to adopt an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resolution to continue its support and commitment to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in Charter Arts’ programs, practices, and policies.

Lehigh Valley Zoo reopens after COVID-19 closure

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Under a hot Fourth of July sun, young families strolled through the just reopened Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville, stopping to admire penguins, otters and even giraffes.

With safety protocols in place, visitors were once again welcomed as of July 1st.

No screens or devices were on view as zoo animals enchanted visitors with their antics, encouraging family members to share a pleasant outdoor experience and make memories.

Masked zoo personnel were upbeat and helpful, in compliance with the state mandate to wear masks.

Borough parks to remain closed

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 by ELI FRAERMAN in Local News

Borough council members continued its fight against the novel coronavirus during its June 6 Facebook Live meeting, unanimously voting to extend the local disaster emergency until Sept. 8 as well as upholding a May decision to keep the Fountain Hill Park closed.

Despite pushback from some community members who said Fountain Hill is one of the only communities in the Lehigh Valley to not open parks, council remained adamant to act in the best interest of its residents to stop the spread of the coronavirus, they said.

Board extends state of emergency

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners had a quiet time of it July 8 as they held their meeting without the coronavirus related-political drama that they have faced recently. Instead, routine business dominated the meeting.

Commissioners extended the state of emergency related to the coronavirus pandemic until Sept. 15. There were no public objections offered.

Commissioners approved, for $1, the transfer of an easement to the Borough of Catasauqua for the purpose of widening Race Street so that a water line can be relocated.

Finnigan urges green phase caution

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 by ELI FRAERMAN in Local News

The Hanover Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a conditional use application of Faulkner Subaru Inc. for property located at 370 and 380 Stoke Park Road, during a meeting on June 23 held via Zoom.

The conditional use, classified as a “Dealer Vehicle Storage Facility,” had been in discussions since February, with a hearing taking place June 9. Faulkner Subaru Inc. currently owns a dealership at 330 Stoke Park Road.

She couldn’t go off quietly Grieving parents fight against childhood cancer

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Paula and Todd Oskam’s beloved second son Maxwell James was born on Sept. 18, 2017. The day after Christmas that same year the feisty, joyful little boy was dead.

It was two months before the Oskams learned that their baby had died of an undiagnosed malignant tumor on his stomach that had metastasized. Paula Oskam said she was shocked.

“I didn’t think kids got cancer,” she in a recent interview.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

Marking the 100th anniversary

In 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt, activist and suffragette, founded what was to become the League of Women Voters. To commemorate this event and to mark the 100th anniversary later this summer of the 19th Amendment, the League of Women Voters of Lehigh County hosted a Hot Topics luncheon earlier this year featuring an appearance by regional actress Pat Jordan in the role of Carrie Chapman Catt.

Policing the police

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by CHRIS HARING in Local News

Local officials weigh in

The June 30 edition of PBS 39’s Community Conversations series featured a discussion on the recently trending topic of police misconduct and accountability. The program featured a panel of five local officials, along with PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who offered pre-recorded comments. Joining host Monica Evans were Allentown Police Chief Glenn Granitz, Allentown criminal defense attorney Ettore Angelo, Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley, Executive Director of Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley Dr. Hasshan Batts and Pa. State Trooper John Scott.