In its sixth and final presentation during its fiftieth anniversary “Be the Spark” campaign, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation awarded five grants totaling $50,000 to organizations with veterans related programs on Dec. 4 in the PBS-39 Studio A.
Featured speakers were two area veterans, Major Nathan Kline, a World War II bombardier and navigator who served 42 years in the U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Army veteran Nicholas Ward, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and spent three combat tours of duty in Iraq during his seven and one-half years of military duty.
On a chilly fall afternoon, active duty and Marine veterans gathered recently at the Marine Corps Monument at Cedar Beach Park, Allentown, to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps.
On hand were Marines stationed at the Marine Corps reserve center on Airport Road as well as members of the Marine Corps Leagues of Allentown and Bethlehem.
Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong has selected Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. to be his new director of administration.
“Mayor Hozza will bring a proven track record of versatile and strategic leadership and a strong command of the issues and concerns of municipalities and townships throughout Lehigh County,” Armstrong said.
Dallas Basha of Lehigh Properties found his proposed five-story, residential over retail project again rejected by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the Dec. 18 meeting in the Rotunda. This latest application was tabled, as it had been at two previous hearings. The height of the new construction for Basha’s vacant lot at 13 W. Morton St. was still an issue for the board and area residents.
On the eve of Veterans Day, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) dedicated and held an open house for the newly completed Dick and Peggy Fleming Military and Veteran Resource/Information Center (MAVRIC).
In a special ceremony at the state Capitol Jan. 2, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill of Whitehall Township was sworn in to represent the Lehigh Valley’s 133rd Legislative District.
McNeill won a Dec. 5, 2017, special election to complete the term of her late husband, Dan, who died Sept. 8, 2017.
The oath was administered by state Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty as family and friends looked on.
McNeill becomes the 48th woman currently serving in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Mary Elizabeth Thiel celebrated her 100th birthday recently with her family.
Thiel was born Nov. 18, 1917 on Vine Street in Bethlehem to parents Thomas Eddinger and Irene Paul. She was the eldest of four, including siblings Doris, Sara and Alvin.
In the first effort of its kind in the state, Gov. Tom Wolf declared the opioid crisis a statewide disaster emergency in order to fight the scourge of addiction.
According to Wolf, Pennsylvania’s rate of drug overdose is 36.5 per 100,000, whereas the national average is 16.3 per 100,000.
Enhancing coordination and data collection to bolster state and local response
• Establishes an Opioid Command Center located at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
• Expands access to Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to other commonwealth entities for clinical decision-making purposes
• Adds overdoses and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome as reportable conditions
• Authorizes emergency purchase under procurement code for hotline contract.
Improves tools for families, first responders and others to save lives