Q. What do you see as your greatest accomplishment since taking office in 2016?
After answering questions posed by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Tony Ianelli during a live taping of the weekly half-hour Business Matters television program, retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was feted at an informal “thank you” reception March 28 at Lehigh Country Club, 2319 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown.
The show aired April 2 on WFMZ Lehigh Valley television, Channel 69.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Julian Sghiatti for proposed signage on a storm door that had been previously installed during their meeting in the Rotunda March 14. Inclement weather had caused the cancellation of the March 7 hearing.
The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District hosted its third annual Celebration Dinner March 20 at Sands Event Center, raising over $60,000 in net proceeds to support their mission – to enhance the learning opportunities for all students of the Bethlehem Area School District.
Over 450 guests enjoyed interactive student expos, integrated student musical performance, dynamic décor, placing bids on silent auction items, and a friendly game of “Are You Smarter than a BASD 5th Grader?” trivia game.
James C. Kostura is a former Navy Seal who began working for Northampton County Corrections in 1993. He started out as a corrections officer and worked his way up through the ranks to became a deputy warden in charge of community corrections. Recently he was confirmed unanimously as director of corrections, replacing former Director Dan Keen.
Kostura’s salary is set at $93,626.
There were several bad jokes about Kostura “diving” into the new job.
The theme for the Cancer Telethon is “People you know helping people you know,” and this year the people we know were the cancer volunteers themselves.
The telethon at Penn’s Peak this year raised $224,254 for research and services, an increase from the $220,589 raised in 2017.
It became personal this year with Bud Wychulis, entertainer Fred Douglas and tympani drummer Vicki Willman all diagnosed with cancer in the past year.
Texting while driving has been illegal for five years in Pennsylvania, yet the number of crashes involving distracted driving has continued to increase since that time.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation suggests that the law hasn’t gone far enough to get drivers to put down the phone.
While the number of citations under the state’s distracted driving laws has steadily increased, the number of crashes involving phones has also increased.
The Lehigh Valley League of Women Voters hosted a presentation on election trends by Dr. Christopher Borick, Muhlenberg College professor of political science and director of Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. The event was held Jan. 8 at Superior Restaurant, Emmaus.
The bipartisan audience of approximately 35 attendees included Connor Corpora, regional manager for Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., and Scott Uehlinger, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crews worked to cold patch a portion of Route 248 between Lehighton and Palmerton on Wednesday morning.
Less than 5 feet away, motorists zoomed past the work site. Many were estimated to be traveling 15-20 mph over the speed limit.
It’s an every day occurrence, according to PennDOT’s Corey Reph, who manages road crews in the area.
“We talk all the time about safety,” Reph said.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) awarded Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement on behalf of higher education at its annual meeting in Hershey March 26.
The Benjamin Franklin Medal, named for one of the nation’s and Pennsylvania’s earliest and most recognized leaders, is reserved for individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the ongoing vitality and effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities.