Pet Valu, a chain of food and care stores with high-end nutritional options opened recently in the Giant shopping center just outside Hellertown on Leithsville Road. Manager Kathy Cannon, who’s grew up on a farm in Bucks County, said she’s been with the company for 12 years and appreciates how supportive the company is of her vision. But there are other rewards. “Animal people are always such good customers,” she said.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer recently announced the selection of seven counties to participate in the launch of the Pennsylvania State Roundtable’s Family Engagement Initiative.
The roundtable is a collaborative effort among state and national court and child welfare leaders.
Building upon past successes, the initiative will focus on enhancements to local child dependency systems which serve abused or neglected children and their families.
The seven counties chosen include Lehigh, Northampton, Adams, Blair, Clinton, Lackawanna, and Union.
Healing Hands, represented by business owner Jennifer Burns and Brian Podenbach of Valley Wide Signs & Graphics, was quickly approved by the Historical and Architectural Review Board for installation of a bracket sign on the front of Tiger Hall at the October 4 meeting. Burns, also owns the venerable building at 518 Main St. The certificate of appropriateness was granted with the stipulation that a serif font be used for wording above and below the logo on the oval-shaped sign for the massage therapy center.
Northampton County Council is currently considering six leases for magisterial district judges. Those leases were held by Executive John Brown for eight weeks before the court insisted that Council should review them. Brown wanted to renegotiate terms already established by the courts.
Three Magisterial District Judges - Alicia Zito, Nancy Matos Gonzalez and Dan Corpora - were at a council committee meeting Oct. 18 to discuss the need for offices in which they can feel safe. Matos Gonzalez, who has presided in South Bethlehem for the past 26 years, spoke for them.
Housing costs in the Lehigh Valley are steep. For many families, housing is simply unaffordable, and programs designed to help this sector of the population are being defunded.
The Restoration House Program, operated by New Bethany Ministries on Bethlehem’s Southside, is one of those programs. By the end of October, all current residents were required to vacate their apartments, even if they had not reached their full duration of stay.
Olympic medals winning cyclist and Republican Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein has announced his bid to run for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent in the 15th Congressional District.
The self-described conservative and political outsider joins state Lehigh County Representatives Justin Simmons and Ryan Mackenzie to oppose four Democratic candidates, solicitor Susan Ellis Wild and Pastor Greg Edwards, both of Allentown; Bill Leiner of Coplay; and Laura Quick of Lebanon County.
“We have a budget.”
Though it was the biggest takeaway from Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to Bethlehem Friday, it was only because of this the real reason for his visit was made possible. Standing in the National Museum of Industrial History on Third Street, Wolf announced a $12 million initiative to help coordinate and streamline activities and opportunities for bettering industry statewide.
After an August recess, the Mayor’s South Side Task Force met Sept. 26. Chairman Roger Hudak announced that the “Fall Southside Cleanup!” was scheduled for that Saturday morning. The event is sponsored by the South Side Task Force, Lehigh University Community Affairs, CADCB, among others.