PBS 39 TOWN HALL - Toomey on Obamacare: ‘Not OK to just tear it up’
Fairly or unfairly, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa) has come under heavy criticism for refusing to meet his constituents at one of those increasingly raucous town halls. One group calling itself Tuesdays with Toomey actually camps outside his legislative offices weekly. Last night, it was Thursday with Toomey. It was a one-hour televised town hall at the Steelstacks’ PBS-39 Studios before a small crowd of 54 people and nine reporters and photographers.
At the final meeting before the start of the school year Aug. 21, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy was proud to announce that 53 new teachers were attending orientation, with an official convocation ceremony to be held at Liberty HS Aug. 23. This marks the final chapter in the district’s summer-long focus on hiring to provide the least disruption during the school year as possible.
The power of the T-Tex--Lutheran Manor residents gather signatures, community support for a safer crosswalk
While school crossing guards were mobilized recently for the opening of Bethlehem schools to protect community children, no crossing guards have been available to make sure senior citizens and the disabled can safely cross Westgate Drive.
That is until now.
Passing motorists couldn’t help but notice the T-Rex accompanying Lutheran Manor residents last week as they continue their safety walk at the intersection of Westgate and Bathgate drives where they have asked for a lighted crosswalk and a lower speed limit.
Teachers and administrators attending the Bethlehem Area School District’s annual convocation learned both the winners of the 2017 BEST (Bethlehem Educational Scholastic Trust) Awards and heard from Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, who was keynote speaker.
The CHEMO Bag, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing gift bags full of comfort items for chemotherapy patients, held its first major fundraiser in August at the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course. Founded in 2013 by Leah Walia, a nurse who herself had gone through chemotherapy, the group now has more than 40 volunteers and sponsors.
Commissioner Dan Hartzell recently decided to temporarily withdraw a favored option for renovation of Cedarbrook nursing home from the agenda. The option will be considered at the next regular commissioners’ meeting, according to Commissioner Hartzell.
In spite of the absence of commissioners Thomas Creighton and Michael Schware, the vote could have been held, but Hartzell wanted to have a full board present for the vote. He said he didn’t want board members to feel legislation had been “rammed down their throats.”
Lehigh County residents got mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he presented his proposed Lehigh County budget for 2018 with no tax increase for Lehigh County for 2018.
Muller presented his fiscal plan at Cedarbrook nursing home which is owned by the County. A small crowd comprised mostly of county staff, politicians, local township officials and numerous residents of the nursing home attended the Aug. 31 press conference.
Fountain Hill is taking action on delinquent accounts for garbage collection. The borough is in arrears of over $200,000.
Executive Administrator Anthony Branco a ta recent meeting asked for a motion to be able to send properties to sheriff sale if their garbage bill exceeds $4,000 and they are not actively engaged in a payment plan.
Council discussed this heatedly with protests and agreements for the motion. Ultimately, the delinquent accounts affect the entire borough and the motion passed.