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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Liberty grad in comedy show

Bethlehem native and Liberty HS graduate Kevin Shea will present a stand-up comedy show at 8 p.m. on March 16 at The Broadway Social, 217 Broadway.

He is a stand-up comic who has performed in San Francisco; Los Angeles, including two different sets on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show; the Montreal Comedy Festival, the Kims of Comedy; the Arsenio Hall Show and HBO’s Down n Dirty. He has appeared on Tosh.O and Dr. Ken.

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Hellertown: Rieger seeks 3rd council term

City consults HCC on blighted Goodman Building

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The distressed property at 30-32 E. Third St., locally known as the Goodman Building, has been a source of contention between owner Alvin Kanofsky and city officials for several years. The City of Bethlehem, represented by Alicia Miller Karner, director of community and economic development, deputy director Amy Burkhart, and attorney Matthew Deschler, told the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the Feb. 27 meeting that the city had considered purchasing the property through eminent domain.

Transfer of funds to benefit Cedarbrook

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution March 8 transferring $10.6 million from the county stabilization fund to the intergovernmental transfer fund which will go directly to Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

The bill, sponsored by Commissioner Dan Hartzell, specifically provides for the intergovernmental transfer of funds to the Department of Human Services in order to provide the non-federal share of Medical Assistance payments to nursing homes.

Disc golfers Ace charity donations

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by TOM BROAS in Local News

Watching the flight of the disc, throwing the perfect shot and hitting the chains for a birdie putt is what usually drives the members of the Lehigh Valley Disc Club (LVDC) to play disc golf. But on Jan. 29 the LVDC hosted its 18th annual Ice Bowl disc golf tournament at the South Mountain Disc Golf course near Lehigh University to raise money and food for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Partnerships, business investments, make city strong

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Donchez said the city is now celebrating 275 years of rich history, and its recent placement on a list of tentative World Heritage sites reinforces not only its place in history, but the community’s perseverance through challenges.

“We have always risen to the occasion and created a better, more stable future for our community, and our children. We are hardworking and determined. Our strength comes from our partnerships, and our ability to work together. United…we can stand up to any adversity,” Donchez said.

“For being 275 years old, I think we look pretty good.”

State offers military family tax help

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Individuals filing their 2016 Pennsylvania personal income taxes can help Pennsylvania’s military personnel and their families by donating part or all of their refund to the state’s Military Family Relief Assistance Program.

The program provides grants of up to $3,500 to Pennsylvania members of the armed forces and their families who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The tax form includes instructions on how to donate.

County commissioners support redistricting reform bill

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at its Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to an independent citizens commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania secretary of state would elect the members.

Commissioner Amanda Holt voted in opposition.