Lehigh Commissioners voted OCt. 11 to appeal U.S. District Judge Edward Smith’s ruling in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in their suit against Lehigh County’s continued use of a Christian cross in the county seal.
The 6–3 vote came after an executive session when commissioners discussed the case. In public session three commissioners voted against appealing the decision: David Jones, Geoff Brace and Dan Hartzell.
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.
Lehigh Valley Health Network will administer free seasonal flu vaccinations for adults and children 6 months and older during two community sessions in November.
Shots will be all drive-thru 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Dorney Park, South Whitehall, and the same time at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, on Nov. 5.
LVHN is partnering with area food banks and shelters to accept donations of unexpired, nonperishable food items at the sessions.
LVHN will partner with the Allentown Health Bureau to offer online registration.
As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver license and identification card products.
PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 for the design and issuance of drive license and identification cards.
Over the last 22 months, PennDOT has worked with MorphoTrust USA on planning, design and deployment of this major new security enhancement initiative. This update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act.
Hearst has agreed to acquire the magazine and book businesses of Rodale Inc., based in Emmaus and New York.
The announcement was made Oct. 18 by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, Rodale CEO Maria Rodale and Hearst Magazines President David Carey.
The deal is expected to close in early 2018 after government approvals are received.
Terms have not been disclosed.
“We have a budget.”
Though it was the biggest takeaway from Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to Bethlehem today, 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.
The Fountain Hill Little League will be getting some much needed renovations. They received a grant from The Iron Pigs for $3500 for field renovations. The newly appointed Little League President, Mike Yurasek and Vice President, Robert Brandt are super excited to get the field in playable condition. They will be working with Public Works Supervisor, Jason Quarry, to get quotes for clearing the overgrowth. The grant has $500 for updating/repairing the scoreboard, $500 for brush removal near 1st base and the scoreboard, $2500 for overall field renovation.
Marcie Lightwood, from the Institute for Jewish - Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College, led a workshop on developing good listening skills at the South Side branch of the Bethlehem Public Library recently. Janine Santoro, from branch adult services, said she felt there was a need in the community to address the current polarized political climate. “No one is listening to anybody,” she lamented.
Under Northampton County’s career service rules, a job vacancy must first be offered to someone who already works for the county. As positions become open, county staffers often apply. This gives qualified people a chance to move up and prove themselves. But when a department head concludes that no one on the inside is qualified for an open slot, he or she can hire someone from the outside. One such recent outside hire by Human Resources Director Amy Trapp is raising eyebrows.
Standing inside Gracedale’s Chapel, Northampton County Executive John Brown answered the prayers of many taxpayers on Oct. 3 when he discussed his budget for next year. That’s because, for the third year in a row, he’s been able to dodge a tax hike. Also, in what may very well be a first in Northampton County, he has avoided dipping into cash reserves to balance his $402 million spending plan. It’s a true balanced budget. Brown thanked his cabinet and the county work force several times. “Employees are the county’s most valuable resource,” is part of his message.