Governor Tom Wolf announced last week the approval of $40 million in safety grants to 234 school entities throughout the state.
For concerned citizens seeking to protect the shuttered former Allentown State Hospital from demolition, Allentown’s City Council passed a resolution asking “the commonwealth do everything within its power to save the historically and culturally significant portions of the property from demolition.”
Cottrell accepted at DelVal
Leia Cottrell, of Bethlehem, has been accepted as a new student for fall 2019 at Delaware Valley University.
Duplaga in SpringSERVE
King’s College senior and a physician assistant student, Taylor Duplaga of Bethlehem, volunteered with other students for a SpringSERVE (Students Engaged in Reflective Volunteer Experiences) trip to Easton, Mass., to work with My Brother’s Keeper. The group collected and made door-to-door deliveries of furniture and food to families in need in eastern Massachusetts.
Penn State/LV students recognized
SVSD Business Manager David Bonenberger revealed April 23 the proposed 2019-20 budget , which totals $47,401,439 with no tax increase. Expenses include a 2.45 percent increase compared to last year’s budget. Local revenue is approximately 78 percent, with 22 percent coming from the state.
The American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report found that the four-county Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ metro area showed modest improvement in two
measures of fine particle pollution compared to last year’s report, achieving its best ever results (both passing grades), and continuing to meet the national long-term air quality standard. But the report also found that the metro area had the same highest number of days with unhealthy levels of ozone smog, for which its worst grade continued to be an “F”.
At their April 29 meeting, Bethlehem Area School Board members approved previously discussed measures, including the continued use of the Sapphire system to track students’ school nurse records and contracting with Blackboard Inc. to redesign the BASD website.
All agenda items passed by a vote of 8–0, except the awarding of the food service management contract to Aramark, which passed 6–2, opposed by Angela Sinkler and Tom Thomasik.
There’s an old adage – if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
That was the message imparted to attendees of a program called “Scam Jam: Fight Back” held May 20 at Country Meadows Retirement Community in Bethlehem Township. The event, sponsored by AARP Pennsylvania and Country Meadows, was designed to help seniors protect themselves from frauds and scams.
“Remember, it’s your money, and some people will do anything they can to take it.” said Mary Bach, a consumer advocate who leads AARP Pennsylvania’s all volunteer Consumer Issues Task Force.
During the May 6 council meeting, a citizen inquired about the possibility of adding left turn arrows at the lights from Main Street onto Walnut and Water streets. The traffic on Main turning onto Walnut, especially during the commuting hours, can get backed up all the way to the McDonald’s at times, he said.
The weather could not have been better for the Hanover Township Community Days Carnival, which ran from May 8-11.
It was particularly sunny and mild May 10 as children, parents and some grandparents came for numerous rides, refreshment stands and booths at which they could compete for prizes.
Additionally, there was live entertainment from a six-piece band and singer.