State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, joined Governor Tom Wolf and state Sen. Pat Stefano, R-32nd, to celebrate the adoption of Senate Bill 897 at a ceremonial bill signing Jan. 30.
The legislation corrected a quirk in the restitution law by clarifying that government entities and nonprofits are eligible to collect restitution.
Northampton First Deputy District Attorney and lifelong Democrat Terry Houck has announced his campaign for Northampton County District Attorney.
Houck said in his statement, “I’ve spent my career standing up for victims of crime, and ensuring that those who abused and victimized the vulnerable faced consequences for their actions. For 30 years I’ve seen my role as a true advocate for victims when they are at their most vulnerable. I’ve stood up for the citizens of Northampton County for 13 years - and as district attorney, I will keep up that fight.”
Lehigh County Commissioners approved an amendment to modify the 2019 budget authorizing the creation of a new position; Director of Cedarbrook Nursing home. They needed the new slot so they can pay for a director to replace Good Shepherd, the therapy services company that decided this year to give up the contract to manage the huge facility in South Whitehall, off Hamilton Boulevard just west of Dorney Park. The annual salary for the position is $123,136.
The following students received certificates attesting to completion of courses:
Connor Burbridge, Juan Carrasquilla, Owen Carrasquilla, Erwin Carrasquilla, Luz Cruz, Anita Ford, Rosemary Frey, Edinson Garcia, Diana Lara, Shelly Mansell, Kevin McCloud, Quartez Moore, Emma Ortiz, Yasim Pierce, Natalia Reyes, Erick Rios, Zonia Sibri, Ivan Sifuentes, Sandy Tuerck, Juan Vazquez, Christina Vocaturo, and Tyrevif Whitlow.
Two new sketch plans were considered by Bethlehem Township Commissioners at their Jan. 21 meeting – a high-end gas station like a Sheetz or Wa-Wa on Nazareth Pike and a senior living facility along Freemansburg Avenue. These are basically informal presentations after which developers can determine whether to move ahead or go back to the drawing board. No action was taken.
State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola has announced the approval of a $219,640 Multimodal Transportation Fund grant to Lower Saucon Township to replace the Lower Saucon Road Bridge.
“I am pleased that state dollars will be used toward this project that will enhance safety in Lower Saucon Township,” Boscola said. “Assisting municipalities improve the flow of traffic and enhance safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians helps keep the Lehigh Valley a great place to live,” Boscola continued.
Many soldiers serving our country in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq had something to smile about in December 2018 as a result of the generosity of Blue Ridge Communications and Pencor offices and their customers, who embraced the Keystone Military Families’ Stockings for Soldiers project.
Grace Crampsie Smith, a Democrat and longtime Bethlehem resident, has announced her candidacy for Bethlehem City Council.
Crampsie Smith, who has lived in the city for 28 years, is a school counselor at Easton Area HS.
The National Educational Telecommunications Association announced during a ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah that PBS39 has won two major national awards. These awards honor excellence in community engagement, promotion, instructional media and content production. In the Special Event category, PBS39 won for PBS39’s 50th Anniversary Gala, while in the category of Engaged Learning, PBS39 won for “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?”
Freedom HS senior Kyle Miceli has announced his candidacy for an open position on Bethlehem’s school board in the 2019 election.
Miceli decided it was time for a change after observing the effects the school board’s decisions have had on students’ lives over the last four years.
His focus for his Student First Campaign is to shift the board’s priorities to the students before any other issues.