At the Nov. 5 Hellertown Borough Council meeting, the board announced the resignation of council member Kevin Lott with regret. Lott is leaving council after 10 months to become a member of Northampton County Council. Lott will be representing the 1st district of Bethlehem, Hellertown and Freemansburg. Although Lott is leaving Hellertown Council, he plans to stay on with the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, which he has been a member of for five years. Lott was not present during the meeting.
With the busy holiday season upon us, shoppers hoping to start Christmas early headed to the four enormous heated tents at SteelStacks known as ArtsQuest’s Christkindlmarkt Nov. 16, the day it opened. There they found a huge collection of goods to choose from, including, but not limited to, apparel for people of all ages, toys, jewelry, dolls and doll clothes, soaps and lotions, wine, candy, and all manner of decorative objects.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has received one of the largest gifts in its history from local philanthropists and business owners J.B. and Kathleen Reilly. The sizable gift – the amount of which will be kept private per the family’s wishes – will be dedicated to supporting ongoing enhancements to programs, services and facilities of the Children’s Hospital, which now will be named Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital.
Angela Sinkler, Bacchanalia Committee member, presented Fountain Hill council with a check for $11,000 from the 2018 fundraiser. The funds will go to the recreation fund and to the Lechauweki fund. Members of the Bacchanalia Committee are Angela Sinkler, Jeff Ferry, Lisa Gangewere and Marita Augello. Sinkler said, “We have redirected our efforts toward the kids and will be doing the Backpack Buddy Program at the Fountain Hill ES for the kids and their families.” The next Bacchanalia event will be April 6 at the Comfort Suites in Bethlehem.
In a party-line 6–3 vote Lehigh County Commissioners overturned the administration’s Oct. 31 veto of the Lehigh County 2019 budget Nov. 14. Democrats Dan Hartzell, Amy Zanelli and Geoff Brace voted against the amendment, which reduces the tax rate for Lehigh County citizens for 2019.
The action effectively put to rest the disagreement about what the millage rate will be for 2019. The commissioners approved a 3.64 millage rate marked down from 3.79 mils that County Executive Phillips Armstrong had wanted.
Two years ago, Christopher Fereno earned his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank attainable. Now it’s his brother Zachary’s turn.
Zachary did his project in honor of his cousin, who passed away at York Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) when she was just 2 months old. It’s called “Gifts from Angels: In Memory of Audrey Grace.”
Employee safety was discussed as a strategic initiative at the November human resources committee meeting. The board reviewed past data on worker’s comp claims, and how basic prevention guidelines have begun to reduce those costs.
Recent efforts have reduced reporting timelines, continuing a push to have all claims reported within 48 hours after the incident. The district has also seen a reduction in the overall number of claims, and has started tracking incidents by employee type and accident type to better understand training needs.
Some 160 people, young and old, from many cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Bethlehem to celebrate an institution that serves all young people and binds them together, the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem, now 88 years old. Built next to the Marvine/Pembroke Village Housing Development, the club is open to kids ages 6-18.
The increased access to information on cable news and social media is great in some ways, but also dangerous, columnist Bill White said Nov. 12 in a talk at the Hot Topics luncheon sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lehigh County.
“Journalists used to be gatekeepers” who determined what news was factual and newsworthy, he said, but “there’s no longer gates.”