The Hellertown public works and police departments were lauded during the Nov. 5 council meeting for their work during Hurricane Sandy.
Borough Manager Cathy Kichline said both departments responded well to the storm. "Thank you very much," Kichline said to department personnel. "It was well appreciated."
Hellertown Mayor Richard Fluck also thanked the police department for its efforts.
A Lehigh Valley Convention/Expo Center is on its way to becoming a long-awaited reality.
Mike Stershic, director of Discover Lehigh Valley, answered Northampton County Council's questions on the $50,000 feasibility study for a convention center in Southside Bethlehem.
When Fountain Hill Council met Nov. 5, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy was still very much on the minds of many local residents. The primary agenda item was thanking the police, fire and the public works departments of Fountain Hill. Their ongoing efforts during the crippling Hurricane Sandy are greatly appreciated by council.
Council member Carolee Gifford thanked the fire department.
In October, Northampton County's Emergency Management Center was the command post for local emergency response to Hurricane Sandy. As Humvees raced in and out of the lot, Emergency Management Services Director Bob Mateff kept in contact with local municipalities and their residents. But the scene was much more tranquil at the Upper Nazareth facility Nov. 14, when Mateff announced the formation a task force to provide $40,000 in financial assistance to low-income and elderly homeowners who suffered damages during the hurricane.
After one year as Gracedale's management company, Premier Healthcare Resources reports that progress is being made. Northampton County Councilman Bob Werner, who serves as a liaison to council on the new Gracedale Advisory Board, shared the good news with council that Gracedale is currently at 90 percent of its 650-bed goal. There were 63 new admissions and a 30 percent increase in referrals at the county-owned nursing home, according to Premier's progress update at a Nov. 8 GAB meeting.
"Remember always how important you are to us," said Beverly A. Bradley from the Cops 'n' Kids Children's Literacy Program as she and Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph J. Roy welcomed more than 130 children from Miller Heights and St. Anne's elementary schools in Bethlehem.