State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, has announced she has been appointed to serve on several key House committees for the 2019-20 legislative session.
McNeill will serve on the Commerce, Game and Fisheries, Gaming Oversight, Labor and Industry and Rules committees.
“I am committed to my constituents and these committee appointments reflect my constituency in the 133rd District,” Mc Neill said. “These committees are consumer oriented and perform a vital function in the legislative process.”
To hear Charlie Dent tell it, his father gave him some great advice when he was a young man about to enter college.
“My father thought I should study one of three things – science, medicine or engineering,” he told an audience gathered Jan. 26 for the 2019 winter commencement at Northampton Community College. “I went to Penn State and started out studying industrial engineering, but I decided to switch majors to political science.”
With a slight pause and a mischievous grin, Dent told the audience about how he informed his father about his new career path.
Councilman Bryan Callahan introduced the local press corps and supporters to an amendment Jan. 31 that will make it illegal for employers to ask job candidates about their salary for past jobs.
He said he expects the measure, if approved by the city council, to be challenged in court by the business community.
Callahan’s amendment would modify the existing ordinance Section 145.01, of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Bethlehem, which deals with human Rrsources.
Should Bethlehem Township refinance its $10 million debt, especially now that it is paying variable rate interest? At their Jan 21 meeting, commissioners heard a presentation from financial consulting firm PFM. The switch from fixed to variable rate of interest has already cost the township $75,000.
With a bank loan refinancing this debt, PFM estimates it can save the township $256,000. With a bond issue, the savings is estimated at $382,000. If the township authorizes PFM to proceed by late January, it estimates it can have a new loan in place within 90 days.
“The entrepreneurial spirt is alive and well in the Lehigh Valley,” Pa. Rep. Steve Samuelson told a motivated group of mostly young businesspeople who received certificates for mastering one or more business courses taught by Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem last month,
As inspiration, Samuelson quoted one of America’s most famous early businessmen, Benjamin Franklin: “Energy and persistence conquers all things.”
The Saucon Valley School Board accepted the resignation of Linda Leewright during its Jan. 22 meeting. Board President Susan Baxter made the announcement “with regret.” Leewright was not present during the meeting and a reason for the resignation was not given. Leewright has been on the board since December 2015.
Medicare assigns a star rating to each nursing home, from one to five, based on health inspections, staffing and quality measures. This is often used by families to determine where to send their loved ones. Unfortunately, Gracedale’s rating is going in the wrong direction.
Bethlehem residents honored the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 21 with a Civil Rights Movement March. At around 11:30 a.m., members of the Civil Rights Movement in Bethlehem met in front of St. Bernard’s Beneficial Society on Broadhead Avenue in preparation to march to Martin Luther King Park on Carlton Avenue.
The event was organized by Frankie West, president of the Civil Rights Movement and member since 1967. He explained his involvement with the organization and why he enjoys doing the marches year after year.
“These marches bring us unity,” he said.