Advocates for the bill banning conversion or restorative therapy for minors in the jurisdiction of the City of Bethlehem were happy when City Council voted 6 – 0 (Councilman Michael Colon was absent) to pass the bill.
“You are the 17th municipality in Pennsylvania to pass a similar ordinance,” said Adrian Shanker, a leader in the LGBT community. He is the founder and executive director of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown. He serves on the advisory board for Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity among other responsibilities.
At its July 19 meeting, Northampton County Council voted 8-0 to confirm Richard H. Johnston as Sheriff. He is also the joint top choice of both Executive Lamont McClure and President Judge Michael Koury Jr.
Johnston’s salary will be $89,235.
Peg Ferraro, who was absent for Johnston’s confirmation hearing the previous day, abstained.
A hit-and-run driver whose car struck and killed a 9-year-old boy in 2015 as he crossed Schonersville Road will stay behind bars for four years.
Lehigh Valley Active Life members and guests celebrated the last day of spring, June 20, with a poetry reading by poet Shirley Binkley of Allentown.
Some of the poems Binkley read were: “Life is a Gift,” “America’s in Distress,” “Adopted,” “A God Moment,” “My Rubber Ducky” and “What if it was Your Child.”
Binkley, who publishes her own poetry, has written 191 poems. Of these, 81 have been published.
Her first book of poems is titled “One Size Fits All: Poetry for Every Mood.”
Binkley is working on her next book.
Four student riders of Manito Life Center, 2160 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall, attended their first Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show May 26 at Thorncroft Equestrian Center, Malvern.
The four riders were: Richard Klingensmith, 12, of Center Valley; Sara Miller, 16, of Coopersburg; Victoria Bilyk-Sequine, 16, of Fountain Hill, and Mackenzie Eisenhart, 23, of Emmaus.
The show team took home four, first-place and second-place awards; and two third-place and sixth-place awards, said Lisa Schadt, president of Manito.
The Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society will probably get a $2,000 grant, $3,000 less than the newly formed nonprofit had requested. Lehigh County Commissioners approved a motion at its July 11 meeting to amend the bill to reduce the original $5,000 to $2,000.
At the previous meeting, at the first reading of the bill, Commissioner Percy Dougherty opposed the idea of giving $5,000 saying other deserving organizations who have been operational for many years were only getting $2,000. The bill will be voted on again at the next commissioners meeting.
The Bethlehem Farmers’ Market, located at Farrington Square on the campus of Lehigh University, gives shoppers a chance to purchase fresh produce, baked goods from Lehigh Valley farms and other services. The market is open from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Thursdays from May through October. On July 21 the market was hustling with activity during the early afternoon hours.
County solicitor Melissa Rudas, age 55, has been charged with driving under the influence after a July 8 traffic stop in Bethlehem. Her blood alcohol was 0.08, the lowest level BAC under which a person can be presumed to be under the influence. Charges were filed Thursday with Magisterial District Judge Nicolas Englesson. Rudas has been released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Lehigh County Sheriff Joseph N. Hanna has announced the addition of a new canine program for the sheriff’s office and for the county of Lehigh.
Countless law enforcement agencies and sheriff’s offices throughout the commonwealth utilize canines to assist with daily operations and law enforcement functions and security activities.