Ongoing litigious issues continue to plague movement on the authority’s planned wind energy project, as some in Carbon County’s Penn Forest Township seek to stop the construction of giant electricity-generating turbines over the rural landscape.
An important testimony scheduled for a zoning hearing board meeting April 24 never happened, as it bogged down in three and a half hours of cross examination. Authority Executive Director Stephen Repasch said the testimony will (theoretically) be given at the May 22 meeting.
Northampton County Council voted 7-1 at their May 17 meeting to require all contractors and subcontractors who perform any county works project valued at $250,000 or more to meet certain basic qualifications, including the establishment of a Class A apprenticeship program.
Matt Dietz was the sole No vote, and Peg Ferraro was absent.
City officials introduced May 10 the newest member of the community’s newest public safety member; Silver. A 2-year-old yellow Labrador, Silver joins the police department’s three more aggressive K9s as an arson dog, specially trained to search for the scent of chemicals and accelerants. She comes to the city through a longtime funding partnership with State Farm, and lives and works with Detective Douglas Nothstein. During the announcement, Mayor Bob Donchez grinned widely at the happy animal and said, “I’m gonna take her home.”
Lehigh County Authority (LCA) Board of Directors voted unanimously May 21 to authorize a rate increase for city of Allentown customers by the terms of the 50-year lease agreement that LCA and the city signed in 2013.
Northampton County’s Court of Common Pleas has voted unanimously to elect Michael J. Koury Jr. as President Judge. He will succeed Stephen Barratta, the current President Judge, on June 8.
Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services recently honored older adults who have displayed generosity to improve and enhance the lives of those around them. The 18th annual Tribute to Unsung Heroes was held May 16 at the Zentz Building at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.
Steven Aaronson, of Bethlehem, celebrated the 12th anniversary of Folk Classics on WDIY and is the host of Swing Sunday. He serves as a board operator for the public affairs programs.
Former U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent has joined CNN as a political commentator.
His first appearance as a CNN political commentator was on Erin Burnett OutFront May 21.
Dent emailed The Press May 22 stating he is not a CNN employee but his arrangement with CNN is exclusive.
He also stated he will continue to reside in Allentown.
U.S. Senator – Six-year term
Democrat Bob Casey Jr. – 18,189 votes
Republican Lou Barletta – 9,757 votes
Republican Jim Christiana – 3,126 votes
7th District – Two-year term
Democrat Susan Wild – 5,343 votes
Democrat Greg Edwards – 5,032 votes
Democrat John Morganelli – 8,264 votes
Democrat Rick Daugherty –386 votes
Democrat Roger Ruggles – 1,775 votes
Democrat David Clark – 211 votes
Republican Marty Nothstein – 6,269 votes
Republican Dean Browning – 6,816 votes
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