The regional office of the American Red Cross last week released suggestions for surviving the sweltering summer, offering tips and dangers to keep in mind.
"Excessive heat can be deadly; it has caused more deaths in recent years than all other weather events," said Executive CEO Peter M. Brown. "We want everyone to stay safe during the hot weather and have some reminders for them to follow when the weather is hot and humid."
By a 5-3 vote, North-ampton County Council changed the way professional-services vendors are selected.
The July 18 amended ordinance prevents the county executive from using a competitive sealed bid process as an alternative if county council has previously voted down a vendor selected using the request for proposal method.
Police Chief Todd Pantuso had some updates for borough council July 16, and was awarded the use of an unmarked patrol vehicle for borough business.
Pantuso notified council overall call volume is up by about 430 calls from this time last year, and attributes responses to increased patrols and officers interacting more directly with the community. Part of this visibility is from the new bicycle patrols and training paid for recently by District Attorney John Morganelli.
For 36 years, dollhouse and miniatures enthusiasts have gathered for their annual show, held this year July 14 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, in Breinigsville.
In 1978, Lehigh Valley "Small on Scale" began when the first dollhouse exhibit was held to raise money for Lehigh Valley Child Care.
Shortly thereafter a club was formed and they have continued to raise funds each year for charitable and educational purposes.
If you are looking to get a half-million hits on the Internet, it's easy. Just save a baby moose from drowning. At least that has been the experience of Lehigh Valley gynecologist Dr. Karen Sciascia, whose rescue efforts while on a fishing trip in Montana went viral after being posted on a fishing guide company Facebook page.
The oppressive heat could not deter more than 100 demonstrators from attending a July 17 "Justice for Trayvon Martin Rally" that took place in the sculpture garden next to the Bethlehem City Hall. Attendees were protesting a Florida jury's verdict that found George Zimmerman not guilty of either second-degree murder or manslaughter for firing the bullet that killed 17-year-old Martin in February of last year.
Bethlehem City Council unanimously voted July 16 in favor of the first reading of an ordinance that would require banks to register foreclosed homes in the city.
The registration fee would be $200 per property. Banks would be able to enter information about each property into a user-friendly database, which would be compiled by city contractors. The ordinance would make it easier for the city to know where to direct complaints about tall grass, dead animals and other problems associated with foreclosed homes.