Though she was opposed by three Democrats, Allison Frantz was confirmed as Northampton County's new director of human services by five Republicans at the Jan. 23 County Council meeting. One of these yes voters, Glenn Geissinger, had to phone in from the Virgin Islands. Lamont McClure was absent as well.
Frantz will be paid $95,921, with room to move up to $124,975. She is currently administrator of HealthChoices at Lehigh County's Human Services department, where she supervises a staff of four.
"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice" said The Rev. Gracher Selby, pastor of St. John A. M. E. Zion Church, in ceremonies honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Selby was quoting King's speech made in 1964 King when he delivered the baccalaureate sermon at the commencement exercises for Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
It was King's restatement of a metaphor with a long history of being used by other leaders, beginning with Theodore Parker, a Unitarian minister who called for the abolition of slavery.
Steaks for the kids and hamburgers for the grown-ups. That's the menu that greeted children from the Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem and their sponsors when they sat down for their supper at the Hotel Bethlehem.
The October fund raiser brought in about $50,000 to the club, according to the club's president, Daniel Nigito.
Nigito described the club's Chief Professional Officer Gary Martell as "A lunatic and the hardest working man in America." Nigito credited Martell for being a great leader of the organization.
In a memo to Northampton County Council's Personnel Committee, Executive John Brown has announced the appointment of Bob Eyer as chief public defender after he withdrew Robert Sletvold's nomination for that position.
Brown withdrew Sletvold's name earlier in the week because of the burdens that appointment could impose on the courts. Sletvold is married to newly elected Judge Jennifer Sltevold.
The most recent meeting of Triad, The Right Information and Direction, held Jan. 14 in the Lehigh County Senior Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown, featured a presentation by Allentown Police Officer Andrew Fegely and his canine partner, Harley. A group of 25 to 30 attendees learned how dogs contribute to local law enforcement.
Using numerous maps of Vietnam and decades of its history to illustrate his points, Dr. Doug Heath, a professor of Geology and Geography at Northampton Community College, discussed the role mapmakers have played in shaping perceptions of political conflicts in the opening lecture of the 2014 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series.
Imperial maps, for example, are created to reflect the views of a reigning power, not those of the indigenous people. So, before France withdrew from Vietnam in 1954, French imperial maps were labeled French Indochina, with no mention of Vietnam.
After hearing the birdfeeder saga of Bethlehem Township residents Diane and Bill Ganssle during their last two meetings, commissioners have had enough. At their Jan. 20 meeting, they agreed to review an ordinance that deprives most of the township's 24,000 residents from the simple joy of maintaining a birdfeeder.
Argued over for the past year and a half, most especially around November's elections, the commonwealth's stringent and widely contested voter ID law was ruled unconstitutional Jan. 17.
The law required each citizen display a recognized official photo ID card at his/her voter location. The law was declared by many a blatant partisan measure to keep low-income, elderly and disabled residents, who might have difficulty attaining such ID, from casting their votes – presumably for Democrats.