Hellertown Borough Manager Cathy Kickline announced during the May 6 council meeting pool passes for the summer 2013 will be sold 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the borough municipal complex located at 685 Main Street.
Season passes, Kichline said, are only available to Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township residents, proof of residency required.
Northampton residents are eligible to participate in Camp Whitehall.
The eight-week program, which runs June 24-Aug. 16, provides children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade a number of activities throughout the day.
It is for residents of Whitehall, Northampton and Parkland school districts. Nonresidents pay a higher fee than Whitehall residents.
Northampton County Executive John Stoffa reports that the county's retirement fund is on solid financial ground. At NC council's May 2 meeting, Stoffa told council that there was $302 million in the fund, which was a new high. The balance had nearly doubled from February 2009 when the fund stood at $161 million. The fund's previous all-time high was $258 million set in May 2007.
While many local, state and school district budgets are underfunded when it comes to retirement plans, Northampton County's retirement fund is 80 percent funded.
Representatives of Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Tampa, Fla.-based Moffitt Cancer Center last week announced an expansion of a partnership that was formed in 2011.
Alan List, M.D., Moffitt's president and CEO, and Suresh Nair, LVHN's senior medical director of academic oncology programs, said LVHN's participation in the Moffitt Oncology Network, which is designed to help Moffitt develop a premier cancer care delivery system, focused solely on providing patients, including those in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding area, the best personalized cancer care.
Obesity rates among children ages 2-19 have tripled since 1980, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga. That means 17 percent, or 12.5 million, children are too fat. Narrow the age range from 6-17, and the percentage pops to 18 percent.
The rising tide of obesity includes babies. About 10 percent of infants and toddlers have high weights for length, and slightly over 20 percent of children aged 2-5 are already overweight or obese, according to the CDC.
Claiming disregard to council members and a violation of the county's Home Rule Charter, Northampton County Council moved to stop the county executive from hiring LifeStar Response to be Gracedale Nursing Home's non-emergency medical transport service provider.
By a 7-1 vote at its May 16 meeting, council empowered its solicitor to seek an injunction to prevent the county from entering into a three-year contract with LifeStar. Councilman Bob Werner, who supports the county's choice of LifeStar, was the single opposing vote to council's action. Councilman Bruce Gilbert was absent.
South Bethlehem's Greenway and four other municipal parks will receive grant money for park projects.
As part of Northampton County's Open Space Advisory Board recommendations, Northampton County Council at its May 16 meeting approved funding for South Bethlehem's Greenway, Forks Township Community Park and Bangor's Memorial and Pennico parks projects.
Lehigh County Executive William H. Hansell resigned from his post May 17 citing growing health concerns.
Hansell was appointed last summer to fill the unexpired term of Don Cunningham.
Recently hospitalized with pneumonia dn diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Hansell has begun undergoing treatment and said in a press release he must devote his energy to combating his illness.
The first three medal-winning men crossed the finish line within three seconds of each other in the annual "Race Against Racism" five kilometer race in Bethlehem April 27. They ran in perfect temperate weather under blue skies.
The race, sponsored by the YWCA, is to raise money for the Young Women's Christian Association's Racial Justice Program, according to Corrina Passaro, the association's director of development.