There's something liberating about walking around without shoes, bare-footing your way through people traffic. It's even better when your steps fall upon smooth avenues of shimmering marble.
In Amritsar, the last stop on my trip around northern India, I had such a chance to experience life sans footwear. And, more importantly, I experienced the country's tolerance and diversity, two forces that seem to hold India together.
Hanover Township got the ball rolling. It was the first municipality to support a legal challenge to Allentown's controversial Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ). A creature of a 2009 state law that could only ever apply to Allentown, it authorized the diversion of all earned income taxes from workers inside a 130-acre NIZ, even those who reside outside the Queen City.
Sixteen townships and boroughs, along with a school district, eventually joined this litigation.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners discussed a bill that would withdraw Lehigh County from the joint department of health it shares with Northampton County at its July 25 meeting in Allentown.
It was the first reading and discussion of the bill, which is co-sponsored by commissioners Michael Schware, Thomas Creighton III, Vic Mazziotti, Brad Osborne, Scott Ott and Lisa Scheller. The bill will be voted on at the next board of commissioners meeting scheduled for this evening.
Wegmans thinks of everything. Though customers love those oatmeal raisin cookies and Chuckles candy bars, they can still have perfect smiles. That's because Dr. Luis J. Alvarez will be moving his orthodontist offices to Stoke Park Road and Wegmans Drive, right across the street from the upscale grocer. Following a July 26 hearing, Hanover zoners unanimously granted dimensional variances from setback requirements.
Representing Alvarez, Attorney Christine Durso argued that the irregular, flagpole-shaped lot, makes those variances necessary.
Troi Pitt has her name in lights - really. The 15-year old math whiz's name is literally in lights at the corner of Easton and East Elizabeth avenues where Liberty HS's digital message board trumpets successes and important events to passersby.
Troi recently won a Bronze Medal in Houston, Texas, when she placed in the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics math competition sponsored by the NAACP.
The LHS sophomore was one of four girls that the Bethlehem Chapter of the NAACP sent to the national competition.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
A number of Fountain Hill Elementary School students donated their time and care to patients at St. Luke's University Hospital Cancer Center recently, hand-making 1,000 paper cranes for patients in the hospital.
Hospital Marketing and Public Relations Director Sue Ross said in a release the five girls decided to do a special project with the help of their art teacher, Susan Berkenstock.