Ismael Arcelay has announced that he is dropping out of the race for Northampton County Council.
"My commitment to my job with the City of Allentown simply does not allow me the time to run an effective campaign," he said, "and I don't want to waste anyone's time and effort if I can't run an effective campaign in such a large field of candidates."
Arcelay, a former Bethlehem City Councilman, is currently a special assistant for Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
At their March 25 meeting, Bethlehem Township Planning Commissioners unanimously endorsed a revised land plan for a centralized human services building at 2801 Emrick Boulevard. In February, Northampton County Council signed off on a 15-year lease for a three-story, 66,375-square-foot building on 5.36 acres, with 256 parking places, at a cost of about $1 million a year in rent. Because the plan previously approved by planners contemplated a medical office building, it had to be revised for human services. The plan must also be endorsed by the board of commissioners.
A proposed 314-home residential development to be located at Green Pond Country Club was greeted with concerns about stormwater management, road widths and the environment by both residents and Bethlehem Township Commissioners at their March 18 meeting. Developer J.G. Petrucci is nevertheless hopeful that the project will be built next year.
Petrucci Principal Greg Rogerson, along with Pennoni Engineering's Rocco Caracciolo, presented a plan that requires no zoning changes.
Nazareth Ambulance Corps (NAC) continues to be Northampton County Council's favorite non-emergency transport service for Gracedale nursing home residents.
By a 3-6 vote, council members refused to award a contract to LifeStar Response for medical transport services at Gracedale, the county-owned nursing facility in Nazareth.
Sixty medical students were honored at a recent reception hosted by Richard A. Anderson, president & CEO of St. Luke's University Health Network, and Joel C. Rosenfeld, MD, M. Ed, FACS, chief academic officer of St. Luke's University Health Network & Senior Associate Dean of The Temple University School of Medicine.
More than 150 guests welcomed the students who comprise the first two years the Temple/St. Luke's Medical School. Guests included St. Luke's administrators, trustees, donors and members of the medical staff. The gala was held at Saucon Valley Country Club.
The Southside branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library reopened its doors to the public at noon March 27, after completion of $500,000 in renovations. Patrons of the branch can now experience a brighter, more spacious atmosphere, along with new and enlarged children's and youth areas and modern furnishings.
The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley hosted a state budget forum at Northampton Community College March 28, featuring state and local representatives and a panel of guest speakers who shared their perspectives on the burgeoning budget process.
Scores of local activists, government officials and nonprofit leaders filled the sixth-floor hall at the Fowler Family Southside Campus for the mostly informational meeting.