Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton joined Governor Tom Corbett at the Turnpike's Trevose Maintenance Facility in Bensalem July 30 to officially kickoff the start of the $500 million Stage 1 of the project to connect the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Interstate 95, finally completing the nation's original Interstate Highway System and improving travel through the Mid-Atlantic.
Compassion and professionalism were highly evident on Main Street Sunday afternoon when a pedestrian fell and hit his head on the roadway. Stunned and bloodied as a result of his fall, he was comforted by two passersby who immediately called 9-1-1. Within a couple of minutes, two fire inspectors were on the scene aiding the gentleman and they also dialed 9-1-1. Another two minutes and an ambulance was on the scene stabilizing him and readying him for transport to a hospital for medical care.
While Division I college athletes bring in the bucks for their colleges, many of them are actually forced to live near or below the poverty level. Once an athlete's eligibility is used up, he's put out to pasture. If he makes the mistake of accepting a suit or a free dinner, the NCAA can swoop down and destroy him.
In the case of Penn State, 14 years of Joe Paterno's victories were simply erased without so much as a how-do-you-do. And scholarships were taken away from deserving high school students who know nothing about the Sandusky scandal.
Northampton County's Citizens' Academy is accepting applications. Northampton County Executive John Stoffa said the second annual behind-the-scenes look at county government will be held Sept. 4 to Nov. 14.
Information and a registration form for this tuition free, 11-session course are available at the county's website, www.northamptoncounty.org or by calling or emailing Tom Harp, director of administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-559-3192. Registration deadline is Aug. 16; the academy class is limited to 25 participants.
City officials are now in the early stages of planning for the 2014 state Community Development Block Grant and have scheduled several public meetings for discussion; the first of which is tomorrow evening.
According to a release from City Hall, Bethlehem will likely receive about $1.026 million in CDBG funds for next year and $265,000 in HOME program funds.
Tomorrow's meeting, at 10 a.m. in City Hall, is designated for citizens to bring their ideas for community development and housing needs for consideration toward CDBG and HOME program funding.
The Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg heard closing arguments Aug. 1 in the Voter ID Law court case that has pitted Republicans against Dem-ocrats in the state legislature. No Democrat voted for the law when the Republican-controlled state legislature passed the law in March 2012.
A legal challenge to Pennsylvania's law was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a then 93-year old woman and others.
The law, if enacted, will require all voters to present an approved photo identification card at the polls prior to voting.