Last week's cold snap reminded us we're in Pennsylvania in January, and the American Red Cross' Lehigh Valley chapter is offering tips for those surprised by the sudden chill.
Communications Specialist Jennifer Loconte said the very mild winter has yet to demand a serious effort from the Red Cross, but it is ready to act.
The Bethlehem Branch of the NAACP and Bethlehem YWCA once again co-sponsored the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration held each year at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity with over 100 attendees breaking bread, praying, singing, remembering and expressing hope together Jan. 21.
Speakers Dr. Ernest Smith, a retired pediatric cardiologist and Marques Grundy, the first African American appointed to the Northampton County Election Commission, wove their messages around the commitment of Dr. King, his "Dream," and the actions needed today to fulfill that dream.
Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trail Council honored two area scouting supporters recently at its 2012 Scoutreach Reception. Marlene "Linny" Fowler received the Whitney M. Young Service Award and the family of Luis Ramos accepted the "Vale La Pena" (It is worth it) Award on behalf of the late Latino leader who lost his life in a 2008 automobile crash.
Before a "Who's Who" of nearly 200 political leaders at the Hotel Bethlehem, City Council member Bob Donchez has made it official. He's running for Mayor of the Christmas City, which he calls the "jewel of the Lehigh Valley."
Son of an admired police detective, Donchez grew up on the Southside and became best friends with someone a block away who, like him, always had an interest in local sports and ... politics. Best friend Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli introduced Donchez at the Saturday morning announcement.
He's a quiet presence at local board and council meetings. He's unassuming and stoic, with trademark short gray hair, glasses and sweater-vest acting as a sort of corporate-casual camouflage.
When he does speak, it's to answer concisely and crisply, with additional considerations bulleted for quick reference in archived meeting minutes.
Lawrence B. Fox is a lawyer.
President Barack Obama's gun control proposals announced last week garnered support and ambivalence from a number of local officials, but little outright argument.
Those proposals, compiled mostly by Vice President Joe Biden, include the reinstatement of a Clinton-era military-grade weapons ban, limit magazine sizes and institute nationwide background checks for gun purchasers.
Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey each released statements showing at least some solidarity with the president's cause without promising full support.
U.S. Constitution, Second Amendment: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Pa. Constitution, Art. 1, Sec. 21: "The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned."