The deep religious underpinnings of Latino culture came to the forefront in the opening ceremony of the second annual Pennsylvania Latino Convention held at Bethlehem city hall Oct. 29.
Prayer, music and dancing were foremost on the evening’s agenda, as speakers welcomed delegates, and invocations and calls for unity were voiced by local religious leaders heading into the three-day event.
Northampton County has received a $142,000 grant which will be applied toward drug and alcohol prevention, Executive Lamont McClure announced Sept. 17. “The longer you take to have your first drink, the less likely you will have a problem with drinking,” he said.
“Since the day I was elected, I said, ‘We didn’t have one person to give up on Northampton County,’” said McClure to drug abuse professionals, survivors and students at Northampton Community College.
The state Senate unanimously approved Oct. 21 Sen. Lisa Boscola’s legislation to require drivers to remove ice or snow from their vehicles within 24 hours following heavy snow or ice storms.
Named “Christine’s Law,” Boscola said Senate Bill 114 would help prevent tragedies like the one that befell Christine Lambert of Palmer Township in 2005. She died when a large piece of ice dislodged from a passing truck and crashed through her windshield. Boscola has introduced her Christine’s Law bill in every Senate session following the tragic accident.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy addressed the school board and the members of the public Oct. 28 about SB 334, a controversial bill making its way through Harrisburg which would limit Pennsylvania school districts’ ability to appeal property assessments it believes are undervalued.
Students and other Lehigh Valley community members gathered at Northampton Community College Sept. 17 to learn about Opioid/Heroin addiction prevention.
District principals were at the center of the Oct. 22 board meeting with their annual performance data presentation, compiling year-over-year achievement results from such sources as Pennsylvania’s Future Ready index, PSSA and Keystone exams, PSATs and Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
Each school’s respective principal reported on the overall successes and challenges of their student bodies, by individual subject as well as cumulatively.
Candidates for judge and district magistrate offices were asked the following question: What is the most important characteristic of a judge/magistrate?
Municipal and county candidates were asked the following question: What do you see as the biggest issue for residents in your municipality/county?
Candidates for school board seats were asked the following question: What is your position on property tax reform?
SUPERIOR COURT (vote for 2)
Amanda Green-Hawkins - Allegheny County
Daniel D. McCaffery - Philadelphia County
Bethlehem Township’s manager, Doug Bruce, unveiled a proposed budget $19 million budget for next year at commissioners’ Oct. 21 meeting. The good news? His spending plan seeks no tax hike. The bad news? The township is deficit spending. To balance the books, the township will spend $1.77 million of its rainy day fund. Bruce projects there still will be a $2.97 million fund balance at the end of next year, but warns this structural imbalance will ultimately result in a tax hike.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine Oct. 14 alerted residents who visited several locations in the Allentown area between Oct.7-12 they may have been exposed to measles.
The locations and times when residents may have been exposed include:
• 7350 Office Building, 7350 Tilghman St., 9:30-11:45 a.m. on Oct. 7;
• 1251 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Office Building, main lobby of the building, 2:30-4:35 p.m. on Oct. 7;
• Quest Diagnostics, 1608 W. Allen St., 8-10:30 a.m. on Oct. 8;