Members of the community were in attendance at the Sept. 19 meeting to voice their outrage about Ordinance 844, which would prohibit the feeding of feral cats in Fountain Hill Borough and recognize the right of residents to remove feral cats from their property and penalties for violations thereof. Martha Kahan, president of No Nonsense Neutering, gave a presentation to the council. Kahan said that No Nonsense Neutering is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
‘Those left behind’ - Candidates for 7th Congressional District to speak at the Sept. 26 CACLV annual meeting
The three candidates for the new Congressional seat representing Lehigh and Northampton counties and a small piece of southern Monroe County, will present their views on how the federal government should tackle poverty at a forum as part of the Sept. 26 Annual Meeting of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley. The CACLV luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. in the ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel at Seventh and Hamilton streets in Allentown.=
County Median Home Value Median Household Income County Tax Tax % of Household Income
Lehigh $203,000 $54,645 $769.37 1.41 %
Northampton $218,100 $59,551 $1,286.79 2.16 %
Berks $173,400 $55,021 $1,326.50 2.41 %
Compiled by Douglas Graves
Source: Supporting documents from Lehigh County’s proposed 2019 budget
The school board Aug. 28 announced and approved the Saucon Valley Recreational Swim Membership program for the 2018-19 school year. District residents and non-residents can purchase season passes for individuals or families to swim at the Saucon Valley High School pool. New for this year is a 10-swim membership at $60 for those who don’t want to purchase a season membership. The 10-swim membership allows for 10 swims and does not have to be designated exclusively for a specific person, but rather can be used by up to 10 different people with the pass.
BASD Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy and many school board members have long been on record at public meetings and during annual presentations railing against the additional costs, lack of supervision, and overall redundancy of charter schools as they are currently run.
Roy says charters are publicly funded but privately run, with different standards and no public accountability.
During an Aug. 29 press conference, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Fountain Hill was approved for the RCAP grant in the amount of $750,000. RCAP is the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and it is a nonprofit network in all 50 states to improve quality of life to advocate and generate economic opportunities for rural areas and small communities.
The sky was overcast at 8 a.m. Aug. 18, when the Knights of Columbus yard sale began at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. As time went on, however, the skies brightened, and there was a steady stream of customers hunting for bargains until the sale ended at 3 p.m.
Bargains there were on such items as toys, books, vases, tools, furniture, computer equipment, luggage and decorative objects. Many of the shoppers were St. Anne’s parishioners; others spotted the sale as they drove down Washington Avenue between Linden Street and Easton Avenue.
State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale visited Bethlehem Sept. 12 and gave a presentation at Northeast MS, at which he reported the results of an investigation into key blind spots in the law that allow charter schools to take advantage of taxpayer money without transparency or supervision.
The report is the result of an investigation into the city’s own Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts, which has been operating for more than a decade, and three years ago constructed an impressive $25 million building on Third Street on the Southside.
Lehigh County Commissioners, officials and citizens got their first look at the proposed budget for 2019 last week when County Executive Phillips Armstrong presented his first budget since assuming office. After a visual presentation of supporting charts and documents, Armstrong gave the hefty 488-page budget to Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty.
To make the proposed $506.1 million budget (themed “Back to the Future”) balance, Armstrong resurrected the 2015 millage rate of 3.79 to meet projected needs. “This is the budget that meets the needs of the future,” said Armstrong.
Family, friends, supporters, and of course the 20 candidates of the “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign, gathered in the Lehigh Iacocca dining room Sept. 6 to celebrate the big reveal of the faces of nominees behind the campaign, and everything they are contributing to the fight against breast cancer.