State Senator Lisa M. Boscola has announced that volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance services in Lehigh and Northampton Counties were awarded $406,836.90 through the 2019-20 Fire Company, Emergency Medical Services Company Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.
Navy Capt. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peters, a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy and Upper Milford Township resident, had been recalled to active service and until recently has been on the front line in what President Donald Trump calls the “war on the invisible enemy.”
The Navy ordered Peters to help staff the COVID-19 related temporary hospital at the Javits Center in Manhattan, New York City renamed the Javits New York Medical Station.
On the night of Nov. 23, 2012, Bethlehem resident Brian McCritcherd awoke screaming in pain from injuries to his back that happened during six years of service in the Army. His service had already left him with several crippled fingers; now, in addition to the pain he was suffering, the veteran was losing the ability to stand unassisted and walk.
Five major surgeries on his back followed over the next few years, none of them fully successful. Today, thanks to a strong upper body, McCritcherd can pull himself to a standing position, but his left leg doesn’t respond at all.
The BASD school board announced a key administrative change, authorized the payment of routine bills, and approved previously discussed curriculum, facilities, financial and human resources items at its May 18 board meeting. All nine members were present, and all measures passed unanimously.
In light of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American who died at the hands of a Minnesota police officer, Lehigh Valley residents took to the streets in Bethlehem Saturday, marching for Floyd, for other African American police victims, and for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Activists Matty Fall, J. C. Lustre Villanueva and Michael Henriquez led the march, which gathered at the Rose Garden in Bethlehem at 3 p.m.
The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously approved Sen. Lisa Boscola’s bill to mandate the reporting of any infant born with an addiction to opioids.
“My bill (Senate Bill 368) would ensure the coordination of reporting through the Department of Health, which would track that information and break it down by county,” said Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton). “We need to be sure to use the reporting to be more aggressive in combating the opioid epidemic where it is. This bill would help us understand the communities most impacted by the epidemic.”
In another pandemic-driven remote meeting, most members of Bethlehem City Council listened to comments and voiced their votes via teleconferencing at the regular meeting May 5. Members of the public who wanted to speak had been asked to provide phone numbers to Council President Adam Waldron, who explained the process he has devised to accommodate public comments. Waldron was the only council member present; the rest being linked via the internet.
“I will call on them much as I would call on them if they were in the room,” Waldron said.
The coronavirus pandemic and resultant restrictions curtailed most Memorial Day activities, but a small contingent of veterans from the Johnson American Legion Post 379 honor guard still assembled at the traditional graveside location in Memorial Park to remember those who fell in defense of our nation.
Performing a 21-gun salute followed by the playing of Taps, the small contingent of U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force veterans conducted a very brief ceremony. It was organized by post adjutant Ken Nichol.
The May 12 school board meeting began on a positive note, as Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler spoke highly of the district’s implementation of remote educational programs under unprecedented circumstances. He touted the continuing success of instruction through programs such as Schoology and Seesaw, saying, “Over the last month or so, [participation is] up at the elementary school level with weekly and total items up over 900 percent.
Miller-Keystone Blood Center (MKBC) has issued an urgent appeal for donors of all blood types, as well as platelets.
According to Executive Director of Donor Operations Qiana Cressman, the current need for blood donations comes as regional hospitals resume elective surgeries, such as knee or hip replacements.