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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Local News

PUC Provides Tips on Telemarketing Sales; Urges Heightened Vigilance for Potential Scams During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 25, 2020

HARRISBURG – In this time of heightened stress, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reminds consumers to remain vigilant when discussing energy supply service with telemarketers, particularly if the contact was unsolicited. Additionally, consumers are encouraged to be on the lookout for unscrupulous activity and potential scam artists who...

All St. Luke’s workers to wear masks

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Local News

St. Luke’s University Health Network has implemented a universal masking policy for its patient-facing health care workers and employees. St. Luke’s made the universal masking decision to protect its patients and staff and to help reduce the community spread of COVID-19.

“We currently have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment to undertake this important safety initiative,” states Kara Mascitti, MD, St. Luke’s Medical Director of Health Care Epidemiology and Infection...

Today’s lesson: Time to do some exploring

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in School

Editor’s Note: We are publishing activities to keep students learning even though schools aren’t in session. Have some ideas that you are doing with your children? Send us an email at gtaylor@tnonline.com.

Here are some sites to help kids learn about space and the world around us while they’re stuck at home:

• NASA: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/

This site from NASA includes a section of...

‘It’s not a battle; it’s a war’

Monday, March 30, 2020 by RICH STRACK in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine warned Pennsylvania residents Thursday that the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise statewide.

“The number of positive cases has skyrocketed since the beginning of the problem,” Wolf said. Levine revealed hard data to support the governor’s claim.

“As of midnight yesterday, 560 new cases have been reported across 48 counties,” Levine said. “The day before we had 276 patients who tested positive.”

Monroe County...

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Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Federal REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Postponed to October 2021

Today the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that the Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.

PennDOT closed all driver and photo license centers on March 16 and paused REAL ID issuance in the state out of an abundance of caution and in the...

At Fountain Hill ES

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

cLocal cable providers RCN and Service Electric are offering free cable modems and Internet access to qualifying families in their service areas, and BASD had already distributed Kajeet Internet hotspot access points to families that requested them at the beginning of the school year.

Elementary review and enrichment resources include the McGraw-Hill Wonders reading program, with specific (non-mandatory) assignments for each day. On the first day of the shutdown, for example, a second...

Vital viral lessons

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Up until the current COVID-19 pandemic, the two most momentous events in my lifetime were the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

A third life-impacting event, the current public health crisis, has introduced an invisible enemy that has manifested itself very quickly and has taken many lives around the world while infecting untold others.

It has required adaptation by each of us and caused changes in our daily routines.

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At Fountain Hill ES

Monday, March 30, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in School

Bethlehem Area School District treated Governor Tom Wolf’s March 16 mandatory, unprecedented school closure aimed at slowing the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), like an extended snow closure. No new material was taught – virtually or otherwise – and students were not responsible for completing assignments.

However, the district did provide “academic continuity resources” online to keep skills sharp during the unexpected break. (Beginning March 30 and continuing for...

Vital viral lessons

Monday, March 30, 2020 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Up until the current COVID-19 pandemic, the two most momentous events in my lifetime were the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

A third life-impacting event, the current public health crisis, has introduced an invisible enemy that has manifested itself very quickly and has taken many lives around the world while infecting untold others.

It has required adaptation by each of us and caused changes in our daily routines.

...