In an uncharacteristic move that left this writer and others surprised, Councilman J. William Reynolds unexpectedly refused to allow public comment at the conclusion of the Aug. 29 City Council Finance Committee meeting. The Committee had approved several normal budget transfers during the two and one-half hour meeting and the 2011 city audit had been reviewed.
In the year 1910, 45.6 percent of the population of the United States was living in cities. Fifty years before, only 19.8 percent of the population lived in urban areas. The same was true in the Lehigh Valley. People left their farms and gravitated to businesses, factories and mills for jobs. As people depended on industrial giants like Bethlehem Steel for employment, they soon felt less empowered. This was the Progressive Era, when ordinary citizens voted out of office anyone associated with waste and corruption. They sought to advance the protection of workers' rights.
On a back-to-school shopping spree, my son and I were debating the merits of Nike Air Max sneakers as we headed toward the entrance of the mall. He was engrossed in wrapping up his rebuttal when he stepped in front of me to hold the door open. Then he waited, still holding the door for a woman and her children quite a way behind us, his summation interrupted. Pushing a stroller with an infant mewling discontentedly, the woman herded two other children through the open door. She was jolted to a stop when the stroller caught on the lip of the door frame.
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My first grade teacher had a distinctive looping handwriting. I remember the stars that would appear atop my papers after she had corrected them. The stars were in red ink, as were the corrections she made. Always.
It was in the first grade that I took my first tentative foray into writing. When asked to write a sentence about the dog that attended the fire drill – my Scottish Terrier, that had inadvertently made a show- and-tell appearance which coincided with a routine fire drill – I wrote three. The paper was subsequently corrected in red ink.
Although they've been up in arms about nearly every other Abe Atiyeh zoning proposal, Bethlehem citizens had few complaints about a proposed 150-bed residential treatment facility at 825 12th Ave. It's an isolated location at the former Synthetic Thread property, where Atiyeh had originally planned apartments.
Even Stewart Early, a thorn in Atiyeh's side in previous zoning requests, told Atiyeh he was pleased.
I sat back in my patio chair and prepared to watch a war staged between two little boys, my son and his look alike best friend. A friend he had had since 3-year-old preschool. The one who he had such a symbiotic relationship with it often seemed like they were two parts of a whole.
And, yet, I was sitting back and letting them fight.
It is the time of year when most families are getting prepared for back-to-school. And, despite our best intentions for getting them ready – finding the perfect new outfit, and all the right school supplies, some children will still feel overwhelmed and anxious.
The following are tips to help ease back-to-school jitters and begin the school year off smoothly.
* Transition from summer to the new school year: Transitions are a natural part of everyday life. Handled well, this period of time will help make your child stronger.