My computer is located on the second floor of my Cape Cod house and I had been on my computer Monday evening and I could feel my computer desk shake. WOW! That was interesting. At first, I thought it was my imagination.
Around 9:15, I saw a blue flash coming from a nearby power transformer. My first thought was that it was lightning; then I realized it was the transformer blowing out, and we lost power.
Reporters just annoy the hell out of me.
I suppose it's not their fault – maybe their editors – but this desperate need for the media at-large to label things – objects, people, events – with brand-worthy monikers just to get people countrywide repeating the same unimaginative phrase smacks of laziness and worse, neediness.
While searching for a hot meal on the Southside Thursday afternoon, I ran into a buddy who said his power had been restored Tuesday. When I finally got my phone recharged, another friend sent me a text message stating he'd never lost power at all.
Tina Kowalski, owner of the Funhouse bar on Fourth Street, was trying to find a liquor store that was still open so she could restock. She also said several massive old pine trees had collapsed in her yard at home and she wasn't sure if her insurance would help pay for their removal.
The largest annual grant received by the City of Bethlehem is from the federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, a direct entitlement grant to municipalities all over the United States. The law requires that CDBG-funded activities primarily benefit low and moderate income residents or eliminate slums and blighted conditions.
Tough challenges face whoever is elected president Nov. 6, Muhlenberg College Professor Michele Deegan said during a lecture at Kirkland Village Oct. 17. Her talk, "The American Election Reality – Challenges Facing the Presidential Winner" was a preview of the 38th annual Great Decisions lecture series, which begins in February.
"If the debt gets bigger, we have to squeeze other programs."
"Do we decrease spending? Where? Where do we increase revenue?"
These are some of the issues the newly elected president will face, Deegan said.
Dewberry Avenue and Center Street in Bethlehem, located near Bethlehem Catholic HS, is gridlocked. But it's not the traffic. Developer Abe Atiyeh, Bethlehem zoning and planning officials and numerous angry residents have created legal traffic jams over Atiyeh's seemingly Quixotic quest to establish a drug and alcohol treatment center somewhere ... anywhere ... in that vicinity. Northampton County judges are now involved. Though they have the power to send someone to his death, it's by no means clear that they can resolve the legal war between the forces of Abe Atiyeh and Bethlehem.
A simple statement, but let's break it down a bit.
Your newspaper … That's right, all yours, assembled just for you, tailored to where you live, emphasizing the things that affect you, keeping track of the people and players in your community. Your newspaper is put together by people in a newsroom that was built for you, where people work to supply information that matters to you, from the details of that crash you passed by on Tuesday to biographies of the candidates for your school board to notices of what's on sale at your local supermarket.