Over the previous two weeks of this series, readers were given a profile of the struggles people who face homelessness must fight through the eyes of one Lehigh Valley man. More often than not, homelessness is the consequence of other factors that have done much to derail a person’s life. Such was the case with Louis Matyas, a 52-year-old man residing in Hellertown who lost his housing Aug. 15.
Louis Matyas, a Lehigh Valley resident, was a construction worker whose life changed forever when he was hit by a vehicle in March 2014.
Louis’s injuries were so severe, titanium implants were installed in his legs and collarbone.
Additionally, he developed a post-concussive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. After spending a year in the hospital, Louis struggled to keep a job and a place to live.
Louis currently has no full-time job and is facing homelessness.
U.S. Senator Bob Casey visited the Lehigh Valley Network Aug. 5 to speak about the infant opioid dependency epidemic and a new bill which seeks to find solutions to the problem.
Casey, a Democrat and the state’s senior senator, addressed a small audience of colleagues and press attendees on the recent accomplishments that have been made in the field. Throughout his address, Casey urged people to come together on the issue regardless of their political positions.
Louis Matyas has faced an uphill struggle to get back on his feet ever since a car accident changed his life two years ago.
Louis, who was born in Brooklyn, moved with his family to the Lehigh Valley in the early 1970s.
“I attended Shoemaker Elementary, Lower Macungie Middle School and graduated from Emmaus High School,” Louis said.
He also learned carpentry at LCTI during this time and worked as a steelworker when he graduated. Louis spent a period of time in the early 2000s working as a tow truck wincher and a recovery agent in North Carolina.
The Salisbury Township Police Department was dispatched to a call about a single vehicle accident in the 1700 block of Broadway in the early morning hours of July 14 with injuries and rescue.
In addition to the police, St. Luke’s EMS, the Eastern Salisbury Township Fire Department and Fountain Hill Fire Department also responded.
The accident, which took place at approximately 2:07 a.m., involved a vehicle smashing into a tree.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered the car’s two occupants were deceased.
David Freeman appeared in Lehigh County Court 1:30 p.m. June 14 to hear his re-sentencing due to new Supreme Court rulings regarding juveniles serving life sentences.
Freeman, along with his brother Bryan and cousin Nelson “Ben” Birdwell III, murdered parents Brenda and Dennis Freeman, as well as their brother, Erik, Feb. 26, 1995. David and Bryan Freeman were 16 and 17, respectively, at the time of the murders.
Initially, the Freeman brothers were sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
Salisbury Township’s school board met June 15 to honor retiring staff members. The retirees had served the school district for a combined total of over 103 years.
The retirees included Donna Buzdygon, Salisbury High School’s Spanish teacher and Catherine Meholic, who taught math at SHS. Buzdygon was with the district 22 years and Meholic over 27.
Dr. John E. Castaldo, chief of the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s neurology division visited Salisbury Middle School June 3 to speak to students as part of a career day event set up by English teacher Beth Prokecsh.
Prokesch, who has been teaching at the school since 1991, credits Castaldo with saving her life after an intractable migraine forced her to miss teaching June 2015 to February.
Salisbury Township’s final operations committee meeting of the 2015-2016 school year took place June 6 in the administration building, where the first order of business was the closing discussion on the budget for the 2016-2017 school year led by Business Administrator Robert Bruchak.
After reviewing the proposed plans, the unanimous decision was made to implement the suggested plan of a 2 percent tax increase.
The annual Old-Fashioned Church Festival, at Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, 3441 Devonshire Road, Allentown, was held June 20.
Traditionally held every year in June, this festival is the biggest fundraiser for the church and welcomes the entire community.
Festivalgoers purchased tickets for concessions such as snowcones, hot dogs, hamburgers and other great meals, all made by volunteer members from the church. The event also included a basket raffle.
The Lehigh Valley Zoo had a booth complete with animal pelts and a live turtle participants could interact with.