State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, announced he will not seek re-election to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in 2020.
“While this is a bittersweet moment as I have been honored to serve the people of our community, I can do so knowing that I contributed to making a difference not only for the residents of Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties, but for all Pennsylvanians,” Simmons said.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, announced recently the awarding of $104,999 in competitive grants to local career and technical schools for the purchase of new equipment aligned to training students in high demand occupations.
“I am pleased that the Commonwealth is being proactive in assisting our career and technical schools across the state to aid them in preparing our students for high demand occupations,” Boscola said. “These grants will allow our local career and technical schools to purchase needed equipment that will train our students for jobs that employers are seeking.”
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine urged residents to get their flu vaccine as flu season intensifies. As of Dec. 28, 2019, there have been more than 17,300 laboratory-confirmed cases and nine deaths statewide.
Republican Nathan Brown has announced his candidacy in the 2020 election for the seat of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 131st Legislative District, serving parts of Lehigh, Northampton and Montgomery counties.
Brown currently is a Lehigh County Commissioner representing the 5th district.
Prior to being elected commissioner, Brown served the community for 10 years as an Emmaus Borough Council member from 2008-2017.
The Pennsylvania State Police responded to 376 crashes and made 179 arrests for driving under the influence during the three-day Christmas holiday from Dec. 24 through Dec. 26, 2019.
Troopers did not investigate a single fatal collision over the midweek holiday – a welcome change from last year’s four-day Christmas enforcement period, which saw six people killed in five separate crashes investigated by state police, according to officials.
Members of the Pennsylvania State Police investigated 460 crashes over the New Year’s holiday enforcement period Dec. 31, 2019 through Jan. 2, 2020.
Of the collisions investigated, 30 involved alcohol, 87 people were injured and one person was killed in a single fatal crash.
Troopers also arrested 279 people for driving under the influence during the three-day holiday enforcement campaign. The total is a decrease from the 406 DUI arrests made over the holiday period last year, which spanned four days.
The Salvation Army, Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 sustaining grant from the PPL Foundation.
The much-needed funds will support Youth Enrichment Programs at The Salvation Army Allentown Corps.
More than 110 children currently enrolled in the Allentown Corps’ Youth Enrichment Program will benefit from the donation.
The Allentown Corps provides a wide array of services to help nurture children’s love of learning.
The Corps’ Youth Department offers a safe, positive and motivating environment for youngsters to learn and grow.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has approved four major grants for Lehigh County.
These grants, totaling $469,900 will provide additional resources to county-wide efforts to improve quality of life and enhance outdoor recreational experiences.
The DCNR grants and projects are:
State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, D-18th, announced the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has awarded recreation and conservation grants through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program specifically for Rivers Conservation and Riparian Forest Buffers.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation needs help identifying an unknown female who may have information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.
Photographs, a sketch, and an informational poster depicting the individual, known as Jane Doe 37, are available to the public and can be found online at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap/unknown-individual-jane-doe-37.