On Dec. 16, students at Harry S Truman Elementary School chose to participate in giving back to those in need.
Students were invited to wear any hat they wanted on Heavenly Hat Day. Those students were asked to bring in any amount of spare change. All money collected was donated to The Heavenly Hats Foundation™.
Craig Vito was homeless.
He continued to live on the street while battling a fatal illness because there were people in the hospital sicker than he was. He did not want to take up a hospital bed until he absolutely needed it.
Vito’s name is one of 15 names listed on a new remembrance wall at Lehigh Valley Health Network – One City Center, Allentown; a gift from Dr. Brian Nester and his wife, Dr. Tina Pippis-Nester.
An Allentown man has been charged in relation to four bank robberies.
Anthony Tillman, 47, of Allentown, has been charged with four counts of robbery, a felony of the first degree. He was taken into custody Dec. 16 by Allentown police and arraigned at Central Booking.
Tillman allegedly robbed four banks within the past four months.
The first robbery occurred at the First Niagara Bank, 861 N. Route 100, Upper Macungie Township, Aug. 18.
State Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-135th, is joining the Second Harvest Food Bank to launch a Lehigh Valley diaper drive to help area families afford disposable diapers.
“Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments,” Samuelson said. “I’m excited to work with the food bank to improve access to a reliable supply of diapers, which is a necessity for the health and well-being of families young and old.”
District Attorney Jim Martin announced an employee at the Coopersburg Post Office has been charged with theft.
Erica R. Harley, 35, of 27 Evelyn Lane, Milford Township, Bucks County, was charged with one count each of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception and receiving stolen property, all felonies of the third degree.
Harley was arraigned Nov. 9 at Central Booking.
Developers, retailers, state and local officials gathered Nov. 18 to celebrate the grand opening of Hamilton Crossings, a retail center catering to consumers’ lifestyles by connecting them conveniently with shopping and personal services and building social connections with the community.
This year the Liberty Bell Museum’s holiday exhibit will showcase sculptures designed by Patrick Hulse, a Rhode Island based artist with roots in the Lehigh Valley.
This will be the premier showing of the sculptures in the Lehigh Valley, each depicting a scene from Hess’s Department Store.
While growing up, hearing stories about the store always fascinated Hulse, who created the sculptures based on pictures, stories, and family mementos.
Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown elected Rev. Dr. John Henry “Jack” Haberer Jr. as lead pastor at their Aug. 14 congregational meeting.
Haberer is well known in the Presbyterian Church (USA), having served on several denomination-wide committees and task forces, most notably the Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church 2001-2006.
He has served two long-term PC (USA) pastorates as lead pastor in Houston, Texas, as well as Satellite Beach and Naples, Fla.
Salisbury resident Santa Peters recently celebrated 65 years as a piano teacher in the Lehigh Valley with a grand party orchestrated by her children Michelle Peters, Andrea Bohner and Michael Peters.
A recital including current and past students, as well as former members of the Young Musicians Club performed for Santa and her guests. The performance was followed by a reception.
On March 6, an Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for Eric Dye at the Lehigh Masonic Temple, Macungie.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank that can be earned in Boy Scouting. According to the National Eagle Scout Association, only 5 percent of Boy Scouts ever reach this rank.
For his Eagle Scout project, Dye planted two juniper trees at the Lehigh Masonic Temple to honor his mother, Kathleen Dye and aunt, Kerry Fletcher, who both died in 2014.