Salisbury Press

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Crowded Kitchen Players’ premiere addresses topic that’s ‘Unspeakable’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Focus

“’Unspeakable’” describes a system that often finds itself inadequate to help the very individuals it has been created to serve,” says Ara Barlieb about the genesis of his new play.

The Crowded Kitchen Players’ “Unspeakable” has its world premiere March 22, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, where it continues March 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, March 21, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Referendum for term limits fails

A motion to put a referendum on term limits before citizens failed in a 5–2 vote March 13 during the Lehigh County Commissioner’s regular meeting.

The sole sponsor, Commissioner Amy Zanelli, couldn’t muster enough support to pass the measure. Even fellow Democrat Dan Hartzell could not be persuaded to support his colleague with his vote; he sided with Republicans to vote against the measure.

“We need to use reason instead of emotion,” Hartzell said. “This implies that long service is a problem. I can’t convince myself this a problem in search of a solution.”

State of the Lehigh County

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The county executive, a Democrat, proposed measures that may shake up the Republican-dominated Lehigh County Board of Commissioners; limit commissioner’s terms to three or 12 years; secondly, create an independent ethics oversight committee and third, get them out of the negotiating collective bargaining agreements business.

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong addressed a crowded room at Coca-Cola Stadium in Allentown Feb. 21 to report the state of the county, tell the public what his administration has done over the past year and predict what the future holds.

LOWER MACUNGIE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

Mathletes prove MATHCOUNTS

Math was cool – at least for a few hours during the MATHCOUNTS Lehigh Valley Regional Competition held at Lower Macungie Middle School Feb. 9.

The Saturday event had a bunch of smart kids out of bed and away from their televisions and social media while being excited about math.

According to Kevin Campbell of the Lehigh Valley Chapter Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, the sponsor of the event, “Math is the foundation to being a good engineer” therefore, he continued, “since engineers make all the good things that make life easier, all engineers go to heaven.”

A NIGHT TO SHINE

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

‘An unforgettable prom night experience’

The Riverbend Community Church went all out to give some of the community’s most excluded people a chance to dress up, be feted and have fun at a prom just for them. The “A Night to Shine” celebration at the Palace Center on Hanover Street in Allentown gave 140 special needs guests the chance to dance, eat and socialize.

The lobby of the Palace Center was transformed to create the atmosphere of a grand hotel lobby complete with red carpet where arriving guests strutted their finery as they entered the building.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Revision to budget allows for director of Cedarbrook

Lehigh County Commissioners approved 9-0 a revision to the 2019 county budget thus providing the money to pay a new director of the Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center at the Feb. 13 meeting. The action clears the way to hiring a new director to replace Good Shepherd who has terminated its management contract.

Dennis Nemes named to election board

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners have appointed Dennis Nemes to serve on the county board of elections.

Nemes, a former principal at Northwestern Lehigh High School, was later principal at Allentown Central Catholic High School.

He replaces Gail Coffin on the election board.

Commissioner Percy Dougherty was back in his seat after a hospital stay resulting from a fall at his home.

He had missed at least two meetings due to his accident and subsequent recovery time.

Council attends to normal business

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Commissioners conducted routine business Dec. 12, approving the appointment of Kyle A. Russell to the position of warden of the county jail. Last week the board signaled approval of the appointment by voting for Russell’s appointment in a preliminary or first hearing vote.

Sarah Andrew was reappointed to the Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council while Patrick Palmer was appointed to the council. The votes were unanimous except for Commissioner Percy Dougherty, who was absent.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Party line vote overturns budget veto

In a party-line 6–3 vote, Lehigh County Commissioners Nov. 14 overturned the administration’s Oct. 31 veto of the Lehigh County 2019 budget.

Democrat Commissioners Dan Hartzell, Amy Zanelli and Geoff Brace voted against the amendment which reduces the tax rate for Lehigh County citizens for 2019.

The action effectively put to rest the disagreement about what the millage rate will be for 2019. The commissioners approved a 3.64 millage rate marked down from 3.79 mils Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong wanted.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, November 8, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

County Executive Armstrong

Making good on a promise, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong vetoed the budget for 2019 Oct. 31 because an amendment passed by Lehigh County Commissioners rolled back the millage rate from the proposed 3.79 mils to 3.64 mils.

Armstrong made the announcement in a special news conference at the Lehigh County Administration building attended by the media, members of the Armstrong administration, a couple of aspiring commissioners and Lehigh County Commissioner Amy Zanelli.

Armstrong warned against letting the commissioner’s amended budget harm the county’s bond rating.