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Monday, July 6, 2020

Juneteenth celebrated at Resurrected Life Community Church in Allentown

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“They didn’t educate me in Allentown High School about black people,” Disley Mendez, a past president of the Black Student Union at William Allen High School said.

“They said we were slaves and that Martin Luther King came in and saved the day. They didn’t tell me we were descended from kings and queens.”

The recent high school graduate was speaking June 26 at Resurrected Life Community Church in Allentown as a crowd of about 125 gathered on the North Ninth Street campus of the church to celebrate Juneteenth.


Sunday, May 31, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

LC state of emergency extended to July 17

Commissioners refused May 13 during an online meeting to take up a proposal by Republican Commissioner Nathan Brown who moved the commissioners pass a resolution to support a recent a letter to Wolf from state Rep. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, urging him to move from the coronavirus status red to yellow for Lehigh County and the Lehigh Valley.

Navy Capt. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peters called to Javits New York Medical Station

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Navy Capt. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peters, a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy and Upper Milford Township resident, had been recalled to active service and until recently has been on the front line in what President Donald Trump calls the “war on the invisible enemy.”

The Navy ordered Peters to help staff the COVID-19 related temporary hospital at the Javits Center in Manhattan, New York City renamed the Javits New York Medical Station.


Thursday, April 16, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Bringing everyone into the spotlight

“Owen had never met her, but he watched others and he knew that escorting a beautiful girl in her best dress down the red carpet was something totally special that he wanted to do,” Owen’s mother, Bette Jo Smith, of Newtown, said. The proud mom was responding to a question; “What has this event meant to you and your son?”

It was a special evening when special needs young men and women (all 14 and older), were feted at a gala evening recently with all the glitz and glamor and star treatment that the organizers could muster.

Emergency support groups cope with coronavirus threat

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The coronavirus has forced the closing of local schools and businesses which has, in turn, forced the American Red Cross Lehigh Valley – Bucks Chapter to curtail planned blood drives according to Executive Director Peter Brown.

“We are looking at adding [blood] drives,” Brown said in an interview during which he called the blood supply a “big challenge.”

“The public should still go ahead and make appointments to give blood.”

Brown said potential blood donors can arrange appointments by going to the website, and entering their zip code.

State of emergency declared

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

If the state gives approval to the request, the county will distribute mail-in ballots in an effort to cope with the corona virus, according to the Lehigh County executive in a press conference March 16.

“I hope every citizen can vote safely with these new mail-in ballots on Election Day,” Executive Phillips Armstrong said.

He also declared a state of emergency for Lehigh County effective March 16. Armstrong made the official announcement 1 p.m. at the front of the county government building.

Whitehall resident addresses firing of county 911 personnel

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former 911 dispatcher LoriAnn Fehnel, of Whitehall Township, addressed the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Feb. 12, stating she was disappointed in their decision to fire three supervisors and to allegedly force the resignation of seven dispatchers who used rum-laced eggnog to toast the New Year while on duty in the dispatch room Dec. 31, 2019.

Fehnel, a 911 dispatcher from 2007 to 2010 in Allentown, said she felt someone needed to speak up for the dismissed emergency services personnel.

martin luther king jr. day

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A walk of remembrance

Residents and officials braved below-freezing but sunny weather to march to the small park dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in South Bethlehem.

Men, women and children marched up the hill singing, “We Shall Overcome,” the hymn of the Civil Rights Movement.

Led by Dr. Martin Luther King Civil Rights Movement President Frankie West, who organized the event, the marchers listened to several speakers who competed with the noon bells of the Holy Ghost Church next to the park.


Thursday, January 16, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Newly elected commissioners take the oath of office

Friends and family filled the hearing room as Democrats took official control of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners Jan 6 in a swearing-in ceremony officiated by Judge Edward D. Reibman, president judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County.

“It’s a wonderful occasion tonight,” Reibman said.

“I’d like to call up Bob Elbich,” Reibman said as he designated the first commissioner, he would induct that evening. “Just so you know, Bob came up with a book, and the book is the Constitution of the United States.”