Lehigh County Commissioners defeated, by a vote of 4–5, a major step in getting the renovation of the Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation facility started at its May 8 meeting. Commissioners gave a first reading to a resolution that “indicates [commissioner’s] support for a facility plan which meets the facility standards set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”
With team names like “Chapter Raptors” and the “Novel Nifflers,” 253 area middle school students organized into 21 teams competed recently at Lower Macungie Middle School for top honors in reading comprehension at the Reading Olympics.
Organizers gave each team a list of 45 books to read.
Team “Columbian Book Weasels” from Orefield Middle School placed second. Each member of the team received a copy of “Refugee” by Alan Gratz. English Language Arts Teacher Robin Roberts sponsored the team.
Members of Lehigh County’s Human Services office again made a strong showing at the Lehigh County Commissioner’s meeting April 24. They have been making regular appearances at the commissioner’s meetings arguing for more staff.
“We have a wholesale system breakdown,” Tony Lupo said. He was referring to the ability of existing staff to properly care for children referred to Human Services for care and intervention. “Caseworkers are not able to protect the children of Lehigh County.”
“We can’t keep people,” Lupo said. “They run out the door.”
Former Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim will be remembered long after he has left office because Lehigh County Commissioners April 10 voted on a resolution to name the conference room in the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center in his honor.
Students, faculty and family gathered March 28 at Salisbury High School to celebrate the induction of 33 new members of National Honor Society. For the most part, the students are sophomores, but two are juniors.
The honorees gathered in the school library dressed in academic robes and waited to be called to the auditorium for the ceremony. Parents and other relatives took their seats in the front of the stage.
On signal the candidates for induction into one of the most prestigious academic organizations open to eligible high school students proceeded to the auditorium.
Students, faculty and others were drawn together in solidarity and grief March 22 at the Asa Packer Memorial Church on the edge of the Lehigh University campus. They were there to express their concerns and thoughts and to show their support of the victims killed in Christchurch, New Zealand March 15, when 50 people were murdered and 50 wounded by a white Australian man espousing white supremacy as a reason for his massacre.
“’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.
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.”
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.
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.”