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Anxiety of admissions

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Higher education and the need for the SATs

If there is one cause of stress for high school students motivated by academic expectations, it is the Scholastic Aptitude Tests, or SATs, as they are fondly known. The importance of these standardized tests has become a matter of fact, with college careers on the line and an entire industry of practice pre-testing reinforcing the perception SAT scores will make or break a person's next step in higher education.

Heroin: the hidden price

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Medical professionals can't reconcile rising use, death toll

In the late 1880s, the modification of natural substances in pharmacological sciences was important work. Pneumonia and tuberculosis were then the leading causes of death worldwide, and in an effort to alleviate the suffering of so many sick and wasting people, Germany's Bayer Corporation introduced a fast-acting pain-killer it called "heroin."

Doctors at the time had hoped heroin would be more effective and prove less addictive than its immediate predecessor, morphine. Such was not the case.

Wolf boosts schools, juggles taxes

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Governor Tom Wolf issued his proposed $29.9 billion budget for 2015-2016 recently with a focus on employment and education resolved through tax reform.

The tax section in particular will likely prove a challenge for the first-year governor to sell, as he proposes reducing pension capital and raising income and sales taxes to invest in property tax relief. Publications in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh report very little legislative support for such a shift in the tax policy.

Lessons for the kids

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

A poignant play for the WMCA

The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts' annual senior theater project is usually a blend of showmanship and professionalism as students both perform and learn how to run a theater troupe. This year's weeklong program's audience necessitated special consideration both in expectation and educational value as youngsters from numerous local elementary schools came to watch performances in the school's Black Box Theater.

ArtsQuest picks new CEO

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

ArtsQuest announced recently the name of its new president and CEO: Katherine E. "Kassie" Hilgert, the nonprofit's senior vice president of marketing and advancement.

Hilgert will transition to the president's role over the next several months while working closely with ArtsQuest Founder and President Jeff Parks. She will officially assume the president's responsibilities upon Parks' retirement in January 2015.

Business Showcase

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Focus

Senior LIFE Lehigh Valley offers program to enable seniors to stay in their homes

Senior LIFE recently opened the doors of its new Lehigh Valley facility in Bethlehem.

The for-profit nationwide program provides coordinated healthcare and physical and emotional services for seniors in their own homes.

Of 4,000 members served at 30 locations statewide, Senior LIFE now has more than 1,000 members in the Valley, approximately 100 of whom are served by the 2045 Westgate Drive office.

Senior LIFE is a Medicare Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) operating as a LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) program in Pennsylvania.

Governor Tom Corbett unveils proposed budget

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Some hopeful, some wary

Governor Tom Corbett announced his proposed 2014-2015 budget, at $29.4 billion, in an address Feb. 4.

Leaders and organizations statewide have responded with caution, criticism and apprehension.

State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, said in a release she is still examining the fine print, but, "While budgets typically have things you like and do not like, I am cautiously optimistic that this spending plan uses scarce revenues well. I especially applaud the governor's investment in education and workforce development."

ID law overturned

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Opinion

Local leaders pleased

Argued over for the past year and a half, most especially around November's elections, the commonwealth's stringent and widely contested voter ID law was ruled unconstitutional Jan. 17.

The law required each citizen display a recognized official photo ID card at their voter location. The law was declared by many a blatant partisan measure to keep low-income, elderly and disabled residents, who might have difficulty attaining such ID, from casting their votes – presumably for Democrats.