Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
St. Thomas More fifth and sixth graders presented their annual Christmas play Dec. 11 for all students, and then again on that evening for the public in the school's auditorium-gymnasium.
The play, titled "Is There Room for Christmas?" was scripted and choreographed with original lyrics and music by Natalie Seng Pionegro, director of music and liturgy for St. Thomas More parish and school.
The play portrays the concept of looking beyond the distractions in our daily lives, no matter how attractive those things may be, and finding the real meaning of Christmas.
KNBT banks in the Lehigh Valley are collecting gently worn coats for men, women and children until Jan. 7, 2013. The coats will be delivered to distribution centers on Staten Island, N.Y., for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
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Alton Park area Santa run delights residents of all ages.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners tabled a bill that would have given $1.06 million to local park improvement projects at its Dec. 12 meeting. The Green Futures Fund Program, which was approved by voters in a non-binding referendum in 2002, would have given $324,693 to Allentown for the Martin Luther King Trail, $238,000 to Lower Macungie and $231,888 to Upper Saucon Township for the Saucon Rail Trail.
The East Penn School District's spring 2013 Community Education classes are open for registration. Go to the district website www.eastpennsd.org, click on the Community tab, then Community Education to register for classes. A PDF of the class listings, including descriptions, is located on the right hand side of the page in a green box labeled Class Descriptions (PDF). Brochures can also be found in our schools, local libraries, community centers, Emmaus borough hall, etc. The registration deadline is January 23, 2013.
Paragon Transit, the school bus contractor that provides transporation for Salisbury Township School District, participated in Adopt a Soldier for Christmas.
Bryon Sherer, of Allentown, a Paragon employee, has a son, SPC David Sherer, TF Renegade, 304th MP CO., stationed in Iraq. He left for Iraq Oct. 17. Paragon's employees decided to collect gifts for David's troop consisting of nine men and one woman.
The PT Crew put together over 10 boxes, over 105 pounds, of gifts for the troops.
Salisbury Township commissioners were reluctant to chip away at the purchase of a wood chipper, but dumped the purchase of a dump truck as the proposed 2013 township budget with all the trimmings and a tax hike heads toward an expected post-Christmas vote at the next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27 in the township Municipal Building.
Despite trimming approximately $110,200 from next year's budget, property taxes are expected to increase about $30 annually for each township property owner, based on the township average $232,400 property assessment.
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The long awaited demolition of homes across from CVS on Fourth Street and Emmaus Avenue has begun to make way for a CVS expansion across from its current location.
The Bosch Group has contributed $100,000 and Catholic Charities dontaed $20,000 to the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley to assist Lehigh Valley homeowners whose homes were damaged by "Superstorm" Sandy.