Bring a smile to a face of a child, when they receive a call and/or letter from Santa Claus. For a donation, you will brighten the life of a child, while supporting a great cause. For over 15 years the American Cancer Society has been hosting this event in our Lehigh Valley office. We have volunteers come to our office to place the calls and also prepare the letters for mailing.
If you would like to be a volunteer Santa, or would like to volunteer during Santa Calls week Dec. 3 to 6, call Rosemary at 610-921-2329, ext. 3109 or email rosemarie.murphy@cancerorg.
Republican Justin Simmons faced a challenge from Democrat Kevin Deely in the election for state representative in the 131st district Nov. 6 a race which has still not been called.
According to Lehigh County Elections and Voter Registration, as of Nov. 9, votes including machine, absentee and provisional ballots showed Simmons with 12,972 votes and Deely with 12,971 votes. Canvassing of military and overseass ballots begins 9 a.m. Nov. 14.
In Northampton County, results show Simmons with 1,282 votes and Deely with 852 votes.
What qualities define an extraordinary neighbor?
Hurricane Sandy brought much of the eastern seaboard to its knees. The visual images of devastation leave no doubt as to her power. But every action creates a reaction and Sandy's wrath is no exception. Her fury roused our sometimes drowsy compassion and her violence created unanticipated harmony.
From political adversaries uniting to aid those suffering to empathetic strangers donating food, the outreach has been inspiring.
PRESS PHOTO BY DEBBIE GALBRAITH
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts with Troop 5 and their family members gather at St. Timothy's Nov. 10 to collect food from neighbor's homes as part of the Boy Scouts of America Scouting for Food campaign.
Salisbury High School Principal Heather Morningstar and Assistant Principal Bill Dovico attended the Nov. 12 curriculum and technology committee meeting to request the elimination of midterm and final examinations for high school students.
Salisbury is the first in the Lehigh Valley to propose eliminating these tests.
The rationale behind the request was the continued testing required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Bridgeway Academy is seeking video submissions from homeschool students who are serving as volunteers or organizing their own community service efforts.
The contest entitled, "Homeschoolers Give Back" asks students to submit a one to two minute video showcasing their efforts and promoting their cause.
The deadline for submissions is Nov. 16.
Videos will be posted on the company website and open for public voting Nov. 17.
A variety of area residences will be featured in The Swain School's 43rd annual Holiday House Tour Dec. 4 and 5.
Participants can enjoy the tour via a bus or luxury coach, or a self-guided, 'drive it yourself' option. The Holiday House Tour also includes the Swain Holiday Boutique as well as a pick-a-prize raffe, children's raffle and bake sale.
The "Snowflake Express" is a nighttime supper and bus tour Dec. 4. The serving of a light supper begins 4:30 p.m. at the Allentown school, 1100 S. 24th St., Allentown, and the buses depart 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. There is a cost.
Thanksgiving meals/baskets available
The staff at PA211 EAST has compiled a list of organizations providing Thanksgiving holiday meals and baskets for families in Lehigh County this season. For the most up-to-date listings, call 1-855-501-6785 or visit their website at www.uwlanc. org/holiday-resources.
THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKETS
ŸCity Limits Assembly of God, 302 Ridge Ave., Allentown, 610-776-8656, turkey and food bag distribution Nov. 20. Call for time.
The Salisbury Township Department of Public Works will be conducting its leaf collection program starting Oct. 29 and continuing through mid-December (weather permitting). They will start in the First Ward (east) and work westward. The township crews generally cover the township several times. Note that the large number of trees in the township make it impossible to guarantee a set pickup date for any street in the township on any given day.