Catasauqua Fire Department and North Catasauqua Police Department are recipients of the 2020 Whitehall Area Chamber Community Grant program.
The program was established by the Chamber to provide funding to local municipalities for upcoming projects, supplies or initiatives for betterment of the communities in the Whitehall area.
Applicants must be a nonprofit or community-based organization within the territory of the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce, which serves Whitehall Township and Catasauqua, North Catasauqua and Coplay boroughs.
Lehigh County will distribute $33.3 million in emergency relief funding from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to local small businesses, community agencies, local governments and others affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting closure.
Preliminary funding plans for Lehigh County’s COVID-19 County Block Grant include $10 million for affected local businesses, $10 million for emergency response expenses and municipalities, $6 million for human services, $5 million for nonprofits and $2.3 million for regional organizations and tourism industry.
Catasauqua Community Food Bank will receive a grant in its efforts to fight hunger.
The Wolf administration will be awarding more than $9 million to nonprofit entities for projects to fight hunger and prevent food waste. The awards come from the expanded Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant program announced in April.
Catasauqua High School Principal Adam Schnug was a recent guest speaker on Virtual School Assembly — a new virtual platform created to bring mini assemblies to kindergarten through 12th-grade students who are learning from home.
Show host Tyler Christensen is a fifth-grade teacher who created VSA after he was asked to teach from home during the COVID-19 outbreak in March. Christensen saw a need to share messages of inspiration, hope and encouragement with his students, so he started reaching out to celebrities and professional speakers to do just that.
In order to instill confidence in our communities, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce has created the Vow of the Valley campaign, encouraging business owners and employees to join together in agreeing to take extra, virus-mitigating care in their establishments to ensure staff and returning customers are confident, safe and secure.
The downtown Allentown business community — led by PPL Corporation and City Center Investment Corp. — will be lighting Allentown’s skyline in school colors nearly every night in June to honor the graduating seniors of the Lehigh Valley’s high schools.
With proms, graduations and other senior-year milestones canceled or postponed this year due to COVID-19, Allentown’s business leaders wanted to shine a light — literally — on students’ achievements.
Furthering his plan for reopening Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf announced May 22 eight additional counties will move to yellow and 17 will move to green, effective 12:01 a.m., May 29.
All remaining counties in red — of which Lehigh and Northampton are a part — are expected to move to the yellow phase by 12:01 a.m. June 5.
The counties moving to yellow May 29 include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th; state Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-135th; and the office of state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, announced state funding totaling $859,257 was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for projects in Northampton County through the Local Share Account.
Local Share Account grants support economic development, job training, community improvement and public interest projects.
Catasauqua Community Cares Program (C3P) has partnered with the Catasauqua Area School District to be able to offer additional food resources to students in the district during the weekly food distributions.
The program is part of Second Harvest Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies program that normally sends food items home with students for breakfast and lunch each weekend during the school year.
With the April 1 statewide stay-at-home order set to expire midnight May 7, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine extended the orders for all counties in red until June 4.
Lehigh and Northampton counties continue to be in the red phase, and the restrictions for the stay-at-home order remain the same.
Wolf and Levine also signed new orders for 24 counties to move to yellow effective 12:01 a.m. May 8.