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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Troop M honors fallen brethren

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Active duty and retired Pennsylvania State Police officers united ranks May 2 in front of their red brick barracks in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, to honor their dead. Family members and guests came in support.

The men and women were there for the Pennsylvania State Police Memorial Day ceremony hosted by Troop M, Bethlehem, headquarters commanded by Captain Richard H. D’Ambrosio.

Lehigh County board splits votes on Cedarbrook resolutions

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

At its May 8 meeting, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners defeated, by a vote of 4-5, a major step in getting the renovation of the Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation facility started. Commissioners gave a first reading to a resolution that “indicates [commissioners’] support for a facility plan, which meets the facility standards set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”

Human services workers fear low-staff outcome

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Hiring more county caseworkers ‘essential for the most vulnerable people’

Members of Lehigh County’s human services office again made a strong showing at the county commissioners’ April 24 meeting.

They have been making regular appearances recently at commissioners’ meetings, arguing for more staff.

“We have a wholesale system breakdown,” Tony Lupo said, referring to the ability of staff to properly care for children referred to human services. “Caseworkers are not able to protect the children of Lehigh County. We can’t keep people. They run out the door.”

Lupo said he has 47 cases.

County board to name conference room for former coroner

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim will be remembered long after he has left office.

County commissioners voted April 10 on a resolution to name the conference room in the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center in his honor.

According to the resolution approved by the board, Grim served in the coroner’s office of Lehigh County for 26 years, 22 of which as coroner. Under his leadership, in 2005, the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office was nationally accredited by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

County commissioners fail to pass term limits measure

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A motion to put a referendum on term limits before citizens failed in a 5-2 vote March 13 during the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting.

The sponsor, Commissioner Amy Zanelli, couldn’t muster enough support to pass the measure. Even fellow Democrat Dan Hartzell could not be persuaded. 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 is a problem in search of a solution.”

Individuals with special needs enjoy Night to Shine prom

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Riverbend Community Church, Allentown, went all out to give individuals with specials needs a fun night. The Night to Shine prom was held Feb. 8 at Palace Center, Hanover Street in Allentown. One hundred forty guests enjoyed dancing, eating and socializing.

The lobby of Palace Center was transformed to create the atmosphere of a grand hotel, complete with a red carpet where arriving guests strutted their finery as they entered the building.

After passing a tremendous arch of balloons, guests registered and met their buddy.

Crowded Kitchen Players’ premiere addresses topic that’s ‘Unspeakable’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Focus

“’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.

Lehigh County board discusses term limits

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners discussed the ramifications of a proposed referendum amending the Home Rule Charter contained in a motion by Commissioner Amy Zanelli to limit commissioners to three terms.

Commissioner Nathan Brown, speaking during the governance committee before the regular Feb. 27 meeting, said he does not see a need for term limits in local government, which he defined as county government and below.

Chairman Marty Nothstein said he supports term limits for higher government levels.

Retiring deputy controller recognized for service

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners commemorated the long service of Deputy Controller John A. Falk, who is retiring after almost 31 years.

“I will still stay busy,” Falk said following the board’s Jan. 23 meeting.

Commissioners expressed high regard and admiration for Falk and his service to the county.

Falk also teaches at DeSales University.

“I always found you willing to teach,” Commissioner Brad Osborne told him.

Commissioner Marc Grammes also gave kudos to Falk.

“You have always been a man of integrity and professionalism,” he said.