Catasauqua Press

Sunday, March 24, 2019

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.

Lehigh County commissioners name jail warden

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Board approves council appointments, land leases, equipment for coroner

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners conducted routine business Dec. 12, 2018, approving the appointment of Kyle A. Russell to the position of warden of the county jail. At a previous meeting, the board signaled approval of the appointment by voting for Russell’s appointment in a preliminary or first hearing vote.

Patrick Palmer was appointed and Sarah Andrew was reappointed to the Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council. The votes were unanimous by those present. Commissioner Percy Dougherty was absent.

Board overturns county budget veto

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

In a party-line 6-3 vote Nov. 14, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners overturned county Executive Phillips Armstrong’s Oct. 31 veto of the 2019 budget.

Democrats Dan Hartzell, Amy Zanelli and Geoff Brace voted against the amendment, which would have reduced the tax rate for county residents.

The Nov. 14 action effectively put to rest the disagreement about what the millage rate will be next year. Commissioners approved a 3.64-millage rate marked down from 3.79 mills Armstrong wanted.

Commissioners recognize Lehigh County residents

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners recently recognized and honored three of the county’s residents.

Joseph R. Zeller was honored with the Freedom Foundation Award. He was honored Sept. 12 and celebrated his 100th birthday Sept. 19.

In a special resolution, the commissioners thanked Zeller for “a lifetime of service to his community and his country.”

The resolution described him as one who brought “unbounded vision, impassioned drive and unmitigated commitment to virtually any issue he addressed, thus leaving the people he meets and the areas he services far better.”

Lehigh County commissioners may do away with cash bail

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County may be on the verge of doing away with cash bail. Proponents of the measure spoke Sept. 12 to commissioners and county administrative officials.

Allentown resident Julie Thomases said, “We are here to make a case for doing away with cash bail for nonviolent and low-risk offenders, as has Northampton County, Philadelphia and other counties, cities and states. Cash bail is a system of pretrial release that forces a person who has been accused but not yet found guilty of a crime to pay a fee to be released from custody before additional proceedings or trial.”

County executive presents budget plan

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

On Aug. 31, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, officials and residents received their first look at the proposed budget for 2019 when Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong presented his first budget since assuming office.

After a visual presentation of supporting charts and documents, Armstrong gave the hefty 488-page budget to Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty.

To make the proposed $506.1 million budget (themed “Back to the Future”) balance, Armstrong resurrected the 2015 millage rate of 3.79.