During a campaign kickoff Nov. 13, Jeanne McNeill urged everyone to vote in the Dec. 5 special election.
The special election is required to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of McNeill’s husband, Daniel.
On June 3, Lehigh Valley Community Benefit will be holding its second annual Sommer Fest bike ride and benefit. The event, rain or shine, will honor the life and memory of Joe Sommer Jr., who was tragically murdered in a senseless act of violence last year.
Lehigh Valley Community Benefit has been supporting Lehigh Valley families affected by tragedies since 2010. The group also donates to first responders, veterans organizations, animal shelters and other nonprofit charities — with a focus on “paying it forward.”
Heavy metal band Quiet Riot entertained a large crowd Sept. 8 at the Gin Mill and Grille, Northampton.
More than 100 tickets were sold for the concert, held at the 1750 Main St. bar/restaurant.
According to Frankie Banali, Quiet Riot founder and drummer, “We played in Allentown over 30 years ago. We enjoy playing for all size venues, small and personal, like the Gin Mill, to big arenas.
“My favorite songs to play are “Mental Health” and “Bang Your Head.” My favorite venues are Madison Square Garden, N.Y., and Los Angelos Forum.”
The Angel Hearts of the Lehigh Valley second annual fundraiser was held at American Legion Post 367, Fullerton, April 30.
After the community’s large response last month to an open forum on heroin and opioid addiction, state Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd, held another open forum March 30 at American Club of Coplay.
Opioids include prescription medications, such as oxycodone, morphine and methadone, among others.
“This has become a very important subject for me because we all have kids and grandchildren, and a lot of families are going through this hardship,” McNeill said. “This is a very bad epidemic.
“What I’m going to do is start local and work our way up,” McNeill added.
People in the community came together April 26 at Victor Talotta Memorial Park, Cementon, for a benefit to raise aid and awareness of heroin use and abuse.
Two Lehigh Valley families united and formed a benefit called Sounding Out Against Heroin.
"There is a heroin crisis in our community and it is growing at an alarming rate among our youth," David Arey said. "It is a horrific drug. It's out there and it's readily available to our children.
Northampton resident Kristin Richards wants people to know her dog is not a monster.
Honey is a 15-year-old pit bull mix. She was one of 65 pit bulls chosen to represent the I'm Not A Monster Holiday Drive.
"I'm Not A Monster is an advocacy initiative that aims to dispel myths associated with misunderstood dog breeds, particularly pit bulls," said Richards. "Along with educating the public, the initiative promotes shelter pet adoption and networks animals in need."
Boy Scout Troop 79 celebrated its 75th anniversary Nov. 1.
During the celebration, committee members Joe Heberling and Mike McCloud and Scoutmaster Al Edelman opened the 50th anniversary time capsule. In it were a cup, rosary, newspaper clippings, photos and programs from many years ago.