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Monday, July 13, 2020

Residents rally against racism

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by TIMOTHY HEALY in Local News

In light of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in the custody of a Minnesota police officer, Lehigh Valley residents took to the streets in Bethlehem May 30. Participants marched for Floyd, for other black police brutality victims and for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Activists Matty Fall, J.C. Lustre Villanueva and Michael Henriquez led the march, which gathered at the Rose Garden 3 p.m.

Fossil’s Last Stand continues fundraising during pandemic

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Jackie Russ-Harford and her husband, Carl Harford, are tinkering with their two taverns during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Besides the acclaimed Fossil’s Last Stand, the couple also owns the New Tripoli Hotel.

Both places are known for great tavern food and friendly staff.

One of Russ-Harford’s customer-building events at Fossil’s is holding fundraisers for local animal shelters.

COVID-19 COUNT

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Dept. of Health provides update

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported, as of June 2, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 72,894.

There are 399,361 patients who have tested negative to date. The statewide number of deaths is 5,667.

In Lehigh County, 3,780 positive cases and 14,892 negative cases have been reported.

In Northampton County, 3,108 positive cases and 14,205 negative cases have been reported.

COVID-19 COUNT

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Dept. of Health provides update

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported, as of May 26, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 68,637.

There are 339,835 patients who have tested negative to date. The statewide number of deaths is 5,152.

In Lehigh County, 3,676 positive cases and 12,914 negative cases have been reported.

In Northampton County, 2,933 positive cases and 12,098 negative cases have been reported.

Virtual concerts to begin May 29

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Performances, livestreamed on Facebook, benefit food bank

The ancient Greek philosopher Plato is credited for saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” This means a need or problem encourages creative efforts to solve a problem or fill a need.

Municipalities face a myriad of challenges, as do businesses, organizations and individuals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation requires creative, out-of-the-box thinking.

Yellow in sight: Pa. reopening plan moving forward

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

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.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by The Press in Local News

MAY

(Please note that, as many municipal buildings are closed to the public at this time, these meetings may be available via teleconference.)

THURSDAY 28

Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.

JUNE

MONDAY 1

Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.

North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.

WEDNESDAY 3

Hanover gym reopens; police issue citations to owner

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Ed Frack, who owns SuperSets in Hanover Township (Lehigh County), opened his gym May 24. He celebrated reopening with a Memorial Day weekend celebration, complete with grilled hot dogs. The opening was in violation of Gov. Tom Wolf’s continued closure order.

“We can’t live our lives in fear,” he said. “I applied for coronavirus funding, but I was denied. I don’t need the government’s money. I can make this business work. I invested in this place in October with a good business plan. We have customers from all around coming here,” Frack said.