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.
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.
As of June 1, Lehigh and Northampton counties were among the last 10 counties still in the red phase, all of which are expected to be moved to yellow June 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Please note that, as many municipal buildings are closed to the public at this time, these meetings may be available via teleconference.)
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
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.
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.