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Monday, August 19, 2019

Jaindl to lease space at Hamilton Financial

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners gave first reading approval, by an 8-0 vote, for Jaindl Properties LLC to lease the first floor of the Hamilton Financial Center Building, 640 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Commissioner Brad Osborne missed the July 10 meeting.

“I was sorry to see Johnny Bagel move out of the Hamilton Financial Center,” Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty said. “With Jaindl Properties, we have a really good tenant moving in.

“They will be advertising their waterfront development projects. They want to have a very visible space downtown.”

Watching the women’s soccer team win on July 7

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Opinion

People from all over the Lehigh Valley converged on the Steel Stacks PPL parking lot in South Bethlehem to watch the United States women’s soccer team win the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup on July 7.

The U.S. team won the game 2-0 defeating the Netherland’s team, in France, as local soccer enthusiasts and fans sweltered on the sun-baked pavement in front of a huge, trailer-mounted television screen.

Beer and food vendors kept the crowd well satiated.

Grammes asks why county board not updated on zoo

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of good news milestones to Lehigh County commissioners at their June 26 meeting.

She reported revenue increased from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018.

Recertification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is expected. This indicates the zoo would be rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country.

Plus, the zoo has begun a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics, and there were 230,000 visitors in 2018.

Orefield Middle School places second at reading competition

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

With names such as “Chapter Raptors” and the “Novel Nifflers,” 253 area middle school students organized into 21 teams and competed on April 11 at Lower Macungie Middle School.

They all were seeking top honors in reading comprehension during the Reading Olympics.

Organizers gave each team a list of 45 books to read.

Team “Columbian Book Weasels” from Orefield Middle School placed second.

Each team member received a copy of “Refugee” by Alan Gratz.

English Language Arts teacher Robin Roberts sponsored the team.

Commissioners OK first reading of LCA lease extension

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Lehigh County Authority is expected to receive its requested 43-year lease extension.

In a preliminary first reading, Lehigh County commissioners approved, by a 9-0 vote, amending the LCA’s Articles of Incorporation to extend its term of existence 43 years from the date the agreement is approved by Pennsylvania’s Department of State.

The move allows the LCA to negotiate long-term financing at the best rates for capital improvements for its water and wastewater systems serving 14 municipalities in the county.

‘A Night to Shine’ sparkles at The Palace

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Riverbend Community Church went all out to give some of the community’s most special people a chance to dress up, be feted and to have fun at a prom just for them.

The recent celebration at The Palace Center, Allentown gave 140 special needs guests the chance to dance, eat and socialize.

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

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

Board honors Cedarbrook for its dodransbicentennial

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation is celebrating its 175th anniversary — that is the nursing homes’ “dodransbicentennial” for those Parkland Press readers who love obscure facts.

That word had Lehigh County Commissioners a bit stumped as they approved a resolution honoring the occasion at their May 22 meeting.

In other matters, commissioners also had a first reading for a bill to authorize a lease for The Seed Farm, also known as Lehigh County’s Agricultural Incubator Program. to the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley for $1 per year.

Human service workers fear low-staff outcome

Friday, May 3, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

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.

Commissioners name conference room for Scott Grim

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim will be remembered long after he has left office because county commissioners voted on a resolution April 10 to name the conference room in the Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center in his honor.

According to the resolution approved by the commissioners, Grim served in the coroner’s office for 26 years, 22 of which he was county coroner.

Under his leadership, the coroner’s office was nationally accredited by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners in 2005.

SEIU workers attend county commissioners’ meeting

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Several employees of Lehigh County’s Department of Human Services Department attended the county commissioners March 27 meeting voicing concern about lack of progress on a contract.

Security was increased around the room with additional deputies inside and outside.

The assembly, however, remained peaceful and respectful.

Their union contract expired Dec. 31, 2018, according to one of the representatives speaking to commissioners during the public comment portion of the regular meeting.

The employees have been working without a contract for almost three months.