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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Office restrictions announced

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News


District Attorney Jim Martin announced March 20 in light of federal, state and local restrictions due to COVID-19, the office remains equipped to handle any requests from law enforcement for assistance as well as respond to any emergencies.

All sworn officers, i.e., county detectives, are working as usual. The district attorney’s office will also continue operations, but as of March 19 with a reduced staff that includes one-third of assistant district attorneys on site daily as well as two-thirds assistant district attorneys working remotely.

Town hall meeting April 2

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News


State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-22nd, is alerting residents he will be holding a telephone town hall meeting 7 p.m. April 2 to answer questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents of the 22nd Legislative District will automatically receive a call on their landlines at the start of the meeting.

Those who wish to participate or just listen in can simply stay on the line.

Wolf extends school, non-life-sustaining business closures

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

In a news conference on March 30, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised the commonwealth’s Stay-at-Home orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order.

This order took effect 8 p.m., March 30, and will continue through April 30.

According to the news release, all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. Non-life-sustaining business closures also remain in effect.

Jamie L. Grammes

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

co-owned Norma J’s Restaurant

Jamie L. Grammes, 60, of Orefield, died March 25, 2020, in St. Luke’s, Bethlehem.

Born in Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Richard L. and Norma J. (Bieber) Grammes.

She and her brother, Doug, owned and operated Norma J’s Restaurant, Orefield, for the last 45 years.

Her infectious smile brightened the days of many patrons who frequented Norma J’s.

She knew and made everyone feel welcome with her hospitality and grace.

When she wasn’t with her customers, she loved gardening, home décor, and her beloved dog, Tasha.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

Four little words

It is a scene being played across the nation, county and in the Lehigh Valley.

Employees may be asked to gather in the corporation auditorium, meet in smaller groups in a conference room or large office, or close the door behind them as they cross the threshold of their immediate supervisor’s office.

Some gatherings may need to wait for an owner or company CEO or upper level manager to appear. Nervous whispers may be exchanged. Throats are cleared.

And then the words, heard frequently right now, are spoken.

You are laid off.

Penn State Extension seeks agricultural businesses

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Penn State Extension is looking for owners of agricultural businesses with retail space.

The extension will help provide a customer’s perspective, marketing and merchandising strategies, and customer service suggestions.

Subscribe to “Under the Ground” to better understand and enhance how the business appears in the eyes of the customer.

“Under the Ground” is an annual subscription-based service and network that provides businesses with a comprehensive picture of their retail storefront from the eyes of customers, peers and marketing specialists.