Fair Districts PA was on the agenda for Upper Macungie Township supervisors.
Carla Colangelo and Mary Erdman, representatives of the group, asked the board to pass a resolution against the gerrymandering that occurs in Pennsylvania after each decennial census.
The state’s politicians get to decide where the boundaries of their electoral districts will be located.
This practice favors one political party.
Two bills are in the state legislature now that address this issue — Senate Bill 22 and House Bill 722.
According to a news release emailed to the Lehigh Valley Press by Jon Brannan of St. Luke’s University Helath Network, Sacred Heart HealthCare System and St. Luke’s University Health Network have announced plans for Sacred Heart to join St. Luke’s network.
Sacred Heart HealthCare System includes Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, primary care centers at 10 sites in the Lehigh Valley and senior housing services.
St. Luke’s University Health Network includes seven hospitals and more than 270 outpatient sites serving 10 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
South Whitehall’s police department recently received a lifesaving gift.
Rachel Moyer of Shawnee on Delaware, Monroe County, donated an automated external defibrillator to the police department at a recent township commissioners’ meeting.
Moyer, director of AED placement and advocacy programs with the Greg W. Moyer Defibrillator Fund, retired from teaching in 2007 after 24 years in the classroom, to devote her time to AED advocacy.
As Parkland School District prepared to launch a new school year, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman gave a presentation to the board on goals completed in 2016-17 and objectives for 2017-18.
“We’ve seen great accomplishments across the district,” Troutman said. “We want to create lofty goals that continue to move this district forward.”
Troutman reported last year’s major goal of implementing full-day kindergarten was a great success and resulted in a new instructional aim for this year.
A project begun last year to improve a 1-mile section of Huckleberry Road east of Applewood Drive is now open.
South Whitehall Manager of Public Works Jeff Clapper explained in June the road needed to be repaired but required a lot of preliminary base work.
“This was slowed down drastically because of hitting rock,” Clapper said. “We had 20 inlets to install and a bunch of piping but had to dig through a lot of rock to do it.”
He said the Huckleberry Road improvement was helped by a grant from Lehigh County.
South Whitehall commissioners have given unanimous approval to redistricting reform in Pennsylvania.
The board, during its Aug. 16 meeting, displayed a letter which will be sent to 18 public officials at the state, federal and county levels.
The action signifies support of legislation being enacted to reform the current process which results in gerrymandered districts.
At an earlier meeting, Dr. Fritz Walker, state coordinating team chair of Fair Districts PA, explained gerrymandering is drawing district boundaries to benefit one party.