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Hanukkah project benefits Second Harvest and food pantry

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

When Hanukkah is about to begin at Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, the adults and children meet together to plan their ChanuCan project, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank as well as the Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley.

This project began in 2011. At Temple Beth El, the project is directed by Shari Spark, coordinator of Ritual and Services, as a project of Jewish Family Education.

Meetings were held, teams were organized and the 2019 theme selected was “Jewish Journey’s ... Let’s GO!”

Donations were accepted and cans were purchased and collected.

House Bill 1459 offers mental health support for first responders

Friday, January 10, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

A new piece of legislation, intending to establish mental wellness and management programs for emergency first responders, passed through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Oct. 30, 2019, with unanimous bipartisan support.

HB 1459, has been in the works since at least 2018 and was introduced to the House by state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, the bill’s prime sponsor, andstate Rep. Frank Farry, R-142nd.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

LV Active Life lists January events

Friday, January 10, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown, is offering the following programs for seniors.

The following groups and disc jockeys will be playing oldies and requests at the Saturday and Wednesday dances, so come out and enjoy the music with your friends.

Jan. 11: Hot Spanish Music Dance

Jan. 15, 25: DJ Jerry Deane

Jan. 18: KATO

Saturday dances will be offered 7-10 p.m. The Wednesday dance will be 1-4 p.m. in the Trexler Room.

Per person admission fee includes light refreshments. Singles and couples are welcome.

Schweyer announces bid for re-election

Friday, January 10, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Incumbent state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-22nd, has announced he is seeking re-election to the General Assembly for the 2021-22 session.

First elected in 2014 to represent the 22nd Legislative District, the Democrat, who is seeking a fourth term, touted his lifelong ties to Allentown, recent legislative victories and expertise in key policy areas.

“It is a joy and honor to serve the people of my hometown in Harrisburg,” Schweyer said. “I love that not only do I get to think about ways to make Allentown better, but I’m responsible for delivering upon those ideas”

Burning wood pellets damage S. Whitehall garage

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Cetronia, Greenawalds, Woodlawn, Western Salisbury and Alburtis firefighters, along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel, were dispatched 10:55 a.m. Dec. 20, 2019, for a structure fire at 3514 Broadway, South Whitehall.

Property owner Luis Alvarez reportedly opened the door of a pellet stove used to warm his garage allowing some burning pellets to fall on wood stored under the stove.

The fire quickly burned some of the corner of the garage, damaging the interior and melting siding on the outside.

Panera Bread to relocate

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Panera Bread restaurant at Village West shopping center, 3100 W. Tilghman St., will relocate to the vacant Outback Steakhouse site in the northwest section of the property.

South Whitehall commissioners reviewed the proposal at a recent meeting and granted permission to the applicant, Cedar Crest Associates, to proceed without undergoing the land development process.

Panera, which is presently in the main portion of the shopping center, intends to demolish portions of the existing Outback building to make room for an outdoor patio.

Upper Macungie Twp residents receive visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Upper Macungie residents were treated to the arrival of Santa Claus Dec. 21, 2019, by way of Good Will Fire Company No. 1, Trexlertown.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived via Trexlertown’s “Quint,” aerial truck with multiple capabilities.

As Santa’s arrival was announced beforehand, many stops along the way were filled with excited children and families.

This annual event helps foster good relations between the fire department and the community.

Wolf’s mental health initiative brings officials, advocates to Muhlenberg

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Elected officials, community leaders, health care providers and mental health advocates gathered at Muhlenberg College Jan. 3 for a roundtable conversation.

The diverse group was called together by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, to discuss mental health and related topics.

This event was first in a series of discussions announced as a part of Wolf’s new “Reach Out Pa.: Your Mental Health Matters” initiative.