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Community initiative to tackle homeless veterans’ crisis

Friday, June 5, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

A new initiative to address the crisis of veteran homelessness in the Lehigh Valley was recently unveiled by local leaders, government officials and community partners at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown.

Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs Director Tom Applebach announced the creation of the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund.

Additionally, he announced that state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, had secured $200,000 in grants for the fund.

North Whitehall board meets virtually

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Due to the ongoing stay-at-home order because of the COVID-19 pandemic, North Whitehall supervisors met May 11 virtually via Webex to discuss township business.

The township yard waste center reopened May 5 with new rules and regulations due to the pandemic.

Secretary Brenda Norder said residents are required to obtain a permit card before using the center.

Additional information, details and guidelines are available at

Two Republicans seek Wild’s seat in the 7th Congressional District

Friday, May 29, 2020 by The Press in Local News

There are three candidates for the seat in the 7th Congressional District in the June 2 General Primary Election.

Incumbent Congresswoman Susan Wild is running unopposed on the Democrat side of the ticket.

The winner of the primary between Republicans Dean N. Browning and Lisa Scheller will face Wild in November election.

The Republican candidates were asked to respond to the following question in 100 words or less:

What is the greatest need facing the people in your district as a result of the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Lehigh Valley Chamber supporting Virtual Small Business Saturday

Friday, May 29, 2020 by The Press in Local News

The 10-year tradition of Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the day after Black Friday.

The nationwide effort is designed to encourage communities to shop local as the busiest shopping season of the year kicks off.

According to the Lehigh Valley Chamber, so many small businesses report Small Business Saturday is one of the biggest shopping days for them in the entire year, so the Chamber is supporting a virtual version?

Mobilio has virtual town hall meeting

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

South Whitehall Commissioner Matthew Mobilio held a virtual town hall meeting May 1 to provide updates on township matters and answer residents’ questions.

Mobilio opened the town hall by discussing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on South Whitehall, specifically noting staff are working to keep the township’s budget secure.

“I can assure you, and I think all of my commissioner colleagues would assure you that we are doing everything that we can,” Mobilio said. “The staff is doing an unbelievable job of keeping up with everything, keeping expenses low.

Prep work begins to demolish former Allentown State Hospital

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

It is just a matter of weeks or mere months before a piece of historical architecture, Allentown State Hospital, off Hanover Avenue in east Allentown, becomes a memory.

Neuber Demolition and Environmental Services Inc., Gilbertsville, which was awarded a $12.7-million contract in February to demolish the former psychiatric hospital, officially started the process with a job conference May 13 with members of the state Department of General Services Construction team, said Troy Thompson, General Services press secretary.

Hotel Hamilton, King George Inn preservation approved

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have brought an end to four years of waiting to see what will happen to the historic King George Inn, located at the intersection of Cedar Crest and Hamilton boulevards.

During their May 20 meeting, the board granted final approval to the Hotel Hamilton major development plan, which includes preservation of the inn.

Wolf, Boockvar provide primary election update

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar held a public livestream May 4 to provide an update on Pennsylvania’s June 2 primary election, discuss protective measures for in person voting and encourage Pennsylvanians to cast their ballots by mail.

“From where we stand today, it is unlikely we’ll eradicate COVID-19 from our commonwealth by June 2, but we still need to hold a primary election,” Wolf said. “Free and fair elections are essential to who we are as a country, and democracy is perhaps even more than ever during times of crisis.”