Aspire has honored Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin for his work in the fight against human trafficking.
Martin received the Victory through Service Award at the group’s first anniversary celebration, Art for Autonomy, July 25 in Bethlehem.
The award is sponsored by Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania, an organization which works toward elevating victims’ rights through the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Martin was one of three recipients. He received his award in the Public Servant category.
The Ironton Rail-Trail Oversight Commission plans to set up a committee of its members to come up with ideas and recommendations for the board to consider and implement as it moves forward, taking into account many are charter members and appointees.
Ray Deutsch of North Whitehall Township said during the July meeting, that looking ahead 10- to 15 years, changes are likely to occur as its fold has most members in the 60- and 70-year-old age bracket.
South Whitehall commissioners have granted final approval to Allentown DC LLC, also known as Black Creek Group, for construction of three warehouses totaling 907,205 square feet along Crackersport and Eck roads.
Commissioners Matt Mulqueen, Christina “Tori” Morgan and Mark Pinsley voted to approve the project at their June 5 meeting.
Board members Glenn Block and David Bond were absent.
Under consideration for three years, the plan will develop properties on the 90-acre site bisected by the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks.
State Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks) is inviting local residents to join him Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Good Will Fire Company No. 1 in Trexlertown for a seminar about the spotted lanternfly and how it could affect them.
“The spotted lanternfly can harm crops, which can affect the quality and price of food for local residents,” Day said. “This problem affects farmers, but it also has the potential to affect the broader community.”
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive planthopper native to China, India and Vietnam.
Director of Finance Stephen Carr introduced Scott Boehret, the new township finance manager, during the June 19 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting.
A native of Wapwallopen, Boehret worked in public accounting the last three years and recently passed his CPA exam.
In other matters, Director of Operations Randy Cope announced 450 children are enrolled in the summer playground program with 28 others on the waiting list.
Cope said the township has five Little Free Libraries, provided with help from Eagle Scouts.
State Senators Vincent Hughes, D-7th, Philadelphia/Montgomery, and Pat Browne, R-16th, are praising the results of the Safe2Say Something anonymous threat reporting program following the first report by the Office of the Attorney General released on Aug. 1.
The OAG reported 23,494 tips have been received since S2SS began, Jan. 14, 2019, through the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2019.
Nearly 20,000 of the tips received came from the S2SS mobile app, which can be downloaded for free.
Township resident Richard Seltzer told Upper Macungie supervisors at their July meeting he has been waiting five years for someone to cut down a tree near his property along Farm Bureau Road.
He claims the tree is only about three feet from the roadway.
“The township has done nothing,” Seltzer stated.
During the discussion, Supervisor Kathy Rader noted the tree is on a neighbor’s property.
Supervisor Jim Brunell told Seltzer the township does not have the right to go on private property and cut down the tree.
After nearly a year of consideration of projected revenue and expenses, Parkland’s school board has granted unanimous approval to the $186.5 million budget for the 2019-20 school term.
Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented at the June 25 meeting.
“This is a big night when it all comes into shape,” Sniscak said.
He noted the spending plan was vetted at many board and committee meetings, as well as at retreats among administrators, other staff, and board members throughout the year.
Business Manager John Vignone offered comments on completion of the document.