Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards Jan. 10 announced 51 projects to improve transportation alternatives are in line for $33 million in federal funds.
Boroughs and townships in Lehigh County who will receive funds include:
• Macungie Borough - $542,288 for traffic calming and safety improvements to Macungie’s downtown gateway - encompassing one block of pedestrian lighting, trees and pavers (both sides) and one median island centered on Route 100.
State Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-135th, is joining the Second Harvest Food Bank to launch a Lehigh Valley diaper drive to help area families afford disposable diapers.
“Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments,” Samuelson said. “I’m excited to work with the food bank to improve access to a reliable supply of diapers, which is a necessity for the health and well-being of families young and old.”
District Attorney Jim Martin announced an employee at the Coopersburg Post Office has been charged with theft.
Erica R. Harley, 35, of 27 Evelyn Lane, Milford Township, Bucks County, was charged with one count each of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception and receiving stolen property, all felonies of the third degree.
Harley was arraigned Nov. 9 at Central Booking.
Emmaus High School recently announced its area National Merit Scholars semifinalists.
The semifinalists will continue in the National Merit Scholarship Program competition.
This is the 62nd year of the scholarship program.
Ryan Taranto, a senior at Emmaus High School, received the Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow award from Boy Scouts of America, the highest honor awarded by the organization, in recent ceremonies at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
Taranto’s Eagle Scout project was to design and build jazz music stands for Emmaus High School. The 14 stands will be used in competitions and concerts.
Taranto is a member of the EHS marching, symphonic and jazz bands and played in the 2016 Steel Stacks All-Star High School Jazz Band at MUSIKFEST in August.
Developers, retailers, state and local officials gathered Nov. 18 to celebrate the grand opening of Hamilton Crossings, a retail center catering to consumers’ lifestyles by connecting them conveniently with shopping and personal services and building social connections with the community.
This year the Liberty Bell Museum’s holiday exhibit will showcase sculptures designed by Patrick Hulse, a Rhode Island based artist with roots in the Lehigh Valley.
This will be the premier showing of the sculptures in the Lehigh Valley, each depicting a scene from Hess’s Department Store.
While growing up, hearing stories about the store always fascinated Hulse, who created the sculptures based on pictures, stories, and family mementos.
The Emmaus Arts Commission announced the results of its annual film festival.
Student films premiered at the Emmaus Theatre recently.
Students create, shoot and edit a film in 120 hours. The festival is open to middle school and high school students.
This year’s top honors were awarded as follows:
First Place: Team Leader: Graham Burrell
School: Parkland High School
Film Title: Bubbles the Clown
Second Place: Team Leader: Harley Bender
Emmaus Magisterial District 31-1-03 Judge Donna R. Butler, was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work.
Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the education program for magisterial district judges is held in Harrisburg.