District 5 encompasses the City of Allentown, wards 5, 7, 12, 13 (districts 3 and 4), the boroughs of Emmaus, Coopersburg, Macungie, the townships of Lower Milford, Salisbury, Upper Milford and Upper Saucon. Residents will vote for one candidate for a 4-year term.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: "What is the most important issue in this election and why?"
Nathan Brown (R)
It is hard to imagine a wonderful world like Louis Armstrong described in his famous song.
This latest mass tragedy, Monday at the Boston Marathon, had me again glued to the television once my fellow editor Deb Palmieri called and told me to put on the television.
Whoever is responsible for creating this havoc in Boston has not only injured 176 people and killed three individuals as of Tuesday morning, they have robbed me of my freedom.
Yes, I understand if I take this stand I am letting them win.
With the announcement from the Lehigh County Coroner March 19, the Emmaus community learned the names of the four fire victims and began the process of mourning.
Perished in the fire March 17 were Montana Twining, 16, Melissa A. Twining, 48, David Jenkins Jr., 65, and Lena Maria Adamo, 56.
Services were held for Montana, Melissa and Jenkins March 24 at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus.
Services for Adamo were held March 24 in Garfield, N.J.
The Emmaus Police Department, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshals Unit, representatives from the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Lehigh County Coroner's Office and the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office, has determined the fire at 36-38 South 5th Street, Emmaus March 17 is not suspicious in nature.
"No indication of criminal activity was found during the course of the investigation," a statement from the police department noted. "The fire was determined to have originated on the third floor of 38 S. 5th Street."
Three funds have been established to help the families of the Emmaus fire victims.
"It's a love story," Senior Vice President, Operations, for Lehigh Valley Health Network Jim Geiger said at a press conference March 19 following a shooting 1:03 p.m. in the hospice care center.
For the third time in the 2012-2013 school year, Emmaus High School has received a bomb threat.
For that reason, Emmaus High School was closed March 6 for a sweep of the building to ensure students' safety.
The threat was received March 5.
The first bomb threat was received Dec. 22, 2012 and school was closed Dec. 23, 2012 for a sweep of the building.
Superintendent Thomas Seidenberger said "this was particularly egregious because of its proximity to Sandy Hook [Dec. 14, 2012]."
The second threat was received Feb. 21; however, school was not closed.
For many Christians, the cross is the symbol of their faith. It represents the sacrifice and suffering of Christ and gives hope to many others.
For Doug Lapp, of Coopersburg, the cross represents how he shares his faith with others through his talents.
Lapp makes wooden crosses and gives them away.
He was born and raised in the Nazarene church with three uncles and a cousin holding the position of minister.
In 1976, he married Tammy and the two began attending Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church in Allentown.
Members of the greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group met at the Lower Macungie Library Feb. 27 for a workshop on writing and publishing tips.
The forum was led by David Miller II, of Macungie, author of "Time Birds" and "A Gift of Love" on the Lutheran Home of Topton.
Francis J. Waller, Ph.D. of Lower Macungie, attended with questions on publishing. He has written various books on chemistry.
Pat Waller, of Lower Macungie, a writer of articles for the National Association of Biology Teachers, also attended.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim has identified the body of the woman found in a wooded area in Salisbury Township Dec. 27, 2012 as Jennifer Velez-Negron, 26, of Reading.
Her burning body was found in the vicinity of 75 Chestnut Hill Road in Salisbury Township.
An autopsy performed Dec. 28, 2012 showed her death was attributed to suffocation and thermal injuries and her death was ruled a homicide. At the time of the autopsy, DNA samples were collected for identification purposes.