Lehigh County Commissioners defeated, by a vote of 4–5, a major step in getting the renovation of the Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation facility started at its May 8 meeting. Commissioners gave a first reading to a resolution that “indicates [commissioner’s] support for a facility plan which meets the facility standards set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”
With team names like “Chapter Raptors” and the “Novel Nifflers,” 253 area middle school students organized into 21 teams competed recently at Lower Macungie Middle School for top honors in reading comprehension at the Reading Olympics.
Organizers gave each team a list of 45 books to read.
Team “Columbian Book Weasels” from Orefield Middle School placed second. Each member of the team received a copy of “Refugee” by Alan Gratz. English Language Arts Teacher Robin Roberts sponsored the team.
Resident William Ginder wanted the township to remove, by towing, the numerous vehicles a local resident of Allen Street has parked on various streets in Ginder’s neighborhood. Some of the streets with objectionable vehicles include Winfield Street, James Street, John Street and Raymond Street.
He addressed the Upper Milford Township Supervisors May 2 at their regular meeting.
Ginder said a Pennsylvania State Trooper had come to the scene at Ginder’s request and assured him that, “It’s not up to the police to do the towing.”
Members of Lehigh County’s Human Services office again made a strong showing at the Lehigh County Commissioner’s meeting April 24. They have been making regular appearances at the commissioner’s meetings arguing for more staff.
“We have a wholesale system breakdown,” Tony Lupo said. He was referring to the ability of existing staff to properly care for children referred to Human Services for care and intervention. “Caseworkers are not able to protect the children of Lehigh County.”
“We can’t keep people,” Lupo said. “They run out the door.”
Former Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim will be remembered long after he has left office because Lehigh County Commissioners April 10 voted on a resolution to name the conference room in the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center in his honor.
Upper Milford Township resident Gerald L. Reinbold Jr. was back before the Upper Milford Supervisors April 18 to ask about the status of his complaint about a neighbor’s unregistered vehicles parking in public streets and his complaint about the neighbor’s chickens.
He was pleased to learn Upper Milford Township had sent a team out to inspect the area and sent certified letters to not only Reinbold’s immediate neighbor but to several other property owners in the area regarding the same issue.
At the April 4 meeting, three Upper Milford Township residents asked supervisors to alleviate what they described as a problem with the intersection of state Route 29 and Buckeye Road. The Trivet Restaurant is at the intersection.
Alan Severance, Ken Debus and Jim Warmkessel said the traffic light and road layout at the intersection causes problems.
Students, faculty and others were drawn together in solidarity and grief March 22 at the Asa Packer Memorial Church on the edge of the Lehigh University campus. They were there to express their concerns and thoughts and to show their support of the victims killed in Christchurch, New Zealand March 15, when 50 people were murdered and 50 wounded by a white Australian man espousing white supremacy as a reason for his massacre.
Local residents came to ask the Upper Milford Township Supervisors for help in getting one of their neighbors to clean up his property on Allen Street in Upper Milford.
“How much stuff can one guy have?” resident Gerald L. Reinbold Jr. asked. “This is ridiculous!
“There is so much junk that it is unbelievable!” Reinbold, the spokesman for a group of about four neighbors who attended the March 21 meeting, said.
Reinbold was not stopping with junk complaints, but went on to talk about the chickens and rabbits.
“’Unspeakable’” describes a system that often finds itself inadequate to help the very individuals it has been created to serve,” says Ara Barlieb about the genesis of his new play.
The Crowded Kitchen Players’ “Unspeakable” has its world premiere March 22, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, where it continues March 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.