The East Penn Board of School Directors voted 5 to 4 against the administration’s proposal to alter the educational program by eliminating its half-day kindergarten program and replacing it with full-day kindergarten for every district elementary school. The vote was held Oct. 23.
Voting “no” were Directors Carol Allen, Charles Ballard, Chris Donatelli, Rebecca Heid and Rev. Waldemar Vinovskis. Those who voted “aye” were board President Alan Earnshaw, Vice President Dr. Ken Bacher, Paul Champagne and Ziad Munson.
“Digest,” through Oct, 17, the Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, is the free-form creation of Allentown artists Daisuke Shintani and Atsuko Tajima.
“This is our painting in the air. Our floating forms are created in some way similar to improvising music.” according to Shintani’s and Tajima’s artists’ statement.
“We divided the room diagonally with a lighter side and a darker side,” Shintani said at the Sept. 7 opening reception.
In a motion proposed by School Director Carol Allen, “That the Board of School Directors of East Penn School District agree not to participate in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey for the 2017-18 school year,” six board members – President Alan Earnshaw, Vice President Ken Bacher, Charles Ballard, Paul Champagne, Ziad Munson and Rev. Waldemar Vinovskis voted “no.” Chris Donatelli abstained, while Allen voted “aye,” at the school board meeting Oct. 9. The survey will be administered as planned.
Visiting University of Hong Kong professor Ian Holliday brought a selection of 10 contemporary paintings by Myanmar artists for the exhibit, “Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition” in the Galleria, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College.
While visiting and studying Myanmar as a political science professor, Holliday began collecting contemporary paintings from artists he met.
In a talk he gave at Muhlenberg, Holliday described how Burma, a former British colony, later renamed Myanmar, was ruled by repressive military-backed regimes from 1962-2011.
The Baum School of Art has awarded full, half and quarter scholarships to nearly 60 students from age five through 17 during the closing reception of their “Children and Teen Student Exhibition” in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.
Executive director Shannon Fugate emceed the event, where event sponsors Mike and Wendy Stout of Stout Associates, LLC presented certificates to the enthusiastic scholarship recipients. Full tuition scholarships were given to art students through the Allentown Neighborhood Arts Program.
As a follow-up to previous presentations on the benefits of full-day kindergarten, assistant superintendent Kristen Campbell provided a PowerPoint overview of the first year costs to implement full-day kindergarten to the East Penn Board at its Sept. 25 meeting.
Campbell and her team estimated the price tag for the project would be $1,056,592. This was based on a projected enrollment of 460 students and replacing 20 half-day sections with 10. An additional four sections may be needed to accommodate students transferring from private or parochial schools.
A poker run hosted by the Iron Order Motorcycle Club raised money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley recently. Riders primarily from the Berks County-based Blacksheep chapter enjoyed sunshine and moderate temperatures for a scenic drive beginning at the East Penn Diner on Chestnut Street in Emmaus. After stopping off at Hannah’s Hanover Inn, Little Oley Tavern and Bally Hotel, the bikers returned to the diner.
For Julian Phillips, chronic pain is an everyday fact of life. Nothing in Phillips’ active childhood years in England, where he was born, indicated that he would later be living a life of constant physical agony.
September is “Pain Awareness Month” in the United States. Phillips again this year brought the American Chronic Pain Association awareness program to the attention of the board of commissioners in Salisbury Township, where he resides. Township commissioners agreed to allow “Pain Awareness Month” signs to be placed in the township.
The East Penn Board of School Directors began its Sept. 11 meeting with a moment of silence in remembrance of those who perished in the terror attacks this day in 2001, as well as those victims of the recent onslaught of natural disasters.
Donna Danielson and Tom Kline, of Washington, N.J., were in line since 3 a.m. Aug. 2, the first day that members of Easton’s State Theatre Center for the Arts could purchase tickets for the 2017-18 season.
Jim and Shirley Van Norman of Easton got in line at 7 a.m. Aug. 1.
Marishka Michener and Marlene Frew, both of Easton, accompanied by Jeff Hawk, of Pohatcong Township, N.J., were first in line. All three had been camped out at the box office door since July 29.
Tickets became available for sale to the public Aug. 16.