Senior LIFE recently opened the doors of its new Lehigh Valley facility in Bethlehem.
The for-profit nationwide program provides coordinated healthcare and physical and emotional services for seniors in their own homes.
Of 4,000 members served at 30 locations statewide, Senior LIFE now has more than 1,000 members in the Valley, approximately 100 of whom are served by the 2045 Westgate Drive office.
Senior LIFE is a Medicare Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) operating as a LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly) program in Pennsylvania.
Governor Tom Corbett announced his proposed 2014-2015 budget, at $29.4 billion, in an address Feb. 4.
Leaders and organizations statewide have responded with caution, criticism and apprehension.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, said in a release she is still examining the fine print, but, "While budgets typically have things you like and do not like, I am cautiously optimistic that this spending plan uses scarce revenues well. I especially applaud the governor's investment in education and workforce development."
Argued over for the past year and a half, most especially around November's elections, the commonwealth's stringent and widely contested voter ID law was ruled unconstitutional Jan. 17.
The law required each citizen display a recognized official photo ID card at their voter location. The law was declared by many a blatant partisan measure to keep low-income, elderly and disabled residents, who might have difficulty attaining such ID, from casting their votes – presumably for Democrats.
Northampton Community College political science professor Vasiliki Anastasakos has described the civil war in Syria as sectarian and idealogical, and having simmered for decades before the Arab Spring brought it to a head.
"What is happening in Syria is a re-balancing of power along religious and ethnic lines. The majority of Syrians are Sunni Arabs but within the Assad regime most belong to a minority sect known as Alawites (a smaller sect within Islam).
Since the 2011 Arab Spring, Syria has been in a state of civil war. Its volatile political and religious foundation, combined with the United States' already degenerating involvement with neighboring countries, has resulted in an international and domestic quagmire of Byzantine complexity.
President Barack Obama has been scandalized by virtually everyone for every reason since the crisis' escalation Aug. 21, when Bashar al-Assad's government is suspected of killing 1,400 of its own citizens with sarin gas.
At the culmination of their year of study, Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School second graders received a firsthand account of life nearly a century ago, as local resident Allan Fink told them of his experiences with their study subjects.
Fink, born in Allentown and raised in Macungie during the early 20th century, will see his 100th birthday July 3. Amid youngsters who've never known life without Wifi and touchscreen tablet devices, Fink described life without a telephone, without automobiles, without an indoor bathroom or electricity.
The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley hosted a state budget forum at Northampton Community College March 28, featuring state and local representatives and a panel of guest speakers who shared their perspectives on the burgeoning budget process.
Scores of local activists, government officials and nonprofit leaders filled the sixth-floor hall at the Fowler Family Southside Campus for the mostly informational meeting.
ŸIf you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
ŸWash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
ŸAvoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
ŸTry to avoid close contact with sick people.
ŸPractice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy food.
This year's cold and flu season has been especially harsh, and national attention has been placed on dwindling vaccination stocks. But state and local organizations are working overtime to treat the ill and recommend preventive measures as the safest bet for a healthy winter.
To differentiate between a simple cold and the more severe flu, Deputy Press Secretary for the State Department of Health Kait Gillis said symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.
Governor Tom Corbett has filed a lawsuit against the National College Athletics Association on behalf of the commonwealth, railing against unjust penalizations and breaches of procedure in their implementation.
Corbett, after accepting the sanctions against the Penn State football team in July 2012, said in the complaint he's taken time to analyze the NCAA's decision and found it did not follow its own rules. He's declared the penalties "overreaching and unlawful" breaches of antitrust law.