Northwestern Press

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Matthew Schutter escorted from county meeting

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Lehigh County Commissioners’ meeting had a rocky start Jan. 22 when, immediately after Chairwoman Amy Zanelli led the Pledge of Allegiance, former county commissioner candidate Matthew Schutter began interrupting the proceedings with a call for “a point of order.”

According to Ann McFarlane, author on parliamentary procedure on the Jurassic Parliament Web page, calling for a point of order is reserved for a member of the deliberative body to make after being recognized by the presiding officer.

New county commissioners take oath of office

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Friends, family and a general sense of euphoria filled the Lehigh County hearing room as Democrats took control of the board of commissioners Jan 6 in a swearing-in ceremony.

The event was officiated by the Honorable Edward D. Reibman, president judge of the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

“It’s a wonderful occasion tonight,” Reibman said. “I’d like to call up Bob Elbich.

“Just so you know, Bob came up with a book, and the book is the Constitution of the United States.”

After taking the oath of office Elbich, of Weisenberg Township, addressed the audience.

Commissioners approve C-PACE program with 8-1 vote

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners have appointed Heidi Baer to the board of directors for the Lehigh County Housing Authority, a nonpaid position.

Baer resides in North Whitehall Township.

Since the appeal by Lehigh County of the suit seeking to remove the Christian cross from the Lehigh County Seal was ruled in the county’s favor, the $100,000 set aside in the 2020 budget for expenses predicted in case of a loss, commissioners heard a first reading to release the money set aside to go back in the stabilization fund balance.

Lisa Scheller announces bid for Congress

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Allentown resident and Tamaqua businesswoman Lisa Scheller has announced she is running for Congress next year in the 7th Congressional District.

The district includes Lehigh and Northampton counties and part of Monroe County.

Speaking to supporters at the Renaissance Hotel, Allentown, Scheller read a statement touching on her personal history, business experience, community service and her philanthropical work.

Notable was her pledge to serve only four terms, or eight years.

S. Whitehall makeup artist turns craft into a business

Saturday, November 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

As Halloween approached, South Whitehall makeup artist Terri Vadino found herself accepting more and more clients.

She was rushing from appointment to appointment as she operates her fledgling business out of her wheeled and zippered multicolored travel bag.

In addition to having a “real job” as a skilled medical technician for one of the area’s biggest hospitals, she also spends weekends as a seasonally employed makeup artist for a local amusement park.

County board honors Northern Lehigh Club

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Sept. 25 honoring the Northern Lehigh High School Patriot Club.

Club founder, U.S. Army veteran and Northern Lehigh teacher Scott Gerould accepted the honor.

He founded the club six years ago. There are 27 members in ninth through 12th grade and the club is growing.

He told commissioners the club has an offshoot, the Sons of Liberty, in the middle school.

Secretary of state gives county voting machine money

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Pennsylvania recently gave Lehigh County election officials a check for $380,868 to apply toward the cost of new voting machines.

Secretary of State Kathleen Boockvar presented an oversized check to county Executive Phillips Armstrong during a short ceremony Sept. 12 in the Administration Building, Allentown.

Boockvar said the check is part of $14.15 million comprised of state and federal funding the state set aside in 2018 for distribution to counties for new voting systems.

Armstrong unveils proposed 2020 budget

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Wearing a bipartisan purple shirt, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong unveiled his $514.6 million fiscal plan for 2020 to department heads, staffers, four commissioners and the public on Aug. 30.

Speaking in the public hearing room of the county administration center in Allentown, Armstrong’s budget raises taxes to 5.5 percent which translates into a 3.84 millage rate that is expected to generate $115 million

That would be a $771.84 tax per year on a $201,000 home, according to information provided by Armstrong.

Board suspends rules to add contract to agenda

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners suspended “rules of the board” at their Aug. 14 meeting and added the long-delayed human service’s union contract to their agenda.

Even that was not without drama as commissioners voted 8-1 to authorize the exception to regular order which allowed the contract to be added to the already published agenda.

Commissioner Geoff Brace objected suspending the rules to add the contract to the agenda in such an irregular fashion.

Human Services workers have been working without an agreement since Dec. 31, 2018.

Jaindl to lease space at Hamilton Financial

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners gave first reading approval, by an 8-0 vote, for Jaindl Properties LLC to lease the first floor of the Hamilton Financial Center Building, 640 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Commissioner Brad Osborne missed the July 10 meeting.

“I was sorry to see Johnny Bagel move out of the Hamilton Financial Center,” Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty said. “With Jaindl Properties, we have a really good tenant moving in.

“They will be advertising their waterfront development projects. They want to have a very visible space downtown.”