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Sunday, January 19, 2020

For sale signs go up at New Tripoli Diner

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Less than three months after its sister restaurant closed its doors, the New Tripoli Diner, 6837 Route 309, New Tripoli, is for sale.

Diner owner John Pittas also owned the Schnecksville Diner, 4257 Route 309, Schnecksville. The latter closed in November 2019 on short notice and with no information about whether the closing was temporary or permanent.

Pulling into the empty parking lot of the diner on Jan. 13 it was clear that, unlike the Schnecksville Diner situation, this closure was permanent as red “for sale” signs dotted the property and the building’s windows.

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.

Devastating fire leads to new friendships

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Germansville man, good Samaritans recall day his automotive shop was destroyed

In addition to the volunteer firefighters from six companies who responded just before noon Jan. 7 to a devastating two-alarm blaze at Drobot Automotive, 3221 Mauch Chunk, North Whitehall, three individuals have come to the assistance of shop owner Beau Drobot, of Germansville.

Jesse Probus, Dr. David Roy, owner of North Whitehall Chiropractic and Drobot’s good friend Josh Haines, owner of Back Home Bagels Deli and Bake Shop in Schnecksville, met Jan. 9 at the Willow Street Pub, North Whitehall, to recount the heroic efforts made to help Drobot save his belongings and shop.

Devastating fire leads to new friendships

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Beau Drobot, good Samaritans recall day automotive shop is destroyed

In addition to the volunteer firefighters from six companies who responded just before noon Jan. 7 to a devastating two-alarm blaze at Drobot Automotive, 3221 Mauch Chunk, North Whitehall, three individuals have come to the assistance of shop owner Beau Drobot, of Germansville.

Jesse Probus, Dr. David Roy, owner of North Whitehall Chiropractic and Drobot’s good friend Josh Haines, owner of Back Home Bagels Deli and Bake Shop in Schnecksville, met on Jan. 9 at the Willow Street Pub, North Whitehall, to recount the heroic efforts made to help Drobot save his belongings and shop.

Hanukkah project benefits Second Harvest and food pantry

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

When Hanukkah is about to begin at Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, the adults and children meet together to plan their ChanuCan project, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank as well as the Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley.

This project began in 2011. At Temple Beth El, the project is directed by Shari Spark, coordinator of Ritual and Services, as a project of Jewish Family Education.

Meetings were held, teams were organized and the 2019 theme selected was “Jewish Journey’s ... Let’s GO!”

Donations were accepted and cans were purchased and collected.

House Bill 1459 offers mental health support for first responders

Friday, January 10, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

A new piece of legislation, intending to establish mental wellness and management programs for emergency first responders, passed through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Oct. 30, 2019, with unanimous bipartisan support.

HB 1459, has been in the works since at least 2018 and was introduced to the House by state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, the bill’s prime sponsor, andstate Rep. Frank Farry, R-142nd.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 1459 offers mental health support for first responders

Friday, January 10, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

A new piece of legislation, intending to establish mental wellness and management programs for emergency first responders, passed through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Oct. 30, 2019, with unanimous bipartisan support.

HB 1459, has been in the works since at least 2018 and was introduced to the House by state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, the bill’s prime sponsor, and state Rep. Frank Farry, R-142nd.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

LV Active Life lists January events

Friday, January 10, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown, is offering the following programs for seniors.

The following groups and disc jockeys will be playing oldies and requests at the Saturday and Wednesday dances, so come out and enjoy the music with your friends.

Jan. 11: Hot Spanish Music Dance

Jan. 15, 25: DJ Jerry Deane

Jan. 18: KATO

Saturday dances will be offered 7-10 p.m. The Wednesday dance will be 1-4 p.m. in the Trexler Room.

Per person admission fee includes light refreshments. Singles and couples are welcome.

Schweyer announces bid for re-election

Friday, January 10, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Incumbent state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-22nd, has announced he is seeking re-election to the General Assembly for the 2021-22 session.

First elected in 2014 to represent the 22nd Legislative District, the Democrat, who is seeking a fourth term, touted his lifelong ties to Allentown, recent legislative victories and expertise in key policy areas.

“It is a joy and honor to serve the people of my hometown in Harrisburg,” Schweyer said. “I love that not only do I get to think about ways to make Allentown better, but I’m responsible for delivering upon those ideas”

Lehigh Valley Press parent company rebrands

Friday, January 10, 2020 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

The name may have changed, but our goal remains the same.

“Our mission is to inform and entertain our readers, preserve the history of our local community and service the needs of local businesses and individuals with diverse media solutions.”

With a strong lineage that can trace its history back to the Mauch Chunk Daily Times well over a century ago, the Times News – the sister daily paper of the Lehigh Valley Press – continues to adapt and has rebranded.