In the midst of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications has joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge to help ensure connectivity to its customers, as first proposed by the Federal Communications Commission.
As part of the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Service Electric pledges for 60 days to:
• Not terminate service to any residential or small business due to the inability to pay a bill
• Waive late fees residential or small-business customers incur because of their economic circumstance related to the coronavirus pandemic
The Pennsylvania Department of Health, on March 24, confirmed 851 positive cases of COVID-19 in 40 counties.
Locally, there are 33 cases in Northampton County and 27 cases in Lehigh County.
There are 8,643 patients who have tested negative.
There are also seven deaths — two in Northampton and Allegheny counties and one each in Lackawanna, Monroe and Montgomery counties.
As the coronavirus pandemic deepens, PPL Electric Utilities issued a statement March 16 saying it wants customers to know it is well prepared to maintain reliable electric service.
“Those we serve in central and eastern Pennsylvania depend on us, and we’ll continue to deliver for them,” PPL Electric Utilities President Greg Dudkin said. “Efforts over the past decade to develop a more reliant, resilient and smarter grid, coupled with effective pandemic planning and emergency management, will help us weather this health crisis. We have the backs of our customers and communities.”
Sarrah Ramos, a senior at Northampton Area High School and Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, is battling stage-four cancer. While Ramos was in school, she was always happy and was an upbeat student in the classroom, according to students and staff at BAVTS, who wanted to fundraise to do something different for her.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed an emergency disaster declaration to provide increased support to state agencies involved in the response to COVID-19, the latest strain of coronavirus.
Wolf announced the declaration March 6, just after the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. Since then, 12 additional cases have been announced. That brings the total cases, as of press time March 11, to 14.
The World Health Organization answers some common questions about COVID-19, the latest strain of coronavirus.
Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat COVID-19?
To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Seniors Joel Valencia, of Northampton Area High School, and Isiah Quinones, of Liberty High School, competed at the Greater Lehigh Valley Automotive Dealers Association Automotive Technology Competition Feb. 15. Representing Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, they competed against students from Upper Bucks County Technical School, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Carbon Career and Technical Institute and Monroe Career and Technical Institute.
Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation has announced this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award Wall of Honor inductees.
Each of these six Northampton Area High School graduates has achieved success in his or her chosen career or profession while also having a positive impact on others through community service and/or volunteerism.
On Jan. 29, more than 400 students competed in 54 hands-on skill and leadership competitions. This showcase is a unique opportunity to observe some of the most talented career and technical education students in the area.
District gold-medal winners will advance to state and national competitions. This year, the SkillsUSA Council partnered with postsecondary educational institutions to award more than $200,000 in scholarships to the medalists of 12 competitions.
Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, partner of Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, presents Winter Restaurant Week Feb. 23-29.
The weeklong event is designed to shine a spotlight on the diverse restaurants the northern part of Lehigh Valley has to offer.
Participating restaurants will offer set-price or prix fixe menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or dessert with both take-out and dine-in options. These diverse menu items are designed to satisfy a spectrum of palates, budgets and lifestyles.