Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a reduction in standardized testing for students in the commonwealth.
According to an Aug. 14 news release from the governor’s office, “the change to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will reduce the length of the tests by 20 percent in grades 3 through 8.”
Wolf commented on the change during a Schools That Teach tour stop at Susquehanna Middle School, Dauphin County, with state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.
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The PPL Empowering Educators program is designed to help K-12 teachers provide hands-on learning opportunities to enhance the classroom experience. Through these competitive grants, teachers can receive $1,000 in funding for educational projects, such as science fairs, energy conservation projects, renewable energy demonstrations, math competitions and more.
More than 50 concerned citizens gathered at the Teamsters Local 773 Union Hall, Whitehall, July 24 to listen to a panel of speakers discuss the ongoing heroin and opioid addiction problem that is plaguing the state and country, too often with fatal consequences.
Co-hosting the event were Dennis Hower, president of Teamsters Local 773; Tom Tosti, director of AFSCME District Council 88; Gregg Potter, president of Lehigh Labor Council; and state Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd.
David Volk, of Bath, is admirable for many reasons. His 1,912,809 (and counting) miles driven as a Trans-Bridge Lines’ bus operator since 1974 in itself is an amazing achievement. His 41 years of accident-free driving, his strong work ethic and the friendships he has created with customers also are commendable accomplishments.
His enduring passion for driving a bus, however, is arguably his most awe-inspiring quality, especially since from a very early age, he has dreamed about it.
It all started with a door decorating contest last fall, according to Suzanne Rockovits, seventh-grade reading teacher at Northampton Area Middle School (NAMS). As part of the No Place for Hate initiative, students were asked to decorate their homeroom doors to reflect what it means to be a bully-free, diverse and inclusive school.
The student response was amazing, according to Rockovits.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Lehigh County Agency on Aging and Adult Services want to alert area seniors about a scam that recently came to light. It involves seniors receiving phone calls purportedly from the agency on aging and adult services.
Consumers are getting calls that appear to come from that office’s general telephone number — 610-782-3034. Aging and adult services is not making these calls. In fact, the office’s caller ID number would not show that number.
On Sunday, a historical marker for Horner’s Cemetery was dedicated at 4965 Nor-Bath Blvd., Route 329, between Bath and Northampton in East Allen Township.
The sign reads: “1745 Horner’s Cemetery, oldest in Northampton County, located in the center of Craig’s Scotch-Irish Settlement in Northampton Co. Interred here are the founders of Bath and Northampton, along with Allen and E. Allen Townships. The last interment was in 1946.”
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is warning the public about Gray Death, a new drug that can kill with a single dose. This drug is dangerous even to touch with gloves, Morganelli said, adding there have been reported overdoses in Georgia, Alabama and Ohio.
Gray Death is comprised of heroin, fentanyl, the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced the Lehigh County Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Task Force has scheduled a free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)-etching event May 13 in Whitehall Township.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whitehall Township Public Works building, 3219 MacArthur Road. The event is open to all vehicle owners in Lehigh County, and there is no limit to the number of vehicles that motorists can bring to the event.
Matthew Guindine, of Troop 93, Northampton, received the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor April 8 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Northampton.
Guindine’s Eagle Scout project was completed at the former Mulligans Golf Course and Driving Range in Whitehall. The area is now called Whitehall Recreation Fields and is operated by the Whitehall-based Tri-Boro Soccer Club.
The Scout created artwork for signs located on Range Road. Reliable Signs Inc., of Nazareth, created the signs. They were installed on the property.