Northampton Press

Friday, July 10, 2020

Coronavirus impact: Cityline Construction helps sanitize COVID-19 disaster

Saturday, July 4, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“In addition to what we do on a daily basis, my team and I have worked on three major disasters: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy,” says Tom Williams Sr., owner of Cityline Construction, which he founded in 1983.

“There was no doubt we needed to do our part during this current disaster, COVID-19,” Williams says.

The Salisbury Township-based company specializes in rebuilding residential and commercial properties damaged by fire, water, storms and other destructive calamities.

Buckeye and Alburtis taverns adjust

Friday, June 19, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Restaurants across Pennsylvania had to shutter their dining areas because of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to close non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To keep the food service businesses afloat while protecting workers and customers during the Red Phase, eateries were permitted to offer take-out and delivery only.

With Lehigh and Northampton counties moving from the Red Phase to the Yellow Phase June 5, outdoor dining, but not indoor dining, is allowed.

Coronavirus impact: Baum School brings artists to ‘Your Residence’

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, administrators and supporters, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Second of three parts

With the order for statewide closure of non-essential businesses, The Baum School of Art was required to suspend its Spring Session and cancel its Post Session of classes.

The classroom studios and galleries at 510 Linden St., Allentown, are closed to the public until further notice.

Yocco’s takes it out in stride to serve Valley customers

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Restaurants across Pennsylvania had to shutter their dining areas after Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 16 statewide closure of non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To keep restaurants afloat while protecting workers and customers, eateries were permitted to continue offering take-out and delivery.

Yocco’s third generation owner Gary Iacocca and his employees acted swiftly to meet the challenge.

Coronavirus impact: Baum School student artists in virtual ceremony

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, patrons and administrators, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

First of three parts

The Baum School of Art awarded full, half and quarter scholarships to nearly 50 students from age five through 17 during a virtual presentation of the “Children & Teen Student Exhibition” awards ceremony.

Baum School of Art Executive Director Shannon Fugate introduced the April 18 online event with staff and faculty taking turns with praise and encouragement recorded from their homes.

Switch-hitter: Palmer Township plant converts from Major League Baseball uniform manufacturing to making face masks

Friday, May 8, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

With America’s favorite pastime sheltered in place in the dugout, Fanatics, Inc. has teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) to provide protective gear for those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Fanatics Founder and Executive Chairman Michael Rubin called MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Jr. and proposed temporarily halting baseball team jersey production at the Fanatic’s Palmer Township plant to produce desperately-needed face masks and gowns.

Eight Oaks to the rescue

Friday, May 1, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Upon learning about the severe shortage of hand sanitizer and reading how a profiteer had been selling it for $325 an ounce, Chad Butters, CEO and founder of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery asked his co-founders, “What is the right thing to do here?”

The board, comprised of the retired Army pilot’s daughter Carly Snyder, son-in-law Logan Snyder, and daughter’s brother-in-law Jesse Tyahla, agreed that producing hand sanitizer to combat the coronvirus pandemic and price-gouging was the “right thing to do.”

Getting into the Spirits

Friday, May 1, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

After reading about other distilleries in Pennsylvania switching over from beverage production to that of hand sanitizer, co-owners Andy and Kris Warner at Wardog Spirits and Black River Farms in Lower Saucon Township decided to do the same.

Their effort to help refill the Lehigh Valley’s desperately dwindled supply of hand disinfectant began March 20.

“We are abiding by the World Health Organization (WHO) recipe,” says Andy Warner.

Funerals affected by COVID-19

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The current COVID-19 pandemic has made saying farewell to lost loved ones and friends even more heart-wrenching. Although death care services are considered essential and are permitted by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to continue physical operations, large gatherings of any kind are prohibited.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has mandated funeral directors to “delay these events or limit these events to 10 people or less.”

Exhibit marks Allentown Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art partnership

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Evolution of the Spiritual: Europe to America,” an exhibition in the Kress Gallery, Allentown Art Museum, began a multi-year partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art

On view were eight historic depictions of the Virgin Mary from the 15th century through the 20th century on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Several Renaissance and Baroque portraits of the Virgin Mary that are part of the Allentown Art Museum’s permanent collection in Kress Gallery were rearranged to complement the installation of works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.