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RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by The Press in Local News

JUNE

(Please note that, as many municipal buildings are closed to the public at this time, these meetings may be available via teleconference.)

THURSDAY 4

East Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.

MONDAY 8

Lehigh Township Planning Commission meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road....

Another View

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

As America is trying to reopen from the coronavirus pandemic, a new battle has erupted over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis.

Last week, I watched in horror on social media and news broadcasts as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as Floyd cried out, “I can’t breathe,” and asked for his mother before taking his last breath and dying.

In frustration over his death,...

Allen/East Allen townships: Register for camp

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Registration is now open for summer camp at Bicentennial Park in East Allen Township.

Camp is scheduled to run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. from June 29 to Aug. 6 and is limited to 75 campers.

East Allen Township residents will be accepted first, then nonresidents on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline for residents is June 19. Registration opens for nonresidents June 22.

Find the registration form on the recreation page on the township’s website, eatwp.org....

Fighting Hunger: Volunteers needed for ongoing Hunger Initiative programs

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by SHARI NOCTOR WHITEHALL-COPLAY HUNGER INITIATIVE PRESIDENT in Opinion

Thank you all for reading my weekly articles.

I do need volunteers for upcoming Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative events. At some point in the near future, I will create an additional Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative Sign-Up Genius account separate from our community outreach program one. For now, please contact me directly at 610-730-8067 if you can help with the following:

Every Wednesday starting June 17, I need eight to 10 volunteers who can help unload our truck noon-1...

Coplay: St. Peter Catholic Church to open doors for in-person services

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by The Press in Columns

St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 4 S. Fifth St., will open its doors for in-person Mass this week.

According to the Rev. Msgr. John J. Martin, pastor, masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed. There will be markings on the pews and aisles to assist with maintaining distance.

The chapel remains closed until further notice.

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More the 200 chicken dinners were picked up May 30 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

This was the church’s first...

Bath: Church collecting for area food bank

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by The Press in Columns

During the month of June, Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church, 3175 Valley View Drive, will be helping Bath Area Food Bank by collecting jelly and cold cereal.

There is also an ongoing need for ramen noodles.

The food bank is no longer accepting Jell-O or pudding.

Any donations for the food bank can be dropped off in the vestibule at the downstairs parlor.

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Look for the date of Emmanuel’s fall blood drive to be announced, since the spring drive has to be canceled...

ANOTHER VIEW

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

As the political battles continue about reopening municipalities, counties, states and the nation in the face of the spread of COVID-19, other confrontations are on the rise closer to home.

According to the United Nations Population Fund in data made available in late April, the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to contribute to “an estimated 2 million additional instances of intimate partner violence in 2020-2021” worldwide.

Plus, the UNPF report continues, COVID-19 stay-at-home...

Downtown Allentown lights up in honor of Class of 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

The downtown Allentown business community — led by PPL Corporation and City Center Investment Corp. — will be lighting Allentown’s skyline in school colors nearly every night in June to honor the graduating seniors of the Lehigh Valley’s high schools.

With proms, graduations and other senior-year milestones canceled or postponed this year due to COVID-19, Allentown’s business leaders wanted to shine a light — literally — on students’ achievements.

“Although we can’t celebrate...

Lehigh Township: Connect to, support neighbors online

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Are you struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic? You aren’t alone.

Some Lehigh Township residents started a Facebook page titled “Lehigh Township neighbors supporting neighbors during Covid 19.”

According to the description, the page was started to connect neighbors and strengthen community bonds.

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Hope Lutheran Church continues to urge parishioners to join the 8 a.m. Sunday drive-in audio church service at Becky’s Drive-In, 4548 Lehigh Drive, Berlinsville....