Friday, November 9, 2012
Tell is which event took a bigger toll on you - Hurricane Sandy or the political campaigns?
Friday, November 9, 2012
It's been a rough two weeks in much of the Lehigh Valley as Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to thousands and -- when that power came back on -- TV viewers subjected to relentless election hype and negative campaign ads. So which was worse? Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments section below.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Employees help out, and you can, too.
It's been said it's far better to have a neighbor who's near, than a brother who's far away, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Americans across the nation have proven to be the best neighbors and the strongest of families. This past weekend, AOL and Patch employees took an opportunity to pitch in, packing two tractor trailers worth of food, water and supplies in Dulles, VA, and Baltimore. The donations are headed to Hurricane Sandy ravaged areas in New Jersey and Long Island. Want to join the relief efforts? Click here to donate: https://donate.networkforgood.org/aol "When a catastrophe of this size hits, we all feel it, both the hundreds of us who live in the impacted towns, and our colleagues who are watching and wishing they could …
Bethlehem Area Schools to reopen today on regular schedule. More than 100 homes still lacking electricity. Mayor Callahan was among the last to have his power restored.
A week after Superstorm Sandy barreled through the Lehigh Valley with record winds and lots of damage, Bethlehem should begin to feel a lot closer to normal today. Bethlehem Area Schools reopen today with a normal schedule. All 22 buildings had power again as of Sunday afternoon, according to the district’s Website. As of Sunday night, there remained 109 Bethlehem homes and 25 Bethlehem Township homes without electricity, PPL reported. The American Red Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania said it planned to close its regional storm shelter at Dieruff High School in East Allentown at 7 a.m. today. Among the last of Bethlehem’s residents to have power restored was Mayor John Callahan, who tweeted that his family had electricity again at 8 p.m. …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Halloween Parade and 5K race will go through Broad and Main streets this afternoon.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Postponed last Sunday because of Hurricane Sandy, the Bethlehem Halloween Parade will be held today at 2 p.m. The parade route will be east on Broad Street starting at Eighth Avenue to Main Street, south on Main Street to Spring Street and disband at the Daniel E. Rice Plaza. Reviewing stand will be on Main Street, south of Walnut Street. Starting at 12:45 p.m., Broad Street between Eighth Avenue and 16th Avenue will be closed to traffic. That will allow the annual Bethlehem Halloween 5K, which was also postponed from last Sunday, to start at 1 p.m., following the same route as the parade. Costume judging for the race will take place in front of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem at 12:30 p.m. Once the race begins, Broad Street from Eighth …
It’s been quite a week and our children have seen and heard a lot. Is there one thing that you wish they will remember after the lights come back on and the heat kicks in?
Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics. This week’s Moms Talk relates to the lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy. Whether it’s the Boy Scout motto of “be prepared,” or the importance of neighbors helping neighbors, the destructive force of Super Storm Sandy holds many lessons for us all. Which brings us to this week’s Moms Talk question: Is there one thing you hope your children will take away from their experiences with Hurricane Sandy? Our Moms Council members include: If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email …
AG advises getting a written contract for any home repair costing more than $500 as Pennsylvanians recover from Hurricane Sandy.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
AG advises getting a written contract for any home repair costing more than $500 as Pennsylvanians recover from Hurricane Sandy
Saturday, November 3, 2012
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly urged Pennsylvania residents to be cautious about storm-related consumer problems and potential scams in the coming days, as residents assess damage and communities work to recover from Hurricane Sandy. "Natural disasters can be a magnet for scam artists and unscrupulous operators who are more interested in taking money from storm victims than in helping with repairs," Kelly said. "Consumers should remain vigilant, understand their rights and carefully evaluate any contractors they hire to repair homes or to address other storm damage." Kelly noted that the most common topics for consumer complaints following disasters include home repair scams, government loan or grant schemes, fraudulent …
City turns its attention to seniors as hundreds of households in Bethlehem still lacked electricity on Friday night. City Compost Center open extra hours this weekend for cleanup.
The nightmarish aftermath of Superstorm Sandy may finally be drawing near a close for residents of Bethlehem. On Friday night, the mayor’s office reported that there remained only 1,250 city households without power – 900 on the North Side and 350 in South Bethlehem. That estimate was significantly less than PPL’s estimate -- on its Outage Center Website -- of 4,500 households. PPL continued to give an estimate of 11 p.m. Sunday for having electricity restored to every household in the Lehigh Valley. However, the utility did throw in one caveat to that estimate on Friday: “Crews are discovering extreme damage in some locations and it is possible that small pockets of outages in places where crews are confronted with extensive work to …
As Freedom Patriots and Liberty Hurricanes compete on the gridiron this afternoon, students from both schools will cooperate to collect donations for the Red Cross.
Last year’s annual meeting of Liberty and Freedom high school football teams meant not only Christmas City bragging rights, but a slot in the PIAA Class 4A playoffs. In a classic nail-biter, the Patriots won 45-42, its first victory over the Hurricanes in nine years, on a dramatic game-winning field goal by Sean Wrobel with less than 30 seconds left to play. With Freedom at 4-5 and Liberty at 2-7, both teams have not had the seasons they hoped for going into this year’s annual tilt, which will be played today at BASD Stadium at 1 p.m. It nonetheless carries great significance for Bethlehem. Yes, it’s a rivalry game between two teams that share a city and a school district. Liberty holds the historic edge, having won 29 of 44 previous …
Hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning are some of the storm-related problems that have killed four Lehigh Valley residents in the wake of Hurricane Sandy
The Lehigh County coroner says a 93-year-old man died as a result of prolonged exposure to cold from power outages associated with Hurricane Sandy. Luther Fritizinger of 1063 Mosser Road, Upper Macungie, was found dead Thursday in his garage. The cause of death is attributed to hypothermia; the manner of death has been ruled an accident, according to a press release from the coroner Friday afternoon. The coroner and Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department are investigating. This is at least the fourth Lehigh Valley death related to Sandy. Earlier this week, an Orefield woman found dead in her yard after the storm also succumbed to hypothermia. And a Lower Macungie woman died as a result of carbon monoxide poisioning from a generator being …