Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Affiliated Chambers of Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is unable to host Restaurant Weeks around the area.
In an effort to support the small businesses and restaurants in the area, the GLVCC is implementing a Gift Card Grab Week May 3-9.
The Chamber is asking businesses to come up with a gift card deal to offer consumers. For example, pay $25, get a $30 gift card or pay $50 and get a $60 gift card. Once their offer is identified, each business will share how the deal can be purchased (online or call in).
Businesses throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley have begun to offer creative ways to get their products and services to customers. Inspired by the #OpenWeStand movement, the Chamber has introduced a new campaign to encourage Greater Lehigh Valley residents to support local businesses by taking advantage of these solutions.
On social media, users are asked to use the hashtag OpenWeStandLV to spread the word and encourage their friends, families and followers to get involved. Instagram posts with this hashtag are also posted on the Chamber’s website.
Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative volunteers are following all ServSafe guidelines and the volunteer screening and guidelines.
We are accepting volunteers who are healthy, have not been sick or have not been around anyone who’s been sick, anyone who doesn’t live with an elderly person, anyone who has not traveled into or out of state or in or out of a COVID-19 cluster area (Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia counties) within the last 15 days and anyone who is willing to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety guidelines.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced March 23 all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.
When it is determined students can return to school, administrators, teachers and other staff will be given two days to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return on the third day.
Whitehall Township police officers, along with emergency personnel from across the region, converged on Lehigh Valley Mall property after a bomb threat March 20.
The incident, according to the police report, took place approximately 6:30 p.m. when a male reportedly told officers he had placed bombs at the mall, on MacArthur Road in Whitehall, and a location in Allentown.
The area around the mall was cordoned off for safety reasons.
Lehigh County’s Municipal Emergency Response Team, as well as a hostage negotiation team, arrived on the scene.
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, as of March 24, confirmed 851 positive cases of COVID-19 in 40 counties.
Locally, there are 27 cases in Lehigh County and 33 cases in Northampton 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.
The Woman’s Club of Whitehall Township named Nikki Dietz as Girl of the Month for February.
The daughter of Veronica Dietz of Whitehall, she has earned high honor roll during all high school marking periods.
Dietz is involved in Student Council; SADD, serving as president; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and peer mentoring. She is also on the Whitehall High School track and field team.
As COVID-19 virus precautions increase across the Lehigh Valley, churches are looking for ways to continue to connect with their congregations that don’t involve in-person gatherings. One local church is capitalizing on the available technology to join its members together for regular worship without violating any safety rules.
First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 Front St., has been using Facebook livestreaming, Zoom and YouTube to connect with parishioners, a move the pastor calls “unprecedented but successful.”
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.”