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Sunday, July 22, 2018

L.V. celebrates advances made in ending veteran homelessness

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Task Force has been recognized for effectively ending veteran homelessness across the Lehigh Valley.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski accepted the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, announced in June 2014 by then-First Lady Michelle Obama in the fall of 2014.

Pawlowski approached Director of the Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs Thomas Applebach to spearhead the challenge.

Applebach organized the first meeting of the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Task Force in February 2015.

K-9 provides comfort at courthouse

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

There is a new top dog in the Lehigh County Courthouse, and her name is Ramona.

District Attorney Jim Martin announced the addition of the courthouse companion dog, Ramona, July 27 during a press conference in the county courthouse, Allentown.

“Ramona is the newest member of my staff,” Martin said. “Courthouse companion dogs provide emotional or comfort support to victims of crime when dealing with stressers of the judicial system.”

Ramona arrived at the courthouse July 26 and will be working in conjunction with the Victim-Witness Program.