When Aisha De Haas was growing up in Chicago, the jazz sounds of Ella Fitzgerald were part of her aural landscape.
Her father was a jazz bassist, her mother a vocalist, and the family had moved to the Windy City to play jazz.
“She sang and he played,” De Haas says. “I was introduced to this music in the womb.”
De Haas is one of three singers paying tribute to the Queen of Jazz in “A Tribute to Ella,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
Whitehall Township Fire Department is officially the owner of a new pumper truck for the Egypt station. The new apparatus, designated as Engine 3911, is a 2018 Pierce pumper, which pumps 1,500 gallons per minute and has a 750-gallon reserve water tank.
It replaces a 1999 Kovatch pumper.
The new pumper, which cost approximately $650,000, is one of seven fire engines operated by the township department.
Eight Whitehall Township firefighters, including one volunteer with more than 50 years of service, were recognized by the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at the Jan. 14 meeting.
Dennis Scholtis, current safety officer for the fire department, received his third commendation from the township in his 50 years as a volunteer firefighter.
Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. called Scholtis “one of the brightest lights in the volunteer and rescue world” and said his accomplishments are “at a national level in both competence and dedication.”
To the Shanty and back: Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay stirs it up at Allentown bistro for hit Fox reality-TV show
To say Joe Tatasciore was nervous is an understatement.
At 8 p.m. Jan. 9, his restaurant, Shanty on 19th, was featured on the Fox-TV reality show “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back.”
The Allentown bistro was given a makeover by the celebrity chef for for his television show, which began its second season Jan. 2. The Shanty is featured on the second episode of the 2019 season.
“I’m definitely nervous to see how they portray us,” Tatasciore says. “Let’s just say it’s made for television.”
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, at its workshop meeting Jan. 7, heard a proposed ordinance to borrow $10 million to begin funding the emergency services complex.
Christopher Gibbons, a financial adviser and municipal manager from Concord Public Finance of Lancaster, said the township would get a lower interest rate by borrowing $10 million in 2019 and the remainder of the project cost in 2020. The project’s estimated cost is $17,735,000.
It’s the perfect location.
Raub Middle School and Allen High School are within walking distance. Nearby is Allentown Public Library and the city’s West Park. It’s right across the street from the Scottish Rite Cathedral. And it’s hard to beat two acres of free parking.
The new home of Community Music School of the Lehigh Valley (CMS) in a renovated historic mansion at 1544 Hamilton St. is everything CMS officials could have dreamed of.
At its Dec. 10 meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a five-year capital improvement plan that will replace vehicles, improve roads and bring other enhancements to township departments.
The plan for 2019-23 projects involves capital improvement expenses ranging from $1.9 million to $2.9 million each year, ending in 2023 with nearly $500,000 left in reserve funds.
Civic Theatre has holiday spirit for Christmas season: Glassman back in ‘Carol’; new lead elf in ‘SantaLand’
There is plenty of holiday spirit to go around this season at Civic Theatre of Allentown.
The traditional “A Christmas Carol” based on Charles Dickens’ novel continues through Dec. 15 in Civic’s 19th Street Theatre and the modern more mature David Sedaris play “The SantaLand Diaries” continues through Dec. 16 in Civic’s Theatre 514.
And to top it off, there was an engagement on stage opening weekend of “A Christmas Carol.”
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a budget for 2019 that includes no real estate tax increase for the ninth year in a row at its meeting Dec. 10.
The board approved a real estate tax rate of 2.8 mills, which has remained the same since 2011. One mill equals $1 per thousand dollars of value.
The township remains in “good financial shape,” Colleen Gober, township treasurer, told the board.
The township’s $24.2 million general fund includes an $8.4 million balance to begin the year, with $20 million in anticipated revenues.
She’s performed on the Broadway stage, in New York City cabarets and appeared on television and in films.
But at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Broadway veteran Lynnie Godfrey performs in downtown Allentown with some of her most beloved co-stars, the 15 members of Allentown Children’s Chorus.
Godfrey and the young singers, who are first- through sixth-grade students, will perform for “Come Spend the Holidays with Lynnie Godfrey and the ACC” at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown.
The concert came about out of “an interesting situation,” Godfrey says.