I don't know about you, but the amount of information presented during the presidential and vice presidential debates this year sometimes left my head spinning.
While I found it easy, as each debate has concluded, to determine which candidate had presented himself most admirably, knowing how to interpret the purported "facts" presented was a challenge with which I needed some help.
The candidates spent weeks preparing for these debates, carefully crafting ways of presenting their viewpoints that would read well to their target audiences.
The American Red Cross of the Lehigh Valley opened an evacuation shelter at UGI, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem, for people needing to leave their homes during the weather events related to Hurricane Sandy.
Cots and blankets, meals and emotional care will be provided.
· Vietnam Veterans of America meeting – 7 p.m., Banko Family Community Center, 2545 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. All Vietnam veterans are welcome for membership. Information: Ken Howard 610-428-9911.
· Catasauqua Area Lions meeting – 7 p.m., Jednota Club, Fifth and Grove streets, North Catasauqua. Information: 610-264- 0740.
· Duplicate Bridge, Invitational – 12:30 p.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown. For players with 0-199 master points. Information: 610-437-3700.
The Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.
· A call regarding broken windows at a residence brought police to the 400 block of Race Street.
· Police were called to the 400 block of Bridge Street where hinge screws had been removed from a basement door.
· A 911 hang-up brought police to the 300 block of Poplar Street.
· Officers responded to a criminal mischief complaint on 11th Street.
· Police were called about a disturbance in the 300 block of Church Street.
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation SM in observation of October's Domestic Violence Awareness month.
The Lehigh and Northampton counties program will use the grant to provide critical support for its operational costs at Turning Point's emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.
The agency provides free and confidential prevention programs, legal advocacy, case management, community education and counseling.
Whitehall Township Commissioners will hold a workshop meeting at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Coplay Borough Council holds a workshop meeting at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
As we approach the Nov. 6 general election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and the Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.
The last week for publication of columns by local government officials was Oct. 11.
We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.
The First Northern Bank and Trust Egypt office will hold a food drive to benefit the North Whitehall Food Pantry through Nov. 16.
Those who bring a donation will be entered to win one of two $25 gift certificates for a turkey.
Donations may be dropped off at 2228 Old Post Road, Coplay (at the Kornfeind shopping center).
For more information, contact Wendy M. Arrasmith at 610-261-0300.
North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.
· A request for information brought police to the 1100 block of Third Street.
· Officers assisted the Coplay Police Department in the unit block of North Fifth Street.
· Officers assisted EMS in the 1200 block of American Street.
· Officers assisted the Coplay Police Department in the unit block of North Second Street.
· A report of a complaint brought police to the 1000 block of Howertown Road.
The Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.
· Officers responded to a noise complaint in the unit block of Maryland Circle.
· A report of truancy brought police to Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road.
· Police were called to the 100 block of Mickley Road to investigate a domestic call.
· A request for a protection-from-abuse order brought officers to the 900 block of Mickley Road.
· Police conducted a drug investigation in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Street.