I was thinking about what I was going to write this month. Sometimes, it takes a few days to think of something meaningful.
I turned my National Wildlife Federation calendar that I received in the mail to February, and there was a quote from Jane Goodall: “The most important thing, as I am constantly saying, is to think about small ways in which we can make a difference — every day.”
This was a sign to me that this is what I am supposed to write about this month.
The story goes that one man challenged a second man to write a children’s book using only 50 different words.
The first man was Bennett Cerf, founder of the Random House publishing company. The second man was Theodor Geisel, author, political cartoonist and animator.
The outcome of the bet: $50 in Geisel’s pocket and a little book titled “Green Eggs and Ham.”
The challenge was a win-win really. Random House, in 1960, published the work, which has sold more than 8 million copies.
For those with a sweet tooth, a Valentine’s Day favorite might be tough to find this year.
Everyone is familiar with the classic Sweethearts candy featuring cute little messages like “Be Mine,” “Let’s Kiss” and “True Love.” However, due to a company buyout and health code violations, the original brand of these candies will not be ready in time for Valentine’s Day this year.
The original Sweethearts were made by New England Confectionery Company, better known as NECCO.
There was a brilliant mathematics teacher at the high school I attended. As the community was small, his children, who were also very smart, attended the same school.
Aside from what appeared to be their innate abilities in math and physics, I never suspected anything was different.
One day, a couple of friends and I, along with one of the teacher’s sons, went to his house.
I stepped inside the front door and could not believe what I saw.
Every inch of space — from floor to ceiling — was stacked with newspapers and books.
To the Editor:
I am responding in reference to a story by Al Recker that appeared Jan. 10 in the Northampton Press. The article concerned Northampton Borough Municipal Authority’s (NBMA) offer to acquire the Whitehall Township Authority (WTA) in exchange for paying Whitehall Township money for its assets.
To the Editor:
It’s that time again. The annual seizure of increased property taxes by our government schools system is upon us.
As in past years, we are given an amount the tax will increase; this year, it’s 3.79 percent, but we are told, “We are not going to finalize it at 3.79 percent.”
New year, same old story.
Where is the warehouse tax money going? How about a spending cut and tax decrease? That’s not likely to happen in the foreseeable future because we are now on the build-new-schools bandwagon. After Lehigh Elementary, which one will be next?
For 35 days, Americans watched as President Donald Trump shut down the federal government and was at an impasse with the U.S. House and Senate over $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
This partial shutdown, which affected federal agencies including the Transportation Security Administration, Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, law enforcement agencies, and parks and museums, left 380,000 federal employees furloughed and 420,000 employees working without pay.
Have you seen the new Gillette commercial geared toward men that addresses bullying, toxic masculinity, sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement?
The commercial, which debuted Jan. 14 on social media, shows boys fighting while adults look on saying “boys will be boys,” instances of bullying, clips of sexual harassment and more while the narrator asks, “Is this the best a man can get?”
The narrator continues by saying, “Something has changed, and there is no going back,” while showing news clips of current events of sexual harassment and more.
It has been four years since Leah Saliby, an eighth-grade English teacher, launched the Snack Pack Pals program in the Whitehall-Coplay School District. This program helps alleviate food insecurity for children attending the school district. This program originally began providing food for 50 students identified by district guidance counselors as being most food insecure at home. They received snack packs during the five long weekends of the school year: Thanksgiving, winter break, Presidents Day weekend, spring break and Memorial Day weekend.
I am concerned about Lily.
Last month, Sesame Street, the beloved children’s program responsible for lessons on topics such as numbers, letters and rubber duckies, revealed to online viewers one of its cast members, a deep fuchsia plush muppet with long hair named Lily, was dealing with homelessness.
Lily, who is described as about 7 years old, and her family lost their apartment and moved in with Lily’s teacher and friend Miss Sofia.