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Fiero is a playful 6 to 7 month old Pitbull. Fiero is great with children and great with other dogs.Fiero came into the Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Easton about a week ago.Fiero is very energetic and would fit in well with any family.If you would like to adopt Fiero, visit their website: www.healthyanimalcenter.org or call 610-252-7722.
A fatal crash involving an SUV in North Whitehall Township kills one person.It happened in the 2200 block of Old Post Road just after 10:30 p.m. Friday night.Zachary Alan Paules, 23, of Slatington, Lehigh Co., was traveling westbound on Route 329 when his SUV drove off the roadway and partially into a ditch. The vehicle struck a large tree and overturned.A coroner was called to the accident and Paules was pronounced dead at the scene.Route 329 was closed at Crest Street for over four hours as police investigated the accident.Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call state police at 610-861-2026.
Weis Markets is announcing a recall of some of the store's milk products.In a call placed to customers Friday night, Weis announced that Weis Quality Milk products of the whole, 2%, 1% and skim varieties, with a sell by date of December 5th, may contain antibiotic residue. That, the call said, may cause problems for people who are allergic to antibiotics.The recall only affects milk with a sell by date of December 5th. It does not affect any other milk products Weis sells.Customers with questions can call the Weis Markets customer service hotline at 866-999-9347. The recalled milk may be returned for a full refund.
A fire broke out at Sprecher's Meats around 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.Fire crews were there for more than three hours trying to secure the building and make sure it is safe to get inside.Neighbors say it was a sight to see. They say the smoke was so thick, they could not even see the meat shop across the street."One of the guys that was working on the studio apartment in the back, he comes running in as I am cleaning the grill and he says get the hell out there is a fire," said Matt's Steaks Employee Kaitlyn Hardesty.Hardesty was working inside Matt's Steaks, a business connected to Sprecher's Meats in the 2200 of Reading Avenue in Spring Township, when the blaze began."I was scared because you know somebody comes running in saying get the hell out, there is a fire.You do not know what to do. I was in shock," said Hardesty.While Hardesty was evacuating the building, neighbors nearly a block away were alerted when they smelled smoke."I was just laying in my living room playing with my child and my wife and we both actually just smelled smoke and were like what is that," said Spring Township man Jared Schlenker.Neighbors say when they came outside to look the smoke was so thick you could not even see Sprecher's Meats from across the street."It was just all smoldering and smoke everywhere," said Schlenker.Approximately seven surrounding fire stations responded. Fire officials tell us no one was injured. They do not know what started the fire but the employee inside the sandwich shop says her boss told her a smoker in the meat shop backed up and sparked the fire.
PennDOT is urging motorists to take it slow this weekend.Officials say Friday they already had a skeleton crew of trucks out on the highways.Given the heavy downpour and the freezing temperatures in certain areas, Friday night, the main concern was black ice, officials said.PennDOT authorities say their trucks are equipped with the latest technology like road temperature sensors and infrared thermometers that inform truck operators where the black ice is hiding.Workers are also on standby, just in case there is snow on Sunday, PennDOT authorities confirm.They say if there's snow, they will open their command station in Allentown, and a full complement of salt trucks will be dispatched to surrounding counties.Officials say, due to the mild weather this year, they haven't used much salt, so it has plenty on hand, as well as ample anti-skid materials just in case the snow starts to fall.
A Berks County woman will spend some time in jail for giving her granddaughter a deadly dose of morphine.Penny Kochel was sentenced Friday morning to two to 23 months behind bars for an involuntary manslaughter conviction. She was also given two years probation.Kochel had originally been facing 3rd degree murder, but prosecutors withdrew that charge earlier in the case and replaced it with involuntary manslaughter.Kochel's 14-month-old granddaughter, Leanna McEntee, died of a lethal dose of morphine at Kochel's home in Heidelberg Township in May 2009.Kochel, who was babysitting at the time, said her granddaughter was cranky and wouldn't stop crying, so she gave her a "teething pill," according to court documents.
Eyesight is something many of us likely take for granted. It's hard to imagine losing your vision, but that's the reality facing a boy from Warren County, New Jersey.Markie DeVoe has an inherited disorder that affects the retinas called Choroideremia."It's a genetic disease that has been passed down from his grandfather to his mother now to him," explained his father, Mark DeVoe. He said it affects mostly males, so Markie's mother doesn't have severe symptoms."My father is now 73, he's been blind completely blind for about 25 years," explained Susan DeVoe, Markie's mother. "I always say I knew how to be a daughter of someone who was blind. I had no idea how to be a mother."Markie has to wear sunglasses outside and is starting to have trouble with his eyesight at night."For the most part, where we lay in bed and we can see the dresser and the pictures on the wall or whatever, he doesn't see that," said his father.Markie said, "It's pretty hard because if you're in the dark and nobody's there with you and you're on your bike and there's a small road, you can't really see if there's trees or houses."The DeVoes are very hopeful that a cure is in sight and they're dedicated to raising money for research."Dr. Jean Bennett who works out of CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania just got approval from the FDA recently that we can start clinical trials and hopefully within the early part o 2014 we'll start with the trials and hopefully Markie will be part of that and within a couple years he'll be cured," said Mark.A benefit concert on Sunday, Dec. 8 will help raise money for research. The Wizards of Winter will perform at the State Theatre in Easton. Ticket information is below.Mark said,"For a disease where most people grew up knowing they were going to go blind, now we have real strong hope."Ticket information for Sunday's concert: http://statetheatre.org/events/the-wizards-of-winter-a-trans-siberian-experience/More information about Markie: http://angelsformark.com/More information about Choroideremia: http://choroideremia.org/
With less than three weeks remaining before its report to the Warren County Freeholders is due, the advisory committee looking for ways to stem the financial bleeding at Warren Haven, the county’s nursing home, held its last public meeting Friday.About 25 people made it clear to the committee, as others had at previous public meetings, that they do not want control of the nursing home taken out of the hands of the county and turned over to a for-profit company.They bolstered their concerns with anecdotal stories comparing the treatment family members received at other for-profit nursing homes, which they described as cold and uncaring, compared with what they said were superior services and a warm touch at Warren Haven, where staffers “bonded” with the residents.Rosemary Adams, whose diabetic son suffers a host of medical problems and spent time in another nursing home, where he “barely saw a doctor … and was expected to die,” said Warren Haven was completely different.“It was the best he felt in years,” she said. “He was cared for and loved. The care was the best I’ve ever seen.”John Ronkowitz, of the Oxford Young at Heart Club, agreed Warren Haven is different.“It doesn’t smell,” he said. “Other places do.”Ronkowitz said for-profit nursing homes are staffed by “people who don’t care.”“I implore you to keep it as it is,” he said.Warren Haven has been running in the red for the last four or five years and the slide in revenue has only been accelerating since 2011, said Karen R. Kubert, an advisory board member who is director of Human Services for the county.Cuts in Medicaid rates are among the biggest factors, she said. To make matters worse, the census at the 180-bed nursing home has been down to about 83 percent.The county projects losses of $3 million to $3.5 million next year. It lost about $2.5 million in 2013, Kubert said.Elaine Reichart, a county resident, said there is one thing the county might want to change. “I don’t think it’s being managed properly,” she said. “Why not lease out management for a couple years and see if they can bring down the deficit?”
Friday's wet weather couldn't dampen the spirit of giving in Carbon County.Yenser's Tree Farm in Lehighton is holding its annual Trees for Troops event.The program sends Christmas trees to military families.For 25-dollars,a tree will be cut down from Yenser's, and sent on a Fed-Ex truck to Fort Polk in Louisiana or Fort Stewart in Georgia.Co-owner Drew Yenser said it's great to see families, as well as schools and businesses, helping with the cause."We can't do it alone," Yenser said, "Yenser Tree Farm can't do it alone. We need the community support and we have it. They've been doing a great job."Yenser said the farm hopes to deliver more than 450 trees to the troops.
Para algunos líderes locales la muerte de Nelson Mandela es especialmente dolorosa.Ellos dicen que, a pesar de los obstáculos que Mandela aguantó durante sus 95 años de vida, cuando se trataba de gobernar a un país... él dio un brillante ejemplo."Es un día triste no solamente para el mundo, sino para nuestro país. Nelson Mandela fue un gran hombre, fue uno de esas personalidades que influyeron la vida de todo el mundo, y fue alguien que nos dejó un legado bien grande en el sentido de la igualdad entro los humanos y nuestras libertades como seres humanos." dice Francis Acosta sobre la Nelson Mandela.Líderes locales como Julio Guidy saben muy bien la historia de Mandela, y el sacrificio que hizo cuando pasó casi tres décadas en confinamiento solitario, luchando por un país libre.También, oficiales dicen que los países de latino América podrían aprender del ejemplo de Mandela."En muchos países latinos, en sur América en centro América, la libertad. Y ese espíritu de que todo el mundo tiene derecho a aspirar a lo que ellos quieran.Sobre todo a ser libres." dice Acosta. Las banderas en varias ciudades alrededor del mundo serán izada solo a media asta. Se espera que Mandela reciba un funeral de Estado, y una despedida pública.
An elderly man from Alburtis has succumbed to injuries he suffered in a car crash.Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim says 86-year-old Vito Scarna was involved in an accident Thursday evening on Route 100 near Weiler's Road in Upper Macungie Township.Scarna died at the hospital Friday morning.A news release from Upper Macungie Township Police indicated Scarna was a passenger in a vehicle struck at the intersection. State police said the striking vehicle entered the intersection against the red light. Police said the driver of the striking vehicle, John Haley of East Greenville, will be issued citations for traffic violations.
People around the world are remembering Nelson Mandela, including a Bethlehem woman. Shannon Frystak saw Mandela speak in Detroit in 1990, four months after he had been released from prison. Frystak was a college student at the time and part of an organization called the Student Peace Coalition."We got our university to divest the almost a million dollars they had invested in South African companies in 1988," she said."The energy, it was electric, I do remember that," Frystak recalled of the event at Tiger Stadium. "I do remember palpably feeling the kind of electricity, it was a very diverse audience. People came from all over, I know that. It was black and white and young and old and rich and poor to see this man of the world as they're calling him on the news, speak."One of her memories from the event is hearing Mandela quote a Marvin Gaye song saying, "brother, brother, there's far too many of you dying.""I remember where I sat in the stadium. He only spoke for 20 minutes but as a civil rights historian, Rosa Parks was there and Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin," said Frystak. "Just being able to see a freedom fighter, having been an activist myself and worked on numerous issues, to be able to bear witness to this historic man who really fought for what he believed in and then came out on the other side of it with his humanity intact."Frystak is now an associate professor of History at East Stroudsburg University with specialties in a few issues including civil rights and African American history.She said, "I don't think when we're 21 we realized the impact that some of these events are going to have on our lives."
The former Allentown Metal Works property on S. 10th Street in Allentown is one of 18 Lehigh Valley locations that have won Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone status -- better known as KOEZ-- from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.Winning the state's designation on Friday creates tax incentives to foster economic growth and development of the sites.More specifically, approved KOZ properties that are redeveloped do not have to pay any local or state taxes for 10 years. That gives developers a major financial incentive to invest in properties that otherwise might remain vacant and deteriorating indefinitely.“Today’s KOEZ designation will pave the way for new growth and new jobs in the Lehigh Valley,” predicted DCED Secretary C. Alan Walker.The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, which administers the program in the region on behalf of DCED, submitted a regional application to the state on behalf of Northampton and Lehigh Counties, local governments and school districts.All 18 properties requested in the application were approved.All but one are in Northampton County. Fifteen are in Easton. They include the Governor Wolf Building, the Easton Silk Mill, the Black Diamond Silk Mill, the Easton Intermodal and City Hall project, and N. 2nd St. in Easton. The former Dixie Cup building in Wilson also was approved.“I am excited that the state recognizes the importance of these sites to the overall economic vitality of our city,” said Easton Mayor Sal Panto.“We are all so pleased with this designation which will provide unlimited opportunities for economic advancement and the creation of new jobs,” said John Stoffa, Northampton County executive. “The KOEZ designation will allow neglected and brownfield properties to eventually return to the tax rolls.”The sole Lehigh County property is the 17.5-acre Allentown Metal Works, owned by the Allentown Economic Development Corp. at 606 S. 10th St.“We are extremely pleased that the former Allentown Metal Works property has been accepted into the Commonwealth’s Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone program,” said Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.“This property represents our commitment to bringing industrial jobs back to the city and the KOEZ designation provides a valuable tool to assist with its redevelopment. I would like to thank the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation for coordinating the regional application as well as Allentown City Council, the Allentown School District and the County of Lehigh for their support.”“The county and local governments identified these properties and with the support of area school districts approved KOEZ designations at the local level,” said Don Cunningham, LVEDC president and CEO.“The KOEZ requires a collaborative effort with state and local governments, school districts and the regional economic development corporation to help create real estate development and new jobs on parcels that are not currently economically active.”The KOEZ program, which is nearly identical to the KOZ program, is intended to spur development in specific underutilized and underdeveloped areas.“Across Pennsylvania, the KOZ program has spurred the creation of nearly 40,000 jobs since the program’s inception," said Walker. "As past designations expire, new tax revenues are being generated for the state and local communities,”“This process reflects a regional partnership in conjunction with the state,” Cunningham said. “It takes four governing bodies participation for a site to be approved. I want to thank the counties for their leadership in the process and the Pennsylvania DCED for its support in making economic development happen in the Lehigh Valley.”The designated parcels are eligible for benefits from the KOEZ program for a period of 10 years starting Jan. 1, 2014 and expiring at the end of 2023.
It's happened again so a Monroe County shelter says. Dogs found dead inside trash bags.The first case was reported Sunday. Now, a shelter says, there are three more."I've had people bring dogs here because they feared while working they would be taken form the home and they want to avoid that." AWSOM Animal Shelter head Marie Grimm said.She also said the frightened dog Destiny is the latest example of pet abuse she says runs rampant in Monroe County.Mountain biker Dan Whitehead discovered Destiny Sunday morning , curled up on a trash bag near these woods in Stroud Township."Was probably on its last legs. I hate to say it, but was on its last legs," he told us.Destiny was lucky and is on the road to recovery. A different story inside that trash bag.A dead dog was found. Grimm says three more dead dogs have been found in similar garbage bags in Monroe County within the past few days."One with a shot between the eyes," she said.Grimm thinks the cases are connected."Seems like a logical deduction when you have a dog wrapped in bag here," she went on to say.The SPCA is investigating. But Humane Society Officer Elizabeth Anderson says only Sunday's case has been confirmed.She does warn pet owners to take precautions."Make sure fencing is secure, tether is secure and there is no way anyone could get in and do anything to your dog," Anderson told us.Advice dog owner Antoinette Demaria lives by."Watch them be careful, like you would your own kids," while petting her two pooches.The Humane Society urges anyone with information on this case or any other examples of pet abuse to contact them. They do have an anonymous tip line.The shelter is offering a 500 dollar reward for info leading to an arrest.
One dental company in Wyomissing is giving people something to smile about. It is offering a day of free dentistry on Sat., Dec. 7.For many people, visiting the dentist can be a chore, and sometimes it is easy to put off necessary work.But Wyomissing Dental Associates, in the 1200 block of Penn Avenue, is offering a deal to entice people to get a checkup. It is hosting its first-ever free dental day."Recently, we have experienced some great growth because of referrals from our patients, and we wanted to do something for the community in return," said Jeff Grove, owner and president, Wyomissing Dental Associates.Wyomissing Dental Associates will have three dentists on hand as well as two oral surgeons to perform free fillings, cleanings and extractions.The free dental day starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. They expect a line to form outside, and they are going to treat the first 75 patients. The office expects all of the work to total $20,000."We really hope to impact the local community as well because we know there is a tremendous need in all communities, especially this time of year," said Grove.The only qualification is that you must be 18 years or older.
Easton Police say for the second time in as many months, several downtown buildings have been the target of graffiti, and they think they know who may be responsible.Police released a surveillance photo Friday of a man they'd like to talk to in connection with the incidents. A second person may also be involved, according to police.Police would also like to know if any employees of area stores recall selling spray paint to this individual. Officials said the colors ofPolice also released a photo of the symbol found on the buildings. They say the colors of purple, pink, black and red, have been used. Police also released a photo of the symbol.Anyone with information is asked to call the Easton Police tipline at 610-250-6635
A member of the Reading School Board is stepping down.Board members said Karen McCree submitted her letter of resignation via email Friday, adding that she gave no reason for her resignation, but it has been accepted.The resignation will take effect Jan. 3.
You have until Dec. 16 to submit written comments about the proposed Delta Thermo Energy waste-to-energy plant to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.A DEP spokeswoman stressed there is no timetable for when the state might approve the controversial project in Allentown.Delta Thermo plans to build the plant on Klines Island along the Lehigh River, next to the city's wastewater treatment plant. The plant will convert trash collected in the city into electricity.A copy of the proposed plan can be reviewed in the city clerk's office in Allentown City Hall.At Wednesday night's City Council meeting, council president Julio Guridy announced the project had received plan approval from DEP, but that turned out to be untrue.The document DEP has placed in City Clerk Mike Hanlon's office is titled "Plan Approval" and indicates DEP has authorized Delta Thermo to construct the plant "in accordance with the provisions of the Air Pollution Control Act."But DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly stressed the project has not been approved. She explained that document is Delta Thermo's application to seek project approval.Connolly said that document has been placed in City Hall because people wanted to read the proposal.She said written comments on the plan should be sent to: DEP, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 18702.Connolly explained those written comments will be combined with comments DEP and Deltas Thermo officials heard during a lengthy meeting on the project on Oct. 30 in Dieruff High School in east Allentown.She said the written and verbal documents will be combined into a comment response document, where DEP officials will respond to all those comments. She said DEP has up to 30 days after Dec. 16 to prepare that response document."Anyone who gave us a comment will get a response," promised Connolly.She said the entire response document also will be available for public review, but she did not yet know if a copy also will be sent to the city clerk's office.Delta Thermo officials originally predicted construction would begin last spring, but that didn't happen.In late October, Delta Thermo president and CEO Rob Van Naarden declined to make any new prediction, except to say the 18 months of construction will begin the day after his company gets its permits from DEP.Connolly said the waste-to-energy plant, which opponents dismiss as an incinerator, needs both air quality and waster management permits from DEP. She added that "most likely those permits would come forth simultaneously."
A disabled Army veteran is distraught after he said thieves broke into his car and stole his wallet, personal items and packaged Christmas gifts."It really hurts. They don't know what they're doing to people when they do this," said Gerald Chappell, of Sinking Spring.Chappell told 69 News the theft happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the LA Fitness on Berkshire Boulevard in Wyomissing, Berks Co.It wasn't until he got home that he realized presents for his mom and sister were gone, along with a wallet containing cash, a debit card and his veterans identification card."So it was really discouraging," said Chappell. "I was real upset about it, but what can I do?"On Friday, Wyomissing police told 69 News that people need to be cautious of break-ins, especially in crowded parking lots during the holidays."Car thefts do tend to spike during the holidays, for a number of reasons." said Sgt. Thomas Endy. "People are out buying up their gifts for the holiday season, and that tends to attract that kind of crime."Endy said five vehicle break-ins have been reported throughout the borough since Nov. 25.To avoid being hit, Endy said he encourages people to park in well-lit areas and always keep doors locked. He said personal items and gifts should be hidden from sight, if not removed from the vehicle entirely."It's a crime of opportunity," said Endy, adding that anyone who falls victim should immediately report the crime to police."They don't know… what they're destroying inside me," said Chappell. "And evidently, they don't care."
A 13-year-old boy has admitted to taking a gun into the Reading Intermediate High School.The boy pleaded guilty in juvenile court to one count of carrying a firearm without a license, officials said.The boy, took the gun into the Citadel on Nov. 20. A 14-year-old boy then pointed the gun at another student.No one was hurt.
The third and final suspect has surrendered to police for his alleged role in the shooting of a man in Reading.Jonathan Gonzalez is now behind bars in the Berks County Jail on a long list of charges, including attempted murder and aggravated and simple assault.Gonzalez was being sought in connection with the shooting of a man in the 1000 block of Spring Street in June 2011.A second suspect, Luis Jimenez, turned himself in to police on Tuesday, and the first suspect, Tai-Mare Mercado, was arrested last month.DNA evidence linked all three men to the shooting, police said.The victim, police said, was sitting in his car when he was shot multiple times. He survived.
A Reading man is still battling against serious injuries after a car plowed into him and kept going.Eddie Carrero spoke exclusively with 69 News on Friday, one day after the hit-and-runs suspect turned himself in."It was very painful. I've never had that much pain in my life," said Carrero, who just had dozens on stitches removed.Carrero never saw the car coming when it barreled into him, and he was left for dead on the side of the road."It sent me flying and knocked off my shoe. That's when I noticed I was bleeding from my head," said Carrero, who added doctors told him Thursday he may never get the feeling back to that part of his head.Amazingly, Carrero was conscious and able to call 911. The accident happened just before 2 a.m. on Nov. 17 on Park Road, near Wolfe Court, in Richmond Twp., Berks Co.Carrero, 29, was trying to catch a cab after leaving his best friend's wedding in Fleetwood."We immediately left our wedding reception on our way to the hospital to meet Eddie there," said Matt Pinder, who has been friends with Carrero since they were young. "If he didn't have that cell phone, he wouldn't be here today and he would have been left on the side of the road to die."Carrero's head was cracked open. He needed 12 stitches in his head, but needed 14 more after it got infected. He also needed 10 stitches in his arm, and he broke his fibula in his left leg."I haven't been able to sleep right since the accident," said Carrero, who added he can't put any weight on his leg and needs crutches to get around.Tips and recovered car parts helped investigators determine Morgan Boyer, of Richmond Township, was behind the wheel of a 2002 Audi A4, police said.According to court documents, Boyer, 25, confirmed a crash took place, but he maintained that he struck a deer. The documents also stated Boyer told police he did not stop because he thought he did not have a valid driver's license."Why didn't you stop and at least check? That's all I want to know," said Carrero.To make matters worse, Carrero said he does not have health insurance and the medical bills are piling up. His attorney, Richard Toland, said his client has a long road to recovery, and his scars will serve as a permanent reminder of the accident. Boyer turned himself in to authorities Thursday. He is free after posting $20,000 bond, but he is facing serious charges.
Two New Jersey men were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in several armed robberies which occurred in Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon Counties between December 2011 and February 2012.Officials with the United States Attorney's Office say 20 year-old Tysheed Hargrove, also known as "Sincere", was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was ordered to pay almost eight thousand dollars in restitution.Accomplice Jose Nunez, also known as "Skillz" was ordered to spend 7 1/2 years in prison and pay almost three thousand dollars in restitution.The two men, both originally from Newark, New Jersey, pleaded guilty earlier this year in several of the robberies
The NAACP is protesting Lehigh University's handling of a racist incident on campus and a lack of public information. The protest comes just days after a complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging race discrimination on campus.Since racial slurs were spray-painted on the Umoja house, the Bethlehem chapter of the NAACP said it has received numerous complaints from students about racism on campus, and one Lehigh student is making some startling allegations."I have noticed a lot of injustices here, not only at race, but gender and class and just homophobia," said Brenda Martinez, a junior.Martinez said the racist vandalism at the Umoja house wasn't the first incident she has seen on campus. Martinez alleged there are racist, sexist and defamatory remarks written all across Lehigh's campus.Martinez was among the group of people who gathered with the Bethlehem chapter to protest the university's handling of diversity issues.Ester Lee, the chapter's president, said she's been contacted by more than five other Lehigh University students with complaints of racism following the Umoja house incident..Lee said she tried to address the complaints with Alice P. Gast, Lehigh's president, but ended up talking with a university lawyer instead."The problem here is if the university is having, doing corrective action in anything they are doing, I think it is upon them to make that public so that we might know in the community what is going on.," said Lee.The U.S. Department of Education confirmed it received a complaint concerning Lehigh University and race discrimination issues in November.Lehigh released a statement about the allegations, saying, "Lehigh University has condemned the recent racist spray-painting at the Umoja house as a cowardly and hateful act that will not be tolerated."An active investigation continues on our campus and we urge anyone with information to contact Lehigh University police. "Diversity and inclusion are valued at Lehigh, as shown by the recent rally for unity."Lehigh said it has a number of programs to address thee issues, but Lee and Martinez said there needs to be more.
While fast food workers make their own demands for $15 an hour, lawmakers in both Harrisburg and Washington D.C. agree that it's time for a change and are considering legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.However not everyone agrees, especially small business owners.“Business owners, especially small business owners, need to worry about every penny. So when you're telling them 'I'm going to raise your labor costs by three dollars an hour' regardless of what the good intention is behind that...you're basically mandating a losing proposition,” said Joseph Facciano, a small business owner and business coach in the Lehigh Valley.Facciano adds the increase in wages would be paid for in either one of three ways; Lowering hours or laying people off, decreasing value to customers like providing smaller portions, or by raising costs.As for the demands from fast food workers for companies like McDonald's to raise its wages, “McDonald's are franchises, it's not big McDonald's multi-billion dollar corporation we're dealing with here, it's small business owners who own McDonald's franchises,” said Facciano.If passed, the minimum wage would be increased incrementally over the next three years.The last time the minimum wage was raised was in 2009 when it rose from 6.55 to 7.25 an hour.