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A federal judge this week denied Gov. Tom Wolf’s motion to uphold limitations on in-person gatherings while administrati...
09/24/2020
Limits on number of people that can congregate in-person not enforceable — for now - LVB

A federal judge this week denied Gov. Tom Wolf’s motion to uphold limitations on in-person gatherings while administration officials work to appeal a Sept. 14 ruling that said some of the governor’s COVID-19 mitigation orders were unconstitutional.

A federal judge this week denied Gov. Tom Wolf’s motion to uphold limitations on in-person gatherings while administration officials work to appeal a Sept. 14 ruling that said some of the governor’s COVID-19 mitigation orders were unconstitutional.

While any Pennsylvanian who wants or needs a COVID-19 test can request one from providers and labs, the state announced ...
09/24/2020
State officials announce tiered prioritization plan for COVID-19 testing - LVB

While any Pennsylvanian who wants or needs a COVID-19 test can request one from providers and labs, the state announced the new four tier prioritization plan to help public health officials, health care providers and laboratories know who to test first.

While any Pennsylvanian who wants or needs a COVID-19 test can request one from providers and labs, the state announced the new four tier prioritization plan to help public health officials, health care providers and laboratories know who to test first.

The state’s top law enforcement agent charged 18 prison inmates and two accomplices with fraudulently obtaining $300,000...
09/23/2020
State charges 20 more with conducting a PUA fraud scheme - LVB

The state’s top law enforcement agent charged 18 prison inmates and two accomplices with fraudulently obtaining $300,000 in unemployment benefits reserved for employees who lost their job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state’s top law enforcement agent charged 18 prison inmates and two accomplices with fraudulently obtaining $300,000 in unemployment benefits reserved for employees who lost their job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bethlehem Venture X, which is at 306 S. New St. in Bethlehem in the recently built gateway building, was designed by...
09/23/2020
Grand opening held for Venture X Bethlehem - LVB

The Bethlehem Venture X, which is at 306 S. New St. in Bethlehem in the recently built gateway building, was designed by Spillman Farmer Architects.

The Bethlehem Venture X, which is at 306 S. New St. in Bethlehem in the recently built gateway building, was designed by Spillman Farmer Architects.

Pennsylvania launched a smartphone app that will alert users when they have come in close contact with someone carrying ...
09/22/2020
State launches contact tracing app - LVB

Pennsylvania launched a smartphone app that will alert users when they have come in close contact with someone carrying COVID-19.

State government officials on Tuesday launched a smartphone app that will alert users when they have come in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

The transformed open-air holiday market opens Oct. 8 and will run through November 29. The market will be closed on Than...
09/22/2020
A transformed Christkindlmarkt will arrive early this year - LVB

The transformed open-air holiday market opens Oct. 8 and will run through November 29. The market will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

ArtsQuest will host Christkindlmarkt’s earliest opening since the popular holiday market in downtown Bethlehem began nearly three decades ago.

The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and Higher Education has forced colleges and universities to adapt to a mostly onli...
09/22/2020

The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and Higher Education has forced colleges and universities to adapt to a mostly online or hybrid environment. What will Spring and Fall 2021 look like for technology, health and safety and any legal challenges that may arise?
More info and to register:
https://www.lvb.com/event/future-higher-ed-summit/
Presented by White and Williams LLP

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry said there is going to be a delay in payments for new applicants to th...
09/22/2020
Suspected fraud delays Pa.’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - LVB

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry said there is going to be a delay in payments for new applicants to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program after it detected potential fraud.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry said there is going to be a delay in payments for new applicants to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program after it detected potential fraud.

Restaurants may increase their dining capacity from the current 25% restriction to 50% if they certify online that they ...
09/21/2020
Restaurant self-certification program beings in Pa. today, making way for 50% capacity - LVB

Restaurants may increase their dining capacity from the current 25% restriction to 50% if they certify online that they are adhering to all COVID-19 preventative measures.

Pennsylvania’s self-certification plan for restaurants begins today. Restaurants may increase their dining capacity from the current 25% restriction to 50% if they certify online that they are adhering to all COVID-19 preventative measures.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world into a state of uncertainty. The legal world has been no different. What happens...
09/21/2020
When does COVID-19 become a Workers’ Compensation issue? - LVB

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world into a state of uncertainty. The legal world has been no different. What happens if an employee falls ill with COVID-19 and can trace the exposure to the workplace?

The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world into a state of uncertainty. The legal world has been no different. What happens if an employee falls ill with COVID-19 and can trace the exposure to the workplace?

Some good news at a time when many bricks and mortar retailers are closing, a new beauty product store is opening at the...
09/18/2020
Lush opening Monday at Lehigh Valley Mall - LVB

Some good news at a time when many bricks and mortar retailers are closing, a new beauty product store is opening at the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall.

Some good news at a time when many bricks and mortar retailers are closing, a new beauty product store is opening at the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall.

Employers who aren’t giving their retirement plans as much attention as their health plans could be missing vital benefi...
09/18/2020
Employers, have you reviewed your retirement plan lately? - LVB

Employers who aren’t giving their retirement plans as much attention as their health plans could be missing vital benefits when it comes to finding new employees.

Employers who aren’t giving their retirement plans as much attention as their health plans could be missing vital benefits when it comes to finding new employees.

Introducing our panelists for September 29th's The Future of Higher Education Summit!Nancy Conrad, White and Williams LL...
09/18/2020

Introducing our panelists for September 29th's The Future of Higher Education Summit!

Nancy Conrad, White and Williams LLP
Chris Howard, Morefield Communications Inc
Carolyn Lamparella, Preferred EAP

The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and Higher Education has forced colleges and universities to adapt to a mostly online or hybrid environment. What will Spring and Fall 2021 look like for technology, health and safety and any legal challenges that may arise?
Join us:
https://www.lvb.com/event/future-higher-ed-summit/

“Let there be no doubt, this EQB vote represents a major milestone in Pennsylvania’s efforts to combat climate change,” ...
09/18/2020
Environmental Quality Board votes to advance carbon reduction initiative - LVB

“Let there be no doubt, this EQB vote represents a major milestone in Pennsylvania’s efforts to combat climate change,” Joseph Otis Minott, executive director and chief counsel of Clean Air Council.

Plans to enroll Pennsylvania in a carbon-reduction coalition of 11 states engaged in a carbon allowance marketplace moved forward this week when the Environmental Quality Board voted 13-6 in favor of a rulemaking that would allow the state to enter ... Login Login User ID / Email / Password is case....

For the first time in months Pennsylvania’s casinos are seeing an overall uptick in revenue over 2019.
09/17/2020
Pennsylvania casinos see revenue increase in August - LVB

For the first time in months Pennsylvania’s casinos are seeing an overall uptick in revenue over 2019.

COVID-19 significantly impacted the industry with bricks and mortar casinos closed and sports betting hobbled by the cancellation of live sports. Now with casinos open and sports wagering available on sports ranging from baseball to hockey, the numbers are back up.

Our first Diversity and Inclusion Mastermind Summit is in the books. Thanks to Eric Ellis for providing an excellent key...
09/16/2020

Our first Diversity and Inclusion Mastermind Summit is in the books. Thanks to Eric Ellis for providing an excellent keynote presentation and to our panelists for having a great discussion about these important issues. Special thanks to Norris McLaughlin and Tower Health for sponsoring our event.
#LVBEvents

We're excited to be hosting our first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Mastermind Summit this morning. Thanks to our sponsor...
09/16/2020

We're excited to be hosting our first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Mastermind Summit this morning. Thanks to our sponsors Norris McLaughlin and Tower Health for making this event possible.
#LVBEvents

Don't miss out on registering for our Summit tomorrow! Hear real life experiences from Greater Lehigh Valley business le...
09/15/2020

Don't miss out on registering for our Summit tomorrow! Hear real life experiences from Greater Lehigh Valley business leaders making the business case for an inclusive workplace.
Register TODAY:
ereg.biz/a/regm/LVBDIV

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has rocked the world economy, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was still at a ...
09/15/2020
Hiring sprees bringing thousands of jobs to the region - LVB

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has rocked the world economy, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was still at a hefty 13.7% in July, but it looks like jobs may be on the way.

Amazon and the Giant Co. have announced they’ll be hiring thousands in the region and even a Lehigh Valley shopping center, The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley is hosting a job fair next week to meet the demand for workers.

The Icon Honors awards recognize Greater Lehigh Valley business leaders over the age of 60 for their notable success and...
09/15/2020

The Icon Honors awards recognize Greater Lehigh Valley business leaders over the age of 60 for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership.
For more info and tickets:
https://www.lvb.com/event/icon-honors/

City Center Investment Corp., the company behind much of the development going on in downtown Allentown, pledged a $1 mi...
09/14/2020
City Center makes $1M challenge grant to United Way - LVB

City Center Investment Corp., the company behind much of the development going on in downtown Allentown, pledged a $1 million matching gift through its Building Community initiative.

The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is kicking off its 2020 campaign with an extra boost. City Center Investment Corp., the company behind much of the development going on in downtown Allentown, pledged a $1 million matching gift through its Building Community initiative.

The top winners were calculated from the pool of nominees based on dollar growth and percentage growth over the past thr...
09/14/2020

The top winners were calculated from the pool of nominees based on dollar growth and percentage growth over the past three years.
See the list and get tickets for the rankings reveal on Oct. 14:
https://www.lvb.com/event/fastest-growing-companies-awards/
Presented by Baker Tilly US

July home sales in Lehigh and Northampton counties picked up significantly from the previous few months, totaling 872, w...
09/14/2020
Lehigh Valley real estate is going BOOM and the sellers are in control - LVB

July home sales in Lehigh and Northampton counties picked up significantly from the previous few months, totaling 872, which is 3.1% more than in July 2019.

As elsewhere in the state and nation, July home sales in Lehigh and Northampton counties picked up significantly from the previous few months, totaling 872, which is 3.1% more than in July 2019, according to the Realtors’ association.

In this week's edition of PA Biz Conversations, Cathy Hirko sat down and chatted with Jenny Englerth, CEO of Family Firs...
09/11/2020
PA Biz Conversations with Jenny Englerth - LVB

In this week's edition of PA Biz Conversations, Cathy Hirko sat down and chatted with Jenny Englerth, CEO of Family First Health. Englerth talks about the challenges that COVID-19 has affected health care in the communities Family First serves.

Jenny Englerth talks about the challenges that COVID-19 has affected health care in the communities Family First serves.

Hear real life experiences from Greater Lehigh Valley business leaders at Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Reading Hospital...
09/11/2020

Hear real life experiences from Greater Lehigh Valley business leaders at Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Reading Hospital - Tower Health, Norris McLaughlin, and FIA NYC Employment Services making the business case for an inclusive workplace.
Register TODAY:
https://www.lvb.com/event/diversity-inclusion-summit/

Mark Your Calendars:Lehigh Valley Business will be revealing the TOP winners in our 2020 Reader Rankings Awards with dai...
09/11/2020

Mark Your Calendars:
Lehigh Valley Business will be revealing the TOP winners in our 2020 Reader Rankings Awards with daily video rollouts starting October 12 and ending on October 23.
View the winners here:
https://www.lvb.com/reader-rankings/ballot/#//

A national survey of 5,650 workers which showed that 38% of those surveyed believe employers should be liable to pay com...
09/10/2020
Survey: Many Pennsylvania workers support for COVID-19 employer liability - LVB

A national survey of 5,650 workers which showed that 38% of those surveyed believe employers should be liable to pay compensation should an employee contract COVID-19 in the workplace.

The law firm of Jacoby and Meyers recently conducted a national survey of 5,650 workers which showed that 38% of those surveyed believe employers should be liable to pay compensation should an employee contract Covid-19 in the workplace.

The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and Higher Education has forced colleges and universities to adapt to a mostly onli...
09/10/2020

The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and Higher Education has forced colleges and universities to adapt to a mostly online or hybrid environment. What will Spring and Fall 2021 look like?
Join us for a FREE webinar:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7574474440593285644
Presented by White and Williams LLP

The Allentown company, which makes point-of-sale ordering and payment processing solutions, primarily for restaurants, h...
09/09/2020
Shift4 announces proposed stock offering - LVB

The Allentown company, which makes point-of-sale ordering and payment processing solutions, primarily for restaurants, had its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in June.

The Allentown company, which makes point-of-sale ordering and payment processing solutions, primarily for restaurants, had its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in June.

These “lost wages assistance” funds are in addition to a state's standard payouts for those unemployed, and are designed...
09/08/2020
Pennsylvania to distribute $300 lost wages assistance funds - LVB

These “lost wages assistance” funds are in addition to a state's standard payouts for those unemployed, and are designed to be a temporary supplement after the expiration of the $600 weekly federal benefit that was issued under the CARES Act.

These “lost wages assistance” funds are in addition to a state's standard payouts for those unemployed, and are designed to be a temporary supplement after the expiration of the $600 weekly federal benefit that was issued under the CARES Act.

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Lehigh Valley's Outdoor American Bridal Show at Shepherd Hills Golf Club was a big success. By the night of the event we had 125 reservations plus guests. We had 22 vendors with 85 couples show up. Exhibitors said that the couples were planning 2021 and 2022 weddings. Our next outdoor Bridal Show takes place on October 22nd in Allentown The Grove at South Mountain - a mountain grove with a grand pavilion space. Call for exhibiting information American Bridal Show - Rich or Lisa 908-963-2296
Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 10 AM – 6 PM America On Wheels Public · Hosted by Alfonso Todd III The 9th Annual Event will be on Saturday, June 26, 2021. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM at America On Wheels Museum in Allentown, PA. Highlighting: Health Care Organizations – Caregivers – Healthy Products – Preventative Health Featuring: Local, Regional, National, International Health/Wellness Businesses OFFICIAL FB LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/985163405282827 CURRENT VENDORS INCLUDE: TBA Healthcare organizations, non-profits and community organizations will be on hand to educate, demonstrate, and facilitate. Including: Reiki Demonstrations, Chair Massages, and more... There will be featured panel discussions and demonstrations provided by area healthcare professionals. We are currently seeking organizations, health practitioners, and vendors to participate in these events. In addition, small/large businesses and community organizations are encouraged to come out, network, and meet the public. EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/lvhealthexpo/ For more information or sponsorship opportunities please contact: Alfonso Todd @ 484.627.1391
Hello folks, school begins in only a couple weeks. Here is a friendly reminder: Hello folks. As offered in previous posts, we would like to reach out again to parents who's children want to return back to school, but are concerned about the safety of traditional school bus transportation. Just a little background on our limousine company. We started our company 14 years ago and struggled to build it. Before the pandemic we finally were very busy. The majority or the work we did was corporate executive airport transfers to Newark and JFK. Once the pandemic hit, all our corporate executive work completely stopped. Companies we drove for stopped traveling and we went from 20-30 trips a day down to zero! We are devastated but we want to save our company and keep our drivers and vehicles busy. So we decided to fight for what we love and retool by reaching out to our local retail community and looking for other ways to serve. We know this idea might not be for everyone, but we are hoping to interest parents in a safer cleaner transportation option for children that want to attend in person school learning again. They all want to go back, but we all want them to be safe. We are offering private and simi private daily services to and from school. The rates will NOT be "superstar" rich and as long as we have a commitment from parents for the school year, we are committed to providing safe reliable on time school transport for parents that wish to provide a safer and better experience compared to traditional bussing. We can effectively social distance children that ride together and we have put stringent practices in place to help prevent the spread of COVID19 while in our vehicles. Here are some examples of what more we are doing compared to traditional bussing. 1) All chauffeurs will ware face masks at all times and all children will be required to ware faces masks while in our vehicles. We will provide a mask to forgetful students at a small cost. 2) We have purchased Air Dogs and air purifiers that run continuously in our vehicles throughout the trip. They are equipped with HEPA filters and work using negative and positive ions to kill germs in an enclosed space. We find them very effective and a great way to provide that extra layer of protection. 3) Hand sanitizer will be available in all our vehicles and students will be reminded and encouraged to use it before and after a trip with us as they enter into and out of the vehicles. 4) We are wiping down and disinfecting all touch surfaces with a special and SAFE EPA certified product that is proven to kill all germs including Coronavirus. 5) Our drivers will be screened daily and their temperature will be taken to ensure we do not have a symptomatic employee to be concerned about. None of them will be permitted to travel to a hot spot state or territory without informing my company, and if they do, they will not drive for us for at least 14days or until they can provide proof they have tested negative for covid. All students will be required to ware seat belts, much like they do in your personal vehicle. Because it's a small vehicle ( sedan, suv or van ) it's a more controlled environment and more comfortable too. We have completed all criminal background checks and clearances and have been in touch with the school to make sure we are permitted under law to provide service. This is not an issue as our drivers will not be required to enter school buildings, however we did get clearance certificates from the online background check resources given on the EPSD web site in addition to our own company required background checks we do when we hire our wonderful chauffeurs. If families are interested in signing up or if you have any questions we welcome your calls or suggestions. Our office can be reached at 610-966-5755 We hope we can assist in providing a safer more controlled transportation resource for your school children by reaching out to our community and engaging in a different and much now needed segment of the industry and helping to reduce the risk of COVID for your family. We would be happy to meet with community and or family members and show our vans and proposed fleet vehicles for those interested. Come meet with us in person there is no commitment necessary until school opens and your children begin going to school. If the schools end up closing again, there are no penalties or obligations. Thank you for reading! Darla
JUST BECAUSE WE ARE STUCK INSIDE DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN'T SEE EACH OTHER, LEARN, AND NETWORK!!!! Join PABPNG-LV at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 13th for an awesome webinar featuring Dr. Anastasia Thevenin from Moravian College as she talks about her research and how she incorporates it into her teaching!!! Sign up for the webinar below:
JUST BECAUSE WE ARE STUCK INSIDE DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN'T SEE EACH OTHER, LEARN, AND NETWORK!!!! Join PABPNG-LV at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 13th for an awesome webinar featuring Dr. Anastasia Thevenin from Moravian College as she talks about her research and how she incorporates it into her teaching!!! Sign up for the webinar below:
We are looking for a compassionate Home Health Aide to provide assistance in daily living and personal care services in patients homes in accordance with an established care plan. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Must have an empathetic attitude toward the sick, elderly, handicapped, terminal, dependent, or disabled patient in the home setting. Completion of an approved HHA training program and completing a written competency test. Compliant with company in-service requirements. Able to function with minimal supervision. Must be flexible with work schedule to accommodate completion of tasks. Effective verbal and written English communication skills. Highest level of professionalism with the ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to communicate at all levels of organization and work well within a team environment in support of company objectives. Customer service oriented with the ability to work well under pressure. Strong attention to detail and accuracy, excellent organizational skills with ability to prioritize, coordinate and simultaneously maintain multiple projects with high level of quality and productivity. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to work with minimal supervision, take initiative and make independent decisions. Ability to deal with new tasks without the benefit of written procedures. Approachable, flexible and adaptable to change. Function independently, and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with employees. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO): Provide health care services in patients residence Perform domestic and household tasks Transport and accompany patients to doctors office or to hospital Administer simple prescribed medications Assist with clients personal care activities Monitor patients (vital signs, temperature, respiration, etc) and report on their condition Maintain patients care records and document provided services Assist patients with mobility and physical therapies/exercises Instruct and counsel patients and families on diet and exercise Collect routine specimens Provide companionship and basic emotional or psychological support Job Types: Full-time, Part-time Salary: $11.10 /hour Job Types: Full-time, Part-time WWW.CARESPHEREHC.COM/JOIN-OUR-TEAM
Whether you missed the party or want to watch it all unfold again, join us tonight for the broadcast of #LVMA21 on Service Electric Cable TV, Inc. tonight at 7PM, and again on Sunday at 8PM! Enjoy the show! #MartinGuitar #TriOutdoor #SteelStacks #LVMusicScene #PassItOn
Are you looking to donate your overload of promotional products you may have plenty of or perhaps expand your market base? Please consider donating them to the North Warren Regional PTO Tricky Tray scheduled for November 14, 2020. Our Mission, Letter to Sponsors and Donors, News articles can be found in our event dedicated website. Please use the menu bar to peruse through the website. If you would like to donate a product, promotional items, vouchers, gift cards or certificate to your business, please e-mail [email protected]. We hope to get the opportunity to add you to our sponsor and donor list on our site and advertise for you on our brochures and other means of advertisement. Information on the date, time and where can be found by choosing home on the menu.