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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:38:04 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:38:04 GMT

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Allentown looks to create alternative education option, add staff members

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:27:35 GMT

ALLENTOWN – In response to the string of violence that rocked the Allentown School District in the fall, administrators are looking to spend $2 million to create an alternative setting for special education students and an additional nearly $2 million to increase staff.

At Thursday's Education Committee...




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Chamber audience hears of commercial real estate challenges

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:54:00 GMT

ALLENTOWN — Speakers at a commercial real estate outlook Thursday dished plenty of dirt, figuratively, about the Lehigh Valley landscape, and their news was mostly positive.

But two presenters during a Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce event held at PPL Center in Allentown also cited challenges,...




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East Allentown kitchen fire displaces 9 people and a dog

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:52:37 GMT

Nine people and a dog were displaced from an east Allentown apartment house Thursday afternoon when a stove fire burned a kitchen and damaged the rest of the building, officials said.

A pot of oil left unattended on a stove of the second-floor kitchen burst into flames about 4:35 p.m. at the rear...




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Sorely missed Rite Aid coming back to downtown Allentown

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:15:55 GMT

ALLENTOWN — For the past four years, Joanne Young could look out of the window of her apartment at the Center Square senior apartments and see one of a half-dozen construction projects going on in downtown Allentown.

Yet, despite the dozens of businesses that arrived with all the new development,...




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Lehigh County commissioners authorize study on upgrading Cedarbrook

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Efforts to upgrade Cedarbrook's physical amenities inched forward Wednesday evening as Lehigh County commissioners signed off on architectural and engineering studies, but it will still be months before the county plots out the future of the county-owned nursing home.

By a unanimous vote, commissioners...




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Philly Pretzel Factory out at Coca-Cola Park

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 02:11:00 GMT

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs' home opener on Thursday at Coca-Cola Park will be filled with hungry baseball fans, who will scout out their favorite foods such as Porker Fries, Aw Shucks' corn-on-the-cob and Jaindl Smoke House's smoked turkey legs.

Items that won't be on the ballpark's menu this season...




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Allentown NIZ developers get $29 million

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:26:59 GMT

ALLENTOWN — Almost runaway development by a handful of private companies has reversed the fortunes of Allentown's long-struggling downtown in just four years, and the annual subsidy they get from state taxpayers for their efforts continues to grow.

The most recent numbers released Wednesday by Allentown...




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A cappella sensation Semi-Toned brings 'Game of Tones' to Allentown

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:02:42 GMT

Hear hit songs by Gwen Stefani, Beyonce and Fleetwood Mac, all performed a cappella, when Semi-Toned, the acclaimed all-male British group from the University of Exeter, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.

The 12-member group, whose cover mashup of "Rich Man" from...




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Lehigh Valley IronPigs home season: Play ball!

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:02:21 GMT

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs have already played two games at Coca-Cola Park, when away games against the Syracuse Chiefs were moved to Allentown on Friday because of bad New York weather. The stands were empty, though, as the organization prepared for this weekend's six-night homestand.

The IronPigs'...




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Santana, coming to Allentown's PPL Center, still hitting right notes

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:00:19 GMT

Immigration may be a hot political issue nowadays, but had Jose Santana not moved from his native Cuautla, Mexico, to San Francisco in 1961, the world might have been deprived of enjoying the creative fruits of his guitar-playing son, Carlos.

In the 54 years since that fateful move was made, Carlos...




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Fegley's Chocolate Festival: One sweet event in Allentown

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:14:08 GMT

Chocolate and beer may seem like a bit of an odd combination.

But not to people like Alan Pitotti, chef/owner of Dolce Patisserie in Hellertown.

"Chocolate goes with many, many different things," Pitotti says. "The different flavor attributes — bitterness, fruitiness — it all depends on where the...




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Verizon workers to begin strike this morning

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:30:00 GMT

Some 40,000 Verizon workers, including 500 in the Lehigh Valley and Berks County, will go on strike this morning, union leaders said Tuesday night.

"Six a.m., we'll be on the street," said Ed Mooney, international vice president of the Communications Workers of America District 2-13. "We can't...




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Seven Lehigh Valley taverns, 2 others cited for liquor violations, officials say

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 04:45:11 GMT

Nine taverns and liquor businesses in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding counties have been cited liquor law violations, state officials said Tuesday.

According to the state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement:

Ovations Food Services at 701 Hamilton St., Allentown was cited for failing in January...




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Talen CEO banks $9.5M in 2015

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 02:05:48 GMT

ALLENTOWN — Talen Energy's stock price took a beating in 2015 after the company's June 1 launch, but the energy firm exceeded its internal financial goals, triggering generous bonuses for its top executives, including CEO Paul Farr.

The power generation company beat its targets for free cash flow...




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New sentencing set for Allentown man who murdered 12-year-old in 2003

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:14:01 GMT

ALLENTOWN — Nearly 13 years after a judge sent him to prison for the rest of his life for raping and killing a 12-year-old Allentown girl, Brian Bahr has a chance at freedom.

The 30-year-old Allentown man was 17 when he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Danni Reese's 2003 slaying. Charged...




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Review: Damascus is a simple and satisfying Allentown favorite

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 21:19:00 GMT

Damascus creates a balance between pleasing customers familiar with the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean style of food and attracting the rest of us. My two best friends growing up were from Syria, so I was fortunate to have enjoyed countless homemade meals with native flavors.

Owners Jamil and...




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69 apartments proposed for former industrial buildings on Allentown's 15 t h Street

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:48:00 GMT

Two aging and underutilized former industrial buildings on 15th Street in Allentown could be transformed into 69 apartment units under the latest plan presented by Developer Nat Hyman.

The $8.4 million plan calls for a variety of apartment units and a few townhomes in two large brick buildings...




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Two to stand trial for Allentown shooting that left man critically injured

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 15:31:00 GMT

ALLENTOWN — Two reputed members of the Bloods will stand trial for their parts in shootings in Allentown.

Elias Z. Ariza, 19, and Abram J. Rios, 19, both of Bethlehem, waived their preliminary hearings Tuesday in Lehigh County Court. Ariza is accused in shootings in both Allentown and Bethlehem...




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Allentown to take swing at making municipal golf course profitable

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 01:05:41 GMT

ALLENTOWN — Officials are going to take a swing at turning Allentown Municipal Golf Course into a moneymaker without outside help.

After considering proposals last year to lease the golf course to a private operator, course administrators said they are confident they can reduce the negative balance...




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Vince's Cheesesteaks opens in downtown Allentown

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:35:00 GMT

Vince's Cheesesteaks is now open in downtown, filling the void left when Tony Luke's abruptly closed its doors on Hamilton Street less than two months ago.

A few dozen people crammed into the space at 806 W. Hamilton St. late Monday morning to celebrate the grand opening of Vince's with a ribbon-cutting....




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