Contractors will weatherize 20 homes to generate new interest in saving money on energy costs
as winter approaches.

Date:       August 13, 2014
Time:       10:30 AM
Location:  1600 Hastings Road, Bethlehem 

With the harsh winter behind us still giving people the shivers and the next winter approaching, it is a good time to think about how to save money on heating costs. The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, PPL Electric Utilities and the network of partners weatherizing homes in the Lehigh Valley will put on an impressive display of resources this week to showcase the benefits of improving the energy efficiency of homes.

Representatives of PPL Electric Utilities, CACLV and the residents who will have their homes weatherized will speak about the service and how to apply.

At the location and time listed above, the two groups will line up contractors and their trucks, new refrigerators and water heaters and more as they prepare to start weatherizing homes. PPL and CACLV representatives will discuss the program’s eligibility requirements, measures that are applied to the homes, how to sign up for the program and more.

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ALLENTOWNThe Sixth Street Shelter, a program of Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a day of FREE family fun from 12-to-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014, on the entire block of North Sixth Street between Turner and Chew Streets in Allentown, where the Shelter is located.

What better way to celebrate 30 years of helping to keep families together than by offering free family activities such as carnival games, prizes, food and fun? Hot dogs, beverages, popcorn, cotton candy, Tootsee the Clown, and a visit from Disney’s Frozen characters Elsa and Olaf are among the many events to take place. There will be a dunk tank, skee ball, a bounce house, bean bag toss, ring toss and many other games, events and plenty of prizes to celebrate the day.

Ever wanted to dunk Alan Jennings, Executive Director of CACLV? For a $30 donation, you can have a shot at 3 balls to throw at the tank to dunk Alan from 1:30-to-2 p.m. Other Shelter staff will be in the tank throughout the day as well.

A brief press conference will be held at 1 p.m. at which PA Senator Pat Browne and PA Representative Mike Schlossberg and others will be offering comments in honor of the Shelter’s 30 years of service to the community.

Established in 1984, the Sixth Street Shelter is the largest family shelter in the region. It consists of 5 buildings on North Sixth Street in Allentown, which contain 25 fully-furnished apartments. The Shelter is a transitional housing program designed to keep the entire family intact, while giving them the tools they need to end their homelessness during their 60-day stay. Each family has its own self-contained apartment, without having to share kitchen or bathroom facilities with others, as is often typical in traditional shelters.

“As tragic as homelessness is, it says something about this community that it can generate the resources necessary to feed and shelter more than 2,500 families, including over 5,000 children for the past 30 years,” said Dawn Godshall, Director of the Sixth Street Shelter. “We’re truly grateful for the generosity of our donors who support the families we serve. We wanted to thank the entire community by hosting a fun event for both our program participants and the neighborhood we’ve been a part of for three decades,” said Godshall.

In keeping with the theme of “30″, the Shelter will have a donation table at the event, which will be collecting items in groups of 30′s: 30 mops, 30 brooms, 30 can openers, etc. If you or your organization would like to organize a collection, or make a monetary contribution, please stop by our donation table the day of the event.

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Tonight’s guests on my show are bloggers Bernie O’Hare (Lehigh Valley Ramblings) and Mike Molovinsky (Molovinsky on Allentown).  Both blogs are widely read and both cause just a little bit of controversy.  While Bernie focuses primarily on politics and government, Mike spreads his coverage to an array of favorite topics, like boxing and Allentown’s history, as well as politics and government. I’ll be exploring the blogging world as well as the issues in a discussion that has plenty of room for debate.

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Most social justice movements seem to have a soundtrack.  Protest songs like “We Shall Overcome” have almost anthem qualities to them. So many of them are just great songs, plus they rattled the cages of the people in power.

Join me on Lehigh Valley Discourse as I delve into protest music tonight at 6 PM on WDIY (88.1 FM or wdiy.com).  My guest will be Silagh White, adjunct professor in Lehigh University’s Baker Institute and Director of Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs.

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Bob Donchez has spent his entire career in service to others: he taught social studies at William Allen High School for decades, served for many years on Bethlehem City Council, ran former Pennsylvania Representative Joe Brennan’s local legislative office before ascending to what may well be his dream job.

Join the smartest radio listeners in the Lehigh Valley tonight at 6 PM as I welcome Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez to the show. You can find WDIY at 88.1 on your FM dial.

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