Poverty's Edge

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley's take on poverty, how it affects our communities, and what we're doing about it.

16 Mar

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Trump Turns His Back on Low-Income Americans

Proposed Budget Would Shut Down CACLV   Donald Trump’s first demonstration of his priorities through his proposed budget makes it very clear that the billionaire whose father set him up in business doesn’t understand how much a few friends can make a difference.  As expected, his budget seeks huge cuts in domestic discretionary spending in order to fund massive increases in military spending.  Today, details emerged and the nation’s attempt to reduce poverty through Community Action Agencies like the Community Action Committee...

31 Jan

EVENT ADVISORY: Slate Belt NPP

DCED Secretary Davin to Join Slate Belt Community Leaders to Announce Neighborhood Partnership Program Rural, Multi-Municipal Project is First of its Kind   The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) will announce the approval of the first multi-municipal Neighborhood Partnership Program, “Slate Belt Rising,” at a press conference on Thursday, February 2, at 1:30 PM. The briefing will take place at Bangor Trust Brewing, 11 Broadway, in Bangor.   The boroughs of Portland, Bangor, Pen Argyl, and Wind Gap will jointly plan and...

04 Jan

It’s up to moderate Republicans to restrain Trump

What separates us from any other species on the planet is our ability to reason. That ability forces us, too, to consider ourselves in the context of others. How close do we live to one another? How much do we interact? With whom do we interact? How much business do we do with them? How much do we care for another?   We know pleasure and we often give it. We know abundance and we share it. We know love and we...

14 Dec

Second Harvest Celebrates Successful Fundraising Campaign

New Home Dedicated to the Late Sharon Gausling   The Second Harvest Food Band of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania celebrated the completion of its $3.3 million fund raising campaign to pay for its new warehouse at 6969 Silver Crest Road in East Allen Township.  The 65,000 square foot facility is nearly four times the size of the facility it occupied in southwest Allentown since the early 1990’s.   Campaign co-chairs David Shaffer of Just Born and Anne Baum of Capital BlueCross spoke at the...

13 Dec

RenewLV Smart Growth Summit

RENEWLV SMARTH GROWTH SUMMIT 2 December 2016 KEYNOTE   Let’s talk about the market place.   I know: in our divided, us vs. them, i-won’t-get-mine-if-you-get-yours world, you all have already started the fissure in your minds. On the left: Jennings, you’re a liberal, stop trying to blend in with the Republicans. On the right: Jennings, what the hell do you know about the marketplace?   Well, the reality is, the world is a market economy; even the People’s Republic of China gets that. And with Fidel gone, Raul will...

22 Nov

A LETTER TO THE SOCIETY THAT RAISED ME

I’m shocked. I’m scared. I’m lost.   You taught me that we are a great nation. Great nations don’t bully the weak.   You taught me to be tolerant. Tolerance is not roughing up people who don’t agree with you.   You taught me that we should love our enemies. Then don’t taunt them.   You taught me that Jesus said the meek shall inherit the earth. The meek don’t say “I alone.”   You taught me to embrace family values. But you chose someone who was married three times...

21 Nov

PRESS RELEASE: THE RISING TIDE ADDS A LINE OF CREDIT TO ITS SMALL BUSINESS LENDING PRODUCTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    CONTACT:  CHRIS HUDOCK  (T) 484.893.1039  (C) 484.553.3171 The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund has expanded its services yet again, announcing today the creation of a first-of-its-kind line of credit for micro-enterprises, start-ups and other businesses that struggle to get financing from traditional lending sources. The federally-certified, nonprofit community development financial institution will offer lines as low as $3,000 and as high as $15,000. The interest rate will be determined based on the circumstances and set by a committee of volunteers. Chris...

24 Aug

Have You Seen Someone Who is Food Insecure Today?

Contributed by Sue Dalandan, Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council Have you seen someone who is food insecure today?  Is it the cashier at the store? Is it your parent’s care aide? It could be your daycare worker, school aide, your neighbor’s children, or the elderly gentleman who opens the door every Sunday for you at church.  The face of food insecurity is often invisible. According to Feeding America, hunger in America increased by 13 million people in just one year.   Every county...

08 Aug

We Do That, Too

CACLV is, to say the least, a complicated organization. With a budget in excess of $25 million (counting the value of the food distributed by the Second Harvest Food Bank), programs such as the Sixth Street Shelter, Weatherization and Community Action Financial Services, subsidiaries like our lending unit, The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund, our housing development unit, the Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust and our community development corporations in Allentown and Bethlehem, the administrative support we provide the counties...

15 Jun

PRESS RELEASE: CACLV RAISES MORAL ARGUMENT AFTER JUDGE JOHNSON DISMISSES THE LEGAL ARGUMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    CONTACT:  ALAN L. JENNINGS  610-248-9900 CACLV Challenges Hospital to Respond to Its Own Needs Assessment In the wake of Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Brian Johnson’s evasion of retired judge Robert Young’s challenge of the adequacy of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s charitable care, the executive director of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley says Judge Johnson, understandably, looked only at the legal side of the issue.  As a community, Alan Jennings said, we now have the...

25 Feb

Homeownership Is No Longer the Key Driver of America’s Industrial Economy

Homeownership is No Longer the Key Driver of America’s Industrial Economy   One of the biggest issues of the 2008 financial crisis was the housing crisis with the sub-prime mortgages that caused thousands of families to lose their houses, via foreclosure. As a new report from the real estate website Trulia presents, the great reset in the housing market is from owning to renting....

04 Feb

Does Acting from your Values to Change or Improve Something — Or Right a Wrong…WORK?

Written by Kathryn Hoffman Food Stamp Outreach Coordinator, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania Does acting from your values to change or improve something — or right a wrong…WORK?  Every one of us at some point wonders that.  Time is precious, and jobs, kids, relationships, cooking, cleaning, living — takes up most of our time on this earth.  Here are some cases where taking action has brought about some real changes in 2015.  These actions were initiated not...

02 Feb

Seriously, Bernie?

Over in the goofy world of blogs, I’ve been vilified once again by my friend, Bernie O’Hare. There are lots of weirdos in the shadows, trolls who take strong positions attacking people they don’t know, lying and wishing they mattered. The trolls don’t bother me. They’re cowards; they don’t have the guts to identify themselves. I get a kick out of reading their blather and figure that infuriating them by making a difference in the lives of people who...

29 Dec

Valley blossoming, but still work to be done

I grew up in the church.  I’ve considered myself a person of faith for most of my life.  That doesn’t mean that I am not challenged by many aspects of my Christian faith tradition.  What bugs me the most?  Why doesn’t God get on his microphone, turn up the amp real high, and tell us all, in no uncertain terms and just in case you forgot, that he judges us?  Why doesn’t He post a message on every billboard or...

20 Nov

Trafficking in the Lehigh Valley

“Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world and is the 2nd largest criminal activity with drug trafficking being number one. Human trafficking can be in the form of labor or commercial sexual exploitation.” Valley Against Sex Trafficking (VAST). Talking about prostitution often finds people sharing misconceptions – wrong ideas about what it means when a girl or woman is trapped in sexploitation. There is a notion that the sex industry can be acceptable. In...

23 Oct

Alan Jennings’ 2015 Annual Meeting Speech

I was raised going to church. I thought I heard Pope Francis saying the same things in Philadelphia the other day that I was hearing in that church. As a nation of believers, whether Protestant or Catholic or Jewish or Muslim, we are all called to take what we need and leave the rest; that we should sacrifice in order to make room for those left behind; that we should treat others the way we hope to be treated. So, when...

16 Oct

CACLV: Our Past, Present, and Future (Part Three of Three)

Our Future At CACLV’s annual meeting, held on September 30th at the Renaissance Hotel in Allentown, Executive Director Alan Jennings shared his vision for some of the things CACLV will work on in the next year: “We will continue to push a minimum wage increase whether our friends in the private sector agree or not; and, in my opinion, that minimum wage should be 30% to 50% higher than the measly $10.10 an hour we have been seeking and failing to pass. We...

09 Oct

CACLV: Our Past, Present, and Future (Part Two of Three)

Written by Jessica R. Dreistadt, Planner for Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, Rising Tide Community Loan Fund, West Ward Neighborhood Partnership, and Renew Lehigh Valley. Our Present This year, we are commemorating CACLV’s 50th anniversary. As I mentioned in last week’s post, the organization was formed in 1965 to “eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty.” Despite our best efforts, millions of carefully invested dollars, and an iron will, poverty persists in the...

02 Oct

CACLV: Our Past, Present, and Future (Part One of Three)

Written by Jessica R. Dreistadt, Planner for Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, Rising Tide Community Loan Fund, West Ward Neighborhood Partnership, and Renew Lehigh Valley. Our Past I was recently given the arduous task of piecing together CACLV’s early history, a time we unfortunately about which we don’t know very much. With the help of one box of records which had survived multiple moves and transitions, the Internet, and our friends at the Bethlehem Area Public...

18 Sep

September is Hunger Action Month!

By Nicole Reeder, Dietetic Intern in the Nutrition Education Department at Second Harvest Food Bank Each September, Feeding America spends the month campaigning for hunger awareness.  Hunger in America is more prevalent than many realize—1 in 6 Americans to be exact. September is the time to raise awareness of these facts, and to encourage each of us to take action! Here in the Lehigh Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank works year-round to end hunger for the residents of Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon,...

27 Aug

The’re Playing Games with the Budget

We are almost 2 months into the fiscal year and there is no sign that the legislature is going to do one of the most fundamental tasks they have as a governing body. We still do not have a budget and the halls of the Capitol were empty today. They appear to have no intention of resolving this impasse any time soon. Today, Better Choices, a statewide coalition of groups advocating for a fair budget, held a press conference in the...

28 Apr

My City in Flames

by Alan Jennings Most people who know me know that I am a diehard fan of the Baltimore Orioles. I am from Hagerstown, Maryland. My family could only afford vacations returning home to visit aunts, uncles, grandparents. I learned racism there. It was weird: one of my baseball heroes was Orioles outfielder Frank Robinson; I never understood why people who looked like my baseball hero were getting beat up by people who looked like my father, simply because of the color of...

30 Oct

Personal growth through the realm of poverty

By: Delia Marrero I have grown as a person living in poverty, watching a system that creates a cycle of dependency with very few passages for escape. This system promotes stereotypes and generalizations. The conditions that are associated with poverty vary. It is set up in such a manner that children living in poverty receive a second-rate education based on their geographic location and eating sub-standard meals with little or no nutritional value. Neighborhoods lack resources, education rates are low and escape...

11 Sep

Second Harvest Food Bank Receives BJ’s Charitable Foundation Grant to Fight Hunger

Thirty Grants Given to Celebrate BJ’s Wholesale Club’s 30th Anniversary and Increase Local Capacity  Allentown, PA. – September 11, 2014 – Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania announced Monday they’ll be one of 30 food banks to be awarded grants this September from BJ’s Charitable Foundation. The foundation is distributing grants in celebration of BJ’s Wholesale Club’s 30th anniversary. A member of the Feeding America network, Second Harvest Food Bank is among those awarded gifts to increase...

12 Aug

PPL ELECTRIC UTILITIES AND CACLV TO “BLITZ” BETHLEHEM NEIGHBORHOOD

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...

12 Aug

The Sixth Street Shelter Celebrates Families With Free Games, Food and Fun

  ALLENTOWN – The 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...

10 Jul

Bernie O’Hare and Mike Molovinsky on Lehigh Valley Discourse

Hello all, 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...

12 Jun

Songs of Protest: This Week on Lehigh Valley Discourse

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. Click

10 Apr

Mayor Donchez on LV Discourse and also an interview with US Labor Secretary Tom Perez tonight at 6 PM on WDIY

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...

07 Apr

CHARLIE DENT: STANDING ON THE FULCRUM OF AMERICAN POLITICS

By historical standards, Charlie Dent is a conservative; make no mistake about that.  Look at his voting record: he votes for cuts in many domestic social programs, against regulation of business that might improve safety or consumer protections, he gets high marks from taxpayer advocates and he scores low among the various environmental activist groups that rate lawmakers’ voting records.  So lots of liberals are appalled when someone like me suggests that Congressman Dent is actually a moderate....

13 Mar

Karner, Longenbach and Hailstone on LV Discourse TONIGHT!

The Lehigh Valley’s cities have become a happening.  Through an array of factors, including progressive civic and business leadership, activist mayors, young adults’ interest in cities, tax incentives, location, location and location, Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton are on the march.  And who better to talk about its manifestations than the three cities’ directors of community and economic development? Join me on Lehigh Valley Discourse as I welcome Sara Hailstone, Alicia Miller Karner and Gretchen Longenbach, tonight at 6 PM on WDIY (FM...

20 Feb

At a press conference in support of the minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour, CACLV Executive Director Alan Jennings offered the following comments:

It feels like I’ve been here before. Actually, I know I’ve been here before. In fact, I am getting tired of having to make the argument that public policy should be used to regulate a market that is cruel when it comes to the value of much of the labor supply. The minimum wage was proposed 80 years ago to lift a family of three with one full-time worker out of poverty; it succeeded for the better part of 50 years. However, for the...

20 Feb

RISING TIDE LENDS $427,000 TO 10 SMALL BUSINESSES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:    Chris Hudock     484-893-1039   RISING TIDE LENDS $427,000 TO 10 SMALL BUSINESSES   The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund has made 10 new loans totaling $427,182 in the last year creating or retaining 94 jobs.  Of the businesses that received loans, 2 were minority-owned, 8 were women-owned, 5 are located in low- to moderate-income census tracts and 4 were headed by low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs. The following businesses received loans: Salon 516, LLC, a new salon in Bethlehem, borrowed $50,000 to set...

20 Feb

CACLV OFFERS FREE TAX RETURN PREPARATION ASSISTANCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  NICOLE FOLINO  610-417-8956 More Than 1,000 Taxpayers Per Year Assisted, Saving Hundreds by Avoiding Commercial Preparers and Their Costly “Refund Anticipation Loans” The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley has dozens of trained volunteers waiting to help lower-income taxpayers file their tax returns.  Taking advantage of CACLV’s services could save taxpayers hundreds of dollars on fees charged by commercial preparers while  also saving them from the high-cost “refund anticipation loans” the commercial preparers offer by charging exorbitant fees...

11 Feb

U.S Representative Charlie Dent on LV Discourse Thursday

U.S. Representative Charlie Dent has catapulted to the national political stage because he has tried to bring some moderation to his caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The so-called Tea Party conservatives’ strident rhetoric and extremist tactics such as forcing a government shut-down placed many Republican Members of Congress at risk of losing the off-year elections in 2014.  Congressman Dent will be Alan Jennings’ guest on Lehigh Valley Discourse on WDIY...

09 Jan

Representatives Mackenzie and Schlossberg on LV Discourse

Pennsylvania Representatives Ryan Mackenzie and Mike Schlossberg are finishing their rookie years as legislators.  These two talented, smart, hard-working twenty-somethings are rare among partisans these days: they get along, they work together, and they want to get something accomplished.  Representatives Mackenzie and Schlossberg with be my guests on Lehigh Valley Discourse tonight (Thursday, January 9) at 6 PM.  The conversation will include such topics as a reflection on...

22 Dec

A Better World is Up to Us

There is something about an approaching new year that leads us to assess where we are with our plans, our expectations, our hopes, and our fears. In my case, I agonize constantly over the human condition. So, I can’t help but jump on the bandwagon and offer a sobering perspective on our world. Let’s face it: too many people are falling behind; they’re being left out.  Far too many are earning less today than they were ten, twenty or even more...

11 Dec

Ervin and Ronald to Discuss Children’s Issues on LV Discourse Thursday

From wide-eyed children to a homeless child, this is the season for and about children.  The real test of our humanity is how we as a society treat the little innocents. On Lehigh Valley Discourse this Thursday, Jane Ervin, CEO of Community Services for Children, and Marci Ronald, Vice President for Community Impact at the United Way, will be joining me.  We will discuss how well the Lehigh Valley fares in its treatment of our children, not just during the holidays...

19 Nov

Completion of the Sixth Street Shelter Expansion to be Celebrated by Donors, Volunteers, and Community Leaders at Open House

The Sixth Street Shelter is hosting an open house on Thursday, November 21, at 3:30 PM, to celebrate the completion of a six-month construction project to expand the shelter. The event will be held in the new building at 223 North Sixth Street in Allentown. Speakers will include the Rev. Dr. Tony Sundermeier, lead pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Clyde Holman, deputy secretary of the office of community affairs and development at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and...

14 Nov

SAY IT AIN’T SO

Many of us have been victimized by people who spread misinformation about us.  It is particularly frustrating when the perpetrator is actually the one violating the rules, whether they be stated or just understood.  They launch a campaign of rumors, half-truths and flat-out lies in order to distract attention from their own misdeeds.  The Second Harvest Food Bank is being targeted currently and we think that campaign has gone on long enough and deserves a response. The Second Harvest Food Bank...

04 Nov

PROUD OF OUR RECORD

Esther Guzmán, Director of CACLV’s West Ward Neighborhood Partnership,  has been an activist for many years, working with Bethlehem’s Police Department, assisting many other non-profits and training the community in cultural sensitivity. As National Hispanic Heritage Month wraps up, Esther submits the following post: National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of persons whose ancestors came from Spain, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The observation started in 1968...

17 Oct

Tonight on WDIY Lehigh Valley Discourse: Congressman Cartwright joins Alan Jennings!

Matt Cartwright is nearing the end of his first year representing a gerrymandered congressional district that includes Easton and the Slate Belt. His voting record is as Democratic as the other congressman who represents the region, Charlie Dent, is Republican. Listen in tonight as CACLV’s Alan Jennings welcomes Congressman Matt Cartwright on Lehigh Valley Discourse.  They will be discussing the government shutdown and other issues of our time, his impressions of Congress as an institution, and what makes him tick. Click here to...

03 Oct

2013 Annual Meeting – Alan Jennings’ Speech

On October 2, the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley held its Annual Meeting, with 200 people in attendance. The agency boasted its 2012-13 accomplishments, introduced four people whose lives were touched by our work, showed a video produced by Marco Calderon, and heard a speech from our executive director, Alan Jennings, commenting on our times and laying out the agency’s agenda for the year. The text of Alan’s speech is as follows: I’m so impressed with the resilience, the...

22 Aug

Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers on October 22, 2013: An Opportunity to Expand Your Business

Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers An Opportunity to Expand Your Business Join us for the Lehigh Valley’s first “Meet the Buyers” event to be held on Tuesday, October 22nd at SteelStacks in south Bethlehem. Over a dozen Lehigh Valley organizations have created this expo for small business owners to network and grow their businesses. This unique event features 50 corporate and government purchasing agents, such as PPL Corporation, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Small business owners will have opportunities...

07 Aug

LVHN’s Ron Swinfard on LV Discourse this Thursday

Ron Swinfard is the CEO of the largest employer in the Lehigh Valley, Lehigh Valley Health Network.  The pressure of implementing the Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare,” falls on him more than, perhaps, any other individual in the region.  People are restless about their health care options, physicians are unhappy about the market and its impact on their profession, and competition between the big hospital systems leads some to wonder what the real motives are in health care these...

02 Aug

The “Ah-hah!” Moment

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since Second Harvest’s very first Cooking Matters course took place. It feels like it happened yesterday; I still know all the names and faces of the kids that participated in that course. I remember thinking that my brand new volunteers and I had our work cut out for us with the kids at that first course. There was a resounding groan when it was announced that black bean and vegetable...

28 Jun

TONY, I KNOW YOU TOO WELL TO BELIEVE YOUR ENDORSEMENT OF PAYDAY LENDING

I hate taking on a friend, but Tony Ianelli’s lip-synch of the payday lenders’ talking points defending a despicable loan product is pretty sad (June 26).  Tony is a friend of many years. He has done outstanding work at the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. But the product Tony thinks would be good for economic development would charge poor souls who can’t pay their bills about 300% so they won’t be able to pay even more bills.  Apparently, he thinks his...

05 Jun

Audio: June 6th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Lincoln Leadership Academy at 6 PM

     Tomorrow morning, the Lincoln Leadership Academy, a charter school founded by former public school principal Sandra Figueroa, will hold its first-ever commencement exercises on Thursday morning.  Tomorrow evening at 6 PM, Ms. Figueroa will be my guest on Lehigh Valley Discourse.  She will be joined by two of her graduates, Karina Lovera and Abraham Delacruz. Lincoln Leadership Academy’s students are almost exclusively Latino, many attending to seek an alternative to urban public schools.  Charter schools are...

10 May

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day

The Friday before Mother’s Day our country celebrates National Public Gardens Day to increase awareness of public gardens, community gardens, arboretums and botanical gardens. The West Ward Neighborhood Partnership is doing our part in Easton, where we have the largest number of community gardens in the Lehigh Valley.  Thirteen community gardens throughout the West Ward provide residents with a space to plant and harvest vegetables to enhance their diets, to socialize with our...

08 May

Audio: May 9th on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse: Democratic Candidates for Bethlehem Mayor

    DEMORACTIC CANDIDATES FOR BETHLEHEM MAYOR  ON THURSDAY’S LEHIGH VALLEY DISCOURSE ON WDIY   (Lehigh Valley, PA)  WDIY’s weekly public affairs program Lehigh Valley Discourse will feature the Democratic candidates for Bethlehem Mayor on Thursday’s program, 6-7pm. In a relaxed, conversational style, J. William Reynolds and Robert Donchez will join host Alan Jennings on the program to discuss their vision for the city. The City of Bethlehem has a hotly contested race for...

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