Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Daily Briefing, 8/12/2009

Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.

First, when you get a chance, check out the Morning Call's new website - its pretty sharp.

In Bethlehem, citing a lack of $3.5 million in state funding, the Bethlehem Area School District has cut 36 teacher positions. In the Saucon Valley, the teachers have voted on whether or not to accept the school board's final offer - but no one has made that vote public yet. There was good news for Musikfest, as crowds held steady from last year, reaching a little less than 1.2 million visitors but spending hundreds of thousands more in food and beverage tickets. The Chirin Brothers Sanitary Landfill was awarded a grant of $1 million (from stimulus funds) by Governor Rendell yesterday. The grant will help turn waste from the landfill into energy for a business park in Glendon. And in Easton, the city is looking into offering police officers $7,000 to buy property in the city.

In national news, an interesting story - for the first time in nearly 15 years, the average size of a new home fell. Is this the start of a trends?

In state-wide news, the anger surrounding town hall meetings and health care came to Pennsylvania yesterday, with a largely angry crowd addressing Senator Specter (D-PA) yesterday in Lebanon. Oh, and is former Senator Santorum interested in running for President in 2012? Maybe??

We have a busy day today, with three Chamber events: a Capital Blue Cross Wellness Lunch and Learn, a Lunch with the Leaders event (featuring James Petrucci) and a summer soiree with the Phillipsburg Area Chamber of Commerce at Delhanty's Tavern.

And that's it! Have a great day.

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