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Katherine Reinhard

Katherine Reinhard

A bridge demolition was a headache in the Lehigh Valley. The infrastructure bill will fix it & more

By: - January 11, 2022

A new Fifth Street Bridge is among the projects being funded by the $1.2T infrastructure law that President Joe Biden signed into law.

Meet Charles Roca, Allentown’s first Latino police chief

By: - December 21, 2021

Roca, who speaks Spanish, is taking over at a time when Blacks and Latinos in Allentown and across the U.S. are fed up with a system that funnels minorities into the criminal justice system at higher rates and labels students in underfunded schools as failures.

New area code coming to Lehigh Valley, suburban Philadelphia

By: - December 7, 2021

Make room 610 and 484. A new area code is in the works for the Lehigh Valley and suburban Philadelphia counties. Area code 835 is expected to make its debut in 2023, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The impacted areas include Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Delaware and Chester counties, along with a portion of […]

Bethlehem dangles tax breaks in special zone to developers who include affordable housing

By: - December 5, 2021

To get the break, developers would have to set aside every 10th unit for persons deemed low, very low or extremely low income.

Happy Trails Pa. looks to big boost from infrastructure bill to build, connect rail trails

By: - November 30, 2021

'We need to finish big pieces that cost a lot of money. That’s why the infrastructure bill could not have come at a better time,' said Elaine Paul Schaefer, executive director of the Schuylkill River Greenway.

Allentown elects first Hispanic mayor; rejects removal of English-only charter provision

By: - November 3, 2021

Democrat Matt Tuerk, the grandson of a Cuban immigrant, who speaks Spanish, won the night, unofficial tallies showed.

For Allentown Latinos, ending English as city’s official language would excise a hateful legacy

By: - October 28, 2021

Latinos now make up 54 percent of the Lehigh Valley city's population. A ballot question aims to get rid of the 1990s-era holdover.