Cash, raises offered as professors’ union moves toward strike

Pennsylvania State System professors and coaches have been working under an expired contract since July 2015.

Leaders of the union representing professors and athletics coaches …

Lehigh University welcomes the class of 2020

It was move in day for freshmen at Lehigh University in Bethlehem.A giant sign welcomed the class of 2020.Students and their parents were lugging their bags and belongings into the dorms. They’ll have plenty of time to unpack and check out the campus…

Money: It’s what you smell ‘The Rock’ cooking

From “The Rock” to the top-paid actor, Dwayne Johnson once attended high school in Bethlehem Township.

Dwayne Johnson elbowed Robert Downey Jr. aside to become the highest-paid actor with a fast and furious income of $64.5 million, according to Forbes magazine.

The former wrestler beat out Jackie Chan with $61 million and Matt Damon, who earned $55 million. The rest of the top five on the list, released Thursday, included Tom Cruise with $53 million and Johnny Depp with $48 million.

Johnson, formerly known as “The Rock,” graduated in 1990 from Freedom High School in Bethlehem Township

Jennifer LawrenceActress Jennifer Lawrence attends a special screening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” on Nov. 18, 2015, at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York. Lawrence topped Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s highest-paid actress, banking $46 million between June 1, 2015, and June 1, 2016, thanks to her paycheck for the final “Hunger Games” installment. Lawrence out-earned second-ranked Melissa McCarthy with $33 million and Scarlett Johansson at No. 3 with $25 million. (AP file photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) 

The top guys make more money than the top ladies. Forbes’ list of the highest-paid actresses, released earlier this week, put Jennifer Lawrence on top with $46 million, Melissa McCarthy with $33 million and Scarlett Johansson with $25 million.

Your picks: The most famous person from 15 local high schools

All the data is from between June 1, 2015, and June 1, 2016, before fees and taxes.

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Sheetz proposes new store at site of Bowl-O-Rama in Exeter Twp.

Sheetz is proposing tearing down a bowling alley and building a new store in Exeter Township.  The new Sheetz store would be built where Bowl-O-Rama is now, in the 4100 block of Perkiomen Avenue. 

The plans were unveiled at the Exeter Township Board of Supervisors meeting.The new Sheetz would have 48 parking spaces and six fuel islands with 12 gas pumps.  It would replace the Sheetz in the 6600 block of Perkiomen Avenue.

Bowl-O-Rama is not commenting on the proposal. A post on the Bowl-O-Rama Facebook page says that league bowlers will have a complete fall / winter season.

Teachers and students prepare temporary Paxinosa Elementary School

A new school year, usually means students have to learn a new classroom and school but this year at Paxinosa Elementary school, everyone will be learning the new location, including the staff.

Paxinosa is undergoing a major renovation to make the former high school on Northampton Street, more elementary school friendly. So faculty packed up everything and moved to the Easton middle school.

“That’s a challenge but we’re fortunate to have this big space,” said Tracy Piazza, director of teaching and learning for K-5 with EASD. “The middle school is a huge campus and therefore we were able to dedicate about 35 classrooms between the two floors.”

The middle school has room because district fifth graders have been moved back to elementary school.

The school will be divided into two parts, and there is a flexible schedule when it comes to sharing the cafeteria.

The main goal, keep all students K – 5 together.

“Paxinosa is designated as a community school and so obviously we need to keep that as part of our focus, how are we supporting that neighborhood community,” added Piazza.

Students take a bus to the new location, but administrators know there will be transportation issues. Especially for parents in the west ward who don’t drive.

“We’re not going to be able to problem solve all of those issues, but as many of them as we can, we are working with the family to do so,” said Piazza.

Monroe County woman charged in fatal heroin overdose

A Monroe County woman has been charged in connection with a fatal heroin overdose.Twenty-eight-year-old Keil Matulevich overdosed in October in Pocono Township.Police say the heroin had been laced with Fentanyl that came from 20-year-old Jennifer Dem…

Ayyyyy! Henry ‘Fonzie’ Winkler gracing Wheels of Time street rod show

Macungie Memorial Park hosts the 38th Annual Rod & Custom Jamboree.

He jumped the shark, coached “The Waterboy,” has a new sitcom on NBC and, this weekend, is appearing …

New Jersey State Police seize $5.4 million in drugs in Warren County

New Jersey State Troopers have made another massive drug bust on I-78 in Warren County.Police say they seized nearly $5.5 million worth of heroin and cocaine during a routine traffic stop.They stopped a tractor trailer for a safety inspection Wednesd…

Pennsylvania looks to up the ante in war on prescription drug abuse

Pennsylvania is upping the ante in the war on prescription drug abuse.The launch of a new, online database aims to make “doctor shopping” for pills a thing of the past.But some worry that initially, it could cause an increase in other drug use.”Heroi…

Thousands Without Power in Lackawanna County

SCRANTON — It was lights out for thousands in Lackawanna County. More than 3,000 homes and businesses in Scranton’s hill section found themselves in the dark around 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The power was out for nearly an hour. About 5,000 throughout Jessup, Olyphant, Blakely, Throop and parts of Dunmore lost their lights for about […]