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In recognition of Yom Ha’Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Marcie Lightwood interviews Nicholas Blue and Tama Tamarkin, both third-generation Holocaust survivors.

WDIY News welcomes back Dr. Jeffrey Jahre of St. Luke's University Health Network for the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic including good news with vaccines, bad news with cases, business and school openings, how to stay vigilant and safe after inoculation, plus what the future months ahead may bring.

A South Whitehall Township commissioner has recently announced his resignation due to increased frustrations with the township board's workings.

WDIY’s Sarit Laschinsky has more.

Bethlehem Food Co-Op

Bethlehem will soon welcome a new community-owned grocery store into a northside neighborhood. The  achievement is more than a decade in the making for the Bethlehem Food Co-Op, a collection of over 800 member households. WDIY News' Sarit Laschinsky reports.

Sarit Laschinsky

A new state initiative aims to help Pennsylvania workers with partial college degrees. Acting PA Secretary of Labor Jennifer Berrier announced the "Near Completers" program on Monday during a visit to Lehigh Carbon Community College. WDIY News' Sarit Laschinsky reports on the program's push for job training and reskilling.

In honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, Marcie Lightwood spotlights Roberta Meek; a local civil and women's rights leader who will lead a virtual fundraiser for LEPOCO, a peace and justice group in Bethlehem with a more than 50-year history of community activism.

WDIY News welcomes back Dr. Jeffrey Jahre of St. Luke's University Health Network for another coronavirus update on the facts surrounding recent COVID-19 variants, vaccine distributions, staying vigilant, and double-masking. 

WDIY News' Marcie Lightwood explores the international group GreenFaith, whose March 11 event "Sacred People, Sacred Earth" draws attention to bold, new climate justice actions carried out by people of diverse religions around the world, including here in the Lehigh Valley. 

City of Bethlehem Facebook page

WDIY’s Sarit Laschinsky speaks with Vicky Kistler, Director of the Allentown Health Bureau, and Kristen Wenrich, Director of the Bethlehem Health Bureau about the status of ongoing COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in the Lehigh Valley, vaccine shortages and other challenges, and efforts being made by both bureaus to ensure an equitable immunization distribution to all communities.

WDIY's Marcie Lightwood explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected child abuse through conversations with officials from Lehigh County, Northampton County, and the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance.

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