Try out important local meetings and pick the one that resonates most with you to regularly attend — revitalization comes of engaging in our community and taking part in our democracy.
Envision Lehigh Valley Survey Deadline: Dec. 14th
Envision Lehigh Valley is a public outreach effort designed to engage the citizens of Northampton and Lehigh Counties to create a truly sustainable Lehigh Valley. More than ever, the residents of the Lehigh Valley need to work together to create a shared vision for our community. Have your voice heard by completing a survey. Better yet, forward the survey/link to all your contacts/friends/family! Shape your community’s future by choice, not by chance! http://www.envisionlehighvalley.com/Event-Survey.aspx.
How can we make the Lehigh Valley more livable, more equitable, and more economically competitive?
The United States Partnership for Sustainable Communities developed Six Livability Principles for a “Sustainable Community.” These are:
1. provide more transportation choices; 2. promote equitable, affordable housing; 3. enhance economic competitiveness; 4. support existing communities; 5. coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment; and 6. value communities and neighborhoods.
How these principles are applied in the Lehigh Valley will be determined by the public input that is gathered through the work of Envision Lehigh Valley.
As the Lehigh Valley continues to grow and evolve, it faces a number of issues that potentially threaten the quality of life and livability of the region that we have all come to enjoy. Traffic congestion, land use/ preservation, and a growing population are just a few of the challenges we face that cross the borders of cities, towns, and townships. How do Lehigh Valley residents work together to improve our communities and ensure a high quality of life for all? The Lehigh Valley needs to work as a single metro region to be nationally competitive and to be sustainable.
Take the survey! http://www.envisionlehighvalley.com/Event-Survey.aspx.
Occupy Easton: January 6th – ?
Members of Occupy Easton will be meeting in the circle at Centre Square in Easton every weekend starting January 6th to hold signs and protest Wall Street abuses, bank bailouts and the influence of corporate money in our nation’s political system. Make a sign and come on down to the circle, or just stop by and chat with the protesters–they are eager to talk to anyone that is concerned or curious about these issues. We are the 99%!
Lumineria Night: December 18th
The Easton Area Teachers’ Association is sponsoring a very cool event called Lumineria Night to raise money for the Safe Harbor homeless shelter, which experienced severe budget cuts earlier this year. The event involves residents of all neighborhoods who donate money to the cause by buying lumineria kits to light up the sidewalks in their neighborhoods in support of the shelter. The kits include ten white bags with sand and small votive candles, as well as instructions on how to use them and where to place them.
For more information, see the EAEA’s website here. According to Jena Brodhead of EAEA, the kits have all sold out, but anyone interested in donating to the cause or helping to set up the lights in the circle downtown is invited to come down to Easton’s Centre Square at 4:30.