Easton Schools and Boosters Set Kids a Bad Example in Concession Booth feud | Turkeys & Trophies


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TURKEIES

We didn’t think it was possible, but the Easton Region School District and Alumni Varsity E Club managed to stir up controversy over something as healthy and American as eating a hot dog under the Friday night lights of a high school football game. On Wednesday, the Red Rovers district and recall club remained locked in a dispute over issues – including a code violation – with the aging concession stands at Cottingham Stadium. It drags on even as the community celebrates the completion of a more than $ 15 million stadium rehabilitation project and the start of a new season. The recall club, which built the stands and uses the proceeds to fund scholarships and other benefits for student-athletes, accuses the district of poor communication after the district decides not to spend the money to build new stands as part of the rehabilitation project. As a result, the club’s concession service was postponed. The district says the club are welcome to use the existing stands as they always do and maintain that it is the club’s responsibility to prepare for franchise service at the start of the new season. Both entities look bad here, and their inability to come to a timely agreement is not the kind of example they should set for children who need to learn teamwork and collaboration. conflict resolution.

TROPHIES

Amtrak Eventually wants to bring passenger rail transportation back to the Lehigh Valley as part of a $ 75 billion proposal to add 39 new routes and expand 25 existing routes over the next 15 years. It’s an ambitious – and expensive – plan, but we’re learning that those behind it are doing their due diligence to make sure it’s more than a gradual pipe dream that is detached from reality. This month, Amtrak unveiled new maps of the proposed route between Allentown and New York, as well as the methodology used to determine how the new routes were selected. This methodology is based on census and travel data as well as on analyzes of existing railway lines. Only time will tell if the benefits justify the costs, but Amtrak is to be commended for its efforts so far. Given the noisy contingent of passenger rail advocates in this region, it would have been easy and probably politically advantageous to take shortcuts, but that does not appear to be happening.

Bethlehem City Council put forward a proposal requiring developers to help build affordable housing in exchange for a new tax incentive. This is a first among the towns of Lehigh Valley and a good first step in dealing with what is quickly becoming a crisis in the region. The program encourages rather than cripples developers to create affordable housing and could serve as a model for Allentown and Easton, both of whom face the same dilemma of maintaining sufficient numbers of good affordable housing within their borders.

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