Thursday, July 26, 2012
Lillian Shade's dream was to fly an airplane over Alburtis. Cedarbrook nursing home, through connections, made it happen.
Cedarbrook staffers blinked back tears Tuesday evening as one of the nursing home's residents, 88-year-old Lillian Catherine Shade, took flight at Queen City Airport in a small plane. Here was Shade, wearing headphones and sitting along flight instructor pilot Spencer Howard, heading out on a 30-minute flight toward Alburtis and back. The plan was to fly over a park and Shade's old home in Alburtis, maybe even have Shade take a turn at the controls if she wanted. The sun was bright, and warm breezes blew. Five fellow residents came to see Shade fulfill her dream of flight as part of Cedarbrook-Allentown's new Dream a Little Dream program, which grants dreams to residents who live at the South Whitehall facility. The onlookers -- a sizable …
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Lehigh County can’t afford double raises veteran workers have traditionally received, commissioners say.
The days of double raises for Lehigh County employees may be over. Two proposed contracts – one for court workers and one for the nurses’ aides and maintenance workers at Cedarbrook, the county’s nursing home – contain wage increases of 2 to 3 percent. That’s a far cry from former contracts when it was traditional that county employees would receive a general increase of, say, 4 percent. Then, if they had been with the county for a few years, they’d also get a step increase of as much as 5 percent on top of that. The double raises would be awarded each year until the employee hit the top of the pay scale. Some Lehigh County commissioners said Wednesday that the county couldn’t afford such pay hikes anymore. “This contract begins… to …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Proposed Lehigh County contracts would grant 2-3 percent increases and require employees to pitch in more for health care.
Cedarbrook nurses aides and maintenance workers are on tap to get a 2 percent wage hike and court workers might also get 2-3 percent increases this year if Lehigh County commissioners approve contracts negotiated by the administration. In 2012 and 2013, the 3-year contract would give the county nursing home staff (excluding nurses, who negotiate separately) a general wage increase of 2 percent or a step increase of 3 percent, but not both, according to Tom Muller, county director of administration, who negotiated the contracts. The workers eligible for longevity pay, which are bonuses ranging from $200 to $1,600 after five years of employment, would get half their amount in 2011 and the full amount in 2012 and 2013. The pact affects 416 …
Monday, May 23, 2011
Rainy Monday. Have we heard that before?
1. Weather: More rain possible today. The National Weather Service forecast for our area says it gets worse ast he day goes on. 2. In Case You Missed It: Apparently the world did not end Saturday. Awkward. 3. Quote of the Day: Never have more children than you have car windows. Erma Bombeck 4. Coming Up: County Commissioner Don Cunningham says he's not interested in privatizing Cedarbrook Nursing Home. 5. Today in History: On this day in 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, Louisiana.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Pact would see no hike in fees first year, 2.7 percent the second year.
Lehigh County has negotiated a four-year contract with the management company that runs Cedarbrook nursing home that provides for no increase in fees in the first year. Beginning July 1, the county would pay LW Consulting $438,000 in the pact’s first year to operate the Cedarbrook facilities in South Whitehall Township and Fountain Hill. That would rise 2.7 percent to $450,000 in the second year. The third and fourth years would see 1.3 percent increases. The county commissioners discussed the contract briefly last week and will vote on it at a future meeting. LW Consulting is a Harrisburg-based company that runs Cedarbrook with a staff of county employees. “In our mind they’ve done a wonderful job on a number of fronts,” said Tom Muller, …