A former mayor of Easton has died. Thomas Goldsmith died Saturday at his home in Palmer Township. Goldsmith was a three-term Easton mayor running from 1992 to 2003 and also served on Easton City Council from 1968 to 1988. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5pm to 7:30pm at the Ashton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at College Hill Presbyterian Church Friday morning at 10:30. Tom Goldsmith was 80 years old.
The man killed in a Saturday two-vehicle crash in Allentown has been identified. 90-year-old Willis Hickman was driving when he collided with a work van in the 700 block of West Emaus Avenue. Nobody else was hurt. Police are still investigating.
A third Giant supermarket in Monroe County will bring hundreds of jobs to Pocono Summit. There are plans to build the new food store on a corner of I-380 and Route 940. The 66,000-square-foot store should open sometime next year.
The weather record books were rewritten over the weekend. "We actually set records on both Saturday and Sunday. It was 68 degrees each day," says Accu-Weather's Joe Lundberg. He says while we won't be setting any records again anytime soon, our high temps most of this week will be in the upper-40s into the low-50s.
A new board is being introduced today in Harrisburg. Their task is to reduce the cost of some prescription drugs. The Prescription Drug Affordability Board will be introduced at the state Capitol. The group will work to gain insight on how drugs are priced and try to create a mechanism that will reduce what people pay for their medications.
Pennsylvania Farm Show officials say more than a half-million visitors took in the eight-day event this year. In total, 16 calves were born at the Calving Corner, 380 chicks hatched and 450 gallons of milk were produced by dairy cows during the Farm Show, which is America's largest indoor agricultural event.
New Jersey lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill today that would get rid of religious exemptions as a reason not to get their children vaccinated. Storey Dohner opposes the idea and says government shouldn't tell parents what healthcare choices are right for their children. "This bill is not giving parents any choice and I think it's a very slippery slope. I'm a teacher. They're going after school-age kids and I know I'm going to be next," Dohner says. The bill would still permit parents to refuse vaccinations for their children, but those kids would not be able to attend public school in New Jersey. Supporters say eliminating the exemption protects children from the spread of diseases.
New Jersey lawmakers are expected to vote today on a bill that would ban flavored vaping products. The bill also increases penalties to shop owners selling e-cigarettes to minors. There have been a number of illnesses and deaths linked to vaping across the country. Opponents say this will force some shop owners to close and hurt people trying to end their cigarette smoking habits. In passed, Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to sign the ban, which would take effect 90 days afterward.