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Upper Macungie police chief to retire after eight years

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Upper Macungie Township Police Chief Edgardo A. Colón has announced his retirement effective May 22 after eight years of service.

Colón, the department’s first chief, was appointed April 5, 2012, as reported in the April 12, 2012, edition of the Parkland Press.

His official start date was Aug. 20, 2012.

Before becoming chief and creating the police department, which was established Jan. 1, 2013, Colón served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 21 years.

He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984 and received an honorable discharge in 1988.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

The faithful listen to Living Stone Fellowship service from their cars

Pastor Jean Masiko and Associate Pastor Jaime Gonzalez of The Healing Place at Living Stone Fellowship were determined not to let the social distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the church’s Palm Sunday and Easter worship services.

Masiko remembered that Pastor Robert Schuller created the first drive-in church in Southern California in the 1950s and how successful that was.

Education department cancels PSSA, Keystones, PASA exams

Friday, March 27, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in School

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced on March 19 the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-2020 school year as a result of COVID-19.

This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment.

“Our school communities are operating within unprecedented conditions,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Schools are making extraordinary efforts to remain connected to students and families, to provide food service and to put appropriate systems in place to continue student learning.

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Wolf orders closure of non-life-sustaining businesses at 8 p.m. March 19

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19.

According to information provided by the governor’s office, enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin 12:01 a.m. March 21.

Enforcement actions for restaurant, bar dine-in closure began 8 p.m. March 18.

In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers.

Wolf ‘strongly urges’ nonessential businesses to close

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf announced on March 16 that COVID-19 mitigation efforts affecting Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, Chester and Allegheny counties would go into effect for all 67 counties in the commonwealth starting 12:01 a.m. March 17.

According to a news release from his office, Wolf is permitted under law to enforce closures, however, the governor’s approach — strongly urging nonessential businesses across the state to close for at least 14 days is to reinforce the idea that mitigating the spread can help to protect customers, employees and the community.

Mother of two Albany Twp children charged with murder

Friday, December 6, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Lisa Rachelle Snyder, 36, of Albany Township, was charged Dec. 2 with first- and third-degree murder for the deaths of her two children in September.

Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich announced just before noon Dec. 2 the cause of death for Brinley L. Snyder, 4, and Conner Snyder, 8, of the 2400 block of Route 143, Albany Township, was hanging.

Unchallenged county candidate results

Friday, November 8, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

The following candidates for Lehigh County row offices were unchallenged in the Nov. 5 General Election.

Incumbent District Attorney Jim Martin, a Republican, received an unofficial 36,805 votes for another four-year term in office.

Incumbent Sheriff Joe Hanna, running as a Democrat/Republican, garnered an unofficial 52,066 votes for another four-year term in office. Incumbent Clerk of Judicial Records Andrea Naugle, a Democrat, received an unofficial 38,693 votes to return for another four-year term in office.

Voters seem to favor Democrats for Lehigh County board

Friday, November 8, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters on Tuesday appear to have lost favor with two incumbent Republicans and instead picked four Democrats to serve on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.

According to unofficial results from the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, Democrat Dan Hartzell garnered an unofficial 29,747 votes, 14.77 percent of the total votes cast. If the vote is certified, he will return for a second, four-year term in office.

Hartzell, of South Whitehall Township, is a Whitehall High School and Kutztown University graduate.

Pinsley appears to have unseated two-term Lehigh County controller

Friday, November 8, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

According to the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, having garnered an unofficial 28,463 votes, 51.04 percent of the total 55,763 votes cast in Tuesday’s General Election, Democrat Mark Pinsley seems to have unseated two-term incumbent Lehigh County Controller Republican Glenn Eckhart for a four-year term in office. Eckhart received an unofficial 27,300 votes, 48.96 percent of the vote.