Parkland Press

Monday, May 20, 2019

4 Democrats, 5 Republicans run for 3 seats on S. Whitehall board

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Four Democrats — Joe Setton, Keisha Champagnie, Matthew Mobilio and Thomas J. Johns — and five Republicans — Diane Kelly, Michael K. Wolk, Tom Utsch, Vincent J. Quinn and Matt Mulqueen — are on the ballot for three seats on the South Whitehall Board of Commissioners in the May 21 Municipal Primary.

Voters may choose not more than three of the candidates on each ticket for a four-year term in office.

We asked the candidates the following question: What do you see as the biggest issue facing South Whitehall residents?


Joe Setton

Six seek five seats on Parkland School Board

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Six candidates — Jay Rohatgi, Carol L. Facchiano, Marisa Ziegler, David M. Kennedy, Patrick H. Foose and Lisa Roth — are running for the five open seats for a four-year term on the Parkland School Board.

Each has cross-filed on the Democrat and Republican tickets.

We asked the candidates the following question: What is your position on property tax reform, whereby taxes are replaced by other forms of revenue?

Jay Rohatgi

Rohatgi says he is a successful business leader and agent for positive change in his professional life.

County executive’s ‘story’ falls flat Armstrong apologizes for comments via email to The Press

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

As a way of explaining why he made no promises during his campaign for office, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong told what some considered a socially unacceptable “story” during his state of the county address about a supposed friend, a light blue Cadillac convertible and a “blonde.”

The Press contacted Armstrong for comment on his “story,” and the reaction of two Lehigh County commissioners when they heard what he had said.

Armstrong replied to The Press’ question via email on Feb. 26.


Thursday, January 24, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Firefighters respond to Springhouse M.S. for smoke in the building

According to information provided by the Parkland School District, “At approximately 6:10 a.m. Jan. 24 a fire alarm sound at Springhouse Middle School.

“A unit ventilator in the lobby of the gym entrance had its motor freeze up and begin to smoke.

“The smoke triggered an alarm. Fire personnel and our school maintenance personnel used fans to blow out any residual smoke.

“Fire personnel in South Whitehall Township gave permission to have school today at the regular time.

“Principal Minotti sent out a message to parents, teachers and students informing them.

Coroner Grim resigns

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Heading to job with Pa. Department of Health

Scott Grim has announced he is stepping down as Lehigh County’s coroner effective Feb. 28.

After 26 years investigating the cause and manner of hundreds of deaths within his jurisdiction, Grim is looking forward to his new job with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Grim will be investigating violent deaths, working with other coroners, law enforcement and district attorneys to develop programs to reduce the number of these type of deaths.

Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute’s mobile mammography coach to do screenings at Roma

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Women invited to schedule appointments

Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute part of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will be offering screening mammograms 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 10, 2019, at Roma Corporate Center, 1605 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall.

On average, the mammogram takes less than 15 minutes.

According to information provided by LVHN, the 3D Mammography Coach uses a Peplink EPX 15 Cellular SD-WAN router, which provides real-time imaging, as if clinicians were providing the mammogram in the hospital.

K-9 sniffs out gunpowder at L.C. Government Center

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Nevie, Lehigh County’s bomb-sniffing K-9, signaled to her handler, Sheriff’s Deputy Rich Garner, at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 she had found a suspicious package at the Government Center during her daily mail inspection.

The Sheriff’s Office obtained Nevie, a German Shepherd, last year.

Born Sept. 11, 2014, Nevie was named “Never Again,” in memory of the attacks on 9/11.

She was provided to the sheriff’s office by Progressive K-9 Academy, Walnutport.

Nevie is trained in all aspects of explosive detection as well as human scent tracking.

Parkland graduate dies in two-vehicle crash

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

A 1960 Parkland High School graduate died in a Nov. 2 crash on Route 248 at the Route 873 intersection, Lehigh Township.

Richard Bowman, 76, of Pen Argyl, was killed in the crash which occurred just after 5 a.m.

Lehigh Township police say a Kenworth tractor-trailer was eastbound on Route 248 when a gray Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Bowman, attempted to turn onto Route 873 from Route 248 westbound.

Bowman drove into the path of the rig at the intersection.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.