Parkland Press

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High school on alert following student tweet

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in School

Parkland School District administration limited access points into the high school, and South Whitehall police were on hand Monday morning following a threat allegedly made the day before by a student.

An email from Principal James Moniz II was sent to parents notifying them of the situation.

"Late last evening Parkland High School was made aware of a non-specific threat directed towards a staff member," Moniz emailed. "The alleged perpetrator of the threat is not in school nor were we expecting the person to be in school today.

Police investigate second case of canine abuse

Thursday, November 29, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

11 dead animals may be foxes

Eleven skinned canines found 4 p.m. Nov. 23, off Quarry Road, near Lower Macungie Park, may be adult foxes, not dog puppies.

According to an article published Nov. 27 in The Press' sister paper, the TIMES NEWS, in Lehighton, necropsies performed Monday show at least one of the animals was killed by buckshot. The others may have been trapped.

The article states Lehigh County Humane Society Shelter Manager Cary Moran said the eye sockets and teeth suggest the animals are adult foxes.

Fox hunting is legal in the state from October to February.

South Whitehall death attributed to Sandy

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Hurricane Sandy, which brought devastation and darkness to 17 states along the East Coast Monday night and Tuesday, is also responsible for the death of an elderly South Whitehall Township woman.

Theresa Schlitzer, 86, of 2425 Route 309, Orefield, South Whitehall, was found unresponsive in her yard after prolonged exposure to the extreme weather from Hurricane Sandy after 10:30 p.m. Oct. 29, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.

Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas pronounced Schlitzer dead at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 30, at her home.

Teen killed in U. Mac while trick or treating

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

A 14-year-old Upper Macungie boy was killed Oct. 26 while trick-or-treating with a friend along Schantz Road in the area of Balsam Street and Cottonwood Road.

Jordan Steinmetz, 14, of Lisa Court, Upper Macungie Township, died Oct. 26, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, the teen was pronounced dead 11:45 p.m.

Grim, who said his cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries, ruled the manner of Steinmetz's death an accident.

Editor's View

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

Photo identification: Is voting less important than clearing a stuffy nose?

"... Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came ... You wanna be where everybody knows your name ..." ("Cheers" theme song "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo)

There once was a time in this country when a man's word was his bond and children were told by their parents not to bring shame upon the family name.

Doors were left unlocked and youngsters played outside freely and unsupervised.

Judge says no ID needed for Nov. 6 election

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Breaking News

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson has ruled voters in Pennsylvania will not have to show identification to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

Simpson, in a 18-page ruling, said with only five weeks until the election, some voters who need photo IDs may not have enough time to get them.

Election officials may still ask for identification at the polls, but it will not be required to vote in the upcoming election.

The legal challenge before Simpson will continue Dec. 13 with a status hearing in his Harrisburg courtroom.

Three townships celebrate Emergency Preparedness

Thursday, September 27, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Four days days after the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the morning after the emergency response to Parkland High School, volunteer firefighters and fire police from South Whitehall, North Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships, Northern Valley and Cetronia ambulance corps personnel, State Police Troop M, South Whitehall Police, and Berks-Lehigh Regional Police, township staff, including public works, CERT teams, responded to 501 Cetronia Road, South Whitehall.

No, it wasn't an emergency situation.

Editor's View Better safe than sorry

Thursday, September 20, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

Parkland administrators, emergency responders are ready for any contingency

Just three days after the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and the murders of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two former Navy Seals at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, emergency crews responded en masse to Parkland High School.

Americans have been told for more than a decade to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity they may see.

New York City even has a television and radio ad campaign describing various incidents that need to be reported.

Centenarian nurses toes at podiatrist's office

Thursday, August 23, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Allentown Hospital School of Nursing graduate discusses life and career

Nurses cover many a mile caring for patients walking up and down long hospital hallways.

Miriam Ritter, a 1934 graduate of the former Allentown Hospital School of Nursing, has covered quite a few miles in her 100 years.

The retired nurse, who recently visited Dr. Raymond Fritz's Allentown Family Foot Care, was born Feb. 28, 1912, in Lower Saucon Township, just two hours shy of being a Leap Year baby.

Ritter recalled doing graduate work at Columbia University, riding the train to the school in New York City.