Parkland Press

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Marjorie A. Kokolus

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Marjorie A. Kokolus, 84, of Hellertown, formerly of Coplay, died March 29, 2020, in Weston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Hellertown.

She was wife of the late Paul Kokolus.

Born in North Whitehall Township, she was the daughter of the late John and Victoria (Romanic) Gavlick.

She was an investigator for the child placement review office at the court house in Paterson, N.J. for nine years until retiring.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall.

Martin announces office functions during COVID-19 restrictions

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced March 20 in light of federal, state and local restrictions due to COVID-19, the office remains equipped to handle any requests from law enforcement for assistance as well as respond to any emergencies.

All sworn officers, i.e., county detectives, are working as usual.

The District Attorney’s Office will also continue operations, but as effective March 19 with a reduced staff that includes one-third of assistant district attorneys on site daily as well as two-thirds assistant district attorneys working remotely.

Election Policy

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

A message to candidates and readers

Gov. Tom Wolf signed SB 422 on March 27 postponing the General Primary to June 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As we approach the June 2 General Primary, the Parkland Press and the Northwestern Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the April 30 edition.

Yard waste site open

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Allentown

The City of Allentown’s Yard Waste Drop-Off Site is open as scheduled on April 1 for city residents only.

During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency, the site at 1401 Oxford Drive will be open Mondays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mulch loading services by city staff are suspended until further notice.

Residents may continue to self-load mulch for free.

Social distancing is not an issue at the site where residents drive in and unload their own materials.

Cedarbrook says there are no resident COVID-19 cases

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Residents untouched by the virus

Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation reports there are no confirmed or suspected resident cases of COVID-19 within either Cedarbrook facility.

Cedarbrook has diligently prepared for the potential of COVID-19 affecting the resident population by initiating the construction of an isolation wing several weeks ago.

The community spread of the virus throughout the Lehigh Valley has touched one Cedarbrook county employee who tested positive.

The employee is isolated and doing well.

Grace S. Hahn

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

former member of Friedens UCC

Grace S. Hahn, 90, Covington, La., formerly of Slatington, died March 30, 2020, in the home of her daughter, Kathy L. Ward.

Born Aug. 23, 1929, in Slatington, she was the daughter of the late Phaon A. and Sallie S.A. (Schneck) Muthard.

She was a former member of Friedens United Church of Christ, Slatington.

Today’s lesson: Time to do some exploring

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by The Press in School

Here are some sites to help kids learn about space and the world around them while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic:

•NASA: spaceplace.nasa.gov

This site from NASA includes a section of activities for parents that include crafts, games and videos.

•The Hubble Heritage Project: heritage.stsci.edu/index.html

See images of celestial bodies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

•NOAA: oceanservice.noaa.gov/kids

PIAA meeting sees no action on spring season

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association held a board of directors meeting this week via teleconference. The meeting was a regularly-scheduled board meeting and was not held in response to the coronavirus school closure.

Last week, on March 23, after Governor Tom Wolf extended the school closure to a third week, the PIAA announced that there was no date set to resume the spring sports season and remainder of the winter postseason.

Monday Wolf announced that schools across the state will remain closed indefinitely.

COVID-19: LVHN requests donations of PPE materials

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in critical supply.

Face masks are PPE that helps protect health-care providers and non-clinical health-care workers from droplets that may be expelled by a cough or sneeze.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) seeks the community’s help to sew face masks for LVHN.

Those who have a sewing machine and sewing skills are asked to make fabric face masks.

A mask can be used and reused after laundering it. This helps preserve the supply of professionally-manufactured PPE.

COVID-19: St. Luke’s urges telemedicine physician visits

Sunday, March 29, 2020 by The Press in Focus

During the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, St. Luke’s University Health Network is encouraging patients who have a scheduled appointment or want to make an appointment to call their physician’s office to schedule a virtual visit in place of an office visit.

“Staying home is important in a time like this,” said St. Luke’s family medicine physician Dennis McGorry, MD.

“As we are being advised to shelter in place, it should be reassuring to know that your doctor is here for you,” McGorry

St. Luke’s Virtual Visits include those for: