South Whitehall commissioners had a shortened business agenda during their July 1 virtual meeting.
During the correspondence period, Police Chief Glen Dorney noted the township police department had been assessed June 24 by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.
The department originally earned accreditation June 23, 2017, and is one of 120 agencies in the state to be accredited by PLEAC.
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has shuttered schools for the past several months, one Parkland School District organization, the Young Scientist Science Fair, took the closing in stride and completed its first virtual competition May 30 via Zoom.
The organization’s president, junior Dharshan Tharumia, spoke with The Press June 5 about this year’s virtual competition.
The main topics of discussion at the June 17 virtual South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting were several motions related to improvements to the township’s largest community park — Covered Bridge Park along Wehr Mill Road.
Director of Township Operations Randy Cope said the park’s master plan was first approved in 2014.
The plan is being supported by a $250,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, $350,000 in open space impact fees and $15,000 in local sponsorships.
From funny falls to pet fails, sports gone wrong to pranks, community members from around the Parkland School District submitted their best comedic material for “Parkland’s Funniest Home Videos,” which was broadcast on television and online May 20.
The program was created by the combined work of the Parkland Education Foundation and students from the high school TV studio as a community event to take the place of the annual foundation Gala.
The gala, however, was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency.
In order to provide veterans and first responders with access to experts and resources to improve their lives in light of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Veterans and Military Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce launched a three-part “Helping Our Heroes” webinar series in May.
The initiative, which features speakers from a variety of veterans’ aid organization, seeks to “familiarize and encourage military veterans, first-responders, their family members and friends to access the support they may need.
Grace Smith, Parkland High School’s 2020 senior class president, will take the first steps of her post-graduation life as a member of the United States Navy.
Smith was recently inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2024 and will begin six weeks of midshipman training June 25 during Plebe Summer at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Smith said she has been working to develop skills in leadership, team-building, community service throughout her school career to prepare herself for the academy and life in the Navy.
Members of Parkland’s High School Class of 2020 graduated in their own unique way with a virtual commencement ceremony June 9, which aired on YouTube, RCN and Service Electric.
After welcoming the class and guests, Assistant High School Principal Crystal George acknowledged the virtual ceremony was not the event that graduates, staff or families had hoped for, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns, it was necessary.
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has left its mark on many restaurants across Pennsylvania, the Leather Corner Post Bar & Grille, 6855 Horseshoe Road, Lowhill Township, continues to serve the local community with a steady supply of takeout meals and cold drinks.
Manager Lauren Anderson and her father, owner Al Anderson, spoke with The Press June 2 at the restaurant about how business has been fairing since the pandemic began, and what the plans are moving forward into the yellow phase of reopening.
More than 150 people listened in to the June 3 virtual South Whitehall commissioners meeting as numerous residents called for the resignation of Commissioner Matthew Mobilio for a Facebook post he made two days before.
According to screen shots of the post which circulated on Facebook, Mobilio wrote on his personal page June 1 that supporters of President Donald Trump were “a disgrace” and “should be hung for treason” in response to news coverage of protestors in Washington D.C. being dispersed with tear gas.
The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s virtual “Breakfast With Champions” series, which honored outstanding volunteers around the Lehigh Valley during April, wrapped up April 28-30 with the recognition of the final entrants into the “Volunteer Team” category and a celebration of all the nominees.
The first volunteer team recognition went to members of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown for their work with the Sixth Street Shelter, Turner Street and Ferry Street apartments.