Parkland Press

Monday, December 9, 2019

Tensions run high during Strawberry Acres presentation

Friday, December 6, 2019 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Several dozen people gathered at Strawberry Acres, 1767 Clearview Road, North Whitehall, Nov. 23 to listen to a development plan for a portion of the former orchard and to air their grievances with the proposal.

Piyush Patel, of Somerville, N.J., purchased Strawberry Acres in 2013 and has been planning, with his team of consultants, engineers and developers, construction of a senior housing project on the premises for at least four years.

Amit Mukherjee, consultant with Base Engineering Inc., laid out the proposal for the audience.

Pip the Mouse brings Christmas spirit to Liberty Bell Museum

Friday, December 6, 2019 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

An evening of food, music, celebration and spectacle was capped off by a historic Allentown Christmas tradition during the Pip the Mouse reception at the Liberty Bell Museum in the Zion’s Reformed Church of Christ, Allentown.

The Rev. Joshua Knappenberger, museum director, began the Nov. 25 event by welcoming and thanking reception attendees.

Guests enjoyed drinks and a buffet prepared by museum board members and volunteers.

Terrace baking contest satisfies many a sweet tooth

Saturday, November 30, 2019 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Residents of The Terrace at Phoebe, Allentown, were in for a sweet treat Nov. 15 as the senior living facility, in conjunction with Cura Hospitality, hosted its third annual pie-baking contest.

A variety of delicious pies, baked by Terrace residents and staff, including a butterscotch meringue pie and a variety of apple and peanut butter pies, filled a table in the lobby.

There was also an exhibition round of pastries baked by the chefs of Cura Hospitality, which handles dining services at the Terrace.

Schnecksville Diner closes its doors

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

The Schnecksville Diner appears to have closed once again.

The first time, on Nov. 27, 2018, was temporary due to an order by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services, regarding alleged gross sanitation and facility violations.

An anonymous telephone call to the Parkland Press on Nov. 13 reported the restaurant, at 4527 Route 309, was again closed.

This reporter drove to the scene and found an empty parking lot, drawn blinds and darkened windows, all indicating the restaurant was not open for service.

Activists travel to Harrisburg to end life sentences

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Lehigh Valley activists for criminal justice reform recently gathered at the Al-Ahad Islamic Center, South Whitehall, in preparation for a “day of action” rally at the state capital.

Members of the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, End Mass Incarceration-Lehigh Valley, local NAACP and ACLU chapters, religious congregations and other organizations traveled on Oct. 23 to Harrisburg for the “Rally to End Death by Incarceration and Heal Our Communities.”

Forum focuses on candidates for commissioner

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

All six candidates for the three open seats on the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners participated in a public forum Oct. 24 at Parkway Manor Elementary School.

Each candidate — Matthew Mobilio, Joe Setton, Keisha Champagnie, Diane Kelly, Michael Wolk and Tom Utsch — gave an opening and closing statement, and answered a series of questions submitted by the audience.

Matthew Mobilio

Mobilio emphasized being more proactive in stemming the growth of large-scale development and promoting transparency in local government.