Parkland Press

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

UPPER MACUNGIE: Lehigh Valley Zoo reopens

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, has reopened.

Admission tickets must be purchased in advance at lvzoo.org/reopen.

Timed reservations are being used to limit capacity and to allow plenty of room for guests and groups to enjoy the zoo at their leisure while adhering to social distancing protocols.

Print tickets if possible. If you cannot print the tickets, make sure the ticket file is downloaded and open on the cellphone when you are lined up for check-in, and make sure your screen is as bright as possible.

Revolutionary War prison receives new look

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A building at 347 Gordon St., Allentown, once used as a prison during the Revolutionary War has received a new look.

Developer Nat L. Hyman, CEO of The Hyman Group, who owns the building, commissioned a painter from The Studio 33 in Baltimore, Md., to paint a mural on one of the walls.

Hyman, who earned a Master’s degree in architecture and preservation from Columbia University, designed the artwork.

UPPER MACUNGIE: Library offering virtual programs

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, is hosting a LEGO Masters Show and Tell for kids 3-4 p.m. June 19 and 26 on Zoom.

Every Monday, staff will email participants a new LEGO challenge to be completed by the end of the week.

Participants will then have 2-3 minutes during the show-and-tell to share their creation and talk about their engineering process.

Yoga instructor Larissa Noto from The Lovely Lotus Yoga, will present Virtual Lil Yogi and Me for kids through age 4 and a parent/caregiver 9-9:30 a.m. June 22 on Zoom.

State police investigating homicide in N. Whitehall

Friday, June 12, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, is investigating a homicide that occurred during the overnight hours of June 7 at Route 145 and Clearview Road, North Whitehall Township.

According to police, Maurice Dennis, 45, of Easton, who had a gunshot wound, was found by a passing motorist.

He was transported by Northern Valley EMS to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Dennis was pronounced dead at the hospital at approximately 4 a.m., police say.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, an autopsy was completed on June 8.

UPPER MACUNGIE: Library offering virtual programs

Friday, June 5, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, is hosting an Internet Safety Series on Facebook for teens and adults noon to 12:15 p.m. June 9, 16 and 23.

Participants will learn helpful tips and resources to keep them connected and protected online.

The library is offering a “Growing Adventurous Eater’s” Zoom class for adults with Registered Dietitian Kim Slack of On Your Table from 8-9 p.m. June 9.

Learn tips to turn dinnertime with children into a peaceful time while enjoying a variety of foods.

Parkland graduate to attend U.S. Naval Academy

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Lauren Ceh of Upper Macungie Township, will soon begin the next chapter of her life, joining the United States Navy.

Ceh, who will be graduating June 9 from Parkland High School, was recently inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2024.

On June 25, she will begin six challenging weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Ceh said Congresswoman Susan Wild, D-7th, nominated her to the U.S. Naval Academy.

“It is a great honor to have been selected from a very well-qualified pool of applicants,” Ceh said.

Prep work begins to demolish former Allentown State Hospital

Friday, May 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

It is just a matter of weeks or mere months before a piece of historical architecture, Allentown State Hospital, off Hanover Avenue in east Allentown, becomes a memory.

Neuber Demolition and Environmental Services Inc., Gilbertsville, which was awarded a $12.7-million contract in February to demolish the former psychiatric hospital, officially started the process with a job conference May 13 with members of the state Department of General Services Construction team, said Troy Thompson, General Services press secretary.

Emmaus man killed in motorcycle crash

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 58-year-old Emmaus man died after he was thrown from the 2003 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle he was operating around 6:12 a.m. May 3 in the 5100 block of Scheidys Road, North Whitehall Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, Chad J. Stoudnour was pronounced dead by Deputy Coroner Craig Hanzl at 6:51 a.m. at the scene.

Minnich said the cause of Stoudnour’s death is blunt force injuries due to a motorcycle accident.

His death was ruled an accident, Minnich said.

Motorcyclist dies after bike hits house

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 36-year-old Washington Township man died after the motorcycle he was operating struck a house around 9 p.m. May 7 in the 3700 block of Park Avenue, North Whitehall Township.

Jesse Jones was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, the cause of Jones’ death was multiple blunt force injuries due to a motorcycle accident.

He said the manner of Jones’ death was ruled an accident.

Police investigate two thefts from vehicles

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie police have issued a theft advisory for area residents.

According to Crime and Community Services Division Commander Lt. Peter Nickischer, two residents reported April 28 that their vehicles were broken into at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, 1151 Mosser Road, Trexlertown.

According to Nickischer, the windows on two vehicles were broken sometime between 3:05-4:05 p.m. and personal items belonging to two individuals were taken.

Residents are reminded to place valuables out of sight when their vehicles are unoccupied.