Speaking before a crowded room, Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell announced the appointment of Capt. Glenn E. Granitz Jr. as the city’s interim police chief.
Mayor O’Connell began his speech by stating, “Seventeen months ago, when I took this job as the interim mayor of the City of Allentown, one of the first tasks I had was the selection of a new police chief,” O’Connell said. “Glen Dorney was retiring from the city heading to South Whitehall Township, so the department needed a new police chief. I selected Tony Alsleben.”
O’Connell then noted Alsleben was an excellent chief.
As this reporter was leaving the Parkland Press office at 1633 N. 26th St., South Whitehall, at 10 a.m. Aug. 28, smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from behind Grandview Cemetery.
Sirens could be heard as volunteer firefighters from Greenawalds, Woodlawn, Cetronia, and Tri-Clover fire departments responded to a fire at South Whitehall Salvage, 2000 Minnich Road, South Whitehall.
Greenawalds Assistant Fire Chief Adam Garger told The Press at the scene that the fire started in a pile of scrap metal near an old garage.
As State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, were clearing a three-vehicle, hit and run around 9:44 a.m. Aug. 16 on Route 22 West at Cedar Crest Boulevard, South Whitehall, a firefighter with one of South Whitehall’s fire departments reported seeing a suspicious device that looked similar to a pipe bomb.
As a result, the Allentown Fire Department Bomb Squad and the Pennsylvania State Police Hazardous Device and Explosive Section responded.
Traffic on Route 22 West was closed temporarily while the device was removed by HDES to a field near Wehr’s Mill Dam, South Whitehall.
Upper Macungie, South Whitehall and North Whitehall townships will host their annual Get Prepared Parkland safety event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Parkland High School, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall.
Everyone is invited to participate in demonstrations and presentations to earn giveaways.
There will be CPR and fire extinguisher training, burglary prevention, school bus, firearm, car seat and home generator safety presentations, junior firefighter obstacle course and survival kit preparation for home and car.
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1028 Church St., Fogelsville, is hosting a free community dinner from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the fellowship hall.
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy burgers, hot dogs, drinks and more.
For information, call the church office at 610-395-5535.
Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Avenue, South Whitehall Township, will be showing the movie “The Petrified Forest” 1 p.m. Aug. 19.
Book Quest will meet 7-8 p.m. Aug. 20 to discuss a short story.
New members are welcome to attend.
Former Parkland and Palisades teacher Christian Willman, 39, of Coopersburg, will be heading directly to trial for allegedly sexually assaulting female students at both schools.
According to court documents obtained Aug. 5, Willman waived his right to a preliminary hearing Aug. 1 in a Bucks County courtroom.
On June 27, Lehigh and Bucks County District Attorneys Jim Martin and Matt Weintraub announced during a joint news conference additional charges had been filed against Willman for allegedly sexually assaulting four Parkland High School students.
More than 100 people gathered at the corner of Hamilton Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue, South Whitehall, on Aug. 3 for a Make the Road PA rally to protest alleged police brutality and to remember the life of Joseph “Joey” Santos of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
Santos, who was unarmed, was allegedly shot and killed by former South Whitehall Township Police Officer Jonathan Roselle around 5:44 p.m. July 28, 2018, across from Dorney Park.
The rally took place a block from where Santos was shot.
During the rally, a representative for the Santos family spoke about his life.
Upper Macungie Township police will participate in National Night Out 5-8 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Lone Lane Park, 30 Lone Lane.
This year’s event will feature food trucks, moon bounces, face painting, rides and amusements including a zip line, dunk-a-cop, Home Depot kids crafts, 50/50 raffle and more.
There will also be K-9 and traffic stop demonstrations, PPL safety demonstration, “Big Rig” trucking simulator and emergency vehicle displays.
The township will be showing the movie “Mary Poppins Returns” Aug. 9 at Grange Park, 360 Grange Road.Activities start 7 p.m.
Eleven students’ from Manito Equestrian Center, South Whitehall Township, recently participated in this year’s Devon Horse Show.
This prestigious show had its therapeutic riding division at Thorncroft Equestrian Center, Malvern.
The show had 145 competitors and 50 classes, including equitation, dressage and trail.
Manito Life Center’s show team took home five first- and fourth-place wins; four third-place wins, three second- and sixth-place wins; and two fifth-place wins.
Manito winners include:
A 19-year-old Parkland High School student was given a unique opportunity with help from school staff and state and local agencies to work in an art studio.
Ajai Lanathan, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, attends the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 Lifehouse program, the IU workshop, and the breakfast and crafts program.
He also wipes tables at Applebee’s and now he can add Art Fusion in Whitehall to his work-based learning jobs.