Ryan King, a 2009 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, recently joined the South Whitehall Township Police Department.
King received a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bloomsburg University in 2013.
He is also a 2015 graduate of the Philadelphia Police Academy class No. 371.
King served in the 24th district of the Philadelphia Police Department until 2017, when he was sworn in as a police officer with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.
Upper Macungie Township will host a Kids Noon Year’s Eve 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Good Will Volunteer Fire Company, 7723 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.
This free event will have something fun to do for the entire family.
There will be a balloon drop at noon, Dazzling Doodles face painting, games, giveaways and DJ JJ Sands.
Light refreshments will be available for purchase.
For information, go to uppermac.org.
The last week of winter semester classes went to the dogs at Cedar Crest College, Allentown, but, in this case that was not a bad thing.
Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs were on campus Dec. 6 for Exam De-stress Day.
The dogs are trained by volunteers to promote well-being and healing through comfort and companionship.
As the end of the semester can be a tense time for the college community, the Therapy Dogs were on-hand (or in this case on-paw) to help ease the stress.
The event was sponsored by the Cedar Crest College School of Nursing.
The Sunday School at Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, will have a live nativity 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
Shows will be every half-hour with the final show at 7 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.
Everyone, from third grade through adult, is welcome to help, Sunday School member or not.
For more information, call the Sue Haas at 610-683-6099.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1027 Church St., Fogelsville, will show the movie “Star” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15.
Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
Springhouse Middle School students learned how to turn their passions into careers from Valerie Weisler, founder and chief executive officer of The Validation Project, during the school’s recent Take a Stand anti-bullying presentation.
The Validation Project, an international organization, works with more than 6,000 teenagers in 105 countries to turn their passions into positive action through mentoring and social justice assignments.
Weisler told the students she started the organization when she 14, a freshman in high school, who was being bullied at school.
Players of the Stage, a local Christian theater group, will present “Oliver Twist” Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at Living Hope Presbyterian Church, Lower Macungie Township.
The play, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, was adapted by Joellen Bland.
Oliver Twist, born in a parish workhouse, spends the first nine years of his life in the care of Mrs. Mann before Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, puts him to work picking and weaving oakum.
The Busy Bees of St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1027 Church St., Fogelsville, is having a plain and fancy sticky bun sale.
Orders are due Dec. 2. Pickup is Dec. 6.
For more information or to order, call Marilyn Roth at 610-395-3083.
Upper Macungie Township will host a Jingle Bells holiday show at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Independent Park Community Center, 150 Independent Road, Breinigsville.
Pictures will be taken with Santa Claus for a small fee. Space is limited.
To register or for more information, go to uppermac.org/holidayshow.
Two residents from the area of Pierce and Van Buren drives, South Whitehall Township, sustained non-life-threatening injuries when they were assaulted by two individuals with knives 8:47 a.m. Nov. 19.
According to South Whitehall Township police, the residents were entering their vehicle when an altercation ensued between them and the individuals carrying the knives.
The residents fled in their vehicle. The suspects, who took an undetermined amount of cash, were last seen fleeing on foot, police say.
One of the residents is being treated at a local hospital.
The plaque presented to Lehigh County in 1962 was rededicated Oct. 19 at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Lehigh County Plaza, Seventh and Hamilton streets, Allentown.
The plaque originally placed on the Allentown National Bank building, was thought lost in 2012 due to the construction of Two City Center.
After it was located in Allentown City Hall basement, it was reinstalled at the county Government Center.
South Whitehall Township police were dispatched 7:24 p.m. Nov. 4 for suspicious activity and a possible burglary in progress in the area of the 2400 block of Coolidge St..
Responding officers determined the activity reported was not an attempted burglary but Boy Scouts distributing food drive pamphlets.
While there were varying statements provided to officers, the investigation is continuing to obtain the relevant facts of this incident, police say.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Tim Shoudt at 610-398-0337.