Parkland Press

Saturday, December 7, 2019

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Get Prepared Parkland safety event on Sept. 14

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

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.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: St. John’s Lutheran hosting dinner

Friday, August 16, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

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.

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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 teacher waives preliminary hearing

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

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.

Make the Road PA protesters gather in S. Whitehall

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

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 TWP: Upper Macungie Twp police celebrating National Night Out

Monday, August 5, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

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.

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The township will be showing the movie “Mary Poppins Returns” Aug. 9 at Grange Park, 360 Grange Road.Activities start 7 p.m.

Manito riders take home the gold at Devon Horse Show

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

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:

Parkland student with autism works at local art studio

Friday, July 12, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

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.

Former Parkland teacher charged with sexual assault

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

More victims sought by Bucks County district attorney

Lehigh and Bucks County District Attorneys Jim Martin and Matt Weintraub announced during a joint news conference June 27 additional charges have been filed against former Parkland and Palisades teacher Christian Willman, 39, of Coopersburg, for allegedly sexually assaulting four Parkland High School students.

Weintraub began the news conference.

New Tripoli resident concerned after hearing loud explosion near her home

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A New Tripoli resident is concerned after hearing a loud explosion near her home around 7:15 a.m. June 25.

Micki Tapper of Flint Hill Road spoke with The Press by telephone the next day about the explosion.

“My first thought was a tree fell on our house. We (Micki and husband Gene) live on five areas,” Tapper said. “I went outside and looked around, but didn’t see anything.”

She said the explosion shook her house and windows.

Tapper said there is nothing she knows of in the area that would have caused the explosion.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Fireworks Spectacular July 6 in Breinigsville

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township, along with Schmoyer, Trexler and J.S Burkholder funeral homes, will host the Breinigsville Independence Day fireworks spectacular July 6 at Earl Adams Memorial Park, 8935 Breinigsville Road, Breinigsville. Rain date is July 7.

Concession stands open at 3 p.m. and WTAP TV personality Uncle Jeffery will begin broadcasting at that time.

There will be music by the Allentown Municipal Band at 7 p.m. with an old-fashioned patriotic sing-along at 8:15 p.m.

The patriotic reading will start around 9:10 p.m. with the grand fireworks spectacular at dusk.