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Parkland grad featured on Brother vs. Brother

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Season six of HGTV’s hit show, Brother vs. Brother, features design work from Amanda Goldberg, founder and CEO of Planted Design, in the Bay area of California.

Goldberg and her team competed on Team Jonathan Scott as he challenged his brother, Drew Scott, in an interior design showdown.

Planted Design builds custom living vertical gardens, maintenance-free moss walls and unique plant arrangements across the United States.

Ahead of the premiere, Goldberg and her plants were featured in TV Guide Magazine and on HGTV’s website.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Zion’s Union Church offering VBS program July 30

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, will be offering its annual Vacation Bible School from July 30- Aug. 3.

The theme this year is “Splash Canyon.”

Closing program will be during the 10:15 a.m. service Aug. 5.

For more information or to register, call the church at 610-683-7485.


Ziegels Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, will have a Saturday Family Friendly Service 6-7 p.m. July 28 in the Fellowship Room.

Bethlehem man charged after vehicle found in pond

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 23-year-old Bethlehem man was charged with false reporting of a theft or conversion of a vehicle after reporting to police at 12:54 a.m. June 30 his vehicle was stolen on June 29 from Hometown Diner, 8732 Hamilton Blvd, Upper Macungie Township.

Upper Macungie police say an investigation revealed Michael P. Connelly was never at the diner.

Police allege Connelly told them he concocted the story of the stolen vehicle so his parents would not know he damaged the vehicle.

Ducks, geese find new home in condominium pond

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Ten ducklings and two Toulouse geese have found a new home in the pond at Cross Keys Condominiums, Ponds Edge Lane, Upper Macungie Township.

The ducklings were released into the pond during a duck and doughnut event June 30 at the condominiums.

Gary Fritz, secretary for the Cross Keys Condominium Association, said the pond had deteriorated but it is the highlight of the condominium development.

The 32-unit development started in 1988.

With reserve funds, the condominium association had the pond restored by Season After Season in Easton.

Manito students compete in first therapeutic riders division horse show

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Four student riders of Manito Life Center, 2160 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall, attended their first Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show May 26 at Thorncroft Equestrian Center, Malvern.

The four riders were: Richard Klingensmith, 12, of Center Valley; Sara Miller, 16, of Coopersburg; Victoria Bilyk-Sequine, 16, of Fountain Hill, and Mackenzie Eisenhart, 23, of Emmaus.

The show team took home four, first-place and second-place awards; and two third-place and sixth-place awards, said Lisa Schadt, president of Manito.

Washington Twp woman charged in fatal crash

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Jennifer Gerczak, 27, of 4020 Main St., Washington Township, has been charged with two counts of careless driving, a summary offense, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced July 9.

According to Martin, at approximately 11:23 a.m. Dec. 21, 2017, Trooper Tyler Herrera, with State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, was dispatched to the scene of a crash, which occurred at 5832 Kernsville Road, North Whitehall Township.

Upon arrival, he found a 2013 Kia Soul, driven by Gerczak, and a Ford Edge, operated by Marianne Kostenbader, 56, of 1926 Vintage Drive, Easton.

Individuality emphasized on platinum garden tour

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Luscious greenery, fragrant flowers and shrubs, birdbaths and birdhouses, decorative decorations and relaxing seating areas awaited visitors attending the Parkland Garden Club’s 20th annual garden tour.

“A Variety of Gardens Showing Unique Individual Style” featured eight gardens, a creative demonstration by Dave Shimp, greenhouse manager with Phoebe Floral and Home Decor, Allentown, and a silent auction.

Visitors touring the gardens were also treated to snacks and beverages.

Bridge replacement underway at N. Cedar Crest, Broadway

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Broadway at Cedar Crest Boulevard in Allentown and South Whitehall Township was recently closed to traffic so PennDOT can replace the Cedar Crest Boulevard Bridge over the Little Cedar Creek.

Cedar Crest Boulevard access both to and from Broadway will be closed for approximately six weeks.

During this closure, Broadway traffic will be detoured onto Mertz Lane, Haines Mill Road, Hamilton Boulevard and Ott Street.

During the Broadway closure, Parkway Boulevard access to and from Cedar Crest Boulevard will be right-in, right-out only.

New Jersey man killed on Route 22, South Whitehall

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Carl Acker II, 49, of Lopatcong, N.J. was struck by a motor vehicle around 2:20 p.m. June 19 on Route 22 eastbound between the Pa. Turnpike on-ramp and Route 309, South Whitehall Township.

Acker was pronounced dead at 4:56 p.m. the same day at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, Grim said.

Grim said an autopsy is scheduled for today, June 20, to determine the cause and manner of his death.