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’26 Pebbles’ tells the story of Sandy Hook following the massacre

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

“26 Pebbles” tells the story of how the residents of Newtown, Conn. healed following the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 20 students and six teachers were slaughtered.

This one-act play is based on interviews done by Broadway performer and playwright Eric Ulloa with Newtown residents.

Before students rehearsed their parts Sept. 26, they listened via Skype as former Sandy Hook Elementary teacher Abbey Clements shared her story about the shooting.

Telephone pole severed at L.V. Press office

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A driver suffered injuries when his 2008 GMC Sierra pickup struck a Verizon pole 7 a.m. Sept. 11 near the intersection of Walbert Avenue and 26th Street, South Whitehall Township.

According to South Whitehall Township police, the driver was westbound on Walbert Avenue, when for unknown reasons, the pickup crossed the center double yellow line and struck the pole on the south side of the road.

Police say the extent of the driver’s injuries were unknown as the individual was transported by Cetronia Ambulance Corps to St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown.

Custom guitar shop owner using chaos to help zoo

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

An Upper Macungie Township resident is using his love of guitars to help raise funds for the animals at Lehigh Valley Zoo.

Dave Kite, owner of Chaos Guitars, is building an electric guitar with a giraffe print for the zoo’s first “Conservation Celebration” gala Oct. 13 at Lehigh Valley Country Club.

“Shortly after my fiancee Rose Amici suggested I do an animal print guitar, I talked to Doreen Carl, vice president of development at the zoo, and it was suggested I build a guitar for the gala,” Kite said.

Senior biker rides again

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Second Wind Dreams puts Cedarbrook resident back on the road

Second Wind Dreams recently helped Sandy Smith, 83, a resident of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center, South Whitehall, fulfill her dream of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle one more time.

Smith was asked how her ride went.

She replied “ wonderful” and gave a two-thumbs up.

Smith, who owned and rode a Harley Davidson, said she began riding motorcycles in the 1960s when she was 25.

“I was tired of holding on when my husband was driving the bike,” she said. “The last I rode before today was about 24 years ago.”

UPPER MACUNGIE: Upper Macungie offering one-day safesitter course

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township and The Nanny Loft will be offering a one-day Safesitter Essentials course with CPR 9:30-4 p.m. Sept. 30.

Class content includes safety, child care, fire aid and rescue skills and life and business skills.

To register or learn more about the Safesitter course, visit

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Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township, is offering senior yoga with instructor Karen Klubertanz of Five Paths 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13.

Rookie South Whitehall police officer loses job

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall Township Police Officer Jonathan R. Roselle, 33, who was charged last month with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., man has lost his job.

Township Manager Renee Bickel in a telephone call with The Press on Sept. 10 said Roselle’s employment was discontinued on Sept. 6 during his probationary period.

She said Roselle’s annual salary was $62,920.

Schnecksville man dies 10 days after crash in Upper Macungie

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 75-year-old Schnecksville man has died 10 days after being involved in an motor vehicle crash 2:09 p.m. Aug. 14 in front of 7801 Glenlivet Drive West, Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Township.

Lehigh County Corner Scott Grim said Robert Hauser was pronounced dead 6:20 p.m. Aug. 24 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Hauser’s death was due to complications of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, he said.

Grim said the manner of his death was ruled an accident.

New Jersey man found dead at S. Whitehall motel

Thursday, August 23, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 39-year-old New Jersey man was found deceased Aug. 17 at the Econo Lodge Conference Center, 1151 Bulldog Lane, South Whitehall Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Michael Calcagni of Yardville, N.J. was pronounced dead 11:51 a.m. by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jack Fliter.

An autopsy was performed Aug. 20. Grim said the cause and manner of Calcagni’s death is a pending toxicology test results.

No information on Calcagni’s death was provided by police.

Back the Blue

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Police supporters gather near scene of fatal shooting

Back the Blue supporters came out this weekend to show their backing for law enforcement in general and rookie South Whitehall Police Officer Jonathan Roselle, in particular.

The Aug. 12 rally, at the entrance to the Comfort Suites, 3712 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township, was organized by Cory Fatzinger of New Tripoli.

Roselle was charged with voluntary manslaughter following the July 28 shooting death of Joseph Santos of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., near the hotel.

Love of country brings veterans together at Mickey D’s

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Love for the American flag and their service in the Army, Navy and Air Force has brought a group of strangers together over coffee and Big Macs.

Ron Hanna of South Whitehall, spokesman for the group which meets 10 a.m. Tuesdays at McDonald’s, 721 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall, said their relationship began about five years ago.

“It is a fun group,” Hanna said. “We discuss anything and everything, and what is happening in people’s daily lives and with their loved ones.”