Parkland Press

Friday, March 23, 2018

School safety is reviewed

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

When the Parkland School Board convened Feb. 20, several days after the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the tragedy and reported on district security measures.

“We are here with a heavy heart and mind after that horrific incident,” Sniscak said.

“Parkland School District and this board have placed school safety as a priority for many years and will continue to improve as we learn from such tragic situations as the one in Parkland, Fla.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Italian dinners on various menus in North Whitehall

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, will host an all-you-can-eat Italian dinner from 4-7 p.m. March 10.

Menu includes salad and breadsticks, chicken Marsala, baked ziti, white vegetable ziti, pasta with Alfredo, sausage or marinara sauce, cake, and beverages. Proceeds benefit church youth.

Tickets will be available at the door but a discount is given if purchased in advance from the church office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Call 610-767-6884 for more information.


School board given report on fire aftermath

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School Board President David Kennedy started the Feb. 27 meeting with expressions of gratitude to the organizations and individuals who provided assistance during the garage and bus fire five days earlier.

“I want to sincerely thank the seven fire departments, Cetronia Ambulance, South Whitehall police, and Parkland personnel,” Kennedy said. “Our garage mechanics removed 14 buses parked next to the garage and saved them.

“The American Red Cross showed up with coffee and food for the workers.

Parkland Library plans porch enclosure to add more space

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

When two attempts to gain approval for construction of a new building were turned down by voters, Parkland Community Library staff and board members looked for ways to increase space in the existing location.

Director Debbie Jack commented on the matter to The Press.

“Where we are now is where we are staying,” Jack said. “At this point, we’re stuck here.”

Board looks to enhance gateways

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have approved a project to examine options for enhancements to the public areas and visual character of the township.

Penn Praxis, an extension of the University of Pennsylvania design studio, will use architectural students to conduct an investigation of three sites and offer suggestions for improvements.

South Whitehall Director of Community Development George Kinney, reported at the board’s Feb. 7 meeting.

“It’s typically pretty good stuff that comes out of them,” Kinney said.

Tax office is moved

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Under the direction of Alvin C. Thompson, the South Whitehall Tax Office has been moved from its Walbert Avenue site to 2227 Albright Ave., Greenawalds, but the office has an Allentown mailing address.

Thompson reported the building is handicapped accessible and has a large parking lot.

Tax payments may either be taken to the new office in person or sent through the mail.

The tax office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

At a recent meeting, commissioners granted authorization to Thompson to appoint Sandra Dieter and Lynn-Anne Kocon as deputies.

Kay Builders gives presentation on Ridge Farm

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The South Whitehall planning commission presided over a lengthy meeting at Orefield Middle School Feb. 25 concerning Ridge Farm, a Kay Builders undertaking of 741 housing units on 190 acres of land held by Jeras Corporation.

The project proposes development on the north and south sides of Huckleberry Ridge, and the east and west sides of Cedar Crest Boulevard, between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.

Residents give their opinions

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Thirty-five residents stepped forward at the recent South Whitehall planning commission meeting to express their feeling on the possible impact on their lives of the proposed Ridge Farm development.

The 741 housing units, showed in a slideshow by Kay Builders, the new community would occupy 190 acres of what is now open fields, woodland, and a few older homes.

While traffic issues were mentioned frequently, residents’ comments covered nearly every aspect relating to quality of life in the township.

NORTH WHITEHALL: Looking at the history of St. John’s UCC

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The passing of former pastor, the Rev. Harry Kissinger, in December 2017, brought to mind some history of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Laurys Station.

The Rev. Kissinger began his ministry at St. John’s in 1961 when it was a union church with active Lutheran and Reformed congregations.

They worshipped on alternate Sundays, although many people attended every week, no matter which denomination was in charge that day.

Soon after the Rev. Kissinger’s arrival, people started talking about merging the two congregations.

Fire police welcome newest member

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have accepted and approved Jason M. Werley as a member of the special fire police for the Cetronia Fire Department.

He joins Bob Hines and Capt. William Kordilla on the team.

Kordilla said a state statute governs the requirements for special fire police training and prescribed what they may do.

He said an applicant must first be accepted by the fire department, then sworn in by a district judge, and finally read for acceptance at the board of commissioners.