Parkland Press

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Chapmans warehouse downsized

Friday, December 6, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

A 156,000-square-foot warehouse at 4741 Chapmans Road, approved by South Whitehall commissioners in May, was scaled down to 102,000 square feet and approved during their Oct. 16 meeting.

Michael Gamzon, CEO and president of Griffin Industrial Realty Inc., commented on the changed plans for the flex warehouse on the 13.6-acre property.

“Why are we back? Because of Department of Environmental Protection relocation of the drainage swale,” Gamzon said.

Board OKs Blue Barn Estates

Saturday, November 30, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners granted approval to Posocco Equities to subdivide and develop property at 1530 Blue Barn Road. The plan proposes four single-family dwelling lots on the 3.81 acre tract on the west side of the road.

The parcel, 1,300 feet south of Chapmans Road, will be served by public water and sewer.

Upon the recommendation of the planning commission, sidewalks will be deferred as none currently exist along the roadway.

NORTH WHITEHALL TWP: NOVA Holiday Shop on Dec. 1

Saturday, November 30, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The Auxiliary of Northern Valley EMS, NOVA, will host a holiday shop and cutout cookie sale in the social hall at 2375 Levans Road, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Here is a chance to do some shopping from various vendors while avoiding traffic and crowds.

Lunch and homemade baked goods will be available.

***

The Sunday School Singers of St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, will perform the Christmas musical, “Cake!” 7 p.m. Dec. 7.

Board OKs guard rails

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners have approved guard rail replacement along Iron Bridge Road from Cedar Crest Boulevard to Lapp Road at a cost of $14,559.

Although the eastbound side of Iron Bridge Road has remained open, the westbound lane has been closed due to erosion of the banks along the Jordan Creek.

At the Nov. 6 commissioners meeting, Maintenance Superintendent Herb Bender reported the guard rail repair work will enable the road to reopen in both directions.

Ridge Farm presentation lacks visual aids; residents upset

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall opponents of Ridge Farm were distressed not only by the content of the applicant’s report at the Oct. 31 meeting, but also by the lack of a visual component and silence in response to their questions.

The huge screen suspended over the stage at Springhouse Middle School remained blank during the lengthy meeting.

To begin, Attorney Jim Preston, representing Kay Builders, offered remarks on potential traffic effects from the proposed 780 housing units and commercial buildings on Huckleberry Road.

Planners OK Ridge Farm

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

During a meeting at Springhouse Middle School on Oct. 30, South Whitehall’s planning commission voted 4-1 to grant conditional use approval to Kay Builders for the Ridge Farm development.

Board member Diane Kelly cast the negative vote after she read aloud a directive from the ordinance stating an applicant should provide for general welfare, safety and public health.

“A development of this magnitude should have gone before the public safety commission,” Kelly said.

Purchases made for new school

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

As construction moves along on the Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Upper Macungie, Parkland School District officials are ordering equipment for the building which is expected to open in September 2020.

At the Oct. 15 meeting, the board approved purchase of classroom, office and cafeteria furniture for the school at a cost of $353,554 from Tanner Furniture, Harrisburg.

Audiovisual equipment for the gym, cafeteria and main conference room areas will be bought from Comm-Tech AV, Macungie, at a cost of $107,729.

NORTH WHITEHALL: St. John’s UCC having basket social

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, will host a walk-in basket social between 5-8 p.m. Nov. 1, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 2.

The drawing starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Winners will be notified.

Plenty of food and refreshments will be available for purchase to eat in or take out. There will also be a bake sale.

For information, call 610-262-8061.

***

Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville, invites the public to purchase baked goods beginning 7 a.m. Election Day, Nov. 5.

Parkland School District named Outstanding Visual Arts Community

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

An ensemble of string players performed lovely music in the Parkland School District Administration Building as a large crowd of parents and educators viewed a display of art work created by students.

Following the art and music reception at the school board’s Oct. 22 meeting, Director of Visual and Performing Arts Mark Stutz announced the district has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association as an Outstanding Visual Arts Community for 2019.

Student population increasing

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland’s administration and school board are engaged in an ongoing challenge to provide sufficient classroom space for the hundreds of new children moving into the district.

Although the school population has remained stable in the northern portion of Parkland, new housing developments in the southern section continue to crop up on what had been farmland in the southern areas.

Four years ago the district conducted a major redistricting project which involved moving some students northward to provide space for new arrivals in the south.