Parkland Press

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Board OKs full-time safety director

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

Dr. Anthony Naradko has been appointed full-time director of safety and security for the Parkland School District.

Previously, his position also included assistant principal at the high school.

Naradko oversees the Safe2Say Something program which teaches students and staff how to recognize warning signs, especially in social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves and to other people.

Students are encouraged to say something to a trusted adult or use the Safe2Say anonymous reporting system.

Township welcomes personnel

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Randy Cope, director of township operations, reported during the July 17 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting that Mike Kukitz was hired as manager of parks and recreation.

His most recent position was with the Blue Mountain Recreation Commission in Orwigsburg.

Before that, he was executive director of the Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority, Slatington.

Cope stated Kukitz will step right in with the summer playground program which includes 450 children at three locations and 32 college-age counselors.

Third comp plan meeting on July 30

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Nearly every seat was filled at the Parkland High School forum room on July 16 as 108 South Whitehall residents showed up for the second comprehensive plan meeting with consultant Tom Comitta and township staff.

Comitta, a town planner and landscape architect from West Chester, supplied his professional credentials and said the evening marked his 46th anniversary as a planner.

He recalled guiding South Whitehall through preparation of its 2009 comprehensive plan and noted state codes advise municipalities to review the documents every 10 years.

Hands-on science for elementary students

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

Parkland School District will be investing in the Building Blocks of Science program for students in kindergarten through grade five at a cost of $404,039 for implementation in the 2019-20 school term.

Kelly Rosario, director of curriculum, instruction, and professional development reported Building Blocks features hands-on science investigations as well as an online digital component.

Each grade level will be provided with three kits relating to unit topics.

NORTH WHITEHALL: NOVA grillin’ up some barbecued chicken

Friday, July 12, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Columns

The Auxiliary of Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services, NOVA, will be serving barbecued chicken dinners noon to 6 p.m. on July 20.

The full-course meal includes half a chicken, corn on the cob, pickled cabbage, baked potato, dinner roll and dessert.

The meal may be enjoyed in the air-conditioned social hall or may be packaged for take out.

Reservations must be made in advance.

Call Julie at 610-262-7749 for tickets.

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S. Whitehall amends parks and rec ordinance

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners approved an ordinance at their June 19 meeting to provide simplified rules for township parks and recreation areas, and for special events.

Director of Operations Randy Cope said the measure, which clarifies regulations, was “a long time coming.”

The ordinance will be easier for the public to understand and for staff to enforce, Cope explained.

According to the rules, all parks and recreation areas are open dawn to dusk everyday, with an exception for fishermen who are allowed to fish 24 hours per day.

Youngest students to receive iPads

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District’s one-to-one initiative will reach fulfillment in the 2019-20 term with the purchase of iPads for students in kindergarten and first grade at a cost of $332,305.

At a recent school board meeting, Kelly Rosario, director of curriculum, instruction, and professional development, explained the three-year plan to provide every student with an electronic device started at the middle school level in 2017-18.

High schoolers were supplied in 2018-19, and elementary in 2019-20.

South Whitehall police are celebrating a half-century of service to township

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

South Whitehall’s police department is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

During the commissioners’ June 19 meeting Police Chief Glen Dorney told the board that officers will wear a 50th anniversary badge for one year to commemorate the heritage of police service in the township.

S. Whitehall begins comprehensive plan

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

South Whitehall staff, commissioners, township planners, consultant Thomas Comitta, and residents gathered in the forum room at Parkland High School June 18 to begin the process of preparing a new comprehensive plan.

This plan shows the direction the community wants to go and has an impact on land use, transportation, utilities, stormwater, recreation, housing, environmental and historic concerns.

Comitta guided the township through the two-year project for the 2009 comprehensive plan which remains in effect.

Students’ musical talents honored

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

Eleven Parkland students recently participated in All-State performance groups at the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association annual conference in April at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

They were selected through a series of auditions starting last fall at the District 10 level which includes Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Schuylkill counties.

Parkland had more students in District 10 band, chorus and orchestra than any other school.