Parkland Press

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

SangriaFest coming to Grange Park

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Upper Macungie Township, South Italy Imports and ArtsQuest are partnering to take SteelStacks’ popular SangriaFest on the road when SangriaFest Upper Macungie makes its debut June 8 at the township’s Grange Park, 360 Grange Road.

Attendees can sample 10 different sangrias all made with light and refreshing wines imported by South Italy Imports from family-owned vineyards in Italy.

Board OKs electronic records for South Whitehall police

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

South Whitehall commissioners have granted permission for Police Chief Glen Dorney to purchase of IAPRO and Blue Team software to maintain an electronic record of everything happening in the police department.

During the board’s March 6 meeting, Dorney said incidents including use of force, field-level discipline, complaints and pursuits have historically been entered on paper forms.

Bond refunding helps budget

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

Parkland School District Business Manager John Vignone reported, at a recent school board meeting, a bond refunding conducted in mid-February worked out well for the district.

“It was twice as good as we thought,” Vignone said. “We were projecting $250,000 and got $500,000.”

He explained the bond was refunded from a higher to a lower rate of interest, with market conditions working in Parkland’s favor.

“This $500,000 reduces our debt service payment over three years and gives us more money for other things in the General Fund,” Vignone stated.

Consortium offering cooperative police testing

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Police Testing Consortium and eight area agencies have entered into an agreement to conduct a cooperative testing process for the position of police officer.

The written exam will take place April 6. The physical agility test will be offered April 20.

Participating agencies include: police departments in the Boroughs of Catasauqua, Coplay, Coopersburg and Emmaus; and the townships of South Whitehall, Upper Macungie, Upper Saucon and Whitehall.

Jason Henry named a 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Parkland School District Secondary Curriculum Supervisor Jason Henry has been accepted as one of 31 ambassadors in the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador program.

This program aims to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM learning, ecosystems, computer science, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.

REAL IDs now available for Pennsylvania residents

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Upgrading to REAL ID-compliant license or ID card is optional

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced optional REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards are now available for Pennsylvania residents who want one.

A federally-accepted form of identification, such as a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport or Passport Card, a military ID, etc., must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door on and after Oct. 1, 2020.

All aboard!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Agri-Plex is local stop on the ‘Train Meet Express’

The Allentown Train Meet Association recently celebrated its 40th year at the Allentown Fairgrounds Agri-Plex.

Hundreds of tables were filled with a large variety of model trains with the iconic Lionel brand the most prevalent.

Prices ranged from just a few dollars for small parts up to the thousand dollar range for highly collectible and desirable train engines.

ATMA members set up a large train display in the complex, much to the delight of children and adults alike.