Parkland Press

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Rotary Club of Allentown joins forces with Habitat for Humanity

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by ROSARIA M. STOOPS in Local News

The Rotary Club of Allentown Habitat volunteers recently worked on a restoration project in downtown Allentown.

They worked alongside the home’s future owner and two other future homebuyers on July 21.

The heat index was high but spirits were higher and fortunately the air conditioning was installed and made operational two days before painting started.

Cops vs. counselors at summer camp

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

South Whitehall Township Parks and Recreation Department and the Parkland School District recently offered students the opportunity to attend a summer camp at Cetronia, Parkway Manor or Kratzer elementary schools.

The camp gave students, who had completed kindergarten through fifth grade, a chance to stay active and keep in touch with friends over the summer.

Providing both physical and mental stimulation, the program kept them and their counselors busy with crafts, sports and field trips.

Police study update given to Upper Macungie board

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

A study done by Matrix Consulting Group concerning the Upper Macungie Police Department, was released to supervisors during their Aug. 1 meeting.

A comprehensive overview of the police department, the study showed a substantial decrease in the crime rate in the municipality – a 60 percent decrease from 2013 to 2017.

The report noted the police department has received the highest quality training – about 44 hours per year, which is well above the industry average of 25 hours.

DMVA seeks final three photos for Wall of Faces

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs needs help to find the final three photos of Pennsylvanians who died as a result of the Vietnam War.

All three photos are of men who were from Philadelphia County.

Photos needed are for:

• Spc. 4 Vestie Timothy Driggers, Army;

• Master Sgt. Matthew N. Harris Jr., Air Force; and

• Pfc. Willie J. Washington Jr., Marine Corps.

Board suspends rules to add contract to agenda

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners suspended “rules of the board” at their Aug. 14 meeting and added the long-delayed human service’s union contract to their agenda.

Even that was not without drama as commissioners voted 8-1 to authorize the exception to regular order which allowed the contract to be added to the already published agenda.

Commissioner Geoff Brace objected suspending the rules to add the contract to the agenda in such an irregular fashion.

Human Services workers have been working without an agreement since Dec. 31, 2018.

The Neffs National Bank donates to area educational foundations

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Neffs National Bank recently presented donations to eight area educational foundations totaling $100,000.

The educational foundations included: Parkland, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh school districts educational foundations, Wildlands Conservancy Inc., Carbon County Community Foundation, Circle of Seasons Inc., Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation and Wildlife Information Center Inc.

King George Inn review removed from planning commission agenda

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

At the request of developer Atul Patel and his company, Hotel Hamilton LLC, the request for preliminary/final plan review for development of the former King George Inn properties was removed from the South Whitehall Township Planning Commission’s Aug. 15 agenda.

The week before, Hotel Hamilton LLC engineer Bud Newton presented an update to South Whitehall commissioners at their Aug. 7 meeting regarding the inn and the proposed development of the 5.3-acre site, including consolidation of the four lots at 3051, 3125, 3127 and 3141 Hamilton Boulevard.

Storage units planned for Route 309

Thursday, August 22, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

On behalf of his clients, Theodore and Lynn Lopsonzski, engineer Mark Bradbury presented a proposal to South Whitehall commissioners for a storage unit facility along Route 309.

Bordered by Snowdrift Road and Blue Barn Road, the parcel can be found behind the Jordan Lutheran Church sign along Route 309.

To make the business possible, Bradbury requested a zoning change from Rural Residential to Neighborhood Commercial.