Parkland Press

Friday, June 23, 2017

MAX-imizing educational chances

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

At a recent Parkland School Board meeting, representatives from Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 explained Project MAX, a program from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for students with complex instructional needs.

Deborah Popson, CLIU director of special programs and services, stated the intention is to maximize access to the general educational curriculum and Pennsylvani Core standards for all children.

Natalie Krebs, CLIU educational consultant, reported 1 percent to 3 percent of students have complex instructional needs.

Scam targets Lehigh County seniors

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by The Press in Local News

District Attorney Jim Martin and the Lehigh County Agency on Aging and Adult Services want to alert area seniors about a scam which recently came to light.

The scam involves seniors receiving phone calls purportedly from the Agency on Aging and Adult Services.

Consumers are getting calls which appear to come from that office’s general telephone number: 610-782-3034.

Aging and Adult Services are not making these calls. In fact, the office’s caller ID number would not show that number.

UPDATE: Asbury Church issues statement on bomb squad response

Saturday, June 17, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Asbury Methodist Church, South Whitehall, has issued a statement to the June 16 incident in which South Whitehall Township police and the Allentown Bomb Squad responded around 11 a.m. to a report of a suspicious package.

“Asbury Church is open. There were news reports today (Friday, June 16, 2017) about a suspicious item identified inside the building,” Asbury Church Diretor of Communications Cristina Lenner emailed The Press. “Authorities removed the item, searched the premises and found there to be no threat.

Class of 2017 says a ‘proper goodbye’ to Parkland High School

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Looking forward to the future while appreciating the past was a theme that ran throughout the Parkland High School Class of 2017 graduation June 12 at PPL Center, Allentown.

In front of a full house crowd of family and friends, the students marched two-by-two in procession to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” played by Parkland’s High School Band, until the last of the 773 red-and-gray clad soon-to-be graduates sat neatly in rows, nearly filling the floor of the venue.

Allentown Fair accepting applications for 2017 queen

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The search is on for the 2017 Great Allentown Fair Queen, who will represent the fair’s mission during the event’s Labor Day week run and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit organization, which has been operating the fair for 165 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties.

An ideal candidate will have the ability to communicate enthusiasm for the Allentown Fair, local farming and the agricultural industry.

Parkland student receives Altruism Award

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN in Local News

Parkland High School senior Alyssa Oakley was recently selected to receive the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award for her dedication to her academics, her involvement in numerous activities as well as her volunteer work and commitment to her peers and the community.

Assistant Parkland High School Principal Jude Sandt and Special Education teacher and PALS Club Advisor Amanda Keifer spoke on Oakley’s behalf calling her a fantastic student who will be sorely missed.


Thursday, June 15, 2017 by The Press in Local News


·Schnecksville Senior Citizens at Schnecksville Fire Co. social hall, meeting at noon lunch, bingo, cards. New members welcome. Call 610-769-7570.

·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-395-1006.

·Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.

Board OKs $1 million in spending

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Looking toward the next school year, the Parkland School board approved more than $1 million for purchasing new technology devices and updating existing computers.

The largest expense is $710,125 for 2,300 Chromebooks for middle school students in grades six through eight.

At the May 16 meeting, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations Tracy Smith explained during the May 16 meeting the district has a three-year plan for ensuring every student in grades three through 12 has a technology device.

Local harpist enchants community and beyond

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

Madeline Rose Link, Maddie, to friends and family, is a humble 19-year-old woman who has accomplished many things before reaching her 20s.

She is a skilled harpist who has performed at various events including weddings, and she even performed a solo at Musikfest.

The only child of Steve and Kathy Link, Maddie is also legally blind.

“The genetic disease I have means I can’t see in bright light,” Link said. “Outside, I can’t see at all.