Parkland Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Board OKs green committee

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners recently approved formation of a green advisory committee which will include board representatives Mark Pinsley and Christina “Tori” Morgan and several volunteers from the community.

Earlier this year, Pinsley raised the issue of single-use plastics and their impact on the environment.

He asked whether the township and public might consider limiting items such as bags, water bottles, straws and other plastics used once and thrown away.

Armstrong unveils proposed 2020 budget

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Wearing a bipartisan purple shirt, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong unveiled his $514.6 million fiscal plan for 2020 to department heads, staffers, four commissioners and the public on Aug. 30.

Speaking in the public hearing room of the county administration center in Allentown, Armstrong’s budget raises taxes to 5.5 percent which translates into a 3.84 millage rate that is expected to generate $115 million

That would be a $771.84 tax per year on a $201,000 home, according to information provided by Armstrong.

South Whitehall police academy has graduation ceremony

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The South Whitehall Township Police Department held a graduation ceremony Aug. 16 for its Summer Youth Police Academy at the Lehigh County Sports Fields.

Twenty youth attended the ceremony though several were on vacation and unable to be at the graduation.

Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak congratulated the youth for their commitment to learning about the role of the police in public safety.

State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134, and South Whitehall Board of Commissioners President Tori Morgan were also on hand to congratulate the students.

School district identifies goals

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

As this new school year began, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman presented a review of Parkland goals covering every aspect relating to students’ education and their care at school and activities.

The report to the board at a recent meeting also included goals referring to teachers, other district employees and facilities.

While many goals are ongoing, others have been completed, and a sizable number are new.

Toomey provides update to LV Chamber members

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., addressed a number of issues during a Washington, D.C., update Aug. 29, at the Lehigh Country Club.

Toomey answered questions posed by Tony Ianelli, president and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, during a live videotaping session of the chamber’s WFMZ television program “Business Matters.”

More than 100 area business and corporate leaders attended the networking breakfast and the Toomey taping session.

Ianelli’s first question concerned gun control.