Parkland Press

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Capehart seeks seat on Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Tom Capehart, a partner in an Allentown law firm, has announced his candidacy for judge on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

An attorney who has practiced law for almost 30 years, Capehart says he would bring to the bench extensive experience and a broad breadth of legal knowledge to serve Lehigh County. Capehart, a registered Republican, says he is running as a further extension of his longtime commitment to community service.


Thursday, May 9, 2019 by The Press in Local News



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·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.

·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9 p.m.

Armstrong encourages county residents to complete census forms

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong attended the Upper Macungie supervisors May meeting to answer questions and address any concerns the board may have.

Armstrong said the county has begun working on the census program for 2020.

He urged everyone to fill out their form and return it.

In the last census, 30 percent of county residents were missed, helping to make Pennsylvania second in the nation with uncounted residents.

The county’s slogan for the census is “We’re counting on you” and they are hoping for a good response, Armstrong said.

Quinn announces run for South Whitehall board

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Vinny Quinn has announced he is running for South Whitehall Township commissioner.

Quinn has lived in South Whitehall for 34 years with his wife, Joanne, and three sons, who graduated from the Parkland School District.

Having three sons, Quinn says, he was heavily involved in many youth sports activities in South Whitehall.

“It was during these organized sporting events I learned the value of community-based sports and recreation programs, and the importance of raising future leaders,” Quinn said.

New driving school opens

Friday, May 3, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

There’s a new business in town and it’s providing relief to new drivers who need take the Pennsylvania driver’s license test, but have a long wait at state testing sites.

Andre Wilkerson, owner of AW Driving School, 555 Union Blvd., Allentown, and his family had a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 3 at the new facility.

AW Driving School is a PennDOT authorized third-party testing site in the Lehigh Valley.

The school teaches new drivers and then tests and certifies that they have met the criteria to receive their license.

Allentown man serves on Navy warship

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Local News

An Allentown native is serving his country in the Navy, living on the coast of Spain, and participating in a critical NATO ballistic missile defense mission while assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Eric Aguirre, a 2000 William Allen High School graduate, is a gas turbine systems technician aboard one of the four advanced warships forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, a small village on the country’s southwest coast 65 miles south of the city of Seville.

Krause Toyota giving away $50 gift cards to military and first responders

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Local News

As a patriotic gesture to support this nation’s military and first responders, Krause Toyota, 7702 Penn Drive, Breinigsville, will be giving away $50 gift cards to these American heroes, just for stopping by and saying hello.

The dealership is doing this in conjunction with Thanks-A-Bunch for Keeping Us Safe, a nonprofit 501c3 charity (

The giveaway runs May 17 through June 3.

Allentown man added to Vietnam Veterans In Memory Program

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Local News

More than 400 Vietnam veterans, including 17 from Eastern Pennsylvania, were inducted into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s In Memory Program in 2017.

The 2017 inductee who was added to the Honor Roll after the June ceremony from Allentown was Lee Allen Wittman, U.S. Army, Aug. 2, 1948-Dec. 2, 2015.

The program honors Vietnam veterans whose lives were cut short as a result of their service in Vietnam, but are not eligible for inscription on The Wall under Department of Defense guidelines.

Human service workers fear low-staff outcome

Friday, May 3, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Members of Lehigh County’s human services office again made a strong showing at the county commissioners’ April 24 meeting.

They have been making regular appearances recently at commissioners’ meetings arguing for more staff.

“We have a wholesale system breakdown,” Tony Lupo said, referring to the ability of staff to properly care for children referred to human services. “Caseworkers are not able to protect the children of Lehigh County. We can’t keep people. They run out the door.”

Lupo said he has 47 cases.