Parkland Press

Friday, November 22, 2019

Forum focuses on candidates for commissioner

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

All six candidates for the three open seats on the South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners participated in a public forum Oct. 24 at Parkway Manor Elementary School.

Each candidate — Matthew Mobilio, Joe Setton, Keisha Champagnie, Diane Kelly, Michael Wolk and Tom Utsch — gave an opening and closing statement, and answered a series of questions submitted by the audience.

Matthew Mobilio

Mobilio emphasized being more proactive in stemming the growth of large-scale development and promoting transparency in local government.

Voters to choose five of six candidates for school board

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

There are six candidates seeking election to five open seats on the Parkland School Board in the Nov. 5 Municipal Election.

Those chosen will serve a four-year term.

Voters include those from North Whitehall, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships, along with parts of Allentown, including 17th Ward, 4th District and 18th Ward, 2nd District.

The Press asked the candidates the following question: “What is your position on property tax reform on the state level as it relates to school districts?”

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Lehigh County taxes to increase 3.78 mills

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners had their final bipartisan compromise vote on the $514.6 million 2020 budget with amendments, passing a tax increase to 3.78 mills at their Oct. 23 meeting.

Before the vote, Commissioner Brad Osborne, a Republican, who moments later voted against the budget, said he has respect for the ability of Financial Officer Tim Reeves, but objected to the procedure by which the administration and members of the board reached the compromise presented in the final version of the bill.

Parkland School District named Outstanding Visual Arts Community

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

An ensemble of string players performed lovely music in the Parkland School District Administration Building as a large crowd of parents and educators viewed a display of art work created by students.

Following the art and music reception at the school board’s Oct. 22 meeting, Director of Visual and Performing Arts Mark Stutz announced the district has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association as an Outstanding Visual Arts Community for 2019.

Nine candidates seek one of four seats on county board

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

There are nine candidates seeking election to four open seats on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners. Those elected on the Nov. 5 Municipal Election will serve a four-year term in office.

Candidates for Lehigh County commissioner were asked the following question: How do you plan on advocating for the senior citizen population if you are elected to the board of commissioners?


Kids make leaf wreaths at Parkland library

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

During the early evening of Oct. 7, a group of kids gathered leaves from outside Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall.

Although there was a light rain, they were going to make wreaths from the freshly gathered leaves.

Teen Services and Programming Librarian Amanda Evans provided the instructions to make leaf wreaths.

Each youngster tried to make the best and most unusual wreath, and parents were there to give assistance, if needed.

The creative juices flowed and the kids created a wonderful variety of wreaths before heading home.

N. Whitehall to choose one of two for board

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Democrat Donald Peters is challenging incumbent Supervisor Ronald J. Heintzelman, a Republican, for a six-year term on the North Whitehall Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 Municipal Election.

Peters provided The Press with the following information: “As a lifelong resident of North Whitehall Township, I have seen the changes that have occurred here in the township throughout my lifetime.

“While change is unavoidable, I feel some changes have occurred without consideration of the overall impact they may have on the township as a whole.