Parkland Press

Saturday, March 28, 2020

County executive urges N. Whitehall residents to complete census forms

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong attended the March North Whitehall supervisors meeting to urge the board to encourage residents to complete and return census forms.

Failing to return census information will cause the township to lose approximately $2,093 per person each year.

This is money that could be used for infrastructure, grants, fire companies, and more.

Armstrong also noted Lehigh County is in the top five counties in the state for the amount of land preserved for agriculture.

District provides budget update

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School District Business Manager John Vignone provided an update on the 2020-21 budget to the board during the Feb. 25 board meeting.

He explained budget preparation is an ongoing project with numbers that are always fluid.

Vignone stated the administration is often working on two or three budgets at a time, as one school term ends, another begins, and preparation has to be underway for the succeeding year.

For 2020-21, Vignone is projecting revenues of $188,613,717 and expenditures of $194,421,476.

District makes security a priority

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

When Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman began his midyear goals review, safety and security were the top items in his report at the Feb. 18 workshop.

“We want to make certain our children feel safe and secure,” Troutman said.

He noted the important work being done by Dr. Anthony Naradko, director of safety and security.

“He’s a one man department with the support of all building principals,” Troutman said.

A major district objective is to continue offering safety and security professional development opportunities for staff members.

Stagemakers to present ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.’

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J will present the musical, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.” at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown, on March 12 and 15.

The play tells the story offbeat inventor Caractacus Potts who is convinced by his children, Jeremy and Jemima, to restore an old race car that has some unusual capabilities.

But to their dismay, they cannot afford to buy it. To prevent the car from ending up in the wrong hands, the family, along with the wealthy Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts, experience some highflying and hair-raising adventures.

Board honors citizen planners

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall commissioners honored Brian Hite, Vinnie Quinn and David Wilson for their educational accomplishments as certified citizen planners.

Each of them completed three 10-hour classes offered through the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute.

George Kinney, director of community development, said the courses covered subdivision and land development, zoning and community planning which included the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code.

Hite, Quinn and Wilson serve on the township planning commission.