Parkland Press

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Playground to receive updates

Friday, May 3, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The Grove Street park playground in South Whitehall will be receiving new equipment and other improvements this summer.

The park is located south of Walbert Avenue near Columbia Street and Whitehall Avenue, north of Route 22.

At a recent South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, Director of Township Operations Randy Cope commented on the project.

“We are rebuilding pocket parks,” Cope said. “We sent a survey to surrounding residents in January.

“We met with a few different sales representatives.”

Rider-Pool Foundation awards several grants

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

The Rider-Pool Foundation of Allentown recently awarded $376,000 in funding.

This total represents major proactive investments as well as ongoing support for programs throughout the Lehigh Valley with a focus on addressing and improving quality of life for residents through education, housing, culture, arts and human services.

The Rider-Pool Foundation awarded six proactive awards in this cycle.

Two-alarm house fire

Friday, May 3, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Teen escapes through second-floor window

A 19-year-old woman escaped through a second-floor, bedroom window after a two-alarm fire broke out in her home at 12:38 p.m. April 29.

While the teen was lucky enough to find an exit, several animals reportedly died in the fire at 3177 Bellview Road, North Whitehall Township.

Volunteer firefighters from Neffs, Schnecksville, Laurys Station, Greenawalds and Tri-Clover, along with Lehigh County’s Cascade Unit 3292 and Northern Valley Ambulance Corps personnel and the Macungie Ambulance Incident Support Unit responded to the scene.

Joe Young reunion on May 18

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

Joe Young, Youngie, as he was known, had a vision a few years back at a friend’s funeral to have his students gather and reminisce about their career and lives.

This thought led to the conception of Youngiefest, and the Lehigh County Vo-Tech Machine Shop Reunion from 1-6 p.m. at Cementon Park, 5185 Dewey St., Whitehall.

The Joe Young Reunion is for all of his students from 1969 onward.

Orphaned at age 7, Young made a better life and career for himself.

School board supports cyber-charter funding reform

Friday, May 3, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

When a resolution to support statewide cyber charter school funding reform was presented at the April 16 meeting, Parkland School Board President Lisa Roth said the legislature was finally going to do something about the troublesome issue.

School Director Bob Bold, a member of the legislative liaison, cautioned not to count on it.

Board member Rob Cohen, who opposes payments to poorly performing charter schools, also commented.

“This is a minimal effort our legislators are considering,” Cohen said. “This is a baby step.”

Veterans assistance hours announced

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

State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, has announced that from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10, his district office will host appointments with an outreach specialist from the American Legion for veterans who have questions about benefits and services they have earned.

“Any veteran or the family member of a veteran is welcomed and encouraged to make an appointment to sit down and talk with the outreach specialist,” Mackenzie said.

“This is a service I am happy to work with the American Legion to provide.”

Liquor control board awards funds to local townships

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

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board recently announced the return of nearly $2.1 million in licensing fees to 1,103 municipalities in which licensees are located.

Twice a year, as required by law, the PLCB returns liquor license fees paid by PLCB-approved licensees to the municipalities that are home to those licenses.

Municipalities have flexibility in allocating and spending the returned license fees to meet local needs.

The current dispersal period represents fees paid from Aug. 1, 2018, to Jan. 31, 2019.