Upper Macungie Township Police Chief Edgardo Colon has reported to supervisors the new police force will be ready for patrol at 6 p.m. Dec. 31.
The building is complete and a certificate of occupancy will be issued shortly.
The official dedication is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2013, he told the board at its Dec. 6 meeting
The swearing in and promotion ceremony will take place 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 28.
Lehigh County commissioners have tabled a bill that would have given $1.06 million to local park improvement projects.
The Green Futures Fund Program, approved by voters in a non-binding referendum in 2002, would have given $324,693 to Allentown for the Martin Luther King Trail; $238,000 to Lower Macungie; and $231,888 to Upper Saucon Township for the Saucon Rail Trail.
The program would have also given money to projects in Salisbury Township, Emmaus and Bethlehem.
Noticing a dangerous situation as people walk to and from their cars in the dark for Parkland football games, the school district is seeking street lights for Stadium Drive and School District Road.
The issue arose through an observation from the South Whitehall Public Safety Commission.
At a board meeting on Dec. 5, township commissioners reviewed a petition submitted by school district officials.
The request is for lighting on Stadium Drive from Lime Kiln Road to School District Drive to Orefield Road.
Although Parkland Business Manager John Vignone often has unpleasant news to report on school district budget issues, he had a positive message to present at the Dec. 4 board meeting.
The district recently conducted a traditional bond refinancing action that will save $1.28 million over the next several years.
Vignone reported on a current situation that has benefitted the district.
"All this 'fiscal cliff' news drives investors to safe havens," Vignone said. "Municipal bonds are extremely safe. As demand goes up, the rates come down."
The Allentown Rescue Mission was blessed with an amazing Christmas gift.
Local acting troupe, Players of the Stage, raised $16,500 for the mission through their production of the "Best Christmas Pageant Ever."
"We can't thank Players of the Stage enough for their hard work and dedication," Allentown Rescue Mission Development Manager Dawn Washington said. "The money they raised will allow us to help more homeless people in 2013."
Christmas tree choices abound at Price Landscape Nursery.
'S waar die Nacht for de Chrischdaag und dorch es gans Haus
Verreegt sich ke' Thierli, net emal en Maus;
Die Schtrump waar schnock im Schornschte gehanke,
In der Hoffning der "Nick" dheet graad runner dschumpe;
Die Kinner so schmock waare all scho im Bett,
Von Zuckerschleck draame un was mer, doch, wott;
Die Mamme in Schnupduch un ich in der Kapp,
Hen uns juscht hi geleegt for 'n lang Winter's Nap.
Dan draus, in 'm Hoof waar so n' dunnerse Yacht,
Das ich ufg'schprunge bin zu sehne war's macht.
During the six-township meeting at Lynn Township, Lowhill Township Roadmaster Carl Kressley told fellow municipal representatives that the Route 100 and Kernsville Road intersection at Claussville is open.
The new traffic lights, however, are hard to see, he reported.
Other attendees at the Dec. 10 meeting agreed but did not see any way the lights could be improved.
North Whitehall representative Jeff Bartlett said Route 100 South needs speed enforcement.
Kressley said Narris Road has holes drilled to place posts to hold panels to brace the sides of the road.
Jordan Lutheran Church presents The Good Pennyworths in concert.
These animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health and Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton.
The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running clinics so animals can be spayed or neutered before going home.
For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit healthyanimalcenter.org.