Parkland Press

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tax office is moved

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Under the direction of Alvin C. Thompson, the South Whitehall Tax Office has been moved from its Walbert Avenue site to 2227 Albright Ave., Greenawalds, but the office has an Allentown mailing address.

Thompson reported the building is handicapped accessible and has a large parking lot.

Tax payments may either be taken to the new office in person or sent through the mail.

The tax office is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

At a recent meeting, commissioners granted authorization to Thompson to appoint Sandra Dieter and Lynn-Anne Kocon as deputies.

Parkland Library enters Jan Brett competition

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township, is currently No. 52 in a nationwide competition to have a free visit with classic children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett.

More than 23,000 entries have been received nationally for the competition.

“I think it’s a lifetime opportunity to meet such a famous author and illustrator,” said Carly Simon, marketing coordinator with the Parkland Community Library. “Entering this contest means a lot for our library to give this literacy experience to our community’s youngest readers.”

Upper Macungie Twp board makes various appointments

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Upper Macungie supervisors have accepted the planning module for the new Parkland elementary school, Hidden Meadows Phase 1C, Parkland Fields street-lights and the township manager’s salary via resolutions.

In other business, Duane Dellecker was appointed flood plain administrator and Hartco Environmental LLC was awarded the contract to install a flow monitoring system at a cost of $16,503.84.

The change in the name of Abigail Lane to Krocks Road will move forward with approximately a dozen properties affected.

Kay Builders gives presentation on Ridge Farm

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

The South Whitehall planning commission presided over a lengthy meeting at Orefield Middle School Feb. 25 concerning Ridge Farm, a Kay Builders undertaking of 741 housing units on 190 acres of land held by Jeras Corporation.

The project proposes development on the north and south sides of Huckleberry Ridge, and the east and west sides of Cedar Crest Boulevard, between Walbert Avenue and Huckleberry Road.

Chief public defender warns of telephone scammer calls

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Chief Public Defender Kimberly Makoul is warning area residents numerous individuals have reported receiving telephone calls from a person claiming to be an attorney with the Lehigh County Public Defender’s Office.

The caller claims the individual’s child or grandchild has been charged with a crime and bail money must be sent to the attorney immediately.

He then directs the person to wire the money, often through Walmart, to a third person.

The caller is not from the public defender’s office.

Jim Thorpe coin debuts at area banks

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by TIMES NEWS STAFF in Local News

The new Jim Thorpe $1 coin has made its debut at area banks.

The 2018 reverse design from the U.S. Mint depicts Jim Thorpe with the foreground elements highlighting his football and Olympic achievements.

Inscriptions are “Jim Thorpe,” “Wa-Tho-Huk” (Thorpe’s Sac and Fox tribe name), “United States of America” and “$1.”

The Native American $1 coin program celebrates contributions made by Native American tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States.


Thursday, March 1, 2018 by The Press in Local News


·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-395-1006.

·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, meets 8-9 p.m.

New Jersey trucker killed by tunnel debris

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

Southbound lanes closed at Mahoning for 13 hours

A New Jersey man is dead after a piece of electrical conduit crashed through his truck windshield and struck him in the head Feb. 21 inside the Lehigh Tunnel, Washington Township.

State Police at Pocono said the incident occurred 6:03 p.m. along Route 476 near mile marker 71.4 inside the tunnel.

Police said the tractor-trailer, operated by Howard Sexton III, 70, of Mickleton, N.J., was traveling south in the Lehigh Tunnel when the piece broke off from the ceiling, passed through its windshield and hit him.