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The Terrace at Phoebe celebrates Mardi Gras with prospective residents

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Terrace at Phoebe Allentown had a Mardi Gras open house on Shrove Tuesday.

Residents and prospective residents were treated to a cooking demonstration by Chef Mark Gellert, director of dining for Cura Hospitality, the food service provider for the Terrace.

The event provided both residents and prospective residents a glimpse of how older adults live at the Terrace at Phoebe.

The New Orleans delicacy prepared by Chef Mark was a Cajun shrimp etouffee, made with shrimp, onions, celery and green pepper.

State universities close

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Local News

According to information provided by Kutztown University on March 13 from Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, president of Kutztown University, the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, including Kutztown University, just received direction from our chancellor to suspend face-to-face classes for the next two weeks.

KU will convert to online instruction from March 23 through March 29. It is our expectation that KU residence halls will now reopen 1 p.m. March 29.

BREAKING NEWS: Hazardous Waste Collection Event Postponed

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Effective immediately, Lehigh County will be postponing its Household Hazardous Waste collection event until further notice.

As the COVID-19 virus continues to be monitored, Lehigh County is taking every precaution to protect all residents, staff, and volunteers from infection.

The decision was made by County Executive Armstrong along with General Services Director Rick Molchany with the community’s healthy and safety in mind.

Be advised there are currently no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Lehigh County.

Parkland C.A.R.E.S pantry to have drive-thru food distribution

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by The Press in Local News

The Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry will be having a distribution from 4:30-7 p.m. March 18.

The distribution will take place at Kernsville Elementary School, 5051 Kernsville Road, Orefield.

This will be a drive-thru pantry only.

Families must stay in their cars at all times.

Arrive no earlier than 4:15 p.m. and bring your ID.

The food will be distributed based upon availability as supplies last.

All cars must enter off Kernsville Road and follow instructions on where to proceed.

BREAKING NEWS: PPL Electric Utilities pandemic plan focuses on service, customer assistance

Monday, March 16, 2020 by The Press in Local News

As the coronavirus pandemic deepens, PPL Electric Utilities issued a statement March 16 saying it wants customers to know it is well prepared to maintain reliable electric service.

“Those we serve in central and eastern Pennsylvania depend on us and we’ll continue to deliver for them,” said PPL Electric Utilities President Greg Dudkin. “Efforts over the past decade to develop a more reliant, resilient and smarter grid, coupled with effective pandemic planning and emergency management, will help us weather this health crisis. We have the backs of our customers and communities.”

BREAKING NEWS: Hazardous Waste Collection Event Postponed

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Effective immediately, Lehigh County will be postponing its Household Hazardous Waste collection event until further notice.

As the COVID-19 virus continues to be monitored, Lehigh County is taking every precaution to protect all residents, staff, and volunteers from infection.

The decision was made by County Executive Armstrong along with General Services Director Rick Molchany with the community’s healthy and safety in mind.

Be advised there are currently no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Lehigh County.

Department of Health prepares for COVID-19

Friday, March 13, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Testing starts at state lab

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has provided an update on the COVID-19 novel (new) coronavirus and announced the Department of Health’s ability to test potential cases in the state laboratory.

Levine spoke during a March 3 telebriefing for the press.

According to the Department of Health website as of the morning of March 11, there are 14 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania with eight cases in Montgomery County, two in Bucks County, one each in Delaware, Monroe, and Wayne counties and one in Philadelphia.

BREAKING NEWS: State universities close

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Local News

According to information provided by Kutztown University on March 13 from Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, president of Kutztown University, the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, including Kutztown University, just received direction from our chancellor to suspend face-to-face classes for the next two weeks.

KU will convert to online instruction from March 23 through March 29. It is our expectation that KU residence halls will now reopen 1 p.m. March 29.

Gov. Tom Wolf announces closure of Pennsylvania schools

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced all kindergarten through 12th grade Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective March 16.

According to information provided by the governor’s office on March 13, the administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision.

The Wolf administration will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

Wolf made the following statement:

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Outline COVID-19 Mitigation Guidance for Montgomery County, state

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including one new presumptive positive case in Pike County, bringing the state’s total to 22, and guidance on how to reduce the spread of the virus as of March 12.

“In Montgomery County, we are aggressively moving to a mitigation phase, and statewide we are providing guidance to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Gov. Wolf.