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Parkland Community Library provides update on services

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

Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall, recently provided the following update on its services through the library’s weekly Enewsletter.

According to the Enewsletter, the North Whitehall Township book drop, 3256 Levans Road, North Whitehall, is closed.

Patrons should hold items until April. If patrons must drop off items, they will need to visit another Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative Library.

Community initiative to tackle homeless veterans’ crisis

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

A new initiative to address the crisis of veteran homelessness in the Lehigh Valley was recently unveiled by local leaders, government officials and community partners at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown.

Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs Director Tom Applebach announced the creation of the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund.

Additionally, he announced that state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, had secured $200,000 in grants for the fund.

Jury selection begins for trial of former police officer

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

Jury selection began Tuesday for the trial of former South Whitehall Township police officer Jonathan Roselle, who faces criminal charges related to a 2018 fatal on-duty shooting.

Roselle’s trial was scheduled to begin March 9 before Judge Kelly L. Banach in the Lehigh County Courthouse, Allentown.

Krista Schantz, administrative assistant for Banach’s chambers, told The Press jury selection would begin March 10. The selection process was expected to continue on March 11.

BREAKING NEWS: Senior Centers close

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

The Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services has issued the following statement:

Lehigh County wants to assure all residents that we are taking every precaution when it comes to our vulnerable elder population. As such, we will be closing our senior centers starting from March 13 through March 23.

For any questions or concerns regarding elder safety, contact the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services directly at 610-782-3034.

BREAKING NEWS: Schlossberg issues statement on COVID-19, announces office operation plans

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

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, has released the following statement on COVID-19 and the temporary closure of his district office:

“We have unquestionably entered an uncharted moment in modern history. It is not an exaggeration to say that how we act now will determine the fate of thousands, if not millions.

BREAKING NEWS: Nonessential visitation suspended at Cedarbrook

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

Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation has announced that effective 1 p.m. March 12 visitation of all non-medical guests and volunteers to the South Whitehall and Fountain Hill locations has been suspended.

According to information provided by Lehigh County, visitor restrictions include Brookview apartments tenants visiting the nursing home. Visitor restriction measures are taken as a precaution to protect residents and staff from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

There are currently no confirmed cases and no suspected cases of COVID-19 within the facilities.

Lily’s Hope prepares for gala

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Staff and volunteers with Lily’s Hope Foundation gathered March 7 at their headquarters along Cedar Crest Boulevard, Salisbury Township, to prepare for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Party for Preemies Gala.

Lily’s Hope Foundation is a nonprofit organization which supports families of premature babies with care packages tailored to the needs of each individual family.

Lily’s Hope was founded in 2013 when it became apparent to Jen Driscoll that preemies required a great deal of care while in a hospital and when going home.

Girl Scouts learn about notable women

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Parkland Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania recently participated in World Thinking Day 2020 at Union Lutheran Church, Neffs.

This year’s focus was on diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Scouts learned about notable women, such as Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1967, and Ruby Bridges, the first black child to integrate a white school in Louisiana in 1960.

Both overcame gender-based obstacles.

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.