Parkland Press

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Library, police at Roma building

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Parkland Community Library Board of Directors President Barry G. Cohen has announced the library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall, is closed due to safety concerns associated with the township campus construction project

“The safety of our patrons is of the utmost concern,” Cohen stated on the library’s website.

“Our closing, while sudden, was and is necessary.

“While our physical location is currently off limits to the community, library staff is working behind the scenes to make our collection available and to prepare a temporary space for library services.”

State hospital demolition to begin in July

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Montgomery County demolition and environmental contractor has been awarded a $12.7 million contract to demolish the former Allentown State Hospital off Hanover Avenue in east Allentown.

On July 2, 2019, Gov. Tom Wolf signed S.B. 701 which was introduced by state Sen. Patrick Browne, R-16th.

The bill authorized the competitive solicitation committee, which included Browne, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, and official representatives of Allentown and Bethlehem to review proposals and recommend a buyer.

Volunteers create special day for kids

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Thirty-three Parkland students were treated to a special Christmas shopping spree lasr December thanks to the efforts of Target, the Parkland School District, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie police officers, Lehigh County Sheriff’s Department, Pennsylvania State Troopers and Parkland School Board member David Kennedy and his wife, Elizabeth.

The youngsters, three students from each of the 11 Parkland schools, were chosen by their guidance counselors to take part in participate in the annual Heroes and Helpers program.

Zoo euthanizes gray wolf Necropsy shows Alpha had brain tumor

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by The Press in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Zoo announced Feb. 13 that its Mexican gray wolf, Alpha, was euthanized the previous day.

He was one of three wolves, all brothers, who have been at the Lehigh Valley Zoo for 10 years.

Alpha presented neurological signs for several days before his death, and veterinary and keeper staff began to monitor him constantly and provide supportive care over the following days.

His mental and physical health showed no signs of improvement and by Monday into Tuesday, his health took a sharp decline.

New commissioners oppose Pinsley for membership on green council

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Although former commissioner Mark Pinsley provided the impetus for the South Whitehall Green Advisory Council, two new board members voted against his appointment to the group.

At the Feb. 5 commissioners’ meeting, board President Christina “Tori” Morgan and Matt Mobilio voted in favor of Pinsley joining the advisory council, while Diane Kelly and Michael Wolk voted no.

About a year ago, Pinsley introduced the idea of cutting back on single use plastics in the township.

Sonny the Pom provides calm for students

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by BERNADETTE SUKLEY in Local News

Sonny, an 8-year-old Pomeranian and his companion, Sherry Lynch, recently visited Northwestern Lehigh High School to help students decrease stress during exam week.

Lynch and Sonny, members of Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs, visited with 180 students and staff.

Students could visit with the 6-pound Pomeranian during exams to benefit from his calming energy.

According to a Washington State University study, petting animals, even if they are not one’s own, for 10 minutes, lowers stress levels.