Parkland Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

PPL Center welcomes Browne’s Family and Community Expo

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Although in its 13th year, 2019 is the first time state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, has hosted his Family and Community Expo at the PPL Center, 701 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

The Aug. 1 indoor event provided area children an opportunity to stock up on school supplies, and for their families to stock up on knowledge about the services available at various Lehigh Valley government offices and community organizations.

Previous expos took place at Bucky Boyle Park.

Dual enrollment meetings scheduled

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by The Press in Local News


Lehigh Carbon Community College will hold two special orientation sessions for high school students who will be dual enrolled in college courses at LCCC this fall. Students and parents will learn about what to expect as a dual enrollment student and be able to ask questions about the upcoming semester.

Sessions are scheduled 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 8 or 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 15. Register online at

Former Parkland teacher waives preliminary hearing

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Former Parkland and Palisades teacher Christian Willman, 39, of Coopersburg, will be heading directly to trial for allegedly sexually assaulting female students at both schools.

According to court documents obtained Aug. 5, Willman waived his right to a preliminary hearing Aug. 1 in a Bucks County courtroom.

On June 27, Lehigh and Bucks County District Attorneys Jim Martin and Matt Weintraub announced during a joint news conference additional charges had been filed against Willman for allegedly sexually assaulting four Parkland High School students.

Article By: KENNETH BLEILER Special to The Press

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

Township resident Richard Seltzer told Upper Macungie supervisors at their July meeting he has been waiting five years for someone to cut down a tree near his property along Farm Bureau Road.

He claims the tree is only about three feet from the roadway.

“The township has done nothing,” Seltzer stated.

During the discussion, Supervisor Kathy Rader noted the tree is on a neighbor’s property.

Supervisor Jim Brunell told Seltzer the township does not have the right to go on private property and cut down the tree.

Township adds attractions in Ontelaunee Park

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The people in the park were walking alone or in couples, some with dogs or with babies in strollers.

They wanted to take advantage of the early morning coolness.

Homer Snyder built and then operated Ontelaunee Park in Lynn Township, for 37 years until 1966.

After serving as a music venue, the park was abandoned and became home to weeds and a swamp.

The township bought the land and the first project was to clear the area and create a master plan to resuscitate the park.

Make the Road PA protesters gather in S. Whitehall

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

More than 100 people gathered at the corner of Hamilton Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue, South Whitehall, on Aug. 3 for a Make the Road PA rally to protest alleged police brutality and to remember the life of Joseph “Joey” Santos of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.

Santos, who was unarmed, was allegedly shot and killed by former South Whitehall Township Police Officer Jonathan Roselle around 5:44 p.m. July 28, 2018, across from Dorney Park.

The rally took place a block from where Santos was shot.

During the rally, a representative for the Santos family spoke about his life.

Board OKs full-time safety director

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Dr. Anthony Naradko has been appointed full-time director of safety and security for the Parkland School District.

Previously, his position also included assistant principal at the high school.

Naradko oversees the Safe2Say Something program which teaches students and staff how to recognize warning signs, especially in social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves and to other people.

Students are encouraged to say something to a trusted adult or use the Safe2Say anonymous reporting system.

Purple Heart recipient honored at national tribute

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Pfc. Michael J. Mescavage, the Pennsylvania Commander, Ret., of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, of Hamburg, is among those being honored as part of a national tribute to recipients on National Purple Heart Day.

The Purple Heart is presented to those injured or killed in combat. Aug. 6 was West Point Day for the tribute.

Mescavage’s wife, Annie, accompanied him on the trip.