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Two Republicans, one Democrat on ballot in South Whitehall race

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall Commissioners Christina “Tori” Morgan and Thomas Johns are seeking re-election on the Republican ticket, while Mark Pinsley is waging a campaign on the Democratic side in the May 16 Municipal Primary Election.

Residents may vote for not more than two candidates for a four-year term on the board of commissioners.

Morgan, who has been board president for five years, became a commissioner in 2008.

A graduate of Muhlenberg College, Morgan is an environmental compliant specialist with SUEZ.

$172.3 million budget proposed

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland School Board and 30 administrators convened recently for a daylong seminar to review the proposed 2017-18 budget.

Superintendent Richard Sniscak provided opening comments.

“We want to have a good, candid discussion on a transparent budget process,” he explained.

“We are coming forward today with a balanced budget.

“We have the lowest real estate tax in Lehigh County based on mileage.”

The proposed budget indicates $172.3 million in expenditures for 2017-18, a 3.76-percent increase over the previous term.

North Whitehall voters to decide candidate to run in November

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall Township voters will be choosing a candidate in the May 16 Municipal Primary Election for a six-year term as supervisor to run in the November election.

Democratic Stephen Ewald, who is running against fellow Democrat Dennis E. Klusaritz, could not be reached for comment.

The winner on that side of the ticket will face either Republican Steve Pany or Eric A. Neubauer in the November election.

Klusaritz, a lifelong resident of the township, is a 1977 graduate of Parkland High School.

‘Fame’ coming to Jewish Community Center stage

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Hopes and dreams run high for a diverse group of students at the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in New York City in the musical “Fame Jr.”

Stagemakers at the J will perform “Fame Jr.” May 18 and 21 at the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown, and May 28 at the Temple Covenant of Peace, Easton.

Based on the book by Jose Fernandez with music by Steve Margoshes, and lyrics by Jacques Levy, “Fame Jr.” explores issues confronting many young people today.

Voters to choose four school board candidates

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Voters in the Parkland School District will choose four candidates in the May 16 Municipal Primary Election to face off in the November election.

Marc Posegay and Keith Massie are running as Democrats. David M. Caruth is on the Republican ticket.

Sheikh Afzal, Jay Rohatgi, Marie Maritch, Linda Perlman-McKenna, David J. Hein and Robert M. Cohen have cross-filed on both the Democratic and Republican ballots

Elbich, Grammes unopposed on primary ballot

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Democrat Bob Elbich and Republican Marc J. Grammes are unopposed on their respective party’s ballot in the May 16 Municipal Primary Election.

They will face each other in the November election for a four-year term in office as Lehigh County commissioner in District 1.

Elbich says he spent his entire work life in the private sector. He founded two Lehigh County companies, Pure Fit Inc. and Exigo Manufacturing Inc..

A former manager of manufacturing methods at Air Products and operations manager of Acme Cryogenics, Elbich says he sees himself as “a problem solver.”


Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Local News


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Community Services for Children honors Bob Lovett, CASA

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Community Services for Children recently honored Dr. J. Robert “Bob” Lovett and Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Lehigh County at the 22nd annual Inez and Edward Donley Award for Children’s Advocacy.

The award, established in 1996, acknowledges individuals and organizations whose public service has significantly improved the quality of life for children.

It is named for the late Inez and Edward Donley, the first recipients, who spent their lives advocating for children.