Parkland Press

Monday, August 19, 2019

Residents offer various comments at meeting

Friday, August 16, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

South Whitehall board members, staff and residents provided comments not only on the comprehensive plan guiding principles prepared by consultant Thomas Comitta but also on various other issues of concern in the township.

Board’ President Christina “Tori” Morgan was looking for an economic aspect in the principles.

“We need to have smart growth and economic stability to provide services,” Morgan said. “It’s a big puzzle. We have to put all the pieces together. The hope is...

Residents bring issues to the board

Friday, August 16, 2019 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

North Whitehall resident Charles Horwith wanted to know more about building coverage on a lot.

He alleged, during the supervisors’ Aug. 5 meeting, that his neighbor exceeded the maximum lot coverage by building an addition to an existing building near the intersection of Old Post and Mauch Chunk roads near the Binney Mart.

Township Solicitor Lisa Young attempted to explain the process for calculation of the maximum lot coverage.

Wendy Lukens lives on a private road and...

New varsity coaches named

Friday, August 16, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Parkland’s school board has granted approval for new wrestling, golf, and track and field varsity coaches.

Jonathan Trenge was named head wrestling coach to replace Michael Ottinger.

An earth-and-space science teacher at the high school, Trenge was a two-time state champion while a student at Parkland.

He attended Lehigh University where he was twice a national runner up. He was fifth at the Olympic trials in 2004 and was Canada Cup champion.

Since 2014, Trenge...

Consultant lists goals provided by residents for comprehensive plan

Friday, August 16, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Consultant Thomas Comitta returned to South Whitehall July 30 for the third comprehensive plan meeting which took place in the forum room at Parkland High School.

This time, attendance was far less than the full house at the previous session.

Comitta began with a summary of suggestions given by residents at the two earlier meetings.

These included opportunities for alternative transportation, maintenance of Covered Bridge Park and historic places, coordination of future...

On the hunt for the spotted lanternfly

Friday, August 16, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Penn State Extension Specialist Heather Leach, MS, is traveling the Lehigh Valley and Berks County educating residents about the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly.

Leach, an entomologist at Penn State, is currently working with other extension program specialists in an effort to bring the spotted lanternfly explosion under control.

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, sponsored Leach’s presentation Aug. 8 at Good Will Fire Co. No. 1, Trexlertown.

Leach’s program...

Therapy Dogs are all ears at library reading festival

Friday, August 16, 2019 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

One of the fun activities during the summer at Parkland Community Library is the “Read to the Pups” program.

On July 29, children were invited to stop in, sit outside on the grass on a blanket and practice reading their favorite stories to the gentle Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs.

On this particular evening, five Therapy Dogs listened intently as the kids read their favorite tales.

S. Whitehall, Upper Macungie police participate in Safe Driver Week

Friday, August 16, 2019 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Officers from South Whitehall and Upper Macungie Township police departments were out in force July 17 on the Route 222 bypass in Upper Macungie Township, as part of the Coordinating Resources to Advance Safer Highways program.

The joint enforcement program which included law enforcement agencies from Lehigh and Berks counties ran July 14-20.

Truckers were their main focus as there has been an increase recently in large rig accidents.

Areas of focus included commercial...

Martin praises Crisis Intervention Team training

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin recently praised the value of Crisis Intervention Team training provided to Lehigh County Law Enforcement and the Hub Model used by Upper Macungie police.

CIT training is an international model for training first responders, specifically police, about what mental illness is as well as what constitutes intellectual disabilities and other disabilities which affect mental health.

The training is being provided to members of law...

Jim Martin honored for battling human trafficking

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Aspire has honored Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin for his work in the fight against human trafficking.

Martin received the Victory through Service Award at the group’s first anniversary celebration, Art for Autonomy, July 25 in Bethlehem.

The award is sponsored by Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania, an organization which works toward elevating victims’ rights through the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Martin was one of three recipients. He received his award in the...