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Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

The state Health Department is coming under increased criticism for its bungled handling to the COVID-19 pandemic at nursing homes,

Nearly 70 percent of all deaths in the state attributed to the coronavirus have occurred at these and other elder-care facilities.

Legislators and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro are weighing in, too.

The situation has become so alarming that Shapiro last week announced his office has opened criminal investigations into several long-term...

Area state senators

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

State Senate

Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th

Office: 1 E. Broad St., Suite 120, Bethlehem

Phones: 610-868-8667; 717-787-4236.

Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th

Office: 702 Hamilton St., Allentown

Phones: 610-821-8468; 717-787-1349.

Sen. Mario Scavello, R-40th

Offices: 2 N. Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl;

2989 Route 611, Unit 103, Tannersville, Monroe County

Phones: 610-863-1200; 570-620-4326; 717-787-6123.

State House

Rep. Gary...

Lehigh Valley Zoo welcomes newborn oryx calf

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville, and Lowhill Township, in conjunction with Lehigh Valley Health Network, has announced that a male scimitar-horned oryx calf has been born into the herd.

LVHN is the official motherhood partner of the zoo.

The new, yet-to-be-named calf was reported healthy and nursing from his mother, Ducati, within an hour of birth.

Oryx calves typically stand within the first hour of birth, which the zoo’s newest addition demonstrated for his keepers....

Chosen Words

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

She’s sheltering in place

taking care of her own

protecting them from chill winds

No long walks

or taking flight for her

She’s dedicated to her task

so vital to the future of her species

This is her duty

and she is performing it to the utmost

For it is her hope that as a result

10 baby ducklings will follow her

into their new world

D.J. Hausman-Hill

Lititz

Man found dead in house fire

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township suffered its second fatal fire in two weeks just before 6 a.m. May 4 when an 73-year-old man was found dead in a home at 4924 Cetronia Road.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, Ernest Wright was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Cassandra Schiffner at 6:51 a.m. at the scene that day.

An autopsy was performed on May 5. The cause and manner of Wright’s death is awaiting forensic testing

The fire, to the rear of the home,...

Troutman explains staffing needs for new school year

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by SUSAN RUMBLE in School

Parkland School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman listed requests for additional personnel for the 2020-2021 term during the board’s April 28 meeting.

The positions are needed to handle enrollment growth and to provide staff for the new Veterans Memorial Elementary School scheduled to open in September.

Troutman said six more full-time elementary teachers are needed, as well as one additional special education teacher in both Jaindl and Veterans Memorial...

Upper Macungie police chief to retire after eight years

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Upper Macungie Township Police Chief Edgardo A. Colón has announced his retirement effective May 22 after eight years of service.

Colón, the department’s first chief, was appointed April 5, 2012, as reported in the April 12, 2012, edition of the Parkland Press.

His official start date was Aug. 20, 2012.

Before becoming chief and creating the police department, which was established Jan. 1, 2013, Colón served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 21 years.

He...

SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by The Press in School

The following programs are running virtually on YouTube and Parkland TV:

May 14: College Athlete Recognition recognizing all athletes planning to play a sport in college, 7 p.m.

May 14: Virtual Art Show, 7-8 p.m. on Facebook. Families will be invited to upload art during this hour (which would have been the launch of the annual Arts Festival).

May 16: Art videos will air on ParklandTV throughout the day in recognition of the Arts Festival.

May 18: Academic Awards/...

GUEST VIEW

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

I admit it: I was a handshakeaholic. First as a teacher, then a journalist and, finally, a newspaper executive, I did a lot of handshaking during my life, but in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, I may never shake another hand for the rest of my days.

I sheepishly admit that until 30 years ago I would even greet my three adult sons with a handshake rather than a warm hug and kiss as I have done since then. (By the way, I have to thank my late wife, Marie, for opening my eyes to...