Northwestern Press

Monday, October 22, 2018

National Fire Prevention week

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

OCTOBER 7-13

According to the National Fire Prevention Association website, this year’s National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” is about educating people on the three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire — and how to escape safely in the event of one:

LOOK

Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

LISTEN

South Whitehall responds to NAACP travel advisory

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

South Whitehall Township has issued a statement in reply to the travel advisory for “minorities and persons of color” issued Aug. 29 by the Allentown Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People regarding travel in and to the township.

According to the advisory, posted on the group’s Facebook page, the travel advisory was issued “to warn minorities to be aware of personal safety in interactions with South Whitehall Township’s Police Force,” which the Allentown Branch of the NAACP says “lacks any African American Police Officers.”

Removing mold is a daunting task

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh’s new superintendent, Jennifer Holman, has found herself in a “sticky,” well maybe not exactly sticky, but definitely a moldy situation just as classes were scheduled to begin on Aug. 27 for students in the middle school.

Holman initially released an update on the district’s website on Aug. 24.

According to the initial posting, “mold or mildew is appearing on porous and upholstered surfaces, such as chairs, in several classrooms on the lower level of the middle school.”

Her third and latest update was on Aug. 28.

BREAKING NEWS: Mold at middle school ...

Friday, August 24, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

‘Summer vacation’ extended for some students in district

Northwestern Lehigh’s new superintendent Jennifer Holman has found herself in a “sticky,” well maybe not exactly sticky, but definitely a moldy situation, just as classes were scheduled to begin Aug. 27 for students in the middle school.

According to a posting on the district website, “mold or mildew is appearing on porous and upholstered surfaces, such as chairs, in several classrooms on the lower level of the middle school.”

Holman spoke with The Press on Aug. 24, explaining why classes for middle schoolers need to be delayed.

It was a tornado!

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Heidel Hollow workshop roof damaged

She had just parked her car at the barn across the driveway from her house when she heard buckets rolling down the macadam. Then, she heard the roof of the farm workshop explode.

Sonia Fink, co-owner of Heidel Hollow Farm in Germansville, described what she heard as she tried to make it to safety when an EF0 tornado ripped through her family farm just before 6 p.m. July 22.

“I struggled to make it to the tree,” Fink said.

That tree, between the driveway where her car was parked and the edge of the property where her house is located, more than likely saved her life.

Farmland preservation celebrated

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Fink family honored for having Bicentennial Farm

State and county dignitaries were recently welcomed to David and Sonia Fink’s Heidel Hollow Farm in Germansville.

The June 7 visit had a dual purpose.

This year, Lehigh County’s Agricultural Land Preservation Program and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Farmland Preservation are celebrating 30 years of permanently preserving farms for agricultural production in both the commonwealth and in the county.

More than 5,270 farm owners, have preserved over 550,000 acres in Pennsylvania, which leads the nation in the number of farms and acres preserved.

New Jersey woman charged

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced May 17 a New Jersey woman has been charged in relation to an overdose death which occurred in 2016.

Meredith Corbet, 28, of 909 Adrienne Avenue, Greenwich Township, Warren County, N.J., was charged with one count each of drug delivery resulting in death and conspiracy to commit drug delivery resulting in death, both felonies of the first degree.

Sunflower seeds benefit birds, memorial scholarship

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

When Imogene Marie Dietrich died March 16, 2017, at age 59, her husband and high school sweetheart, Bill, knew he had to find a way to honor her memory.

As Imogene loved sunflowers, Bill decided to plant a field of the bright yellow flowers next to his Germansville home.

When the flowers were ready for harvesting, Bill took the sunflower seeds and bagged them to sell as wild bird food.

A 1975 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, Imogene and Bill married in 1973.

The couple had two children, Steven Dietrich and Stacey Scanlon.

Lehigh Valley Press weekly newspapers welcome new advertising director

Friday, April 6, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Business Showcase

Terry Plinke has been named the new advertising director for the Lehigh Valley Press’ eight weekly newspapers.

Plinke started her career in medical laboratory sales in 1976.

She and her husband, Richard, worked together in Outdoor Marketing Systems, creating transit advertising for bus shelters and on buses.

Born and raised in Reading, Berks County, the mother of three adult sons and her husband live in the West End of Allentown.