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Friday, January 24, 2020

New Tripoli baby makes media debut

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Lehigh Valley Hospital NICU celebrates two decades of care

Neonatal staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, had good reason to celebrate on Jan. 14 as they commemorated the 20th anniversary of their neonatal intensive care unit, as well as 20-plus years of service at the NICU’s former location at the Allentown hospital site.

The unit’s employees were treated to cake and snacks in the waiting room, as well as colorful posters and displays created by co-workers showcasing memories and quotes gathered over the past two decades, signature moments in neonatal care and the history of Lehigh Valley’s neonatal ICU itself.

School board discusses reconfiguration

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh School District board members met for the first time in 2020 on Jan. 15.

Before the meeting began, the school directors gathered for a photo with the Tiger mascot to celebrate the first meeting of new board member Rachael Scheffler, as well as the return of Secretary John Casciano, Joseph Fatzinger and Todd Leiser for four-year terms.

One major topic of discussion for the night was elementary school reconfiguration.

For sale signs go up at New Tripoli Diner

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Less than three months after its sister restaurant closed its doors, the New Tripoli Diner, 6837 Route 309, New Tripoli, is for sale.

Diner owner John Pittas also owned the Schnecksville Diner, 4257 Route 309, Schnecksville. The latter closed in November 2019 on short notice and with no information about whether the closing was temporary or permanent.

Pulling into the empty parking lot of the diner on Jan. 13 it was clear that, unlike the Schnecksville Diner situation, this closure was permanent as red “for sale” signs dotted the property and the building’s windows.

Presentation encourages students to think about climate change

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in School

Parkland High School students from all grades and science classes gained some insight into ongoing efforts to reduce the effects of global warming during a presentation on climate change and carbon capture processes on Nov. 25, 2019.

The guest speaker was John Cirucci, of North Whitehall Township, is an adjunct research professor at Arizona State University and a retired chemical engineer with Air Products.

The presentation was organized by Sean Flueso, physics teacher and high school science department chair.

House Bill 1459 offers mental health support for first responders

Friday, January 10, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

A new piece of legislation, intending to establish mental wellness and management programs for emergency first responders, passed through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Oct. 30, 2019, with unanimous bipartisan support.

HB 1459, has been in the works since at least 2018 and was introduced to the House by state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, the bill’s prime sponsor, andstate Rep. Frank Farry, R-142nd.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 1459 offers mental health support for first responders

Friday, January 10, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

A new piece of legislation, intending to establish mental wellness and management programs for emergency first responders, passed through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Oct. 30, 2019, with unanimous bipartisan support.

HB 1459, has been in the works since at least 2018 and was introduced to the House by state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, the bill’s prime sponsor, and state Rep. Frank Farry, R-142nd.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Wolf’s mental health initiative brings officials, advocates to Muhlenberg

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Elected officials, community leaders, health care providers and mental health advocates gathered at Muhlenberg College Jan. 3 for a roundtable conversation.

The diverse group was called together by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, to discuss mental health and related topics.

This event was first in a series of discussions announced as a part of Wolf’s new “Reach Out Pa.: Your Mental Health Matters” initiative.

Donations bring reinforcements to Allentown K-9 corps

Sunday, December 29, 2019 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

At a morning news conference in city council chambers Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell and Police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. announced new additions to the city police department’s K-9 corps courtesy of donations from three organizations.

Stan and Tina Kanterman of Somerset, N.J., founders of the nonprofit organization, “Remembering Brian Kanterman Inc.,” announced a $13,500 donation for a patrol/narcotics dog and training, as well as seven weeks of room and board for the handler.

A ballistic vest for the dog was also purchased.

North Whitehall residents express opposition to proposed Strawberry Acres wastewater plant

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

More than four dozen North Whitehall residents gathered at the township building Dec. 9 for a special supervisors hearing on a proposed wastewater sewage facility to be constructed at the former Strawberry Acres Orchard.

Attorney Peter Lehr, of Norris McLaughlin and Frederick Ebert, president of Ebert Engineering Inc., attended the hearing as representatives of Piyush Patel, owner of the development group 5077 Overlook Road LLC and the Strawberry Acres property.

They presented evidence and testimony seeking conditional use approval for the proposed treatment plant.

Stephens Funeral Home honors Vietnam vets, military with ceremony

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

During the afternoon of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie, hosted a ceremony recognizing the service of local veterans and acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

To commemorate the anniversary, Matthew Stephens, supervisor of the funeral home, led the Vietnam War Vets Pinning Ceremony.

All veterans who were on active duty in the armed forces during the Vietnam War, or family members representing Vietnam veterans, were presented with a pin on behalf of Stephens Funeral Home to honor their service during the conflict.