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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Hyman apologizes for letter sent to tenants

Friday, March 27, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Lehigh Valley developer Nat Hyman has apologized for a letter sent March 23 threatening his tenants with eviction if they do not pay their rent.

According to an anonymous email sent to The Press Monday evening, the letter to tenants reads, in part, as follows:

“We understand that these are difficult times and some of you may have lost your jobs and/or be on unemployment. Despite these circumstances, you are required to pay your rent on time.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHP: Churches cancel programs, services due to COVID-19

Friday, March 27, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fogelsville, has canceled its Lenten evening prayer services through March 31.

Morning Lenten confession and prayer is scheduled until April 1 and the youth egg coloring and community Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 3 and 4 is also canceled.

Pastor Nelson Quinones may still be reached in case of any emergencies by calling the church office.

For any type of assistance (groceries, errands, etc.), do not hesitate to call the office.

There are several church members willing to help. For information, call 610-395-5535.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Zoo, churches cancel programs

Friday, March 27, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

The Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, in accordance with Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent statement, will close to the public until March 31.

According to the zoo’s website, they will continue to keep the public updated about the animals and fill their social media with positivity through posts featuring everyone’s favorite species.

For more information or updates, visit or call 610-799-4171.


Christ’s Church at Lowhill, 4695 Lowhill Church Road, New Tripoli, has canceled its free community breakfast and egg hunt scheduled for April 4.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Various community Easter events offered April 4 for kids

Friday, March 13, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township is offering a free Easter Bunny Scramble (egg hunt) for children ages 12 and younger 10:30 a.m. on April 4 at Lone Lane Park, 30 Lone Lane.

The event will be held rain or shine.

Children must be registered to receive prizes and giveaways.

There will be music, light concession foods, giveaways and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

To register or for more information, go to or call 610-395-4892.


LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Zoo celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with events on March 14 and 15

Friday, March 13, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, will celebrate all things green at its St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 14 and 15.

There will be a special reptile and amphibian keeper chat 12:30 p.m. in the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Center.

Joanna Bertalan of Professional Singing Princess will perform at the zoo as Merida. She will give two story times.

The first at 11 a.m. and the second at noon. There will be a meet-and-greet after each session on March 15.

Weisenberg Twp man accused of biting state trooper

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 56-year-old Weisenberg Township man was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly biting a state trooper 9:15 p.m. March 2 next to the detached garage of his home in the 2700 block of Distillery Road.

According to the affidavit of probable cause obtained from Magisterial District Judge Tom Creighton’s office, Slatington, State Trooper David Tretter said he was requested to respond to the Distillery Road address to investigate an incident where another trooper was allegedly assaulted by Dean M. Bucks, who had allegedly fled from an attempted traffic stop.

State hospital demolition to begin in July

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A Montgomery County demolition and environmental contractor has been awarded a $12.7 million contract to demolish the former Allentown State Hospital off Hanover Avenue in east Allentown.

On July 2, 2019, Gov. Tom Wolf signed S.B. 701 which was introduced by state Sen. Patrick Browne, R-16th.

The bill authorized the competitive solicitation committee, which included Browne, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, and official representatives of Allentown and Bethlehem to review proposals and recommend a buyer.

Grundsau says six more weeks of winter

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Mid 30-degree temperatures did not deter the 50-plus groundhog aficionados from gathering 7 a.m. Feb. 2 at Wehr’s Dam, South Whitehall, to watch Jahde and his nephew, Lee, float down the Jordan Creek.

As members and supporters of Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 awaited the groundhog’s weather prediction, they were treated to cookies and hot beverages.

Lodsch Haaptmann David Adam of Orefield opened this year’s ceremony by welcoming everyone in Pennsylvania Dutch.

Woman charged with stealing money from Sanctuary

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The former treasurer of an Upper Macungie nonprofit animal rescue group has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property after allegedly stealing more than $11,000.

According to an affidavit of probable cause and criminal complaint obtained from District Judge Michael Faulkner’s office, Upper Macungie Police Detective Jason Wheeler stated that around April 28, 2018, police received a complaint from Linda Green, president of The Sanctuary of Haafsville.

2020 Census postcards to be mailed in mid-March

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The U.S. Census Bureau kicked of its 2020 decennial census Jan. 21 in the rural Village of Toksook Bay, Alaska.

National Census Day, however, isn’t officially observed until April 1.

Robert F. Toth Jr., area census office manager with the Philadelphia Regional Census Center, Allentown Area office, 3900 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall, told The Press Jan. 17 his office, which covers Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Pike and Wayne counties, is still in the recruiting phase of hiring workers.