Northwestern Press

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Back the Blue

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Police supporters gather near scene of fatal shooting

Back the Blue supporters came out this weekend to show their backing for law enforcement in general and rookie South Whitehall Police Officer Jonathan Roselle, in particular.

The Aug. 12 rally, at the entrance to the Comfort Suites, 3712 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township, was organized by Cory Fatzinger of New Tripoli.

Roselle was charged with voluntary manslaughter following the July 28 shooting death of Joseph Santos of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., near the hotel.

Love of country brings veterans together at Mickey D’s

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Love for the American flag and their service in the Army, Navy and Air Force has brought a group of strangers together over coffee and Big Macs.

Ron Hanna of South Whitehall, spokesman for the group which meets 10 a.m. Tuesdays at McDonald’s, 721 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall, said their relationship began about five years ago.

“It is a fun group,” Hanna said. “We discuss anything and everything, and what is happening in people’s daily lives and with their loved ones.”

Germansville family opens home to New York teen

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Germansville residents, Jim and Laura George, could not wait to welcome back their Fresh Air child, B.J, this summer through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.

The George family has hosted B.J, 13, from the Bronx, N.Y. since 2016.

B.J has gone hiking, kayaking, camping and exploring with the George family.

“Going kayaking was a great memory,” Laura said. “B.J was nervous at first but once he overcame that, he really enjoyed it.

“It was neat to witness B.J conquer a fear.”

Police investigating arson in Maxatawny Township

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

State Police Troop L, Reading, are investigating an arson fire which occurred Aug. 4 at a home at 15619 Kutztown Road, Maxatawny Township, Berks County.

At 11:40 a.m. that day, police received a 911 call from one of the residents of the home, who had fled in order to make the call.

A male, who allegedly had advised his wife to leave the home, was reported to have splashed himself with gasoline and was seen carrying propane tanks into the home, police say.

Shortly thereafter, a fire was reported at the home.

South Whitehall couple die in murder-suicide

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 91-year-old man and his 81-year-old wife were found dead late in the afternoon of July 31 from a murder-suicide in their home in the 3400 block of Hickory Circle, South Whitehall Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, the man was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Richard Pender at 6:41 p.m. He pronounced the woman dead at 6:43 p.m.

An autopsy on the woman was scheduled for Aug. 1. The autopsy on her husband is scheduled for Aug. 2, Grim said.

The cause of the woman’s death was blunt force injuries.

2-alarm fire destroys home in Upper Macungie Twp

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Good Will Fire Company, Trexlertown; Upper Macungie Township Station 56; Fogelsville; Alburtis; Macungie; Weisenberg; Tri-Clover; Woodlawn and Topton fire departments were dispatched at 5:55 a.m. July 22 for a two-alarm house fire at 1124 Mosser Road, Upper Macungie Township.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel provided medical assistance and rehabilitation, Trexlertown Fire Chief Stephen Oplinger emailed The Press.

He said Chief Gross from Station 56 was in command and approximately 60 firefighters were on scene.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Christ’s Church at Lowhill having camp out, movie night

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Christ’s Church at Lowhill, 4695 Church Road, New Tripoli, will have a movie night and camp out in the grove at 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

Campers and tents are welcome. Refreshments will be served at the pavilion.

Movie will start at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. A light breakfast will be served on Saturday morning.

Camping is optional but come for a summer night of fun and watch a movie under the stars.

If there is rain, the movie will be shown indoors.

Call Bill at 484-860-9872 for information.

2-alarm fire destroys home in Upper Macungie Twp

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Good Will Fire Company, Trexlertown; Upper Macungie Township Station 56; Fogelsville; Alburtis; Macungie; Weisenberg; Tri-Clover; Woodlawn and Topton fire departments were dispatched at 5:55 a.m. July 22 for a two-alarm house fire at 1124 Mosser Road, Upper Macungie Township.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel provided medical assistance and rehabilitation, Trexlertown Fire Chief Stephen Oplinger emailed The Press.

He said Chief Leroy Gross from Station 56 was in command and approximately 60 firefighters were on scene.

Parkland grad featured on Brother vs. Brother

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Season six of HGTV’s hit show, Brother vs. Brother, features design work from Amanda Goldberg, founder and CEO of Planted Design, in the Bay area of California.

Goldberg and her team competed on Team Jonathan Scott as he challenged his brother, Drew Scott, in an interior design showdown.

Planted Design builds custom living vertical gardens, maintenance-free moss walls and unique plant arrangements across the United States.

Ahead of the premiere, Goldberg and her plants were featured in TV Guide Magazine and on HGTV’s website.

LOWHILL TOWNSHIP: Zoo offering health day July 22

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, is offering a community health day with health professionals and staff from St. Luke’s 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22.

They will be offering blood pressure readings and Dr. Elyse Jones from St. Luke’s Allentown Pediatrics will be having a Walk with a Doc around the outside perimeter of the zoo at 10 a.m.

Participants will receive a small discount to the zoo that day.

This is also a Tail on the Trail approved event so log miles on TailOnTheTrail.org and earn free gear.