Northwestern Press

Monday, September 23, 2019

Granitz named Allentown’s interim police chief

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Speaking before a crowded room, Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell announced the appointment of Capt. Glenn E. Granitz Jr. as the city’s interim police chief.

Mayor O’Connell began his speech by stating, “Seventeen months ago, when I took this job as the interim mayor of the City of Allentown, one of the first tasks I had was the selection of a new police chief,” O’Connell said. “Glen Dorney was retiring from the city heading to South Whitehall Township, so the department needed a new police chief. I selected Tony Alsleben.”

O’Connell then noted Alsleben was an excellent chief.

Oakes praises retiring custodian

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh School District Operations Manager Arthur Oakes announced the retirement of a 25-year school custodian at during the Aug. 21 board meeting

Oakes said Ethel Hollenbach was helpful in setting up and tearing down equipment for special events.

She also realized the meaning of school and community.

Hollenbach will be given a plaque but was unable to attend the meeting.

“She was an amazing custodian,” Oakes said.

Washington board donates to rec association

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Washington Township supervisors adopted a resolution during their Sept. 3 meeting to contribute $50,000 in each of the next five years to the Northern Lehigh Recreation Association.

Walnutport and Slatington have also signed a resolution to this effect. The three municipalities are working toward a community center. The township has also applied for grants.

The Heidelberg Union Church 5K and kids 1 mile race will begin 9 a.m. Sept. 21. This will require a two-hour closing of several township roads including: Werley Street and portions of Best Station and Irvin Street.

Armstrong unveils proposed 2020 budget

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Wearing a bipartisan purple shirt, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong unveiled his $514.6 million fiscal plan for 2020 to department heads, staffers, four commissioners and the public on Aug. 30.

Speaking in the public hearing room of the county administration center in Allentown, Armstrong’s budget raises taxes to 5.5 percent which translates into a 3.84 millage rate that is expected to generate $115 million

That would be a $771.84 tax per year on a $201,000 home, according to information provided by Armstrong.

Toomey provides update to LV Chamber members

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., addressed a number of issues during a Washington, D.C., update Aug. 29, at the Lehigh Country Club.

Toomey answered questions posed by Tony Ianelli, president and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, during a live videotaping session of the chamber’s WFMZ television program “Business Matters.”

More than 100 area business and corporate leaders attended the networking breakfast and the Toomey taping session.

Ianelli’s first question concerned gun control.