Northwestern Press

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Wolf extends school, non-life-sustaining business closures

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

In a news conference on March 30, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised the commonwealth’s Stay-at-Home orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order.

This order took effect 8 p.m., March 30, and will continue through April 30.

According to the news release, all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. Non-life-sustaining business closures also remain in effect.

Penn State Extension seeks agricultural businesses

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Penn State Extension is looking for owners of agricultural businesses with retail space.

The extension will help provide a customer’s perspective, marketing and merchandising strategies, and customer service suggestions.

Subscribe to “Under the Ground” to better understand and enhance how the business appears in the eyes of the customer.

“Under the Ground” is an annual subscription-based service and network that provides businesses with a comprehensive picture of their retail storefront from the eyes of customers, peers and marketing specialists.

Canine coronavirus differs from human COVID-19

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by LISA PRICE in Local News

I knew that many people vaccinate their dogs to protect them against coronavirus, in fact that vaccination is often a requirement for dogs that will be held in a boarding kennel.

While I was familiar with the name corona, I didn’t know how the canine and human corona viruses differed. As someone who shares a couch with a bunch of sporting dogs, I thought I should know.

JCC celebrates Purim during annual carnival

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by ANITA HIRSCH in Local News

The Jewish Community Center, Allentown, had its annual Purim Carnival on March 8 with games, inflatables, snacks, crafts, prizes, the PJ Library and story time.

There was also food to eat ranging from popcorn and snow cones to Hamantashen to Borekas which were sold by the food truck, parked outside the JCC.

Purim is the Jewish festival that celebrates the victory of the Jewish community in Persia, led by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, over a plot to exterminate the Jews planned by Prime Minister Haman and King Ahashuerus.

Martin announces office functions during COVID-19 restrictions

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced March 20 in light of federal, state and local restrictions due to COVID-19, the office remains equipped to handle any requests from law enforcement for assistance as well as respond to any emergencies.

All sworn officers, i.e., county detectives, are working as usual.

The District Attorney’s Office will also continue operations, but as effective March 19 with a reduced staff that includes one-third of assistant district attorneys on site daily as well as two-thirds assistant district attorneys working remotely.

Coloring book helps child victims, witnesses

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

District Attorney Jim Martin has announced the creation of a coloring book aimed at helping child victim/witnesses to learn more about the court process and make it less intimidating.

The book titled, “What Happens in Court?” will be issued by members of the District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Unit and features Ramona, a courthouse companion dog who joined the staff in 2017.

Heidelberg supervisors update residents

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

The following information was provided to the Northwestern Press on March 30:

Heidelberg Township board of supervisors and staff are saddened to learn a resident who contracted the virus COVID-19 has passed.

We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends.

As a rural community, we often feel sheltered from the rest of the world.

This news brings home the fact we all need to take the necessary precautions to protect each other.

We want to assure our residents we have been doing everything within our power to protect them.

Cedarbrook says there are no resident COVID-19 cases

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Residents untouched by the virus

Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation reports there are no confirmed or suspected resident cases of COVID-19 within either Cedarbrook facility.

Cedarbrook has diligently prepared for the potential of COVID-19 affecting the resident population by initiating the construction of an isolation wing several weeks ago.

The community spread of the virus throughout the Lehigh Valley has touched one Cedarbrook county employee who tested positive.

The employee is isolated and doing well.

Canine coronavirus differs from human COVID-19

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by LISA PRICE in Local News

I knew that many people vaccinate their dogs to protect them against coronavirus, in fact that vaccination is often a requirement for dogs that will be held in a boarding kennel.

While I was familiar with the name corona, I didn’t know how the canine and human corona viruses differed. As someone who shares a couch with a bunch of sporting dogs, I thought I should know.