Northwestern Press

Monday, July 16, 2018

Jerdon is Leukemia, Lymphoma Society 2018 Man of the Year

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Construction and service go hand in hand for Ron Jerdon of New Tripoli who recently earned the title “Man of the Year” for his fundraising efforts for the 2018 Lehigh Valley Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign.

Jerdon, owner of Jerdon Construction Services, decided to get involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s fundraising efforts after several important people in his life were affected by blood cancer.

Allentown celebrates Flag Day

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

The Allentown Flag Day Association held its annual Flag Day Ceremony June 14 in West Park, Allentown.

This is the oldest incorporated Flag Day Association in America, having been organized in 1907.

With the Allentown Band, under the direction of Ron Demke, the beautiful music was accompanied by beautiful weather.

Thomas Applebach, director with Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs was the keynote speaker.

Flag Day essay winners from Allentown middle schools recited their essays for the attendees.

Gary Day has open house at temporary headquarters

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

State Rep. Gary Day, R-187th, had an open house June 21 at his temporary office at the Good Will Trexlertown Fire Company building, Trexlertown.

Day moved his office following a fire in the New Tripoli mall where his office had been located.

Staff members Kailee Fisher, constituent outreach specialist, and Kathy McQuilken, district office manager, were on hand to help residents of the district with issues ranging from acquiring original birth certificates to permits for land use.

Northwestern Lehigh bids farewell to Superintendent Mary Anne Wright

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

The beginning of the June 20 Northwestern Lehigh School Board meeting was a matter of saying “goodbye” to Superintendent Dr. Mary Anne Wright.

This was her last school board meeting and, the end of June will be her last on the job.

Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Holman has been chosen to fill the superintendent position.

Resident Donna Smith addressed Wright during the public comment portion of the meeting.

“We appreciate the positive direction you took the school and that you were approachable,” Smith said.

New Tripoli, Weisenberg firefighters complete training

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Sixteen area volunteer fire departments added 26 firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received certificates of completion June 19 during a ceremony at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.

This was the ninth annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held January to May at the Allentown Fire Department’s Mack Station, 1902 Lehigh St., near Queen City Airport.

New Tripoli Fire Company Capt. Ryan Williams, Chief Peter Christ and Lt. Kyle Watson attended the graduation for Phillip Hobel and Josh Dietrich.

NWL begins cops on campus

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh School District will soon have its own police force to enforce the safety of students.

The school board approved hiring Chief Brian Tobin, who said he has some ideas for safety. Other officers will be hired to assist the new chief.

Joshua Ziatyk was hired as assistant superintendent effective July 23. His salary will be prorated at $125,000. He was a teacher and assistant principal at Brandywine Heights School District.

Heidelberg board receives fire company, EMS reports

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Emergency Management Coordinator Josh Bingham told Heidelberg supervisors at their June meeting that Lynn-port is considering buying a new truck and wants help with the purchase from Heidelberg.

The next joint emergency service meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11.

The response time for Northern Valley Ambulance calls was 10.7 minutes. NOVA is still not fully staffed but expects to be soon.

Goodwill Fire Company Chief Jay Scheffler told supervisors his crew is taking training classes in ropes and forestry. The township has agreed to pay $50,000 toward a brush truck.

Bridge replacement underway at N. Cedar Crest, Broadway

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Broadway at Cedar Crest Boulevard in Allentown and South Whitehall Township was recently closed to traffic so PennDOT can replace the Cedar Crest Boulevard Bridge over the Little Cedar Creek.

Cedar Crest Boulevard access both to and from Broadway will be closed for approximately six weeks.

During this closure, Broadway traffic will be detoured onto Mertz Lane, Haines Mill Road, Hamilton Boulevard and Ott Street.

During the Broadway closure, Parkway Boulevard access to and from Cedar Crest Boulevard will be right-in, right-out only.

Yellow Dot decal assists emergency responders

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Pennsylvania has created the Yellow Dot program as a way for individuals to receive appropriate emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their own needs.

Placing a Yellow Dot sticker in the vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check the glove compartment for vital medical information.

The Yellow Dot sticker and pamphlet with instructions and pages for emergency information are available from the office of state Rep. Gary Day, R-187th.