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Monday, March 18, 2019

Judge Maria Dantos petitions for additional grand jury power

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has announced the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has granted the petition of the Honorable Maria L. Dantos, supervising judge of the investigating grand jury, to allow the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas to resume use of an indicting grand jury.

Dantos petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme Court at the request of Martin.

Upon the petition of Martin, Lehigh County empaneled its first ever investigating grand jury in 2001.

The ninth investigating grand jury is currently empaneled and hearing cases.

Eastern Star chapter initiates fourth generation in one family

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Four generations of one family came together recently at the Porter Chapman Lodge, North Catasauqua, for the initiation of Andrea Cote into Rose Croix Chapter 235, Region 12 B, Order of Eastern Star.

Cote is the granddaughter of Worthy Matron Tru Ann Berger and Worthy Patron Gerald Berger of Orefield.

These members in the Rose Croix chapter include great-grandmother Pauline Leindecker, 97; grandfather Gerald Berger, Andrea’s mother Deanna Cote and Andrea.


Thursday, February 21, 2019 by The Press in Local News


FEB. 21

·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-398-9272.

·Model Railroad Explorer Post 101 at Coplay Municipal Building, Room 201, 96 S. Fourth St., 7-9 p.m. Call 610-965-2598 or 610-262-7013.

·Al-Anon Family Support group for adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families at First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman St. and Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 7-9 p.m.; Alcoholics Anonymous meets 8-9 p.m.

Media invited to tour Allentown State Hospital

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

On a tree-lined circular driveway off Hanover Avenue in a section of east Allentown, formerly called Rittersville, sits the closed Allentown State Hospital.

Members of the media were invited to tour the interior areas of the abandon psychiatric hospital on Jan. 24.

While a warm rainy day outside, it was a cold 37 degrees inside the hospital.

Giant begins deploying robots to food stores

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Following successful pilots that improved in-store efficiencies and freed employees up to better serve customers, Giant Food Stores has announced the introduction of a new robotic assistant to all of its 172 stores.

“Marty,” a tall gray robot with googly eyes, will soon be working alongside associates, thanks to a partnership between Ahold Delhaize USA services company Retail Business Services, Giant, and Jabil subsidiary Badger TechnologiesTM.

Students compete at Cedar Crest for full-tuition scholarship

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A four-year full tuition scholarship was up for grabs Feb. 2 when Cedar Crest College hosted its 10th annual Scholarship Competition Day.

Students from 15 states and Puerto Rico participated in the contest, which included three sections of true and false and multiple choice questions on: history, art, humanities, social science, biology, chemistry, mathematics and logic.

The 143 high schoolers also completed a written essay.

The top five finalists then continued to the interview portion of the competition.

Bowling benefit for pets

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Center for Animal Health and Welfare is having a Pins for Pets fundraiser until the end of the month.

All donations sent in by Feb. 28 will be doubled on air during Bobby Gunther Walsh’s morning show on NewsRadio WAEB 790 through March 7.

There will be an individual /team bowling benefit 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 9 at Jordan Lanes, 731 Jordan Parkway, Whitehall.

There also will be raffles and a bake sale.

To register and for more information, call 610-252-7722 ext. 6.

Two men charged in connection with Upper Macungie Twp. fire

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Two Berks County men and one juvenile have been charged in connection with a mobile home fire which occurred shortly after midnight Oct. 27, 2018, at 1036 Cherry Tree Crossing in the Green Acres Mobile Home Park, Upper Macungie.

According to Upper Macungie Township police, Joseph Newman-Bey, 61, of Maxatawny Township, and Marcanthony Gonzalez, 18, of Mohnton, both in Berks County, along with the juvenile, were charged and arraigned Dec. 27, 2018, regarding their alleged involvement in the fire.