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Department of Health prepares for COVID-19

Friday, March 13, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Testing starts at state lab

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has provided an update on the COVID-19 novel (new) coronavirus and announced the Department of Health’s ability to test potential cases in the state laboratory.

Levine spoke during a March 3 telebriefing for the press.

According to the Department of Health website as of the morning of March 11, there are 14 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania with eight cases in Montgomery County, two in Bucks County, one each in Delaware, Monroe, and Wayne counties and one in Philadelphia.

BREAKING NEWS: State universities close

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Local News

According to information provided by Kutztown University on March 13 from Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, president of Kutztown University, the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, including Kutztown University, just received direction from our chancellor to suspend face-to-face classes for the next two weeks.

KU will convert to online instruction from March 23 through March 29. It is our expectation that KU residence halls will now reopen 1 p.m. March 29.

Gov. Tom Wolf announces closure of Pennsylvania schools

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced all kindergarten through 12th grade Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective March 16.

According to information provided by the governor’s office on March 13, the administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision.

The Wolf administration will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed.

Wolf made the following statement:

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Outline COVID-19 Mitigation Guidance for Montgomery County, state

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including one new presumptive positive case in Pike County, bringing the state’s total to 22, and guidance on how to reduce the spread of the virus as of March 12.

“In Montgomery County, we are aggressively moving to a mitigation phase, and statewide we are providing guidance to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Gov. Wolf.

Boy Scouts from Troop 89 attend school board meeting

Friday, March 13, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh school directors were joined by a number of young civic-minded audience members at their Feb. 19 meeting.

Board President Willard Dellicker and Vice President Todd Hernandez welcomed Boy Scouts from Troop 89 of Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club, who attended the meeting to work on their Citizenship in the Community merit badge.

In other matters, two meeting topics were the unveiling of the district’s Portrait of a Graduate, which defines the key skills students should have upon graduation to be productive and upstanding citizens, and the comprehensive plan.

Northwestern alumnus returns after living in Bhutan

Friday, March 13, 2020 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

When Bryan Gensits graduated from Northwestern in 2013, he could never have predicted he would find himself studying in a small Asian country halfway around the world, let alone becoming the first international student to complete a Master’s degree from a university in Bhutan.

Six years later, Gensits is initiating a new venture.

“A partner in Bhutan and I have started a tour company, Bhutan Marathon Tours, which specializes in designing tour packages around the premier races in the country,” Gensits explained.

Community initiative to tackle homeless veterans’ crisis

Friday, March 13, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

A new initiative to address the crisis of veteran homelessness in the Lehigh Valley was recently unveiled by local leaders, government officials and community partners at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown.

Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs Director Tom Applebach announced the creation of the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund.

Additionally, he announced that state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, had secured $200,000 in grants for the fund.

Jury selection begins for trial of former police officer

Friday, March 13, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

Jury selection began Tuesday for the trial of former South Whitehall Township police officer Jonathan Roselle, who faces criminal charges related to a 2018 fatal on-duty shooting.

Roselle’s trial was scheduled to begin March 9 before Judge Kelly L. Banach in the Lehigh County Courthouse, Allentown.

Krista Schantz, administrative assistant for Banach’s chambers, told The Press jury selection would begin March 10. The selection process was expected to continue on March 11.

Board OKs two plans

Friday, March 13, 2020 by KENNETH BLEILER in Local News

George White of JHA/Beitler Companies presented a minor subdivision for review at the Weisenberg supervisors’ February meeting.

The Smolinsky subdivision and is located along Sechler Road.

The board approved the preliminary/final application.

William Steele presented a minor subdivision plan for a lot along Rhoads Road.

The applicant wants to subdivide one lot out of the parent parcel.

The plan was presented as preliminary/final. The board approved the plan.

The planning module for 1778 Kecks Road was approved by resolution.