Political theorist and philosopher Thomas Paine famously wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls” in the opening moments of his political pamphlet “The American Crisis.”
Local grocers may see fit to add “and store shelves.”
The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has wrought changes on how many local food store chains operate.
An 58-year-old man was taken into custody for attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and terroristic threats after he allegedly stabbed a woman in the abdomen with a knife after hours at a shopping complex in Lower Macungie Township Jan. 8.
Jonathan Rompilla, of Emmaus, was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville troopers. According to court records, bail for Rompilla was denied Jan. 8.
An Emmaus man has pleaded guilty to failing to make required disposition of funds received at a well-known area restaurant for more than two years, according to court documents.
Louis T. Belletieri, now 73, was charged with not paying a total of $89,340.87 in sales tax between Sept. 20, 2014 and April 20, 2017, for Louie’s Restaurant, 2071 31st. SW, Salisbury Township, according to court documents.
Belletieri faced 32 counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.
Pennsylvania State Police continue to seek help from the public in an investigation of shots fired, striking a residence, in Lower Macungie Township overnight Dec. 28, 2019.
In a brief phone interview Jan. 2, Trooper Nathan T. Branosky, community service officer, public information officer, Pennsylvania State Police Bethlehem, said the incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville barracks at 610-395-1438.
Investigators outlined what happened in a media release:
On a late fall morning in 2019 when gray skies dripped with freezing rain and cold temperatures made teeth chatter and noses run, two unlikely greeters welcomed a visitor to the Rodale Organic Farm and Working Tree Center at the corner of Minesite Road and South Cedar Crest Boulevard, Lower Macungie Township.
Macungie resident and Parkland School District school bus driver Sharon Schrantz distinctly remembers her first time behind the wheel of a school bus.
“When I sat behind the wheel I almost felt sick to my stomach,” she recalled in a phone interview.
The mirrors showing every angle of the bus were disorienting, she continued.
Twenty-one years later, nine with the East Penn School District and 12 years in Parkland she describes the job as rewarding.
“I enjoy the interaction with the kids a lot,” Schrantz said.
An Emmaus man faces more than 30 counts of alleged theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received at a well-known area restaurant for more than two years, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by The Press newspapers.
Louis T. Belletieri, 72, of the 1000 block of Arch Street, is charged with allegedly not paying a total of $89,340.87 in sales tax between Sept. 20, 2014 and April 20, 2017, for Louie’s Restaurant, 2071 31st. SW, Salisbury Township, according to court documents.
The good news is applications for the 2019 Emmaus Paint-A-Hydrant Program continue to be accepted.
The better news is 10 fire hydrants are completed and brightening downtown Emmaus.
The public arts project is the work of the Emmaus Arts Commission in partnership with the Borough of Emmaus and the Emmaus Fire Department, according to the Emmaus Arts Commission website.
Tara M. Santoro, treasurer of the Emmaus Arts Commission, said response has been strong from artists and residents.
“We’re always open to applications,” Santoro said by phone June 26.
Visitors to the Emmaus Remembrance Garden now have new seats thanks to the hard work of students at Emmaus High School.
Students in technical education teacher Eric Smith’s course “Architecture-Design to Build” worked together to design, craft and install 10 benches for visitors to use in the garden, positioning the inviting seats beneath trees and the pergola at the site.
The project encourages and combines problem-solving and community service, Smith said in an interview at the site May 22 while five of his students worked to assemble and install the benches in the garden.
A princess, a young man disguised as a prince and a wish-granting genie take to the stage in the Eyer Middle School production of “Disney’s Aladdin JR.” March 28 through 30.
Performances are 7 p.m. March 28, 29 and 30 with a matinée 2 p.m. March 30.
The musical is adapted from the 1992 Disney animated feature film “Aladdin,” which is perhaps best known for the performance of Robin Williams as Genie. A live action version of the animated feature is slated to be released in May and star Will Smith as Genie.
A musical adaption of the movie came to Broadway in 2014.