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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

Local restaurateur allegedly underpaid sales taxes

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.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Borough fire hydrants are dressed to impress

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.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Students design to build ‘garden’ benches

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.


Thursday, March 28, 2019 by APRIL PETERSON in School

Students take audiences to ‘a whole new world’

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.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by APRIL PETERSON in School

‘Les Misérables’ opens tonight

“Les Misérables, School Edition” opens tonight at Emmaus High School.

Performances start 7 p.m. through March 17 with a matinee performance 2 p.m. March 17.

Based on the epic novel “Les Misérables” by French author Victor Hugo, the musical has won numerous accolades from Oscars to Tonys, has its own website, lesmis.com and has been seen in 44 countries and performed in 22 languages.


Thursday, January 10, 2019 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

Where customers remain friends

Mary George, former owner of George’s Greenhouse and family floral business in Emmaus, wants to set the record straight.

She is not dead.

When Carol Ernst, a later owner-operator of Flowers by George’s who worked in the George family’s business for more than three decades, died in August 2018, rumors spread that Mary, not Carol, was the woman who had passed.

An obituary announcement on social media prompted a call from Mary George’s nephew Mark Kline who had received a call from his daughter upset over Mary’s death.

Mary George picks up the story.

Book offers ‘A Stroll Through the Past’

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

It is everything you wanted to know about Alburtis and more.

The Alburtis Lockridge Historical Society released the 170-plus page volume “Alburtis: A Stroll Through the Past” in 2017 and, with its conversational tone and easy pace, the book feels very much like a relaxed chat with a friendly historian.

The book opens with a history of the borough. Readers learn the contemporary iteration of the borough started as two separate villages: Alburtis and Lockridge, the latter a company town providing housing for workers at the Lock Ridge Furnace.


Thursday, November 15, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

‘Mandee’s Lunchbox’ fundraiser will help those facing cancer

Amanda Faidley Layton collected metal lunch boxes, displaying her collection of more than 80 atop her kitchen cabinets.

On Nov. 17, Layton’s family and friends will gather at Out of Our Minds Art Studio, 65 S. Lea St., Macungie, to celebrate Layton’s memory and raise money for a project honoring Layton’s wish to help those with cancer and those who cared for them.

Layton succumbed to cancer in July.


Thursday, November 1, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

‘It’s a good kind of busy’

Fall is traditionally a bustling season of the year as schools reopen, summer vacations end and football teams return to the field.

Add business-as-usual at the Emmaus Public Library to the list.

Construction work at the new children’s wing continues. The calendars of events for children, teens and adults grows. And there is the regular work of the library to accomplish. A daunting to-do list. But a list Maryellen Kanarr, the new director of the Emmaus Public Library, is ready to handle.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

‘We’re ready for the next chapter’

In 1943, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president, Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper lit the silver screen in the Oscar winning version of Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” Silly Putty was invented, the 1942 Emmaus Hornets football season had ended in four wins, five losses and one tie, according to the Tattler yearbook of 1943 and George T. Wentz opened a plumbing supply store at 225 Main St., Emmaus.

The store would morph into Wentz Hardware and remain a fixture in Emmaus for the next 75 years.

On Oct. 31 the store will close.