Developers, retailers, state and local officials gathered Nov. 18 to celebrate the grand opening of Hamilton Crossings, a retail center catering to consumers’ lifestyles by connecting them conveniently with shopping and personal services and building social connections with the community.
This year the Liberty Bell Museum’s holiday exhibit will showcase sculptures designed by Patrick Hulse, a Rhode Island based artist with roots in the Lehigh Valley.
This will be the premier showing of the sculptures in the Lehigh Valley, each depicting a scene from Hess’s Department Store.
While growing up, hearing stories about the store always fascinated Hulse, who created the sculptures based on pictures, stories, and family mementos.
The Emmaus Arts Commission announced the results of its annual film festival.
Student films premiered at the Emmaus Theatre recently.
Students create, shoot and edit a film in 120 hours. The festival is open to middle school and high school students.
This year’s top honors were awarded as follows:
First Place: Team Leader: Graham Burrell
School: Parkland High School
Film Title: Bubbles the Clown
Second Place: Team Leader: Harley Bender
Emmaus Magisterial District 31-1-03 Judge Donna R. Butler, was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work.
Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the education program for magisterial district judges is held in Harrisburg.
The drama department at Emmaus High School will present Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” for the fall production 7 p.m. Nov. 3, 4 and 5. This comedic play is the autobiographical account of Simon’s childhood growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., during the 1930s.
The play focuses on 14-year-old Eugene, who is preoccupied by his passion for the Yankees and his lust for his beautiful cousin, Nora. Eugene’s comic growing pains contrast with the darker issues troubling his family: poverty, illness and the growing Nazi threat to relatives in Europe.
A float looking in on life beneath the sea took Best in Show honors in the Emmaus Halloween Parade Oct. 15 in the borough.
Featuring characters from the animated films “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” the float was presented by Cub Pack 586, Bally. The award is sponsored by the Emmaus Arts Commission.
Other top honors earned included:
Marching Group Division
First Place – Cheryl Chickey’s All American Performing Arts Center
Second Place – Parkettes Gymnastics
Marching Group with a Float Division
First Place – Sharon Plessl School of Dance
Emmaus Police Department’s K-9 Ronny will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Ronny’s vest is sponsored by The Landis Family Foundation and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted with gratitude - The Landis Family Foundation.” Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.
Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown elected Rev. Dr. John Henry “Jack” Haberer Jr. as lead pastor at their Aug. 14 congregational meeting.
Haberer is well known in the Presbyterian Church (USA), having served on several denomination-wide committees and task forces, most notably the Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church 2001-2006.
He has served two long-term PC (USA) pastorates as lead pastor in Houston, Texas, as well as Satellite Beach and Naples, Fla.
The GFWC PA Woman’s Club of Emmaus completed its 75th anniversary year of celebration recently with a picnic in the park.
The members gathered in Emmaus Community Park in the pavilion built with the Woman’s Club funds in 1982.
As part of the celebration, Shane Pepe, the Emmaus borough manager, talked about the state of the Borough of Emmaus, describing the changes taking place such as the new location for the borough hall, and equipment and infrastructure changes.
District Attorney Jim Martin announced July 27, charges are to be filed against an Allentown couple who allegedly stole over a million dollars from the wife’s employer.
Pamela J. Kern, 43, and Gary W. Kern, 49, of 2522 South Sixth St., Allentown, allegedly conspired to deal in the proceeds of unlawful activities by using electronic ACH Internet transfers to make payments in the amount of $1,436,037 on their credit card accounts between 2006 and February.