Many parents have been asking for guidance on how to talk to their children about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and understand the short and long term impact of the events.
Jodi S. W. Campbell, MS, KidsPeace leader of the critical incident response team, assistant director of organizational development and training, shared with The Press tips for parents to help children in the wake of a large scale tragedy such as this.
Decorated pumpkins took over the waiting room at Ai Orthodontics, 550 Harrison St., Emmaus, recently in honor of National Orthodontic Month.
Pumpkins were delivered to Ai's referring dentists who were asked to decorate and return them. There were no rules other than to have a good time, according to orthodontist Dr. Aejaaz A. Issa and practice administrator Melissa McCalley.
Republican Justin Simmons faced a challenge from Democrat Kevin Deely in the election for state representative in the 131st district Nov. 6 a race which has still not been called.
According to Lehigh County Elections and Voter Registration, as of Nov. 9, votes including machine, absentee and provisional ballots showed Simmons with 12,972 votes and Deely with 12,971 votes. Canvassing of military and overseass ballots begins 9 a.m. Nov. 14.
In Northampton County, results show Simmons with 1,282 votes and Deely with 852 votes.
Democrat Daniel McNeill won the election Nov. 6 over Republican David Maloney for the seat previously held by Democrat Joseph Brennan.
In Lehigh County, McNeill had 61 percent of the vote or 10,320 votes to Malony's 39 percent or 6,516 votes.
In Northampton County, McNeill took 79.39 percent of the vote or 2,977 votes to Malony's 20.40 percent or 765 votes.
McNeill ran on a five point plan dealing with quality education, job creation, safer communities, fiscal responsibility and tax reform.
All votes will be certified within the next few weeks.
Middle school and high school students, teachers and parents attended the kickoff for the seventh annual Student Horror Film Festival Oct. 11 organized by the Emmaus Arts Commission.
Sponsors include The Press, PenTeleData, Service Electric and Clark Media.
Students are given 96 hours to develop, produce and deliver a six minute horror film on DVD to Emmaus High School.
Although most students are from the Lehigh Valley, there have been teams as far away as Oregon.
Residents who live in the vicinity of Emmaus Avenue can now mail packages, pick up stamps and take care of other mailing needs while doing their laundry.
The Emmaus Avenue Laundromat, 2825 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, has been approved as a new Contract Postal Unit and is ready to serve the public with their postal needs.
A grand opening celebration was held Sept. 12.
A full line of postal products is available to customers 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays and holidays.
A tornado-like storm tore through certain areas of the Lehigh Valley Sept. 8 leaving damage along its path.
Residents in Coopersburg and Locust Valley reported major damage mostly with trees down.
Weather warnings began in the early afternoon of Sept. 8 with advisory information.
At Locust Valley Golf Club, 5525 Locust Valley Road, Coopersburg, the manager of the pro shop Rick Schwab, watched the skies get dark quickly.
"At 4 p.m., I saw a big dark black cloud and then the wind, rain and branches went flying by our big window. It was a white mess going by."
Looking for a way to have a presence in the community and serve in a way relevant to people's lives, Emmaus Moravian Church held a back-to-school event for area families recently.
Director of Church Growth and Development Linda Wisser spearheaded the event to offer backpacks, school supplies and clothing to families in need to help take the anxiety away from parents who might not be able to afford those items for their children.
Wisser said it is very difficult for children to attend school who do not have the proper clothing or required school supplies.
An afternoon filled with fun, rubber ducks, carnival games, music, face painting, basket raffle, dunk tank and food was held at Emmaus Community Park Aug. 11 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society courtesy of Lynette Heminitz.
Heminitz, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, said she wants to do as much as she can and raise as much money as she can while she can still walk and is still able.
"My goal was to raise $5,000 this year," Heminitz said.