East Penn Press

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Board accepts resignation of high school principal

The East Penn School District Board of School Directors accepted the resignation of David F. Piperato, principal at Emmaus High School, at the March 27 meeting. The resignation is effective July 10.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder said at the end of the school term, Piperato will have served the East Penn School District for 10 years and will have 31 years in education.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Disney’s ‘High School Musical Jr.’ opens March 23

Eyer Middle School will present Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” 7 p.m. March 23 and 24 and 2 and 7 p.m. March 25.

The show is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials supplied by Music Theatre International.

The play is directed by Jennifer Najarian and Jacque Swauger. The musical director is Lindsay Super, the choreographer is Najarian, the technical director is Matt Krempasky, the costume director is Blaire Blaufarb, set designers are Nicole Whittaker, Anne Kukitz and David Willett and ticket sales were handled by Diane Kelly.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Directors review long-range fiscal and capital plan

Business Administrator Robert Saul presented a long-range fiscal and capital plan at the March 13 meeting of the East Penn School District Board of Directors.

Saul said the goal of the plan is to “evaluate the short- and long-term fiscal health of the district to ensure the short- and long-term needs of the district can be met.”

Glenn Eckhart announces bid for L. C. Executive

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart has announced his intent to seek the Republican nomination for Lehigh County Executive.

He made his special announcement at Big Woodys, in Allentown, Feb. 27.

Eckhart has been a school board member, a township commissioner, a county commissioner and is currently the Lehigh County controller.

“Now I want to be your county executive,” Eckhart said. Eckhart has been serving the community for nearly 20 years.


Thursday, March 2, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Report given on Knauss Homestead Preservation Society

Emmaus resident Edwin Cruz appeared before Emmaus Borough Council Feb. 21 to ask for the cinder to be cleaned up from the street in the 500 to 600 blocks of Broad Street. “It is so filthy,” Cruz said. He said the cinder is on the homes in his block. “Please clean our street.” Cruz asked for the “no parking signs” to be placed twice a year for the borough to clean the streets.

Borough Manager Shane Pepe said he would look into the matter.

Gene Clock, president of the Knauss Homestead Preservation Society provided a six month review for council.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in School

Julia Dunn

Q. In what grade are you?

A. I am currently in 12th grade at Emmaus High School.

Q. What is your favorite subject? Why?

A. My favorite subject is American History because I enjoy learning about the events that have impacted and shaped the United States.

Q. Have you received any special awards or recognition?

A. I have been on the honor roll all four years of high school, I won the Tommy Gray Award for spirit, heart and perseverance and the Scholar Athlete Scholarship for girls soccer. I was also a part of the Spanish National Honor Society.

Citizen groups call on Toomey to oppose DeVos appointment

Thursday, February 2, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Approximately 200 people from various citizens groups gathered at Senator Pat Toomey’s Allentown office, 1150 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Jan. 24 to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.

Members of “Tuesdays with Toomey” gather at Toomey’s office each week to voice concerns and “urge the senator to represent them and keep his campaign promises to protect and serve all constituents.”

Other groups attending the rally were citizens from Indivisible, MoveOn.org and Kutztown Area Democratic Club.

Emmaus VFW suspended by headquarters

Thursday, February 2, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

A sign on the door of the Emmaus Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 316 Main St., Emmaus, states it has closed its doors.

“This Post has been placed under suspension by the PA VFW Headquarters and is closed until further notice.”

According to its Facebook page, the VFW is a private social club welcoming active (military and veterans) and social members.

A performance of “JumpStart Duo” was planned 8 p.m. Jan. 28.

Additional events planned include a Superbowl party 6 p.m. Feb. 5 and a performance of the Steel Creek Band 8 p.m. Feb. 10.


Thursday, January 19, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in School

Superintendent works to effect change

In the superintendent’s message at the Jan. 9 meeting of the East Penn School District board of directors, Dr. Michael Schilder addressed recent racial issues within the district.

On Dec. 12, 2016, the East Penn School District’s transportation provider was informed by a passing motorist a racial slur and swastika were inscribed in the condensation of an East Penn School District bus window. At the time, Schilder issued a statement saying the district denounces and prohibits this type of racial harassment and is in the process of conducting a full investigation.