East Penn Press

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Learning academy to offer additional courses

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Emmaus High School Principal Dave Piperato and Supervisor, Secondary Level Curriculum Laura Witman gave a presentation to the East Penn School District board members on the summer learning academy program at the April 11 meeting.

The five week hybrid model introduced in 2015 provided attendance flexibility, pre-assessment, differentiation and mastery based learning, reduced staffing issues, credit recovery, Keystone remediation and retesting.

Board reviews preliminary 2016-17 budget

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

At a time when school districts are buzzing with activities, the East Penn School District board members continue to work on the 2016-2017 preliminary budget to maintain those programs important to the students and the community.

At the April 11 school board meeting, Interim Business Manager Denis McCall updated the board on revenues and expenses pertaining to the preliminary budget and the status of the 2016-2017 state budget which affects the school district.

United States Senator

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Three candidates are on the Democratic ballot for United States Senator in the April 26 primary election: John Fetterman, Allegheny County, Katie McGinty, Chester County and Joe Sestak, Delaware County. A fourth candidate, Joseph Vodvarka, Allegheny County, was removed from the ballot. Voters are asked to select one candidate.

The Press asked all Democratic candidates the question, “What do you see as the primary concern of your constituents?” The candidates’ answers are listed below.

Democratic Race

John Fetterman

State Representative 131st District

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Two candidates are on the Republican ballot for State Representative in the 131st District in the April 26 primary election: Bill Coyle and Incumbent Justin J. Simmons. There are no Democratic candidates on the ballot. Voters are asked to select one candidate.

The Press asked both candidates the question, “What do you see as the primary concern of your constituents?” The candidates’ answers are listed below.

Bill Coyle

Pastor celebrates milestone; looks to the future of the church

Thursday, April 14, 2016 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Rev. Stephen Emick, pastor for spiritual formation and discipleship at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 W. Tilghman St., recently celebrated 25 years of ordained ministry.

Now in his 26th year, Emick reflects on his career and the future of the church.

Originally from Scranton, Emick graduated from high school and thought he would pursue a career in music.

He attended Merrywood University in Scranton and fell into communication arts, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in communication arts/radio and television.

Program eliminated program eliminated

Thursday, April 14, 2016 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

In the spring edition of the borough newsletter, residents learned Emmaus Borough Council had decided to eliminate the summer parks program.

Borough Manager Shane Pepe said the decision was difficult.

“The purpose of the program was to provide a structured park program,” Pepe said. “It turned out to be a taxpayer supplemented babysitting program for four hours per day, five days a week, for six weeks.”

Pepe said when the borough attempted to make the program more structured, complaints were received from both parents and children.