East Penn Press

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Crowded Kitchen Players’ premiere addresses topic that’s ‘Unspeakable’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Focus

“’Unspeakable’” describes a system that often finds itself inadequate to help the very individuals it has been created to serve,” says Ara Barlieb about the genesis of his new play.

The Crowded Kitchen Players’ “Unspeakable” has its world premiere March 22, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, where it continues March 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.


Thursday, March 21, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Referendum for term limits fails

A motion to put a referendum on term limits before citizens failed in a 5–2 vote March 13 during the Lehigh County Commissioner’s regular meeting.

The sole sponsor, Commissioner Amy Zanelli, couldn’t muster enough support to pass the measure. Even fellow Democrat Dan Hartzell could not be persuaded to support his colleague with his vote; he sided with Republicans to vote against the measure.

“We need to use reason instead of emotion,” Hartzell said. “This implies that long service is a problem. I can’t convince myself this a problem in search of a solution.”


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Two fire companies receive funds

Upper Milford Township Supervisors closed the major firefighting fund which had been setting unused and drawing interest. They divided the $28,999.77 balance between the two Upper Milford Township fire companies, the Vera Cruz Fire Company and the Western District Fire Company.

Vera Cruz Fire Company officers, Emily Fair and Jason Tapler, attended the meeting.

In other business, Emmaus Public Library representative Lisa Martin reported the second annual Books and Beer Fundraiser will be 6-8 p.m. March 20 at Yergey’s Brewery and Triple Sun Distillery on Bank Street, Emmaus.

State of the Lehigh County

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The county executive, a Democrat, proposed measures that may shake up the Republican-dominated Lehigh County Board of Commissioners; limit commissioner’s terms to three or 12 years; secondly, create an independent ethics oversight committee and third, get them out of the negotiating collective bargaining agreements business.

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong addressed a crowded room at Coca-Cola Stadium in Allentown Feb. 21 to report the state of the county, tell the public what his administration has done over the past year and predict what the future holds.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Blood drive successful; others planned

Upper Milford Township Supervisor Robert Sentner announced Feb. 21 that the Miller-Keystone Blood Drive Feb. 11 was successful.

Supervisor Joyce Moore, in a later interview, said the drive netted 11 pints. This successful event has encouraged the township to repeat the event, hoping to have the bloodmobile return on an eight-week cycle beginning in April, but an exact date has not been set.

“We had a good turnout,” Moore said.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Revision to budget allows for director of Cedarbrook

Lehigh County Commissioners approved 9-0 a revision to the 2019 county budget thus providing the money to pay a new director of the Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center at the Feb. 13 meeting. The action clears the way to hiring a new director to replace Good Shepherd who has terminated its management contract.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

Mathletes prove MATHCOUNTS

Math was cool – at least for a few hours during the MATHCOUNTS Lehigh Valley Regional Competition held at Lower Macungie Middle School Feb. 9.

The Saturday event had a bunch of smart kids out of bed and away from their televisions and social media while being excited about math.

According to Kevin Campbell of the Lehigh Valley Chapter Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, the sponsor of the event, “Math is the foundation to being a good engineer” therefore, he continued, “since engineers make all the good things that make life easier, all engineers go to heaven.”

‘A Night to Shine’ sparkles at ‘The Palace’

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Riverbend Community Church went all out to give some of the community’s most excluded people a chance to dress up, be feted and to have fun at a prom just for them.

The celebration at The Palace Center, 623 Hanover St., Allentown gave 140 special needs guests the chance to dance, eat and socialize.

The lobby of the Palace Center was transformed to create the atmosphere of a grand hotel lobby complete with red carpet where arriving guests strutted their finery as they entered the building.


Thursday, January 31, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Open space program contribution approved

At the Jan. 17 meeting, Upper Milford Township Supervisors approved an open space program contribution of $24,131.40 toward 21.74 acres owned by Charles and Jennifer Peters; the property is adjacent to the Upper Milford municipal building. Township Planning Coordinator Brian Miller said the township contributes $6,000 per acre for property designated as “open space” meaning that the property cannot be developed and will remain farmland.

Council attends to normal business

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Commissioners conducted routine business Dec. 12, approving the appointment of Kyle A. Russell to the position of warden of the county jail. Last week the board signaled approval of the appointment by voting for Russell’s appointment in a preliminary or first hearing vote.

Sarah Andrew was reappointed to the Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council while Patrick Palmer was appointed to the council. The votes were unanimous except for Commissioner Percy Dougherty, who was absent.