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Thursday, February 22, 2018 by LORETTA FENSTERMACHER in Local News

It’s a no for a dog park in Alburtis

At the Feb. 12 Alburtis Borough Council meeting, it was announced there will be no dog park in Alburtis.

Councilperson Kathleen Raines reported she and Kyle Bower visited the tot lot, but there is no parking on Robert Street or Lockridge Lane. Raines visited the end of the baseball field and was told nobody uses the volleyball court but the area was too small. Raines also checked with Maintenance Supervisor Donnie Derr about the land at the end of Church Street and he said the area floods.


Thursday, February 22, 2018 by KEVIN JONES in Local News

Funeral home and crematorium discussed

The Feb. 13 meeting of the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission began with some reorganization.

Commissioner Thomas F. Beil was appointed vice chairman.

The first project discussed was the Arby’s property, 5329, 5347 and 5357 Hamilton Blvd.

Project engineer Bud Newton questioned if there needed to be a hedge line along the front of the building. Director of Planning and Community Development Sara Pandl said the hedge line is not needed if there is no parking in front of the store. The proposal was approved unanimously.


Thursday, February 22, 2018 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Redistricting reform supported

At a brief meeting Feb. 15, Upper Milford Township supervisors passed a resolution supporting FairDistrictPA’s efforts to reform the redistricting process. FairDistrictsPA is a statewide group advocating for reform to make the process of redistricting less partisan. The group is supporting two bills in the state legislature, Senate Bill 22 and House Bill 722, which would create an independent commission to draw congressional and legislative district lines.


Thursday, February 22, 2018 by SHARON SCHRANTZ in Local News

Resolution for plan approval of industrial park OK’d

The resolution for plan approval for Cedarbrook Road Industrial Park was approved at the Feb. 15 Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners meeting.

The plan calls for subdivision of the 36.5 acre lot into two parcels. One lot will be 10.3 acres and will have access to Schantz Road; the other lot will be 25.2 acres and have access to Cedarbrook Road. The property has boundaries of Cedarbrook Road, Schantz Road, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Route 222 Bypass. The property is in the highway industrial district.

‘The time of my life’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by LORI PATRICK in Local News

At Night to Shine: every guest a king, queen

It surely was a Night to Shine during the Tim Tebow Foundation annual prom held Feb. 9 in churches around the world for persons with special needs. The Lehigh Valley host church was Riverbend Community Church on Roble Road in Allentown. Pastor Joe Velarde was the master of ceremonies.

This year 700 churches hosted the event. Emotions of pure joy were apparent the entire evening from the guests, cheering observers, caregivers, volunteers and businesses offering their services for free such as several photographers acting as paparazzi.

Rodale transition now complete, hopes high for new employer

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe last week said there is a lot of anxiety in the community about the sale of Rodale magazines to Hearst magazines, in New York City, but community leaders hold out hope that another major employer could fill the space being vacated by the former Rodale organization.

While he could not identify the firm, Pepe said that a “prospect,” with the potential of being a major employer, had shown interest in purchasing the Rodale office property.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Volunteers create over 1,500 red baby caps

The tiny heart of a newborn is no bigger than a strawberry, which is why early diagnosis of congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the United States, is so important.

This February, in celebration of American Heart Month, thousands of newborns across the Lehigh Valley will play a big role in raising awareness about congenital heart defects and heart health as part of the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign. The campaign is led by the American Heart Association in cooperation with The Children’s Heart Foundation.