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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Grandparent scam — COVID-19

Thursday, July 16, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs


Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, scam attempts have skyrocketed across the country. While the volume has increased, the types of crimes have largely remained the same, albeit with a COVID-19 twist. One of the most prevalent scams right now is the “grandparent scam” where an impostor claims to be a grandchild in urgent need of financial help because they are sick with the coronavirus.


Thursday, July 16, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

“Steer clear law” initiative July 19 to 25

Pennsylvania State Police

The Pennsylvania State Police Troop M will partner with other members of the Six State Trooper Project to focus on violations of Title 75, Section 3327 “Duty of Driver in Emergency Response Areas,” also known as the “Move Over Law” or “Steer Clear Law.”

This initiative will begin midnight July 19 and conclude midnight July 25.

This cooperative detail will include: Michigan State Police, Kentucky State Police, Ohio State Police, West Virginia State Police, Indiana State Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Building open to patrons; masks required

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

emmaus public library

The Emmaus Public Library reopened to patrons July 6. Masks are required to enter and patrons are asked to maintain social distancing and limit their visit to an hour, among other safety protocols. The number of available computers will be reduced to keep within safety guidelines.

Library hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. High-risk patrons are invited to visit the library 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays.

Meals, volunteers needed

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs


As restrictions lift from the pandemic, the Allentown Rescue Mission is finding new ways their donors can give back. The Allentown Rescue Mission is starting up its Make-and-Serve program once again, but with a twist. The program has shifted to a Make-and-Drop.

The Make-and-Serve program had allowed volunteers to prepare a meal at home, bring it to the Allentown Rescue Mission and then serve it to the men. This program halted for safety reasons when COVID-19 closed most of the Lehigh Valley.

Door-to-door scams

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

Warm weather brings with it door-to-door solicitations. Be cautious anytime a stranger comes knocking, especially if the visitor is trying to sell you goods or services. Protect against bad actors by refusing to do business right on the spot. Always ask for credentials and check references of anyone seeking to do work for you. If you agree to the visitor’s offer, pay by check or credit card or arrange financing. Paying in cash can be dangerous – you may lose the cash and not get the promised goods or services.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

Affordable options offered


Youth ages 8 to 18, as of Jan. 1, are invited to attend one or more 4-H Summer Day Camps.

Opportunities for learning about Pennsylvania Dutch foods, where food comes from, computer science, babysitting, fishing, pets, science fun in the kitchen, plant science, and pollinators, and more are available through virtual camp options. Each camp will run Monday through Thursday. Sessions are held 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. These camps are free to currently enrolled 4-H members. There is a fee for new 4-H members.

Virtual 4-H Day Camps include: