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Thursday, March 29, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Business hit a speed bump Feb. 27 when county commissioners attempted to approve a couple of professional services contracts. Commissioner Amy Zanelli objected to the boilerplate anti-discrimination provisions of two proposed agreements – one with Election IQ LLC and another with Alfred Yacoub, Esquire for professional services with the County of Lehigh.

Zanelli, elected in 2017 from District 3 to her commissioner office, noted the proposed contracts did not contain language that...

Norfolk Southern to increase train speed on Pennsylvania rail line through Lehigh and Berks counties

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in News Briefs

Norfolk Southern is increasing train speeds across nearly 30 miles of its Reading Line through Lehigh and Berks counties.

The speed increase, effective March 14, includes 36 public highway-rail grade crossings on the mainline from Allentown in Lehigh County to Laureldale in Berks County. Train speed will increase to 60 mph from 50 mph except at three crossings, where the speed will increase to 60 mph from 45 mph.

Jonathan Glass, manager public relations, Norfolk Southern...

St. Ann School Honor Roll

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by The Press in Local News

St. Ann School has announced the names of students named to the second trimester honor roll.


Grade 8: Allison Carr, Jacob Demchak, Jack Freemont, Samantha Loeper, Jonathan Romero, Gabriella Rutch, Sophia Servagno, Nina Tormann

Grade 7: Eve Binder, Jessamine Magalona, Lola Schaeffer, Madyson Tait

Grade 6: Audrey Boardman, Harper Daly, Erin Durso, Logan Hartman, Catherine Raynock, Gregory Smith

Grade 5: Nora Casciano, Rachel Fleck, Zoe Hulings,...


Thursday, March 29, 2018 by MARGE HOPKINS in School

Visitors to Emmaus High School March 17 were greeted by the aroma of soups, creating a smell similar to that of Sunday supper at grandma’s house.

The event was the eighth annual Mud Club Empty Bowls fundraiser, benefiting the food program for the Angel Network in the East Penn School District.

Attendees were invited to peruse dozens of glazed bowls created by the school’s Mud Club under the guidance of advisor Lisa Caruso.

The bowls were $20 each. In addition to the...

A community of ‘ones’

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

In the aftermath of tragic events, I tend to feel very helpless and small. Even though my every day is jam-packed with activities that serve to improve the quality of life for others, I feel as if I somehow failed. It sounds a bit ridiculous because I could never directly make a difference for every single person out there, especially those who live far away and have no connection to me. Yet, I tend to think globally and wonder what I could have done to create a different outcome. Then...


Thursday, March 22, 2018 by APRIL PETERSON in Local News

It all begins tonight.

Emmaus High School Theatre presents “West Side Story’ tonight through March 25.

Editor’s Note: The March 21 performance was postponed. The performance has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. March 26. The March 22 performance will go on as scheduled.

The show, famous for songs such as “Somewhere,” “Maria,” “Something’s Coming,” “I Feel Pretty” and, of course, “Tonight,” is often described as a retelling of William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”...


Thursday, March 22, 2018 by NICHOLAS TOTO in Local News

At approximately 9:55 a.m. March 14, 800 students who attend Emmaus High School peacefully walked out of school and gathered outside in the school parking lot marking the anniversary of the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla. and to honor the lives of the 17 students and staff who died Feb. 14.

In a message to the East Penn community Feb. 21, Superintendent Dr. Michael Schilder said, “We will neither encourage nor discourage student...


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

During Alburtis Borough Council meeting March 14, Borough Manager Sharon Trexler reported she received a letter from Robin Bullock, safety management specialist, Selective Insurance Safety Management, with one recommendation resulting from a March 5 meeting.

The exterior walkways in the front and rear of Alburtis Lock Ridge Church, 407 Franklin St., should be repaired as they are uneven and deteriorating. Bullock wrote no other hazardous conditions were observed and suggested the...