Friday, May 24, 2013
Officials from Newtown, Conn. will discuss the Sandy Hook shooting at a forum at Lafayette College next week.
How does a town recover when it's the scene of a horrific mass shooting? Michael Kehoe, chief of police in Newtown, Conn., and E. Patricia Llodra, the town's first selectman, with try to answer that question next Wednesday at Easton's Lafayette College. Both Kehoe and Llorda were in office last December when a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 20 children and six adults. It was the second deadliest mass shooting in American history. Their presentation is called "Rebuilding in the Aftermath of the Sandy Hook Tragedy," and is part of Lafayette's Annual Forum on Local Government. The free presentation will be held at 1 p.m. in room 104 of the college's Kirby Hall of Civil Rights. It is open to the public.
Looking for something other than a Camry from one of the world's largest automakers.
My car’s rear seats don’t fold down. They did on my previous car, which was a coupe version of my current car, but my car’s first owner didn’t pony up the money for the cold-weather package … so now I’m stuck with a small trunk and no headlamp washers. First world problems, I know. And because my seats don’t fold down, whenever I want to go skiing, or surfing, or just carry a long stick in my vehicle, I’ve got to run to my mother. She drives a 2001 Toyota RAV4. It’s cavernous, can plow through 2 feet of snow with its gas-guzzling, always-on 4-wheel drive system and 70-series tires, and is probably the slowest vehicle I’ve ever driven. I’m always welcome to drive it when I need to take a tortuous trip to Ikea and I love it. But, being a …
Parkland Community Library is unhappy with a proposed lowering of the library tax by the Parkland School Board. School officials argue that the library tax is to be used to maintain the library not to fund new construction.
Lawyers for Parkland Community Library said Friday in a release that they would take the Parkland School District to court over its proposed lowering of the library tax that has been on the books since 1998. On Tuesday, school board board directors voted to lower the proposed special library tax pegged for the Parkland Community Library from .3 mill to a proposed .1 mill. The library tax was approved by voters in a 1998 referendum. Lawyers for the library said the planned reduction in millage would further postpone the construction of the new library project planned in Upper Macungie. Library lawyer Samuel Feldman said the board's lowering of the millage rate "is without basis in law," and that a millage change can only be approved by …
Upper Macungie Police say a man wearing a New York Yankees cap bought items Tuesday at the Kuhnsville Mini-Mart with fake money.
Upper Macungie Police are searching for a man who made a purchase Tuesday at the Kuhnsville Mini-Mart, located at 5743 Tilghman Street, using bad bills. Police said they are looking for a black man, approximately 5'-8" and 180 pounds, wearing a gray shirt, jeans and a New York Yankees cap. Police ask that anyone with information on this crime contact them at 484-661-5911.
Upper Macungie Police said someone broke into Carlton Pools, at 7620 Hamilton Boulevard in Trexlertown Wednesday, and took cash.
Upper Macungie Police say someone broke into the Carlton Pools store at 7620 Hamilton Boulevard in Trexlertown Wednesday and stole cash. Police did not say how much cash was taken from the store. Upper Macungie Police are investigating the case and ask that anyone with information contact them at 484-661-5911.
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fogelsville will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday at Fogelsville Union Cemetery, located at 1027 Church Street, Fogelsville.
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St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fogelsville will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday at Fogelsville Union Cemetery, located at 1027 Church Street, Fogelsville, according to the church's website. The church says the ceremony will honor all those who have served our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom and liberty throughout the world.
'Restaurant Impossible ' and 'Most Wanted' fugitive's guilty plea in murder case are also among the week's top stories.
Alleged Embezzlers Gambled Township's Money, Police Say: Former South Whitehall utility supervisor Nancy A. Tonkin and her husband, a former township police officer, are charged with embezzling $854,497 from township coffers over more than a decade, the Lehigh County District Attorney says. Man Killed Self as Police Tried to Serve Warrant: A Nazareth man killed himself as police were approaching him with a warrant, police said. Court documents showed he made death threats against his baby's mother. Fire Mars "Restaurant Impossible" Filming: Food Network Chef Robert Irvine, who is filming a 'Restaurant Impossible' episode at Fountain Hill's Benner Street Restaurant & Bar, tweeted about the incident. KidsPeace Declares Bankruptcy, Owes $240 …
Peace activists from the Lehigh Valley will join a regional drone war protest in Montgomery County on Saturday.
Lehigh Valley peace activists will travel Saturday to a drone protest at the northern end of Easton Road in front of the Horsham Air Guard Station. The protest will be held from noon to 2 p.m. The demonstration will include large banners and signs decrying plans to establish the drone command center in Horsham. If established, the center would feature computer “drone pilots” who would, by remote-control, launch drone missile strikes against targets and people thousands of miles away. The protest will include music, the reading of the names of U.S. drone strike victims in Pakistan and their stories; bell-tolling, chanting, and a 10-foot-long drone replica that will stand near the Horsham Air Guard Station identification logo. According …
Drivers can expect roving patrols, safety checkpoints and special attention to seat belt compliance over Memorial Day Weekend.
PennDOT will partner with more than 600 law enforcement agencies and the Pennsylvania State Police to participate in a national “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement effort through June 9. The effort will focus largely on nighttime enforcement, using traffic safety checkpoints and roving patrols. Police will also use Traffic Enforcement Zones, which combine roving patrol and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. According to PennDOT data, 503 people died last year in unbelted crashes, a decrease from 509 such fatalities in 2011. The total number of crashes in which people were not wearing seat belts also decreased to 15,528, compared with 16,298 in 2011. The majority of enforcement will occur at night…
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Parkland High School's 'Phantom of the Opera' took home six Freddy Awards Thursday, including for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical.
Parkland High School's production of "Phantom of the Opera" took home six Freddy Awards, including Outstanding Overall Production, at the 11th annual broadcast at the State Theatre in Easton Thursday night. Parkland, which had been nominated in 15 categories, took home the most awards. The show was broadcast live on WFMZ Channel 69. Parkland won for outstanding overall production as well as in costuming, featured female ensemble member, chorus, actress in a supporting role and actor in a leading role. Here is the complete list of winners: