Salisbury Press

Thursday, July 16, 2020

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP boc Remembrance: Joanne Ackerman ‘put the community first’

Thursday, July 16, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

See obituary: Page A4

Joanne Ackerman is remembered as someone who “put the community first.”

Ackerman, who represented the Fifth Ward for 10 years on the township board of commissioners, died July 7.

Ackerman took the oath of office Jan. 6 after being re-elected in the November 2019 general election.

Unconfirmed word of Ackerman’s death circulated at the July 7 township zoning hearing board meeting at Eisenhower Station.

Board of Commissioners President Debra Brinton, speaking at the conclusion of the July 9 meeting, noted Ackerman’s passing.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, July 16, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Consumer fireworks vex residents, officials

Fireworks are like the weather.

“Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,” Charles Dudley Warner said in the famous remark often quoted by American author, humorist and lecturer Mark Twain.

Complaints and concerns about fireworks being set off at all hours of the night in Salisbury Township sparked a lot of discussion at the July 9 board of commissioners meeting.

At the Movies: Popcorn protocol for reopenings

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When movie theaters reopen in the Lehigh Valley, plan to have some protocol with your popcorn.

In an update, among first-run movie theaters, AMC Cinema, which had announced plans to open its movie theaters July 15, has pushed back its reopening to July 30, with its 600 theaters in the United States to be in full operation by early August, AMC CEO Adam Aron said in a June 29 statement.

Regal Cinema, which had announced plans to reopen its multiplexes July 10, has pushed back its reopening date until July 31, according to its website.

2020 Allentown Fair joins Das Awkscht Fescht, others in coronavirus pandemic cancellations

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has wiped out yet another 2020 entertainment staple: funnel cakes and all that goes with it at the granddaddy of all events in the Lehigh Valley, The Great Allentown Fair, Sept. 1-7.

It’s only the third time that the Fair has been canceled in its 169-year history.

The last time the Fair was canceled was in 1917 and 1918 when the 48-acre Allentown Fairgrounds became a staging area and training camp, known as Camp Crane, for the United States Army Ambulance Service during World War I.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Meeting sought between officials and school

While there’s no timeline to choose a new location for the proposed Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company station, the way forward was clarified during the Salisbury Township board of commissioners June 25 meeting workshop, held via the Zoom online meeting format.

Apparently key to a township decision on a new location, officials at the workshop seemed to agree, is a meeting between Western officials and officials of The Swain School.

8 DAYS A WEEK, Your Look Ahead at Valley Arts: Coronavirus comebacks at LV Zoo, America on Wheels, SteelStacks

Saturday, July 4, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

With the Lehigh Valley in the Green Phase, some arts, cultural and entertainment venues are reopening on a limited basis.

However, there are still additional cancellations and postponements.

Following is an overview, as of the deadline for the July 1 and 2 Lehigh Valley Press Focus section, of some of the coronavirus comebacks and setbacks.

Venues are following the coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and municipal governments.

Bethlehem Fireworks, SteelsStacks concert

Coming soon: A movie theater to reopen near you

Saturday, July 4, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Summer at the movies should be the time of blockbusters.

Instead, Summer 2020 is the summer of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With movie theaters closed for approximately three months in the United States, nearly every man’s and woman’s home is not only his or her castle but has become a movie palace.

That may change in July with national first-run movie theater chains expected to reopen.

Appropriately enough in light, or dark, in the time of coronavirus, “Unhinged” is the first new theatrical release scheduled to open.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOC

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Fifth Ward commissioner appointed

A Dun & Bradstreet computer expert who is a Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company official has been appointed to represent the fifth ward on the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.

Alok Patnaik will serve through Jan. 1, 2022, filling out the unexpired term of Joanne Ackerman, who took the oath of office in January after being re-elected in the November 2019 general election.

Ackerman, who had served 10 years, submitted her resignation May 11. Her resignation was accepted by a 4-0 vote at the May 14 commissioners’ meeting.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Municipal building open; residents urged to make appointments

The Salisbury Township Municipal Building, 2900 S. Pike Ave., is open for business.

But don’t go rushing there right away. Appointments are recommended.

“We are welcoming visitors to the building, but we are hoping that we can make appointments,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich said at the June 25 board of commissioners Zoom meeting.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bonaskiewich said access to office areas inside the building is limited.

At the Movies: What’s playing at The Roxy?

Saturday, June 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the musical, “Guys and Dolls,” Nicely-Nicely Johnson and Benny Southstreet ask, “What’s playing at the Roxy? ... I’ll tell you what’s playing at the Roxy.”

The answer for what’s playing at The Roxy movie theater in Northampton, Pennsylvania, is: Nothing.

And nothing will be playing at The Roxy anytime soon.

When coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutdowns spread across the United States and the world, the release dates of movies were postponed.