|Lehigh Valley readies for influx of displaced Puerto Rican residentsLehighValleyLive.com / 1 h. 35 min. ago more|
There are 18,000 Puerto Rican households in the region and many expect to be welcoming friends and family. Lehigh Valley school districts are already enrolling students from Puerto Rico, who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria, but they anticipate this is just the beginning. Nearly a month after Maria ravaged the U.S. territory, daily life is a struggle for many residents, who still have no power or easy access to drinking water. Local educators predict the region will see an influx of displaced Puerto Ricans in the coming months. On Friday, a large group of leaders from Lehigh Valley education, housing and social services agencies convened at Northampton Community College to discuss preparations for the arrival of the displaced, Easton Area School District Superintendent John Reinhart said. Headed by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley and the Northampton and Lehigh county executives, the initiative has been nicknamed Estamos Listo or we are ready. CACLV Executive Director Alan Jennings said every Puerto Rican he has spoken with in recent weeks expects friends or family to come stay with them at least temporarily. "There are 18,000 Puerto Rican households in the Lehigh Valley," Jennings said Monday. "If every one of those households brings just one person, we are talking about a massive impact on the region." The Lehigh Valley's largest school districts are already enrolling some students and they say they're capable of educating many more. As of Friday, the Allentown School District has 37 displaced students enrolled, Jennings said. District officials did not respond to a request for comment Monday. The Easton school district has enrolled five students thus far, Reinhart said. "We anticipate more families seeking shelter with families and friends in the Easton area (in) the months ahead," he said in an email message. Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy said that many of his employees with family in Puerto Rico are still struggling to get in touch with relatives. Roy's been told it is still quite difficult to even get on a commercial flight leaving the island. "We are hearing more about planned arrivals at the end of October and beginning of November when we expect the pace to pick up," Roy said. As of Monday, Bethlehem had enrolled 20 displaced students in district schools, a number that's well within normal enrollment fluctuations. "If we have a lot of students come in from Puerto Rico we are ready and able to integrate them into our schools, " Roy said. Rededication ceremony marks 50th anniversary at Freedom High School (PHOTOS) The Bethlehem superintendent does worry if many students arriving from Puerto Rico enroll in charter schools it could blow the district's budget. Bethlehem Area expects to spend almost $27 million this year on students who opt to enroll in charter schools, which are privately-operated schools funded by tax dollars funneled away from a student's home district. Bethlehem's regular education charter school tuition payment is about $11,000 per student, Roy said. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and lawmakers may need to step up to make more resources available if that happens, Roy said. Reinhart attended the Estamos Listo meeting Friday and plans to convene his own district meeting this week. "We are going to be looking at available classroom space, class sizes, our registration process and medical requirements," he said. "We need to construct a resource guide for people who are new to the Easton area and may not be fully familiar with English. We will be fully prepared to welcome any new families to our schools." That's the kind of thinking that Jennings was hoping the Valley-wide Estamos Listo gathering might spur. He wants the region's leaders to be thinking about systemic changes that need to be made, like lessening paperwork requirements and easing rules. "It is a pretty monumental undertaking," Jennings said. "The thing about Friday that was so cool was everybody was there and everybody was on board. It was classic Lehigh Valley. The Lehigh Valley at its best." Jenning has applied to several foundations for funding to hire relocation advocates to help citizens arriving find shelter, work and navigate the maze of red tape that natural disasters often bring. "Those relocation advocates would basically be trouble shooters," Jennings said. Jennings strongly believes the Lehigh Valley needs to show its humanity to those displaced by Hurricane Maria, but be realistic and prepared for the problems such a large influx of people may bring, like a housing shortage driving up rents. "They have just as much a right to come here as we do to go to Washinton, D.C., or anywhere else," Jennings said. Jennings wanted those gathered Friday to start thinking about ways to ease bureaucratic rules and that's already happening. The Allentown Housing Authority has agreed to relax its guest policy, so a guest could stay for up to 90 days with a possible extension if they can demonstrate they are looking for work, Jennings, who sits on the authority board, noted. He's hopeful other housing authorities follow suit. Sara K. Satullo may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @sarasatullo and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Suspected burglar says he needed cash to pay pot fines - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 2 h. 54 min. ago more|
Suspected burglar says he needed cash to pay pot finesWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man allegedly told police that he tried breaking into a neighborhood market because he needed to cash to pay his court fines. Allentown police charged Edwin J. Cuadrado in connection to an attempted break-in at Heresh's ...
|Allentown boy, 6, douses mattress fire, suffers burnsThe Morning Call / 10 h. 21 min. ago more|
A 6-year-old Allentown boy burned his hands and arms Monday night when he found a burning mattress at home and used a fire extinguisher to douse the flames, officials said. The mattress fire was reported 7:50 p.m. in a third-floor apartment in the 600 block of Springhouse Road in the city’s far...
|Allentown police report missing autistic teen is foundLehighValleyLive.com / 11 h. 25 min. ago more|
Police had sought the public's help in finding Camron Davila. FACEBOOK UPDATE from Allentown police: "Missing child located safely. ... Thank you to everyone who shared the post." INITIAL POST: Allentown police are asking for the public's help locating a 15-year-old missing autistic boy, according to an alert. Camron Davila was last seen about 7 a.m. Monday in the 900 block of North Fourth Street in the city. He is Hispanic, about 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue long sleeve shirt, black pants, a burgundy and black Assasin's Creed hooded sweatshirt and carrying a Spider Man backpack. If you see Camron, police ask that you call 911. Sara K. Satullo may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @sarasatullo and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Poconos home is gutted by fire after loud blast is heardThe Morning Call / 12 h. 36 min. ago more|
A Monroe County home was severely damaged early Monday in a fire that followed what was described as an explosion, Pocono Mountain Regional police said. The house was vacant at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were dispatched 3:23 a.m. to the two-story single-family...
|Missing Allentown boy with autism has been foundThe Morning Call / 12 h. 41 min. ago more|
A 15-year Allentown boy with autism disappeared Monday morning when he was supposed to be getting on a school bus and was missing most of the day, police said. He was found late Monday night. City police Capt. Tony Alsleben said the boy is fine. Camron Davila, who lives on North Fourth Street near...
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Allentown police searching for missing autistic teenagerWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown police need the public's help finding a missing teenager who has autism. Cameron Davila, 15, was last seen Monday around 7 a.m. in Allentown in the area of N. 4th and Greenleaf Streets. Davila is described as a Hispanic male ...and more »
|Schuylkill County man shoots daughter's boyfriend in the groin, police sayThe Morning Call / 13 h. 26 min. ago more|
A 40-year-old Schuylkill County man shot his daughter’s boyfriend in the groin Sunday afternoon, according to state police.Donald Jenkins Jr., of North White Street in Shenandoah, is charged in a warrant with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, burglary and related offenses.Troopers said that...
|Gun pulled on police after brawl outside Wilson strip clubThe Morning Call / 13 h. 46 min. ago more|
Following a brawl outside a Wilson strip club early Saturday morning, officers disarmed a gunman, struggled with another man and began an investigation into a slashing, according to police.Two men have been charged in the wake of the brawl on the 1700 block of Butler Street, and a brother and sister...
|Introducing our NEW podcast, Valley View. Episode 3: A Walk with Breast Cancer SurvivorsAllentown News / 14 h. 41 min. ago more|
October is breast cancer awareness month, and the Lehigh Valley kicked it off with the 25th annual Women's 5K Classic on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Lehigh Parkway in Allentown. Host Kayla Dwyer spoke with four women, all breast cancer survivors, who participated in the race, which raises money for research on cancers affecting women.
|Pa. Turnpike bridge replacement finished, road reopensabout 2 hours agoAllentown News / 14 h. 41 min. ago more|
A section of the highway that was closed Friday night, forcing motorists to detour between the Lehigh Valley Interchange and the Pocono Interchange, reopened Monday morning. Workers replaced the 60-year-old bridge over Crackersport Road outside Allentown.
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WFMZ AllentownDemolition begins for Scoobies Gentlemen's Club in Allentown ...WFMZ AllentownA former Allentown strip club that made headlines in the past is being knocked down.and more »
|This controversial Lehigh Valley strip club is no more (PHOTOS)LehighValleyLive.com / 15 h. 47 min. ago more|
Developer Abe Atiyeh has approval from the city of Allentown to tear down Scoobies Gentlemens Club and put up a digital billboard. Scoobies Gentlemens Club, a controversial strip club that's been closed since a 2013 arson, has been reduced to a pile of rubble. Willow Race LLC, a company of developer Abe Atiyeh, bought the fire-damaged building at 2327-2331 Hanover Ave. in September 2016 for $63,785. The city of Allentown granted Atiyeh the zoning variances he needed to raze the building, which sat on a triangle piece of land, and build a digital billboard on the site, city spokesman Mike Moore confirmed Monday. A demolition permit was obtained, he said. Atiyeh did not immediately return a phone message asking if he planned to put up the billboard or do something else with the property. Residents lobbied for the closure of the strip club after Tyree Wimberly, 21, was fatally shot Jan. 26, 2013, in Bethlehem near the club, which is in Allentown right at the cities' border. In May 2013 a fire caused about $30,000 in damages to the strip club's first floor. Authorities ruled the blaze was intentionally set. Watch the PA Turnpike Northeast Extension bridge replacement Neighbors reported brawls, inappropriately dressed women and broken bottles outside the strip club, but a review of police records showed no major incidents there, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski said in 2013. Ulysses "Slime" Rodriguez, whose last known address was in the 900 block of Walnut Street in Allentown, was sentenced in January to 10 to 20 years in prison for Wimberly's killing. Rodriguez was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in August 2015. Rodriguez fled the area after the shooting. He was arrested in November 2013 in Suffolk County, N.Y. Police say Rodriguez offered Wimberly marijuana at Eaton and Club avenues, around the corner from Scoobies. When Wimberly declined, the men argued and Rodriguez shot him in the chest, at about 1:30 a.m., police say. Scoobies representatives have said Wimberly was not in the club and it had no role in the shooting. Police have said Rodriguez was in the club before the shooting. Sara K. Satullo may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @sarasatullo and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Pennsylvania GOP leaders seek delay in redistricting lawsuit - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 16 h. 32 min. ago more|
Pennsylvania GOP leaders seek delay in redistricting lawsuitWFMZ AllentownPHILADELPHIA - Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature have asked a federal court to delay trial in a lawsuit seeking new congressional maps for the 2018 midterm election. The lawsuit, filed in early October, alleges that majority ...and more »
|Cats injured in Allentown fire find shelter, care from local vets - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 16 h. 54 min. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownCats injured in Allentown fire find shelter, care from local vetsWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - A number of cats and at least one dog were killed in a fire in Allentown Saturday night. However, Captain and Assistant Chief Engineer Darrell Singles of Western Salisbury Fire Company says he left Valley Central Veterinary Referral ...
|Vapor build-up blasts home targeted with graffiti slursThe Morning Call / 16 h. 56 min. ago more|
COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP -- A build-up of vapor is being blamed for a house explosion in Monroe County. The fire chief says the house on Mohawk Trail near Tobyhanna was basically blown off its foundation just after 3 a.m. on Monday. He couldn't confirm exactly what kind of vapor caused the blast. No...
|Winged Warriors lace up for cancer research at Lehigh Valley AirportLehighValleyLive.com / 18 h. 51 min. ago more|
Hundreds of people participated in the event. Hundreds of runners Saturday laced up their shoes and raced down the runway at Lehigh Valley International Airport in support of those battling cancer. The event, titled, "Winged Warriors" 5K on the Runway," was held by the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority and the Lehigh Valley office of the American Cancer Society. "This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for someone to actually run or walk on the runway, with all the proceeds from this event supporting the unwavering efforts of ACS to help find a cure for cancer," said J. Michael Dowd, chairman of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority's Board of Governors. The field was limited to 200 participants due to safety reasons at the Hanover Township, Lehigh County airport. The race included a "lollipop course," in which those running or walking used the taxiways and a 1/3 mile on the runway. Proceeds from the event provided financial assistance for programs and services in the Lehigh Valley, as well as helped fund cancer research and the worldwide National Cancer Information Center. "This event offers an unforgettable stage for us to promote our mission, while continuing to raise funds and cancer awareness," said Abby Silfies, senior manager of community development for the American Cancer Society. Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Easton police investigating shots firedThe Morning Call / 23 h. 56 min. ago more|
Easton police said they are investigating a report of shots fired Sunday night near the first block of North Ninth Street. Police said they recovered evidence of gunfire at the scene about 10:37 p.m. However, no victims or property damage was found. A light blue or green, older model Honda Accord...
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Allentown Morning CallTurnpike bridge replacement finished, road reopensAllentown Morning CallALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Workers have finished replacing a bridge on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeastern Extension. A section of the highway that was closed Friday night, forcing motorists to detour between the Lehigh Valley Interchange and the ...and more »
|Walk down Memory Lane through these 35 old Easton-area newspaper adsLehighValleyLive.com / 1 d. 2 h. 38 min. ago more|
Step back in-time and see the ads from the past.
|Program raises awareness on human trafficking in the Lehigh Valley; grants awarded to local groupsThe Morning Call / 1 d. 9 h. 6 min. ago more|
Four Lehigh Valley groups were awarded $50,000 in grants for their work in addressing human trafficking Wednesday night by the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation during the foundation’s fifth awareness campaign this year, this one addressing hidden dangers of commercial sexual exploitation. Partnered...
|18 cats and a dog die, another 38 cats hurt in Allentown fireLehighValleyLive.com / 1 d. 22 h. 20 min. ago more|
Crews worked to resuscitate many of the animals, said Allentown Fire Chief Lee Laubach. An estimated 18 cats and a dog died in a swift-moving blaze Saturday evening in Allentown. Another 38 cats are being treated for injuries by the Lehigh Valley County Animal Response Team, said city Fire Chief Lee Laubach. Laubach said the fire broke out at 5:20 p.m. in a center row home in the 1900 block of South Delaware Street. The man who owns the house was not home at the time of the fire. Crews worked the first floor of the two-story home until it was brought under control within about 45 minutes, Laubach said. The fire was contained to that home, but several other of the houses in a series of about eight to 10 sustained damaged, Laubach said. Fire Marshal Mike Zellin told the Morning Call newspaper the cause of the fire was deemed "electrical." There were no other reported injuries. Laubach said the 18 cats either died at the scene or had to be euthanized. Crews worked to resuscitate many of the animals, Laubach said. Driver puts on ski mask, shows object in road rage incident He said some animals lived on the homeowner's porch and others were indoors. "I cannot say enough about the firefighters and EMS ... they actually resuscitated a lot of them," Laubach said. "CART came in and Valley Central (Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center) helped out a lot to stabilize the ones we did rescue. We're still trying to find some sanctuary for the animals." The Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley also has stepped in to help the homeowner with food and vouchers. Laubach believed the man had a place to stay. Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
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WFMZ AllentownDozens of cats killed, injured in Allentown fireWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - A number of cats and at least one dog were killed in a fire in Allentown Saturday night. Allentown fire officials said the fire started around 5:30 p.m. at a home in the 1900 block of South Delaware Street. The owner was not home at ...and more »
|Check out the $1.3M skatepark planned for Allentown (VIDEO)LehighValleyLive.com / 2 d. 2 h. 8 min. ago more|
Plans are being finalized for the all-concrete facility at Jordan Park, with construction expected to begin in 2018.
|Warrants issued for Lehigh Valley contractor accused of not finishing jobsThe Morning Call / 2 d. 9 h. 6 min. ago more|
David Ricciardi wanted a retaining wall and boat ramp built at his Forks Township home. He paid nearly $9,000, but said all he got was a hole in the ground. He said he waited and waited for Christopher Bobko of Bobko Brick & Concrete to do the work he repeatedly promised to do. Now it’s the police...
|Man heads to prison on charges he stole Toys for Tots cashThe Morning Call / 2 d. 19 h. 56 min. ago more|
A 24-year-old East Stroudsburg man is heading to state prison for a string of Monroe County thefts, including stealing cash from a Toys for Tots donation jar. Michael Moya was sentenced Friday to 31½ to 75 months in state prison, according to a news release from the Monroe County district attorney’s...
|Hamburg police make arrest in copper theft at recycling centerThe Morning Call / 2 d. 20 h. 6 min. ago more|
A 40-year-old Reading man was charged Saturday with theft, burglary and trespassing for allegedly taking copper and brass from Cougle’s Recycling Center on Route 61 in Hamburg. A Hamburg police officer was dispatched to the center, where several such burglaries have occurred since August, because...
|23-year-old crash victim dies 5 days after 2-car accidentLehighValleyLive.com / 2 d. 23 h. 36 min. ago more|
The other driver suffered minor injuries, reports say. A 23-year-old driver died Thursday, five days after he was hurt in a two-car crash in Allentown, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office announced Friday night. Edgardo Serrant Alvarado, of Allentown, died of blunt force injuries suffered in the Oct. 7 crash about 8 a.m. at Lehigh and South Glenwood streets, the coroner said in a news release. Alvarado was headed south on Lehigh Street when a car in the northbound lanes turned left in front of him onto Glenwood, WFMZ TV reports, citing police. The other driver, an 85-year-old Wescosville man, suffered minor injuries, the station reports. Allentown police and the coroner's office continue to investigate. Steve Novak may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @type2supernovak and Facebook. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Lehigh Valley Mall, Crossings offer promos to aid breast cancer researchLehighValleyLive.com / 3 d. 1 h. 32 min. ago more|
Shoppers will be treated to activities and promotions through October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Retailers at the Lehigh Valley Mall and The Crossings Premium Outlets are holding events and offering discounts in an effort to raise money toward breast cancer research. The Simon Property Group, which owns both the Whitehall Township mall and Tannersville, Monroe County outlet center, is one of five national sponsors of Susan G. Komen. The goal of Susan G. Komen -- of the largest and best-funded breast cancer organizations nationally -- is for employees, stores and patrons to contribute in reducing breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026. "We're honored to continue our partnerships with both Lehigh Valley Mall and The Crossings Premium Outlets and are inspired by their dedication to raising funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer," Christina Alford, senior vice president of development for the organization, said in a statement. "The generosity of Simon is making an incredible impact on the lives of countless women and men and we look forward to what this partnership will bring in the year ahead." Visitors at both shopping destinations can expect a pink theme throughout mall management offices and staff is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness month by donning pink accessories. On Oct. 5, Lehigh Valley Mall shoppers were treated to a "Pink Sip & Shop" event, which included small bites, drinks and pink-themed crafts sponsored by WLEV radio hosts. Other activities and promotions throughout October include the following: Discount cards: $5 and $10 cards will be sold at participating stores, providing 15 percent to 20 percent off a single item at a participating retailer. All proceeds from the discount cards will benefit Susan G. Komen. Gift cards: A Susan G. Komen Visa Simon gift card will be available. For every gift card bought, Simon will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen. Information sessions: Representatives from NEPA Susan G. Komen are setting up a station at The Crossings Premium Outlets' food court from noon to 4 p.m. each weekend this month. There, guests can receive informational materials and have questions answered. The Lehigh Valley Mall features more than 150 stores and restaurants while The Crossings Premium Outlets features more than 100 outlet stores of designer and name brands. Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Go inside Cleveland Browns tailgating bus with the inflatable pig in Muni Lot: Tailgate Tours (video)Allentown News / 3 d. 5 h. 50 min. ago more|
Laurello found the bus in Allentown, Pa., four years ago and bought it for $12,000. The generator on the bus could sell for $10,000 alone.
|East Allentown crash flips car, hurts woman and boy; dog runs offThe Morning Call / 3 d. 10 h. 31 min. ago more|
A woman and little boy were injured Friday night in east Allentown when a car slammed into a pole and flipped onto its side on Hanover Avenue. Witnesses said a brown dog jumped out of the car after the 9:20 p.m. crash and ran off. Bystanders were looking for the dog late Friday. The woman was driving...
|TEDx Lehigh River returns for fifth year with ideas worth spreadingAllentown News / 3 d. 10 h. 48 min. ago more|
Sarah Trimmer presented a talk called #StartAndEndHappy at the fourth annual Tedx Lehigh River in 2016 at Miller Symphony Hall. Sarah Trimmer presented a talk called #StartAndEndHappy at the fourth annual Tedx Lehigh River in 2016 at Miller Symphony Hall.
|Easton woman admits beating toddler in parking lotThe Morning Call / 3 d. 12 h. 36 min. ago more|
An Easton mother admitted Friday to assaulting her 2-year-old daughter in the back seat of a car parked in a Palmer Township shopping center parking lot, according to court records. Catria A. Magnum, 25, of the 500 block of Ferry Street, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and harassment in...
|Easton homicide suspect back in Northampton CountyThe Morning Call / 3 d. 12 h. 46 min. ago more|
An Easton man captured in New York has returned to the Lehigh Valley to face a homicide charge in Northampton County. Jeffrey Raymond, 23, also known as Rico, was arrested in New York City in July, police said earlier this year. He had been on the run since September 2016 when he was charged in...
|These pinball fanatics are keeping the game alive with a new tournamentLehighValleyLive.com / 4 d. 0 h. 33 min. ago more|
The Lehigh Valley is no longer a desert for competitive pinball players. Watch video On a Tuesday evening in September, the busiest corner of the 30,000-square-foot Penn Skate in Allentown was a small room tucked behind the skate park's bike shop. There, under the glow from a ribbon of blue lights, 20 competitors were locked in heated contest that required no helmets or knee pads. It was the third meeting of a new area pinball tournament -- the only regular one of its kind in the Lehigh Valley. The competitors at the Penn Skate Arcade Monthly ranged widely in age and experience: An 11-year-old standing on a crate played just a few machines away from a 65-year-old savoring the chance to relive his childhood. The pinball industry has contracted since its peak in the 1990s, and the business has changed along the way: In 2013, 70 percent of the biggest manufacturer's machines sold to collectors and hobbyists, rather than venues like arcades and bars that for decades made up the bulk of business, according to Fortune. But the game retains a fervent, worldwide following of dedicated players. In 2016, 17,174 people played in tournaments sanctioned by the International Flipper Pinball Association, an organization that promotes pinball and ranks players worldwide. "People love it because it's a steel ball moving around a real machine," said Casey Cuene, who founded the new tournament in Allentown. "Every game is going to be different." When Cuene moved to the area last year from Wisconsin, he discovered that the Lehigh Valley was a desert for anyone looking to play pinball competitively on a regular basis. Back in his old home, Cuene could find tournaments weekly within the Milwaukee city limits alone. But after relocating to Quakertown to be closer to a long-distance girlfriend, he found that that the nearest regular tournament was in Linfield, Montgomery County. The Allentown Fairgrounds hosts the huge pinball expo PinFest in May, but that only happens once a year. "To play competitively, I had to drive 45 minutes to an hour," Cuene said. So Cuene, who is 31 and works in advertising, decided to change that. He connected with other players in the area through message boards and meet-ups, and started sniffing out possible venues for a new tournament. A fellow enthusiast tipped him off that Penn Skate had an arcade with 16 pinball machines, some dating back to the 1960s. The Penn Skate Arcade Monthly launched in July, with 13 competitors, many finding their way to the tournament via online pinball groups. At its third meeting on Sept. 28, 20 people packed into Penn Skate's arcade. Cuene, bearded and dressed in a flannel over a gray T-shirt with a pug on it, played both contestant and organizer. On a tablet, he called up a program that randomly assigned pairs of players to Penn Skate's 16 machines. Competitors are cut from contention after losing three match-ups. Soon the room was abuzz with flashing lights, whirrs and chimes as steel balls ricocheted about the pinball fields. Between rounds, the adversaries reminisced over old machines, and delighted over the kids in attendance who took to pinball instead of staring at screens. "The hobby needs young people to keep going," Cuene said to Dave Buzzard of Fountain Hill, who had brought his young son to play in the tournament. Another type of variety in the fanbase probably might help pinball's future, too. The tournament was almost entirely made up of young and middle-aged men -- just two women competed among the 20 contestants. Though her boyfriend played in the tournament with her, Marissa Miller of Palmerton joked that the biggest demographic at pinball events is usually "dorky guys." For her part, she's a fan of pinball's staying power. "I really like how the game is so old, but it hasn't lost its appeal," she said. The player to beat at the September tournament was Royersford's Nathaniel Gibson, 41, currently ranked #317 in the world. Gibson has only played seriously for a few years, but the obsession took hold quickly. "In those first 6 months I played about 1,000 hours of pinball," Gibson said between balls during the first round. He wore a black T-shirt from Pinburgh, the world's largest yearly pinball tournament, held in Pittsburgh. In July, seven hundred competitors faced off there for a $100,000 prize. Abruptly smacking and jerking the machine, Gibson's play might at first seem frenzied. But he's in full control, strategically (and legally) nudging the machine to get the ball to the right place. At times, Gibson gets so intense it's a surprise the machine doesn't tilt (i.e., shut down to penalize the nudging player for going overboard.) It's no accident that Penn Skate, an indoor skatepark nearly hidden in a side-street warehouse, ended up with a coveted pinball lineup. Owner Chris Budinetz is a pinball lover himself, with about a dozen pinball machines in his game room at home in addition to the stockpile at his business. "I've been in the hobby since 1996, collecting and playing ever since," said Budinetz. He has passed down his enthusiasm to his son, Chris Budinetz Jr. The 10-year-old competed in the tournament, and used the opportunity to flaunt a recent birthday present: Pinbox 3000, a functioning cardboard pinball machine that lets him design his own playfield out of posterboard. After 11 rounds and about two and a half hours of play, Gibson earned September's title, besting runner-up Jerry C. Kroboth (whose 23-year-old son, Jerry F. Kroboth, had won the tournament in July.) It came down to the wire: each of the finalists went into the last matchup with two strikes. Cuene doesn't think a single monthly contest will inspire an active scene in the Lehigh Valley on its own. So he's enlisted Penn Skate to be one of the eight locations taking part in the new regional PHILA Pinball League, which also features arcades in Philadelphia, Malvern, Linfield and St. Peters. It's casually called a "selfie league" because contestants play on their own time at the location nearest them, and then submit selfies with their best scores for a chance to take part in the finals. By connecting the Lehigh Valley scene to other area players, Cuene hopes to spur more interest. He's confident any newcomers would get instantly hooked. "It only takes one ball to have a really good game," he said. The next Penn Skate Arcade Monthly tournament takes places Tuesday, Oct. 24. Andrew Doerfler may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @adoerfler or on Facebook.
|13 things you can do locally on Friday the 13th (and one you can't)LehighValleyLive.com / 4 d. 2 h. 5 min. ago more|
There are plenty of parties to attend and places to catch the movie. Oh, and a wedding.
|'Inappropriate' texts led to dispute and homicide in Allentown, DA saysLehighValleyLive.com / 4 d. 15 h. 49 min. ago more|
The alleged shooter was arrested in New Jersey and charged with homicide in the death of a 19-year-old. A 19-year-old Allentown man was gunned down after he was involved in a dispute over texts between juveniles, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Thursday. Carlos Pascual Richiez was one of several adult members of the juveniles' families who met up Tuesday night in an effort to resolve a dispute over the texts, described as inappropriate. Another of the adults, 25-year-old Christian Alberto Diaz-Dejesus is accused of fatally shooting Richiez in the head after the dispute escalated into an assault and pursuit through city streets that ended in a car crash and gunfire. Initial reports including those carried by The Associated Press indicated only that the homicide followed the crash, described as a fender-bender. "This homicide is not either gang-related or drug-related," the district attorney's office said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "Neither is it a 'road-rage incident' as it has been depicted. "It was prompted by text messages which were deemed inappropriate sent earlier in the day by one juvenile to another. Adult members of the juveniles' families became involved in a dispute between the juveniles, and that involvement lead to this homicide." Man charged in killing of Lehigh Valley teen City police said they responded about 9:50 p.m. to the gunfire. It followed a series of events that began at a home in the 100 block of North 11th Street. A witness told investigators four people, one of whom was later identified as Diaz-Dejesus, showed up in response to the text exchange earlier in the day between a juvenile male and juvenile female. "A cell phone was taken from the juvenile male," Martin's office stated. "The four people came to the residence to, (1.) return the cell phone; (2.) to discuss the underlying incident; and, (3.) to resolve an argument that occurred in a verbal conversation between" the witness and Diaz-Dejesus "which had occurred via telephone earlier." The meeting between the four visitors and those at the North 11th Street home led to a disturbance in which the witness was struck in the head with what he believed to be a semiautomatic handgun, the district attorney's office said. He needed several stitches to close the wound. Following the assault, Diaz-Dejesus and the three others got into a black Land Rover SUV and drove east on Chestnut Street, authorities said. The witness who was hit in the head and a second man got into a gold Honda Accord driven by Richiez in pursuit. The Honda was following very closely behind the SUV, which stopped suddenly at North 10th and Chestnut streets and was struck from behind by the Honda. A single shot rang out after the collision, and the two additional occupants in the Honda ran off before returning to find Richiez had been shot. The other two occupants removed Richiez from the car and laid him by the curb. The Land Rover fled, but a female occupant told investigators she saw Diaz-Dejesus place "what appeared to be a handgun into his waistband" after the shot was fired from inside the SUV, authorities said. Richiez was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was pronounced dead. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim ruled the death a homicide, caused by a gunshot wound to the head. As a result of the investigation by Allentown police Detective Robert Busch and other city officers and Detective Kevin Mriss, of the Lehigh County Homicide Task Force, Diaz-Dejesus was taken into custody without incident Wednesday night in Winslow Township, New Jersey. He was being held there pending extradition to Lehigh County. Diaz-Dejesus faces a single count of homicide, which means he will be held in the Lehigh County Jail without the possibility of bail. Martin thanked police in Winslow Township, Camden County, for their assistance and the investigators as well as Lehigh County First Assistant District Attorney Steven Luksa for their work in leading to Diaz-Dejesus' arrest. Kurt Bresswein may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|PA Turnpike Closing Fri. for 55 Hours: What You Need to KnowAllentown News / 4 d. 16 h. 10 min. ago more|
For 55 hours this weekend, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will close a stretch of the Northeast Extension so crews can demolish and replace a deteriorating 60-year-old bridge. That's a huge interruption for the 30,000 drivers who use the road each day -- including residents of the Lehigh Valley and people on their way to the Poconos.
|DA: Allentown homicide prompted by inappropriate text messages - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 4 d. 16 h. 18 min. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownDA: Allentown homicide prompted by inappropriate text messagesWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - Authorities have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection to Tuesday's shooting death of a 19-year-old in Allentown. Allentown police charged Christian A. Diaz-Dejesus with a single count of criminal homicide in the shooting death of ...Pennsylvania man, 19, fatally shot after 'fender bender'Philly.comall 9 news articles »
|Immaculate Conception School receives $5K toward Pre-K programLehighValleyLive.com / 4 d. 17 h. 22 min. ago more|
The funds were provided in conjunction with an Educational Improvement Tax Incentive. The Immaculate Conception School has received $5,000 worth of funding in support of its Pre-Kindergarten program. The funds were presented earlier this month by Merchants Bank in Bangor to the Pen Argyl elementary school, which is part of the Diocese of Allentown. The bank provided the funds in conjunction with its Educational Improvement Tax Incentive. The incentive allows qualifying organizations and programs to be awarded funding from local organizations. "Merchants Bank has been a tremendous support for our school," said Sister Maria Luz, school principal. "We have an excellent relationship with the bank. Their commitment to our community and the program show their dedication to enriching the lives of our residents." The preschool program provides area children with a faith-based nurturing environment and is dedicated to building a foundation for pre-reading skills, gross and fine motor skill development and problem-solving. The classroom structure provides group, individual and age-appropriate instruction, according to the school. Merchant Bank representatives said Immaculate Conception was chosen based on a long-standing relationship. "The school and its community are blessed to have Sister Maria's devotion," said Rocco Del Vecchio, chief executive officer of Merchants Bank. "She gives unyielding support to the children, the school and its program. We believe that the strength of our community rests in fostering its children -- the foundation of the future." Headquartered in Bangor, Merchants Bank has two branch offices in Bangor and additional offices throughout the Lehigh Valley, including Mount Bethel, Wind Gap, Nazareth, Forks Township, Martins Creek, Easton and Bethlehem, PA. It was established in 1890 as a locally owned and operated community bank. Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|Man charged in killing of 19-year-old Lehigh Valley manLehighValleyLive.com / 4 d. 20 h. 13 min. ago more|
The 25-year-old was awaiting extradition proceedings in New Jersey. UPDATE: 'Inappropriate' texts led to dispute and homicide, DA says A 25-year-old man jailed Thursday in Camden is awaiting extradition proceedings on a charge that he killed a 19-year-old man Tuesday night in Allentown. Winslow Township, New Jersey, police on Thursday morning brought Christian Alberto Diaz-Dejesus to Camden County Jail, a jail employee confirmed. Diaz-Dejesus is being held as a fugitive from justice on a homicide charge out of Lehigh County, the employee said. Carlos Pascual Richiez, of Allentown, was shot Tuesday night at 10th and Chestnut streets and died soon after at Lehigh Valley hospital in Salisbury Township, authorities said. Diaz-Dejesus' birth date matches that on paperwork in District Judge Rashid Santiago's Allentown court that includes the single charge of homicide. Diaz-Dejesus was taken into custody Wednesday evening, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said. 19-year-old dies after being shot A news conference is planned for 4 p.m. to discuss the killing, according to an alert from the city. Tony Rhodin may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.
|KDG Wins Standard of Excellence Award for 2016 Drexel Crowdfunding CampaignAllentown News / 4 d. 20 h. 52 min. ago more|
The 2016 Drexel University crowdfunding campaign proved to be a record-breaking success and engaged members of the Drexel community from around the world. ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, October 12, 2017 / EINPresswire.com / -- The higher ed web design team at KDG, a Lehigh Valley-based tech provider, was recently awarded the WebAwards 2017 Standard of Excellence prize for their work on Drexel University's May 2016 online crowdfunding campaign.
|Theater review: 'The Secret Garden' at Civic TheatreAllentown News / 5 d. 12 h. 43 min. ago more|
Gabrielle Vecciarelli as Mary Lennox with Will Morris as Archibald Craven, Mary's uncle in 'The Secret Garden' at Civic Theatre of Allentown through Oct. 22. Gabrielle Vecciarelli as Mary Lennox with Will Morris as Archibald Craven, Mary's uncle in 'The Secret Garden' at Civic Theatre of Allentown through Oct. 22. "The Secret Garden" is a 1999 musical based on a 1911 book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was a great fit for Broadway, with colorful characters, a theme of loss and redemption and a large dose of fantasy that could be enjoyed by children and adults.
|YMCA launching new Pre-K programs in Bethlehem, AllentownAllentown News / 5 d. 19 h. 41 min. ago more|
The program is designed for children starting at age three until they enter Kindergarten. It soon will be available at the Allentown and Bethlehem branches in addition to its existing program at the Forks Education Center.
|Restaurant review: The Lehigh Valley's first Miller's Ale House in AllentownAllentown News / 5 d. 19 h. 41 min. ago more|
The exterior of Miller's Ale House on Airport Center Road in Allentown. Miller's Ale House, a chain restaurant that first opened in 1988 in Florida and now is 88-strong, staked out its first Lehigh Valley location in early September and has been busy pouring pints and slinging wings ever since.
|Veterinary team uses a 3-D printer to create a plastic prosthesis for a parrot attacked by a foxAllentown News / 6 d. 6 h. 58 min. ago more|
Pete cocked his head and fixed his sharp eyes on the people gathered to watch him. The blue-crowned mealy Amazon parrot had been through a lot in his 34 years, but he gave no indication on this late August day that he knew something remarkable was happening.
|Allentown area nursing homea s license revoked after patient wanders off and diesAllentown News / 6 d. 18 h. 26 min. ago more|
A Pennsylvania nursing home had its license revoked after a 77-year-old Alzheimer's patient wandered away from the home and died, according to an ABC 27 report. The body of Audrey Penn was found in a ditch alongside a road in Lower Macungie Township, near Allentown, almost a month after she was reported missing from Woodland Terrace at the Oaks nursing home.
|Allentown's The Dime to host five-course wine-pairing dinnerAllentown News / 6 d. 20 h. 34 min. ago more|
Savor a five-course dinner featuring wines from New Jersey-based importer Opici Wines' portfolio, 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Dime in Allentown.
|What's Bitcoin exactly, and should I invest in it?Allentown News / 7 d. 23 h. 31 min. ago more|
What's Bitcoin exactly, and should I invest in it? Bitcoin's emergence as the most valuable digital currency has implications for investors. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: https://usat.ly/2kzEYfc A general view of the Bitcoin booth at the 2015 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 8, 2015.
|Allentown man, 23, seriously injured in crash on Lehigh Street - WFMZ AllentownGoogle News / 9 d. 2 h. ago more|
WFMZ AllentownAllentown man, 23, seriously injured in crash on Lehigh StreetWFMZ AllentownALLENTOWN, Pa. - A stretch of Lehigh Street in Allentown was closed for several hours after a serious crash Saturday morning. Two vehicles were involved in the accident just before 8 a.m. at Lehigh and Glenwood streets. Allentown police said the ...and more »
|Introducing our NEW podcast, Valley View. Episode 2: Allentown mayor's raceAllentown News / 9 d. 5 h. 46 min. ago more|
The City of Allentown is just weeks away from selecting its next mayor, following a public corruption scandal that has swirled about the incumbent for the last couple years. The Morning Call and Muhlenberg College recently conducted a poll of likely voters in Allentown to gauge where the five candidates stand.
|2nd Man Killed in Noontime Shooting in Allentown Identified - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 12 d. 22 h. 19 min. ago more|
WFMZ Allentown2nd Man Killed in Noontime Shooting in Allentown IdentifiedU.S. News & World ReportALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The second man killed in a noontime shooting at an intersection in the eastern Pennsylvania city of Allentown has been identified. The Lehigh County coroner's office said 24-year-old Keith Minick died of gunshot wounds to the ...Second victim identified in fatal Allentown shootingWFMZ Allentownall 13 news articles »