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2 sought in golf club attack on car in Forks Township

It was the latest window smashed following recent incidents in Forks and Palmer, though police doubted it was related.

Forks Township police were looking for two males who f…

Man who stole from cars still sought in Easton, Bethlehem areas

The burglar used a credit card stolen in one of the incidents at stores in Warren County, as well, according to police.

Forks Township police Thursday released surveillance…

Forks Township woman, 24, dies in N.J. car crash

The accident happened Sunday in Lebanon Township, in Hunterdon County.

A Forks Township woman died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash on Route 513 in Lebanon Township, near Vo…

Wreck damages 3 vehicles at Forks Township intersection

The crash happened just after 7:30 a.m.

A three-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning in Forks Township did significant damage to the vehicles but the occupants escaped serious in…

$325K grant approved for Braden Airpark terminal

The terminal in Forks Township is slated for demolition this year.

A $325,000 grant was approved Tuesday to rebuild the aging terminal at Braden Airpark in Forks Township.
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Free outdoor movies in the Lehigh Valley summer 2017

Check out the schedules for free outdoor movies around the Lehigh Valley.

Teacher roughly disciplined student on school bus, source says

An Easton Area School District teacher is under investigation for an incident at Paxinosa Elementary School.

The Easton Area School District refuses to release a video purported …

Easton senior’s star shines bright despite looming blindness

Kenneth Moitui is gradually losing his vision, but he hasn’t let that stop him from achieving his potential.

Every parent hopes his son can be like Kenneth Moitui.

The honor roll Easton Area High School senior participates in student government, athletics, the school TV broadcast and charity events.

He loves the Red Rovers so much he dresses up as the mascot at football games.

Any parent would appreciate his achievements and attitude. But what makes them even more extraordinary are the setbacks he’s overcome.

He started losing his vision at age 13. Not only were doctors at a loss to explain what was happening, they told him blindness was inevitable.

After looking around the world for treatments, the family found some medicines that have stalled his disease’s progress. But there’s no guarantee Kenneth won’t be completely blind someday, perhaps as soon as his 21st birthday.

But nothing fazes this Forks Township 17-year-old.

His mantra? Motivation plus determination equals success.

“My sister gets annoyed every time I say that,” he adds.

A dark road brightens

The family knew something was wrong when Kenneth failed an eye test during a physical to participate on the track team. He couldn’t read the letters with his left eye. An MRI led him to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where doctors determined his immune system was attacking the nerves in his eyes. After a couple of weeks of tests and treatment, they said the condition was irreversible.

“I wasn’t very happy with that,” said his father, Caleb Moitui. “I said ‘I’m not going to give up.'”

So the family took him to Johns Hopkins University, Wills Eye Institute and the University of Pennsylvania. No one could help him. His vision got worse.

“We had to walk him down the stairs,” his father said. “Around the house he started bumping into things.”

Desperate for a breakthrough, the family went to the Sreedhareeyam Centre of Excellence in Ayurvedic Ophthamology in India. The 14-year-old boy was forced to fast and purify himself with a liquid and rice diet for the 21-day program. He had medicine poured over his eyes for 20-minute periods. He was exhausted and wanted to give up.

But he didn’t.

His persistence was rewarded when he pointed to the sky and told his father he could see a star.

Next the family tried the University of Miami. He started on monthly intravenous treatments that built on the progress he made in India. Eventually, the family was able to eliminate the costly monthly trips to Florida and have Kenneth receive the treatments locally.

“It looks like he has stabilized but they cannot promise how long the little vision he has in his right eye can stay,” Caleb Moitui said.

Kenneth can’t read words in books. He relies on speech recognition software in his iPhone and iPad. Never has his vision loss stood in the way of his dreams or his happiness.

“He’s stronger than us,” his father said on behalf of himself and his wife, Evelyne Moitui.

The most famous person from each of these 21 high schools

A Rover all over

Kenneth’s vision loss made it a struggle to keep up with the track team but he knew he wanted to stay involved in extracurricular activities. That’s when he got the idea to be the Easton Red Rover. He tried out and made the rotation of students to wear the costume.

“He’s a great kid,” said Lori Fulmer, the head cheerleading coach. “He’s a joy to be around. He lifts everyone else up.”

With each game she could see his confidence and spirit continue to grow. He quickly charmed the cheerleaders, who helped escort him on and off the field, gave him rides to practice and helped him on and off the team bus.

He rewarded them with tubs of pretzels, by carrying their bags, by doing whatever he could to help the team.

“He’s just very friendly with everyone,” she said.

“He’s always there for you no matter what,” added his good friend, Alec Leslie.

The identity of the Rover is supposed to be a secret. Kenneth told his friends about the role, and before he knew, it word spread all over the school. He wore the costume as a junior and a senior.

His notoriety grew through his participation in E-TV, the school television network. He spoke at the pep rally before the Phillipsburg-Easton football game, at the cheerleading banquet and a family wedding. Kenneth hasn’t met a podium he doesn’t like.

The morning of this school year’s Easton-P’burg Thanksgiving Day game, cheerleaders surprised him by showing up at the crack of dawn with posters honoring him. That tradition is usually reserved for senior varsity football players, but the squad felt it was appropriate to include Kenneth.

Caleb Moitui remembers being confused, then gratified when the girls with posters showed up around 6 a.m. Kenneth still has the posters up in his room, along with his varsity senior letter for cheerleading.

He was among a dozen boys nominated to be “Mr. Easton” and participate in a tongue-in-cheek annual beauty and talent pageant.

Happy bday to the cutest, coolest and caring gal i’ve ever met! Have a wonderful 18th. Love ya:) @livspin pic.twitter.com/7A6qBlrqTK

— Kenneth Moitui (@KennyMoitui) April 19, 2017

“Kenneth is known for being everyone’s pal,” said Olivia George, his escort to Mr. Easton and the senior class president. “He is a friendly face in the school and well-liked by everyone. His positivity and enthusiasm are inspiring.”

Kenneth plans to study marketing and business in college. He will attend Northampton Community College so he can continue to receive treatments for his eyes.

Kenneth can laugh at himself. Athletic director Jim Pokrivsak remembers kidding with him about getting his driver’s license. Then he let Kenneth drive a golf cart around the school campus. Kenneth sat in the driver’s seat while Pokrivsak turned the steering wheel.

“Everyone was laughing and clapping for him,” Pokrivsak said.

Prayer’s power

To get through Kenneth’s ordeals, his parents have leaned on an extended family in northern New Jersey. The parents moved to the United States from Kenya but Kenneth and his sister, Kayla, were born here.

They also rely on the power of prayer. Members of the Moituis’ congregation have provided financial and emotional support to the family. Now the Moituis pay that forward by donating and raising money to improve a school in their native homeland.

Kenneth participates in charity work of his own. He loved Project Hope, a Christmastime event at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in Easton. Dressed as the Red Rover, he got to hand out candy and presents to disadvantaged children.

Whatever the future brings, Kenneth’s father is confident his son will meet it ready to work, ready to help and ready to laugh.

“He’s come a long way,” said his father. “He has this great personality and this motivation. He doesn’t believe in failure.”

MEET KENNETH

You can get to know Kenneth on his video blog, “keepingupwithken” on YouTube.

Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook.

Allentown swears in its newest police chief

Glen Dorney was named to replace Keith Morris, who is leaving the Queen City for Penn State.

For the third time in four years, Allentown welcomed a new chief to lead its police …

Stolen phones were shopped online and sold to undercover cops, detectives say

Eric Watson, 25, is charged with receiving stolen property in connection with 2 cellphone store robberies.

A 25-year-old man sold more than $4,000 in cellphones stolen from …