Stabbing reported Saturday night in Phillipsburg

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The stabbing was reported at 8:20 p.m. in the first block of Hanover Street.

A man was stabbed in the side Saturday night in Phillipsburg, according to emergency radio reports.

The dispatches said the stabbing occurred about 8:20 p.m. in the first block of Hanover Street.

The man said he was stabbed by a neighbor, according to the dispatches. A freelance photographer at the scene said the victim was laying flat on his back on the front porch and appeared alert.

The report indicated the man was taken by helicopter to an area hospital.

Police at the scene declined to comment on the situation. Prosecutor Richard Burke also did not immediately return a call for comment Sunday.

A man in the neighborhood Sunday morning said he was unaware of the stabbing and a woman walking to her car declined comment.

“I’m not saying nothing,” she said.

The stabbing was at the scene of a prior dispute in the same neighborhood.

In September 2013, Adam Rodriguez, 21, who lived on Reese Court — running parallel to Hanover Street — assaulted a neighbor and was arrested for simple assault, police had said.

Reporter Pamela Sroka-Holzmann contributed to this report.

Water Boil Advisory in Clinton County

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CLINTON COUNTY — A boil water advisory has been put in effect in part of Clinton County. Appalachian Utilities says customers in Woolrich, Crestmont and Sagamore Hills need to boil their water before they use it because of repairs to a water main. The boil water advisory stands until further notice.

Folks Trying to Change Perception of Sherman Hills

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WILKES-BARRE — Newswatch 16 found people celebrating their community in Wilkes-Barre. They there were trying to change the perception of the Sherman Hills Apartment Complex. There were games, crafts and activities for the whole family. You could even go for a hay ride! The party wrapped up around 5 p.m. on Saturday in Wilkes-Barre.

Free Bike Safety Fair and Helmet Giveaway at PNC Field

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MOOSIC —  The Lackawanna County Commissioners hosted the third annual bike safety fair and helmet giveaway at PNC Field. It’s an event that helps keep kids safe for the summer in Lackawanna County. Three hundred helmets were given away to kids who went to the event and listened to a bike safety talk. Parents could […]

Route 22 lanes to be closed for bridge inspections starting Monday

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The inspections and brush-clearing operations are expected to run through Thursday and could cause delays.

Bridge inspections and brush-clearing could impact Route 22 traffic in the coming week, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The work is scheduled to begin Monday and is subject to change due to weather.

Here’s the rundown.

BRIDGE INSPECTIONS

PennDOT says lanes will be closed for bridge inspections. All work is scheduled to occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the given days. Expect delays and use caution.

Monday and Tuesday: Westbound between the Fourth Street and 25th Street exits in Easton and Palmer Township.

Wednesday and Thursday: Westbound between Route 378 in Bethlehem and Fullerton Avenue in Whitehall Township. Delays will also be eastbound on Thursday.

BRUSH CLEARING

PennDOT contractors will be clearing plants. Lanes will not be closed, but keep alert between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on these days for slow-moving vehicles in both directions.

Monday and Tuesday: Between Route 309 in South Whitehall Township and Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: Between Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem and 25th Street in Palmer Township.

More than 700 volunteer for Great Allentown Clean Up

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The 9th annual “Great Allentown Clean Up” was held in different spots in the city today.

More than 700 volunteers helped pick up trash, sweep streets, and make things look a little nicer.

Ann Saurman, manager of the city’s Bureau of Recycling and Solid Waste, said of the big volunteer turnout:  “It makes your neighborhood proud of where you live, community spirit, it helps the stores in the neighborhood and the city of Allentown in general as we continue to develop and grow.”

The 69 News Community Care Crew even helped out with the clean-up this morning on 7th street.

Diocese of Allentown welcomes 47 permanent deacons

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Forty-seven men, called from each of the five counties of the Diocese of Allentown, were ordained permanent deacons by Bishop John Barres at St. Thomas More Church in Allentown on Saturday.

According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, this is probably the largest group of permanent deacons being ordained in any diocese in the country this year.

The church says a deacon witnesses the servanthood of Christ. He is called to promote charity and to proclaim and live the Word of God. As a sacramental minister, the Deacon is an ordinary minister of the Eucharist. He may baptize, witness marriages, conduct funeral services, and preside at prayer services and devotions. He may also preach at Mass, give instructions to people wishing to become Catholic, be involved in religious education, and conduct marriage and family enrichment programs. Deacons also serve in special ministries, such as soup kitchens, nursing homes, and prisons.

Preparation for reception of the order of deacon involves a period of six years.

Even though a deacon receives a sacred order, he does not necessarily function in the diaconate as a full-time occupation. A deacon who is not retired is still responsible for himself and his family through a secular occupation. At minimum a deacon devotes 10 to 12 hours a week to his work in the church.

The men to be ordained on Saturday include two men whose late fathers were permanent deacons in the Diocese and one man whose son is a priest of the Diocese. Their secular occupations include a hotelier, two chefs, a pharmacist, a chiropractor, a transportation executive and an elementary school principal. They range in age from 49 to 68. Combined they have 127 children and 117 grandchildren and great grandchildren

In a letter to the people of the Diocese, Bishop Barres wrote, “God has exceedingly blessed us in the gift these men are making of themselves to the life of our Church.”

The following is an alphabetical list by county of the 47 men ordained permanent deacons:

Berks County

James A. Bardi, Ed.D., 67, of Douglassville, is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish. Married and a father of three and grandfather of three, Bardi is retired director of hotel, restaurant and institutional management.

Dr. Charles A. Giordano, 65, of Bechtelsville, is a member of St. Columbkill Parish, Boyertown. Giordano is married and has a chiropractic practice.

James A. Kochu, 57, of Boyertown, is a member of St. Columbkill Parish. Married and the father of three and grandfather of three, Kochu is a chef and small business owner.

Frederick Lanciano, M.A., 61, of Sinking Spring, is a member of St. Ignatius Parish. Married and the father of five and grandfather of three, Lanciano is a theology teacher at Berks Catholic High School.

Felix J. Lombardo, 62, of Wyomissing, is a member of St. John Baptist de la Salle Parish, Shillington. Married and the father of two, Lombardo is a new business development manager.

Christopher May, 61, of Wyomissing, is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, West Reading. A father of two, May is a book publisher and distributor.

Joseph Petrauskas, 62, of Sassamansville, is a member of St. Columbkill Parish, Boyertown. Married and the father of three and grandfather of four, Petrauskas is product manager.

Edward L. Sanders, 61, of Shillington, is a member of St. Ignatius Parish, Sinking Spring. Married and the father of three and grandfather of three, Sanders is a sales representative.

Howard J. Schultz, 63, of Fleetwood, is a member of St. Columbkill Parish, Boyertown. Married and the father of three and grandfather of one, Schultz is a production manager and superintendent.

John Stapleton, 57, of Leesport, is a member of St. Margaret Parish, Reading. Married and the father of two and grandfather of two, Stapleton is branch manager with a supply company.

Bruce S. Swist, 64, of Temple, is a member of St. Catharine of Siena Parish, Reading. Married and the father of three and grandfather of four, Swist is a computer consultant.

Carbon County

Joseph T. Cannon, 57, of Lansford, is a member of St. Katharine Drexel parish. A widower and the father of two, Cannon is an associate maintenance manager with a trucking company.

James Warnagiris, M. Ed., 66, of Weatherly, is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Married and the father of two and grandfather of two, Warnagiris is a retired state employee.

Joseph C. Wilhelm, Jr., 58, of Lehighton, is a member of SS. Peter and Paul Parish. Married and the father of one, Wilhelm is the plant manager at his parish.

Lehigh County

Ricardo Ceballos, 53, of Whitehall, is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Allentown. Married and the father of two, Ceballos is a computer technician.

Claudio Cruz, 67, of Bethlehem, is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Allentown. Married and the father of five, grandfather of 17 and great-grandfather of two, Cruz is a textile supervisor.

Christopher C. Kinsella, 57, of Allentown, is a member of St. Thomas More Parish. Married and the father of three and grandfather of two, Kinsella is an estate planner.

Michael T. Meder, 61, of Macungie, is a member of St. Thomas More Parish, Allentown. Married and the father of three and grandfather of four, Meder is a pharmacist.

John C. O’Connell, 64, of Whitehall, is a member of St. John Fisher Parish, Catasauqua. Married and the father of two, O’Connell is a retired electronics technician.

Sherwood C. Readinger, 64, of Schnecksville, is a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Orefield. Married and the father of two and grandfather of two, Readinger is a retired engineering manager.

Peter H. Schutzler, M.S., 50, of Macungie, is a member of St. Thomas More Parish, Allentown. Married and the father of two, Schultzler is the principal of St. Thomas More School.

C. Miguel A. Vargas, 58, of Allentown, is a member of Sacred Heart Parish. Married and the father of five, Vargas is an upholsterer.

Northampton County

Gerardo Berrios, 59, of Bethlehem, is a member of Holy Infancy Parish. Married and the father of three and grandfather of four; Berrios does free-lance work.

Francis A. Elchert, M.S., 54, of Pen Argyl, is a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish. Married and the father of four, Elchert is a solution product manager.

Thomas J. Ely, 67, of Northampton, is a member of Holy Family Parish, Nazareth. Married and the father of five and grandfather of 11, Ely is a manager with a high-tech manufacturer.

Stephen T. Gorbos, M.Eng., 66, of Bethlehem, is a member of St. Anne Parish. Married and the father of three and grandfather of two, Gorbos is a retired electrical engineer.

Stewart T. Herman, 68, of Hellertown, is a member of Assumption B.V.M Parish, Colesville. Married and the father of six and grandfather of 15, Herman is a retired environmental engineer.

Isidro Gonzalez-Rivera, 49, of Bethlehem, is a member of Holy Infancy Parish. Married and the father of two and grandfather of two, Gonzalez-Rivera is a bank assistant vice president.

Joseph Juhasz, 53, of Bethlehem, is a member of Sacred Heart Parish. A father of one, Juhasz is an employee trainer.

Maurice E. Kelly, 55, of Hellertown, is a member of Assumption, B.V.M. Parish, Colesville. Married and the father of two, Kelly is an information technology manager.

Jose A. Ocampo, 55, of Bethlehem, is a member of Holy Infancy Parish. He is a computer programmer.

Charles V. Palmeri, 61, of Martins Creek, is a member of St. Rocco Parish. Married and the father of two and grandfather of two, Palmeri is a transportation company executive.

Ronald R. Pasquino, 61, of Mount Bethel, is a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Bangor. Married and the father of two, Pasquino is a chef.

Edward J. Saukulak, 53, of Bethlehem, is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Bath. Married and the father of three and grandfather of two, Saukulak is a small business owner.

Gene Schroth, 61, of Easton, is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Bethlehem. Married and the father of two and grandfather of three, is a retired electrician.

Richard Scrak, 56, of Bethlehem, is a member of St. Anne Parish. Married and the father of three and grandfather of seven, Scrak is a realtor. His late father was also a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Allentown.

Richard T. Sewald, 61, of Northampton, is a member of Notre Dame of Bethlehem Parish. Married and the father of four and grandfather of seven, Sewald is a retired security officer. His late father was also a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Allentown.

Ralph K. Sullivan, 57, of Easton, is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Bethlehem. Married and the father of one, Sullivan is an information technology director.

Stephen J. Synoracki, 57, of Bethlehem, is a member of Sacred Heart Parish. Married and the father of three, Synoracki is a technical product support leader.

Michael J. Toolan, 64, of Bethlehem, is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. Married and the father of four, Toolan is an information technology generalist.

Fred W. Wall, 58, of Bangor, is a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Pen Argyl. Married and the father of four and grandfather of one, Wall is a senior manager with a chemical company.

Kevin C. Wasielewski, 58, of Easton, is a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish. Married and the father of three and grandfather of two, Wasielewski is a self-employed heating, AC and refrigeration mechanic.

Kenneth L. Weiland, 65, of Easton, is a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish. Married and the father of three and grandfather of one, Weiland is a retired risk control and safety manager.

Schuylkill County

Thomas B. Drogalis, 55, of Orwigsburg, is a member of St. Mary Parish, Hamburg. Married and the father of two and grandfather of one, Drogalis is Executive Director of the Schuylkill County Historical Society.

Edward J. Girard, Ph.D., 58, of Coaldale, is a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Palmerton. Married and the father of one and grandfather of two, Girard is Coordinator of Religious Education at his parish.

David J. Henninger, 49, of Mahanoy City, is a member of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish. Married and the father of two and grandfather of two, Henninger is a retail store manager.

Lawrence J. Lonergan, 64, of Pottsville, is a member of St. Patrick Parish. Married and the father of three and grandfather of one, Lonergan is a retired schoolteacher. His youngest son was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Allentown last June.

‘Lake’ graffiti spreads in Allentown, Bethlehem

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Investigators are working to figure out who has been spray painting graffiti in different places in Allentown and Bethlehem.

Neighbors are upset and call it a “Quality of Life” issue.

The word “Lake” has been spray painted on a few different locations in Allentown and Bethlehem, including on a former car dealership on Hanover Avenue in West Bethlehem.

Officials say they don’t know what the word means, or who is responsible for the vandalism.

“I just wish people would be more respectful of the area,” said one concerned neighbor.

Authorities say the graffiti is under investigation. They’re hoping to catch whoever is behind it, something neighbors say they want to see, too.

If you spot graffiti in your Allentown or Bethlehem neighborhoods, officials are asking that you call the graffiti hotline and report it.

Allentown: (610) 437- 8729

Bethlehem: (610) 865- 7060

Lehigh County man killed in Berks crash

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A 21-year-old Lehigh County man was killed in a single car crash in Berks County.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of Route 143 in Albany Township.

Alex Huber, of Heidelberg Township, was killed after he lost control of his car while going around a curve and crashed into a tree, according to the coroner’s office.

Huber died from blunt force trauma to the head. The death has been ruled an accident, according to the coroner’s office.

No autopsy is planned.

State Police are investigating the crash.

Nepal earthquake: Muhlenberg students studying abroad are OK, college says

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Four students are studying in the South Asian nation struck by a massive, deadly magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

Four Muhlenberg College students studying in Nepal are OK after a massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck the South Asian nation.

“They’re all safe and sound,” said Mike Bruckner, a spokesman for the Allentown college.

The students — two men and two women — have been in contact with Muhlenberg’s dean of international studies and their parents, Bruckner said. One of the students was in India at the time of the quake.


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The earthquake struck near the capital Kathmandu, toppling modern houses and ancient temples, and caused a landslide on Mount Everest, according to The Associated Press. It was felt in neighboring India, Bangladesh, Tibet and Pakistan.

At least 1,400 have been killed and the death toll is likely to rise as reports come in from more remote areas, the AP says.

The Muhlenberg students have about two more weeks scheduled in their trip, Bruckner said, and it was unclear if they would be coming home sooner.