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Dan Schantz Greenhouse & Cut Flower Outlet is seen Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in Allentown. (April Gamiz/첥Ƶ)
Dan Schantz Greenhouse & Cut Flower Outlet is seen Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in Allentown. (April Gamiz/첥Ƶ)
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Man in ‘Scream’ costume killed his neighbor, police say

Zak Russel Moyer, 30, dressed in a “Scream” movie costume, went to his Lehighton neighbor’s home Monday carrying a knife and a chainsaw and killed Edward Whitehead Jr., 59, police said. Moyer then went back home to watch a movie, police said. Moyer is charged with one count of homicide. He was sent to Carbon County jail without bail.

Child fatally shot in Allentown

A 3-year-old boy died from his injuries after being shot Thursday in Allentown’s East Side, according to authorities. Officers responded about noon to a residence in the 900 block of East Hamilton Street for a report of a shooting, police said. Officers found the toddler suffering from a gunshot wound and provided first aid to him. The boy, identified Friday as Elijah Abreu Borgen, was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where he died from his injuries, according to Lehigh County Coroner Daniel A. Buglio.

Study offers plans for Lehigh Valley train service

PennDOT on Wednesday revealed the Lehigh Valley Passenger Rail Feasibility Analysis prepared by the agency and consulting company WSP to examine possible train routes connecting the area with New York City, Philadelphia and Reading. The study does not go into depth on certain subjects such as where exactly the train would stop in the Lehigh Valley. Capital costs for the possible routes range between $450 million and $739 million. Construction may take over a decade for any of the train lines.

Popular gardening business returns

Dan Schantz Greenhouse & Cut Flower Outlet in Allentown reopened Wednesday under a new owner, Bob Herr, the owner of Herr’s Fruit Farm in Lancaster. Herr said he signed an agreement to lease the property temporarily until June 2, when he and the Schantz ownership will re-evaluate their arrangement. The business is located on 2 acres of land and sells flowers, tree, shrubs, perennials and produce.

Restaurant makes outdoor dining permanent

The Shelby, a popular restaurant in the Hamilton Crossings shopping center is set to open in mid-May an outdoor, protected dining area, that co-owner Ashley Petridis said was in development for “over two years.” The idea began when the restaurant offered outdoor, socially-distanced dining under a tent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers liked the experience and when the pandemic restrictions and the tent went away the restaurant applied for permit to build something more permanent. Petridis said the space might be used all year depending on the weather.

St. Luke's University Health Network is ranked 1st among the Large Employers category during 첥Ƶ's Lehigh Valley Top Workplaces Awards 2024 event Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. (April Gamiz/첥Ƶ)
St. Luke’s University Health Network is ranked 1st among the Large Employers category during 첥Ƶ’s Lehigh Valley Top Workplaces Awards 2024 event Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. (April Gamiz/첥Ƶ)

Valley’s top 2024 workplaces revealed

The following is a partial list of Lehigh Valley area businesses to earn a ranking among this year’s employers in 첥Ƶ’s Top Workplaces survey. View our complete Top Workplaces coverage, including a photo gallery from the awards banquet and profiles of the winners, at themorningcall.com/topworkplaces. St. Luke’s University Health Network was named the top large employer; Catasauqua Area School District was top midsize employer; and Trifecta Technologies was tops among small employers.

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