Nationwide and locally, complaints about citizens shooting fireworks from their backyards and public areas are soaring like a Roman candle.
Major cities like New York, Philadelphia and Chicago receive thousands of complaints about legal and illegal fireworks. The Washington Post reported New York City received 24,000 fireworks complaints in just the first half of 2020.
All local police departments said they also experienced a substantial increase in fireworks complaints this year.
In an effort to streamline the process and penalty of a homeowner for a variety of transgressions, Bath Borough Council enacted a quality of life ordinance at its June 1 council meeting.
Under a typical quality of life ordinance, a number of conditions on a property are subject to a monetary fine, including nuisance remediation. These include conditions that constitute a danger or potential danger to the health, safety or welfare of citizens of the municipality or causes blighting of a neighborhood.
Derek Richline is a member of the Northampton Area High School’s Class of 2020 and was a high honors student for three years. He belongs to a proud fourth-generation Bath family with a keen interest in education.
As Richline transitions out of high school, he is very happy and looks forward to his next educational endeavor. He will begin fall studies at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. His major is aerospace engineering.
Bath Borough Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito, Bath Borough Council members, Bath American Legion Post 470, Bath Fire Department, family, friends and neighbors saluted Bath resident Martin Dobis in celebration of his 95th birthday May 30.
A surprise mini-parade by his home on Main Street greeted Dobis, a decorated World War II veteran.
Beth Beers, Dobis’ daughter, along with several others, helped organize the event.
When asked if her father saw combat, Beers said, “He had four or five beach landings in the Philippines during the war. He was in a lot of combat.”
Northampton Farmers Market coordinator Pat Knopf expects a good season for the market, held at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue.
The May 12 opening day was a slow start, due to windy weather and a perceived dampened attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The market is set up 3-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday from May through October. Knopf said she typically has 10-plus vendors selling a variety of vegetables, plants, flowers, honey, specialty peanut butter products and grass-fed meats.
A sign stating “Protect your neighbors. Keep your mask covering your nose and mouth at all times” greeted shoppers May 15, opening day of the 2020 Bath Farmers Market.
The farmers market, now in its 13th season, is held 3-6:30 p.m. every Friday at Keystone Park, Route 329 and Green Street.
It will remain open through Sept. 3.
The beautiful, warm weather yielded a nice attendance for this first day. Attendees seemed delighted to be outside among other people, albeit masked and maintaining social distancing.
Bath Borough Council President Mark Saginario called to order a livestreamed borough council meeting May 4.
It was a joint meeting for both April and May. The April meeting was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents could attend the meeting via a virtual meeting platform called Zoom.
Council voted unanimously to indefinitely extend Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito’s disaster proclamation.
Mother’s Day 2020 was like no other.
Kathryn Guth, a 96-year-old resident of Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, shared her thoughts while admiring Mother’s Day messages in chalk, drawn on the macadam parking lot of the 21st Street facility.
According to her story, Guth was born in Coplay Borough, but her family moved to Allentown when she was an infant. Her mother died when she was 18 months old.
She said she would take the trolley to Northampton because there was no bus service.
In an effort to maintain social distancing and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Moore Township Board of Supervisors held a virtual meeting via telephone April 7.
Township Manager Nick Steiner, Chairman Daniel Piorkowski and Police Chief Gary West were at the municipal building during the meeting. Throughout the meeting, they reportedly kept their distance as required by the governor.
The virtual meeting, attended by an estimated 10 people, lasted about 20 minutes.
Pennsylvania State Mayors Association has declared May 3 as Bells Across Pennsylvania Day.
Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito, Bath Borough mayor and a member of PSMA, said, “I will be declaring this on behalf of our borough.”
All Pennsylvanians and churches are asked to ring bells for three minutes, one minute each for three purposes, starting 7 p.m.