Northampton Press

Monday, March 18, 2019

Lehigh Twp. supervisors approve Vision Zero plan

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Police will work with group, PennDOT to help reduce number of crashes, fatalities

Lehigh Township Police Chief Scott Fogel conducted a presentation on traffic safety at the board of supervisors meeting Feb. 26, providing statistics of crashes and other traffic issues in the township and offering ways the police force and the community can work together to reduce these numbers.

Following Fogel’s presentation, Sherri Penchishen, who works with areas on traffic and road-related issues, spoke.

Burst pipe forces evacuation

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Sacred Heart residents staying at nearby facilities, with family

Approximately 90 residents of Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, 602 E. 21st St., Northampton, were forced to evacuate their residences and leave the grounds Feb. 2 after a burst pipe flooded one of the buildings’ floors.

“I got my first call around 3 o’clock,” Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said of hearing about the incident, classified by emergency responders as a mass casualty incident.

Brobst said he was kept apprised of the situation by officials who were already on the scene.

Supervisors OK Lehigh school plans

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Board discusses concerns of possible water issues

Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors granted conditional approval Jan. 9 for the new Lehigh Elementary School project.

Board member Keith Hantz raised the question about whether water from the building project will affect the land and homes in surrounding areas. Engineer Phil Malitsch reassured the board that basins will be put in place to rid the area of the maximum amount of water possible. Less impervious draining is being looked into as well.

“We’ve looked at it, and we’ve studied it,” Malitsch said.

Continuing the legacy

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Todd Haydt follows in firefighting footsteps of father, grandfather

Many young adults are asked, “What do you want to do with your life?”

For 20-year-old Todd Haydt, of Northampton, the answer was easy.

For four years, Haydt has been a volunteer firefighter, a tradition that runs in his family. His grandfather Sterling Haydt Jr. was a longtime volunteer firefighter. His father, Jeremy Haydt, is also a volunteer.

“My father got his start with my grandfather at the Alliance Fire Company (Northampton Borough) and later with First Ward Fire Company,” Haydt said.

Riding for Robbie

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Motorcycle group gives boy a birthday bash to remember

For anybody who has a birthday around the holidays, the same old question arises: “Do you like having a birthday so close to Christmas?”

Robbie Brensinger, an 11-year-old from Northampton, knows the answer all too well.

“Every year, we try to throw Robbie a birthday party. But it’s three days after Christmas,” Jessica Brensinger, Robbie’s mother, said.

Catasauqua continues opioid discussion during open forum

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Opioids have become one of the area’s largest concerns among teens, and Catasauqua is determined to stop it from getting worse.

Preventive tips and rehabilitation options were discussed with treatment professionals, medical personnel, those in recovery, Catasauqua Area School District faculty and others during an open forum on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic, held Sept. 27 at Catasauqua High School.

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, partnered with the school district to present this town hall meeting.

Latest Lehigh Township crash claims three lives

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Emergency responders are called to three fatalities in six days

Three people have died as the result of a three-vehicle crash Nov. 8 in Lehigh Township.

According to police, the crash occurred approximately 2:48 p.m. in the 400 block of Riverview Drive, Route 145, in Lehigh Township.

Police said John Fisher, 91, of Salisbury Township, was driving a silver Chevrolet Impala southbound on Route 145. His wife, Joanne M. Fisher, 86, was a passenger in the vehicle.

Library holds Oreo-tasting event

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Northampton Area Public Library held an Oreo-tasting competition Sept. 19 as an after-school activity. Rachel Robinson, the young adult coordinator at the library, put together the fun activity for students to get to know each other outside the classroom. The event was for teens in grades 6 through 12.

“We try to have one special program a month for teens,” Robinson said.

Clubs for different interests, such as anime and gaming, meet in the library after school to discuss special topics. These special programs are a great way for the clubs’ members to come together.