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.
Northampton Police Department hosted the first Northampton Crime Watch meeting of the year, Feb. 13. Residents met 7 p.m. at the Northampton Fire Department building to learn the proper ways to handle some situations they may face.
“We’re looking for you to be the eyes and ears,” Police Chief Bryan Kadingo said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lehigh Valley residents gathered Nov. 1 at Canal Street Park, Northampton, to celebrate an exciting announcement.
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.