With “Pomp and Circumstance” echoing into the roof beams at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Northampton Area School District graduated its 118th high school class June 1.
The band, conducted by James Sansone, greeted graduates with a rousing welcome.
Northampton Area High School Principal Luke Shafnisky welcomed the graduates and their families. He took a moment to honor veterans and those in the class who chose to follow a military career.
The Class of 2019 was his first address to NAHS graduates. He was greeted by a round of applause to mark his successful first year.
Maria Bonett came to the Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting May 28 to continue her quest for a resolution to problems she and her neighbors are having at the Stoneridge development just off Savage Road.
The headaches with Stoneridge continue for the township and the residents. The residents have problems with the homes built by Rondel Development Company. Basement leaks are the primary complaint. The roadways are also in bad shape, according to resident Diane Larier.
Township Manager Brent Green offered an unexpected option to the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its May 23 meeting.
Green expressed interest in building a new administrative facility to replace the aging facility on Route 329. The increasing number of maintenance repairs — the latest one a roof leak — at the township’s office is causing a closer examination of the expected life of the building.
“I’m not expecting that we would do anything right away. We would need to look at a plan and start setting funds aside to make a dent in the cost,” he said.
At Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors meeting May 7, Solicitor Lincoln Treadwell introduced plans from the Fuller Family Trust for the large residential development at its Willow Brook Golf Course property.
The golf course has been reduced from 18 holes to nine holes, and the clubhouse has been moved farther into the property in preparation for the residential development.
Governor Wolf Historical Society in East Allen Township was one of 21 historic sites that participated in Lehigh Valley Passport to History programs. The historical group opened the site, with no admission fee, April 27.
Linda Kortz, historical society president, welcomed guests.
“We have a great group of volunteers that keeps the property in shape. This weekend gives us a venue to showcase crafts from the colonial time period,” she said.
Imperial Realty Property Group, LLC came before the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors May 8 to present preliminary plans for a proposed new warehouse on its existing property.
The Porter Chapman Masonic Lodge held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Northampton Area Food Bank April 6.
“We hold the fundraiser when they need some help. It’s part of our commitment to help the community,” said Richard Mullen, who helped coordinate the event. “Everyone in the lodge chips in to make the event successful.”
The lodge is unique in that it is actually two separate lodges. The Porter Lodge was formed in Catasauqua Borough, and the Chapman Lodge was originally in Northampton Borough. The combined lodges are based at 1103 Sixth St., North Catasauqua.
Lilyan Urbanczuk’s extensive graphics skills took her from Northampton to a working career life in Paris’ suburbs. She returned to the states with her job intact but missed the European flair.
“There isn’t much here that brings people, particularly millennials, together. On a trip to San Francisco, I saw the Biz Babes model,” she said.
A day care center that closed at 2650 Howertown Road provided an opportunity to pursue her idea locally.
She has called it The Coop.
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors discussed the cost of an extension of a waterline to East Allen Gardens during its meeting April 25 and ultimately decided against funding the project.
The owners of the property at 6670 Locust Road came to the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting March 28 with their attorney and real estate agent asking for relief on a lot line determination.
The request involves moving the lot line about 5 feet to enhance the sale of the house. The present lot line runs through the garage.
The owners have lived in the house for decades. The house sits on a half-acre lot, and the parcel surrounding the house is a 14-acre tract. The township anticipates development along Locust Road.