Northampton Press

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Masonic lodge raises funds for Northampton Area Food Bank

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

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.

NAHS grad opens The Coop event space

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Open house set for May 10 at Howertown Road venue

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.

Lot line adjustment rules concern E. Allen residents

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

New regulations require testing, second septic location on property

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.

Allen tables bids

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Board deems

Allen Township Board of Supervisors reviewed bids for the township salt shed at the April 9 meeting and deemed them to be too high. The bids were tabled.

The phenomenon of high bids is unusual, but contractors are busy. Municipalities are seeing more instances where projects have bids that are higher than expected.

Before full employment, government projects were bid low to keep crews busy while contractors waited for private projects. In this era of full employment, government projects need to compete with higher-value private projects.

Developer requests delay of East Allen hearing

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Township delegate to attend conference of state supervisors association

The focus of East Allen Township’s workshop meeting April 10 was to hear a conditional use application from Imperial Realty Property Group. The applicant delayed the hearing and asked for it to be rescheduled.

Conditional use hearings are handled at workshop sessions. The hearing was rescheduled for May 8.

Imperial Realty has a commercial development on the southwest corner of the intersection of Route 329 and Airport Road. The location is across from the new warehouse development under construction by Vertec.

Catasauqua police investigate violent domestic assault

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish has released official information on a March 31 domestic assault case in the borough.

In his report, Kish said police were called around 10 a.m. to 141 Railroad St., near the intersection with Mulberry Street, for a reported assault.

Myrelis Leon-Santiago had allegedly been severely beaten by her companion, James Connelly, Kish said. Officers responded to the report and called an ambulance, which transported her to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, where she underwent multiple rounds of surgery.

Keystone seeks switch to natural gas

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

E. Allen board lends support to cement company plan to move from coal

Robert Toedter, of RT Consulting, discussed changes taking place at the Keystone Cement plant during the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting March 13.

As Toedter explained, Keystone has an option to fire its plant using natural gas rather than coal.

“All of our coal is brought in by truck. By choosing this option, we remove 3,000 trucks — that’s 6,000 trips per year,” he said. “It will reduce emissions in the area.”

The plant burns 60,000 tons of coal a year.