With all due respect to Whitehall-Coplay Press Editor Johanna Billings and her concerns regarding Acadia National Park ("Government shutdown hurts in many ways," Oct. 10 edition), the government shutdown began much earlier for families in the Lehigh Valley who have lost their homes to foreclosure over the past four or five years.
The government shutdown will last a lot longer for workers who have been notified by their employers their work hours or even jobs will be cut due to President Barack Obama's not-so-affordable health care.
Helen D. Hensel, 92, of Northampton, died Sept. 21, 2013, in Sacred Heart Senior Living, Northampton.
She was the wife of the late Andrew J. Hensel.
Born in Northampton, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Elizabeth (Bozidar) Lelko.
She was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Northampton.
Anne Marie (Fenton) Carter Carbonneau, 76, died Oct. 6, 2013. She was the wife of Timothy Carbonneau of Whitehall for 29 years.
Born in Szeged, Hungary, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Ann (Bereny) Fenton.
She worked for the Internal Revenue Service until retiring.
She volunteered for the MDA and for local elections.
Daniel J. Weaver, 43, of Coplay, died Oct. 6, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg, Bethlehem.
Born in Fountain Hill, he was a son of Dennis Weaver of Northampton and Dorothy (Fuller) Abel of Lansford.
He was a SPC, U.S. Army, during the Gulf War in Desert Storm.
He was last employed as a laborer for Skrapits Concrete Company, Northampton, for two years. Before that, he worked for Trunzo Concrete Company, Bath, for two years; and at Phoenix Forge Company, Catasauqua, as a C.N.C. operator for several years.
Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.
· A report of a man who punched another man in the face brought officers to the 1500 block of Main Street.
· Police responded to a report of a vehicle that struck a chain-link fence in the 100 block of West 14th Street.
· A report of items stolen from a vehicle brought police to the 100 block of Jeffrey Lane.
· Officers were called to the 100 block of Jeffrey Lane to investigate the theft of two phone chargers, two CDs and a GPS unit from a vehicle.
The Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.
· A report of an unwanted person brought officers to Keystone Pub, 1410 Grape St.
· Officers responded to a report of a storm window broken in the 1000 block of Fairmont Avenue.
· A request for a protection-from-abuse order brought police to the 3700 block of Lehigh Street.
· Officers responded to a motor vehicle crash on Schadt Avenue.
· Police were called to the 300 block of Sumner Avenue to investigate a supicious activity.
Police responded to a report of a woman in the 100 block of Stone Alley being harassed by her ex-boyfriend Oct. 13.
The woman told police she asked the individual to vacate her premises a week earlier and, since his departure, he has continued to call and text her, police said.
Officers spoke to the ex-boyfriend and instructed him to cease communicating with the woman, police said.
Police responded to an alarm Oct. 13 in the 1200 block of Center Street.
John D. Drabick, 61, of Northampton, died suddenly at home on Oct. 4, 2013.
Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late John and Nancy (Boruch) Drabick.
He worked at I.B.M. for many years and most recently he was a driver for A&A Limo, Northampton.
He is survived by a sister, Mary Ann Keller and her husband Mike Snyder of Catasauqua.
Arrangements were made by Reichel Funeral Home Inc., Northampton.
Jewelry sits out on a table at the first annual Premier Jewelry Show, held Oct. 13 to raise money for the Northampton Area Food Bank. The food bank serves about 400 clients within the Northampton Area School District. Food donations can be dropped off at the food bank, 1601 Canal St., Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. In addition to food, winter coats, baby products, personal hygiene items, household goods, cleaning supplies and furniture are also accepted. For more information, call the food bank at 610-262-8030.