Vienna Carly Savino was only 2 years old when she died — and no one knows why.
She took a nap in front of the television Nov. 12, 2017, at home and never woke up. Her death was reported as Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood after an autopsy, extensive research, genetic studies and thorough investigating.
There simply was no answer.
“My husband and I are both physicians and, shockingly, never heard of SUDC until after our daughter Vienna died,” Dr. Denise Wunderler, of Holmdel, N.J., said.
Wunderler is a 1990 graduate of Northampton High School.
Most of the Lehigh Valley was intently watching the news and social media July 12 after word spread that a man climbed the blast furnaces at SteelStacks in Bethlehem and was refusing to come down. Emergency personnel were on the scene attempting to talk the man down. He stayed up on the structure for approximately 21 hours and came down just before 4:30 p.m. July 13, ending the standoff without major incident.
Whitehall resident and Whitehall High School graduate Angela Stella is a cadet with the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 752 at Wilkes University.
According to Lt. Col. Robert Hartmann, U.S. Air Force commander of ROTC Detachment 752, Stella has received several Air Force ROTC medals and honors for her outstanding performance.
“In the fall of 2018, she received the Meritorious Service Medal for her dedication, drive and devotion to duty as the cadet wing commander (highest cadet position),” Hartmann said.
Northampton Area Middle School opened its doors to family and community members to come and support the students taking part in the school science fair April 13.
This is the fourth year for the science fair, according to Scott Oste, science department leader and sixth-grade teacher. He is proud of the continued growth of the event and the quality of the projects.
“We feel it is important for them to follow their passions,” he said.
A Northampton man was killed Oct. 11 in a two-vehicle crash in Whitehall Township.
According to Whitehall police, the motor vehicle accident occurred approximately 3:30 p.m. on Ruchsville Road, between South Church and Bridge streets.
Brock Weiss, 28, was the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead just after 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the scene, Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Raymond Anthony said.
Anthony ruled the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death as an accident.
Northampton County’s newest recovery center opened Aug. 24. Change on Main, 1830 Main St., Northampton, seeks to offer a safe and pressure-free environment for those in recovery to find their own community and avoid external stressors.
“Here at Change on Main, that’s what we’re going to offer — hope and love. That’s the foundation of what people in recovery need,” said Brian Sabo, the center’s program director.
Northampton Area High School graduate Rachel Iola Spagnola was named Educator of the Year at Schuylkill Conservation District’s annual awards program, held Aug. 21 at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove.
Spagnola works as a senior educator at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. She joined the sanctuary in March 2008.
Craig Lemmerman, of Northampton, donned his best medieval attire on the morning of July 28, mounted his horse and made his way to St. John the Baptist Church in Blisworth, England.
Lemmerman served as best man in the wedding of Lisa and Mark Jordan-Green, of Northampton, England.
The couple wanted a medieval-themed wedding and asked that their guests all dress appropriately for the occasion. Lemmerman chose his outfit because it looked like chain mail.
The annual Uptown Street Fair in Northampton is set for Sept. 8.
This free event, sponsored by Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce, runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is held on Main Street.
This will be the 30th anniversary from the start of the event.
The fair will feature varied entertainment, food trucks, craft and merchant vendors and more. According to Tony Pristash, chamber president and local business owner, this year’s event will feature more than 100 vendors. This is the largest number of vendors the fair has had in recent years.
Northampton Area Middle School’s third annual science fair was held March 24 in the school cafeteria. There were 10 total winners this year.