Northampton Press

Thursday, May 28, 2020

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by The Press in Local News

MAY

(Please note that, as many municipal buildings are closed to the public at this time, these meetings may be available via teleconference.)

THURSDAY 28

East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

JUNE

MONDAY 1

Bath Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.

TUESDAY 2

East Allen Township Municipal Authority meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

Northampton Borough Council votes to close municipal pool

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

It was not surprising when Northampton Borough Council voted at the May 21 meeting to have the community pool closed for the summer. What was surprising was that the vote was not unanimous. Councilwoman Judy Kutzler cast the only vote against shutting down the pool.

“We have to open our community,” Kutzler said.

She reasoned that the pool is in the open air, chlorine is in the water and safety measures would be met.

Becky’s Drive-In to stay closed

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by KRISTINE PORTER in Local News

Lehigh Township Police Department gave Becky’s Drive-In a verbal warning May 22 after they opened while Northampton County is still in the red phase.

Owners of the 4548 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport, drive-in thought they could open following a conversation they say they had with a state lawmaker and a call to the police department.

Chief of Police Scott Fogel said the police department “did not give any permission for Becky’s to open. At no time did the owner or manager speak with me regarding opening.”

State reopening plan moves forward

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Furthering his plan for reopening Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf announced May 22 eight additional counties will move to yellow and 17 will move to green, effective 12:01 a.m., May 29.

All remaining counties in red — of which Northampton and Lehigh are a part — are expected to move to yellow by 12:01 a.m. June 5.

The counties moving to yellow May 29 include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill.

President Trump visits Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

President Donald Trump made his first visit to the Lehigh Valley as president May 14 to tour the Owens & Minor Inc. medical supply distribution center, 7437 Industrial Blvd., Upper Macungie Township.

During a livestream video on the White House Web page, Trump discussed increasing the Strategic National Stockpile, coronavirus testing and state reopening plans.

Trump addressed an audience of several dozen employees, all sitting at least 6 feet apart and wearing masks. Trump did not wear a mask on the tour.

Northampton Farmers Market underway for season

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

New vendors on site; safety measures in place

Northampton Farmers Market coordinator Pat Knopf expects a good season for the market, held at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue.

The May 12 opening day was a slow start, due to windy weather and a perceived dampened attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The market is set up 3-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday from May through October. Knopf said she typically has 10-plus vendors selling a variety of vegetables, plants, flowers, honey, specialty peanut butter products and grass-fed meats.