Northampton Press

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by The Press in Local News

DECEMBER

THURSDAY 13

Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. at the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.

MONDAY 17

Northampton Area School Board meets 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor board room of the district offices, 2014 Laubach Ave.

Bath Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers of the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.

Lehigh Township Recreation Board meets 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.

Gogel, Frantz to again lead NASD board

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Directors approve bonds issuance for new Lehigh Elementary School building project

David Gogel was re-elected president and Chuck Frantz was re-elected vice president of the board of education of Northampton Area School District at the Dec. 3 reorganization meeting. Both ran unopposed and were voted unanimously.

At the regular Dec. 3 board meeting, which immediately followed the reorganization meeting, school directors approved the issuance of bonds for the Lehigh Township Elementary School project.

Tucker’s Toy Run helps local children

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

More than 600 bikers from the Lehigh Valley and beyond enjoyed a ride to the St. Luke’s Fountain Hill campus for the eighth annual Tucker’s Toy Run on a breezy, yet sunny Nov. 3 day.

Delivering well in excess of over 1,000 toys, which are collected throughout the year, the event is organized by Lehigh Valley Community Benefit, and it remembers Tucker Stuart, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2011.

Giordano discusses career at meeting

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

In an address at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Middle Eastern Counties Association of Boroughs, Emil Giordano reported his leaving his seat on the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas was to bring his experience to the people.

Giordano said he thought long and hard of what he wanted to do moving forward in his career and decided he wanted to return to being a private attorney to be “close to the people.”

Cedar Hill to take part in Wreaths Across America day

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Wreaths Across America (WAA) has announced that Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown, will once again join the effort as an official location for 2018. This is the seventh year that the cemetery will participate in this national event.

Wreaths Across America started as a simple gesture of thanks that, over the last 10 years, has grown into a national movement of dedicated volunteers and communities coming together not only to remember the nation’s fallen and honor their service, but to teach the next generation about the sacrifices made for freedom.

Bath Borough Council holds line on 2019 taxes

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Members of Bath Borough Council voted unanimously to hold the line on 2019 taxes during their Dec. 3 meeting.

When council President Mark Saginario said, “All those in favor (of voting for no tax hike) say ‘aye,’” several residents in attendance joined in by saying “aye.”

“We have more than a unanimous vote,” Saginario quipped.

The millage rate will remain at 15 mills.

Saginario thanked council members, borough Manager Brad Flynn and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito for their hard work in retaining the tax rate.

Council OKs preliminary budget

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council members unanimously voted not to hike 2019 real estate taxes during their Dec. 6 meeting.

Council members lauded borough Manager LeRoy Brobst for his diligence in presenting a budget with no frills and retaining the property tax at its present 10-mill level.

Brobst credited the administration’s personnel for their major contributions to the budget process.

Northampton police contract is approved

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council approved a 4-percent annual salary boost for its uniformed police officers at its Nov. 29 meeting.

The eight-member council unanimously approved the new wage and benefits contract — 12 percent over the three-year pact — for the 11 officers in the bargaining unit.

The police chief’s salary is set separately by council.

“Each year of the new contract, they will receive a 4-percent pay increase,” LeRoy Brobst, borough manager, explained.