Northampton Press

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Variance for warehouse height is upheld

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Judge rules in favor of East Allen Twp. Zoning Hearing Board decision

At East Allen Township’s meeting April 11, Solicitor Joseph Piperato announced that the local judge has ruled against the township in its effort to force compliance with an existing zoning regulation.

For the approved warehouse at the corner of Airport Road and Route 329, the developer argued before the zoning hearing board that the generally accepted height for modern warehouse operations is 48 feet. The zoning hearing board agreed with the developer and issued a variance.

Borough man runs in Boston Marathon

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Caleb Oliver, of Northampton, has undergone quite a transformation — going from morbidly obese on Halloween in 2016 to running in the Boston Marathon April 16.

Oliver weighed in at 377 pounds that Halloween before undergoing laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery with Maher El Chaar, M.D., the co-medical director of bariatric surgery at St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Heading into the 2018 Boston Marathon, Oliver, 38, is now carrying between 236 and 241 pounds on his 6-foot frame.

Council approves N.J. company for sewer sludge removal

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Northampton Borough Council approved a new company for handling the disposal of dewatered sewer sludge from its sewer treatment plant.

Bids for a new three-year contract were opened at the April 5 borough council meeting. The contract with the current provider, Waste Management, expires April 30.

The low bidder for removing 3,000 tons of sludge is LMR Disposal of Alpha, N.J. Waste Management bid $316,940, and Solid Waste Services (J.P. Mascaro) bid $322,435.

‘The Power of a Pivot’ offers tools, tips for happiness

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Imagine choosing to add more joy to one’s life each day.

That is the vision of Nancy Werteen, a resident of the Parkland School District, and Kim Howie, of Center Valley, authors of the book “The Power of a Pivot.”

In their book, Werteen and Howie offer tools and tips for a better understanding of the path to true happiness.

They are also co-founders of The Wisdom Coalition, an organization that helps women connect and commit to their passions and shared wisdom. Readers of The Wisdom Coalition’s monthly newsletter suggested the two share their knowledge through a book.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by The Press in Local News



Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.

Moore Township Recreation Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.

Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.


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

Moore Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.


Foundation honors high school alumni

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Six graduates are recognized during inaugural celebration

On April 13, Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation held a banquet to honor distinguished Northampton High School alumni at Woodstone Country Club and Lodge, Danielsville. Claudia Shulman, a member of the board of directors, was the emcee for the event.

“The [foundation] was founded in 2009 to raise funds to promote and enhance the education experience by providing extended learning opportunities,” she said.

Making progress

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay-Northampton Bridge project is back on track after early work delay

With May approaching, the construction of the new state-of-the-art Coplay-Northampton Bridge will enter its second year.

A bumpy start in 2017 had the project, anticipated to begin last April, delayed for several weeks. Rick Molchany, director of general services and Lehigh County’s point man for major projects such as the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, was optimistic that the project is back on track and moving forward.

Dent to leave office early

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by The Press in Local News

U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, has announced he will soon be leaving Congress.

“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks,” Dent said. “Serving the people of the 15th Congressional District has been a tremendous responsibility and the privilege of a lifetime, and I am honored by the trust that so many of my constituents placed in me to represent them in Washington.