Northampton Press

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Council debates rental ordinance

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Northampton Borough Council members differ on the necessity of imposing a new rental property ordinance.

Councilman Robert McHale had provided the current draft of the ordinance to council members for review at the March 15 council meeting, with discussion of the draft on the April 5 council meeting agenda.

At the meeting, Councilwoman Julia Kutzler offered an impassioned plea for the passage of the ordinance, in support of the low-income families who reside in rental units.

Break the Silence event is April 27

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

For the ninth year in a row, teens and adults who have survived sexual abuse will be gathering together for Break the Silence, a sexual abuse poetry night April 27. They are joined there by this year’s speaker, local artist Amy Elise.

Elise is a survivor of child sexual abuse and lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a condition that used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder. She has several personalities who live inside of her, many of whom are artists. She will be telling her story and sharing all of their artwork.

Dent receives Benjamin Franklin Medal

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) awarded Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement on behalf of higher education at its annual meeting in Hershey March 26.

The Benjamin Franklin Medal, named for one of the nation’s and Pennsylvania’s earliest and most recognized leaders, is reserved for individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the ongoing vitality and effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities.

NASD seeks to reduce tax hike

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Administration may eliminate baking elective, replace with Spanish class

The Northampton Area School District administration is trying to create the right recipe to reduce the 2018-19 district budget tax hike.

The NASD administration presented proposals to the board of education April 9 that would lower the tax hike to 2.88 percent, down from the 3.9-percent hike approved by school directors.

Among the proposals is to eliminate The World of Baking elective course in the family consumer science program for ninth grade. The course and teacher would be replaced by a Spanish course and teacher.

Bath council member, fire chief resign

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Anderson vacates for new role; DeNisi resigns for family time

In a tumultuous night at the April 2 Bath Borough Council meeting, a council member vacated her office and a beloved fire chief resigned. A new council member was appointed via a tie-breaking vote by the mayor, and the search for a new chief began.

Freshman legislator Cynthia Anderson resigned to take a position with the Nazareth-Bath Regional Chamber of Commerce. She said she will miss the experience as a member of Bath Borough Council.

When asked about the best thing about council membership, Anderson said, “Working to better Bath, and we did not raise taxes.”

Mako to co-host Northampton shredding event April 14

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

As a free service to the community, Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, will co-host a shredding event in Northampton to give residents of the 183rd Legislative District a chance to safeguard themselves against identity theft by having their personal documents securely destroyed.

The event, co-hosted with the Borough of Northampton, will be held 10 a.m.-noon April 14 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

Golden Cement Bag

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Harhart recognized for service to borough

John “Jack” E. Harhart was accorded the Borough of Northampton’s coveted Golden Cement Bag award in recognition of his decades of service as a volunteer in community programs.

Harhart, 72, was the recipient of the prestigious honor at an annual dinner meeting/banquet, held last month at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

The program, which recognizes persons for their unselfish service to the community, was initiated in 2001 by Northampton Borough Council and has since added the names of individuals to the honor roll annually.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Local News

APRIL

THURSDAY 12

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

Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.

MONDAY 16

Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.

Bath Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 215 E. Main St.

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

Lehigh supervisors discuss maintenance building plans

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

During the March 3 meeting of the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors, Chip Hazard, building committee chair, discussed the township maintenance building with Watkins Architects, and a preliminary contract was written for the new building.

Solicitor David Backenstoe found some wording that had to be corrected.

Hazard and others will meet with the architect and get an estimate for the building the township wants. Watkins will give ideas, and the township will give input on what is needed.

Local circus model builder contributes to Army museum

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Sheldon and Mary Ann Endy went to Norfolk and Williamsburg, Va., for a vacation in 2016. They were only 15 miles north of Fort Eustis and decided to extend their trip.

They visited the U.S. Army Transportation Museum to learn about the association between the Army and circuses. The relationship began in Europe around 1900. Various European armies studied the circus methods used to load and unload their trains rapidly and feed a group of people quickly, which was done with mobile kitchens and small ranges that could be taken apart and set up quickly.