Northampton Fire Department has resumed its Monday evening drills for its firefighters. Fire Chief Keith Knobloch indicated the department’s response to restarting drills has been met with support by more than 50 of its volunteers.
When drills paused during the COVID-19 pandemic, the fire department was, however, still busy. Knobloch said firefighters recently responded to three major fires in the borough: one large residential fire in the 2200 block of Washington Avenue, another large apartment fire on Main Street and a third residential fire in the south end of the borough.
Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez gives Roger Hudak a lot of credit.
“Roger’s motivation, energy and commitment of his personal time has been invaluable to the City of Bethlehem, especially the South Side,” Donchez said of Hudak.
Hudak acknowledges the South Side has for decades had to overcome negative attitudes about where to live.
Immigrants coming to this country to work at Bethlehem Steel in the mid-20th century settled on the South Side to be near where they worked.
(Please note that, although municipal buildings are beginning to reopen to the public, some meetings may still be held via teleconference.)
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Board meets 4 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
East Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Northampton Borough Council, at its meeting June 18, declined a request from Northampton Area School District to waive the state-mandated crowd limitations for the upcoming Class of 2020 commencement, scheduled for July 24 at Al Erdosy Stadium.
“I received a call from Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik, and he explained the school is anticipating holding a graduation celebration at Al Erdosy field July 24,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said. “For this to occur, borough council can waive the limitations for an event.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced June 19 that Northampton County will move into the green phase June 26, along with 11 other counties that were moved to the yellow phase earlier this month.
Neighboring Lehigh County will also advance to the green phase.
Strike up the band!
Players, take the field.
Student athletes and coaches for Konkrete Kids fall sports teams and members of Big “N” Marching Band are scheduled to return July 1 to the Northampton Area High School, Northampton Area Middle School and Al Erdosy Stadium secondary schools’ campus after Northampton County enters the green phase of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s state reopening plan, scheduled for June 26.
Fall sports teams include football, soccer, field hockey, cross-country, volleyball, tennis and golf.