Northampton Borough Council approved the development of 40 proposed town houses at its meeting Dec. 19.
Northampton Residential LLC, of Whitehall, was given the consent by council on the recommendation of the borough planning commission, which met Dec. 11, to proceed with plans to build town houses north of the CVS and Redner’s Quick Shoppe on West 21st Street, at the site of the former Cross Country Clothes garment factory.
There had been similar plans for the site five years ago from Posh Construction, of Bethlehem, but the project never came to fruition.
Keystone Cement sent its management team to East Allen Township Dec. 19 to explain plans for expanding the local quarry.
The company applied for a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection for the expansion, but the wordy and long permit was possibly subjected to a series of misinterpretations. Keystone wanted to set the record straight and to clarify the program and its commitment to the local community.
Stuart Guinther, the plant manager, introduced his team. The lead geologist, Matthew Weikel, is an independent consultant with EarthRes.
Dr. Lori Kuhns has been named acting principal of Northampton Area Middle School. Kuhns succeeds NAMS Principal Patrice Turner.
Turner was appointed a special education teacher at Moore Elementary School, effective Dec. 17, at a salary of $94,187, prorated, with benefits.
Kuhns’ appointment was also effective as of Dec. 17, with no increase in salary.
The appointments were approved by a unanimous 9-0 vote by Northampton Area Board of Education at its Dec. 16 meeting.
In partnership with the staff of Emmaus High School’s Collage literary magazine, Let’s Play Books!, 244 Main St., Emmaus, hosted a presentation and book signing by children’s author Jan Brett Nov. 30.
Brett, who considers herself “more illustrator than author,” arrived at EHS in what one news release described as her “rock star bus.”
The stop was part of the first leg of a national tour to promote her latest book, “The Tale of the Tiger Slippers.”
East Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
Bath Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.
East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
A festive crowd braved the cold weather for the Dec. 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of the $33.5 million Coplay-Northampton Bridge.
The event began with the playing of the national anthem. Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 honor guard participated.
In remarks, Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, credited the hard work of Trumbull Construction, Pittsburgh, which finished the bridge construction six months ahead of schedule.
“On budget and ahead of time,” Molchany said.
Under the recent snowy December sky, the Christmas spirit soared during the Northampton Area Food Bank’s 10th annual Judy’s Little Santa Shop, held Dec. 7. This year, the event landed at the East Allen Township Fire Department, 5354 Nor-Bath Blvd., where the red fire engines and yellow suits were swapped out for tables filled with gifts.