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Warehouse, logistics center testimony continues

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Next East Allen, Rock Lehigh Valley hearing scheduled for March 30

East Allen Township and Rock Lehigh Valley, a subsidiary of Rockefeller Group, continued the hearing regarding airport property in the township Feb. 19.

This meeting was well attended by local residents.

The property in question is zoned for agricultural use. Rock Lehigh Valley asked the township to change the zoning to commercial so the developer could build a warehouse. Supervisors denied the use for several reasons, one of which was the potential for more truck traffic on Weaversville Road. Township residents supported the move.

Gas leak forces evacuation

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Washington Avenue residents return to homes next day

Some Northampton Borough residents were evacuated from their homes Feb. 22 after a reported gas leak in the area.

According to Northampton County emergency personnel, a report was made about 7:30 p.m. of a strong odor of gas in the 2100 block of Washington Avenue.

Residents of more than a dozen homes were evacuated. Northampton Fire Department opened its doors to them, providing some warmth while they waited for updates.

UGI Utilities cut service to more than 50 homes. Electricity was also turned off.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by The Press in Local News



East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.



Bath Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.


East Allen Township Municipal Authority meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

Moore Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.


Houck takes DA oath of office

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

For the first time since 1991, Northampton County has a new district attorney. John Morganelli, who held office for an unprecedented 28 years, has been succeeded by his first deputy, Terrence Houck, who was sworn into office Jan. 6.

Houck is a career prosecutor who has spent 32 years in the district attorney’s offices of Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. His last 13 years have been spent as Northampton County’s first deputy DA.

Before he became a lawyer, Houck worked as a police officer in Philadelphia and attended Temple Law School at night.

County approves epollbook purchase

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

After five hours of meetings, Northampton County Council voted Feb. 6 to approve a $311,150 contract with Florida-based Tenex Software Solutions for 350 electronic pollbooks (epollbooks) for this year’s elections.

Northampton County’s elections commission voted Jan. 30 not to purchase the epollbooks. After that decision, the company that printed the county’s paper pollbooks for the past 24 years reported it cannot print the pollbooks.

Morganelli sworn in as judge

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Amid pomp and circumstance in historic Courtroom No. 1, John Morganelli was officially sworn into office Jan. 31 as a Northampton County Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.

The county prison’s honor guard, in dress blues and accompanied by a bagpiper, presented the colors, and Easton Area High School’s Karissa Kresch sang the national anthem.

The entire bench of the county’s judges attended the ceremony, as did U.S. District Court Judges Ed Smith and Joseph Leeson Jr. and numerous other dignitaries. President Judge Michael Koury Jr. administered the oath.

Clergy receives free rec center membership

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Clerics serving Northampton parishes can now enjoy free memberships at the borough’s recreation center.

This decision, made at the Feb. 6 Northampton Borough Council meeting, was adopted unanimously and takes effect immediately.

Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. informed council he was approached by three members of the clergy who inquired about membership at the recreation center, 1 Lerchemiller Drive. He said for all the service they give to the community, the borough should offer them free membership at the center.