A coalition of municipalities impacted by the trucks headed to and from the sprawling FedEx Ground warehouse in Allen Township will meet Jan. 13 to discuss possible solutions to keep the 18-wheelers off nondesignated routes.
Northampton Borough took the lead in confronting the issue after a group of borough residents met with Councilman Robert McHale regarding their concerns, primarily the trucks observed on Howertown Road.
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Bath Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire at 214-216 E. Northampton St. on the morning of Jan. 1.
According to Christopher Keenhold, Bath assistant fire chief, the two-alarm fire also brought out 11 other fire departments for assistance.
“We had a great response from area fire stations,” he said.
Two people were transported to the hospital for care, he reported. There were no other reported injuries.
Michaelina Mezzina organized a hometown Christmas party Dec. 20 for the residents of Hampton House, 1802 Lincoln Ave., Northampton.
“We have a hundred residents here [who] are elderly and look forward celebrating Christmas,” she said.
And celebrate they did. Mezzina, the building’s property manager, brought in a band and had Santa Claus passing out gifts.
State Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-138th, has announced she will not seek a sixth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2020. Hahn has represented Pennsylvania’s 138th Legislative District since 2010.
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to represent the people of the 138th district for these past nine years,” Hahn said. “For nearly a decade, I have advocated for smaller government, better education and for assistance to our state’s critical agriculture industry. I am proud of that.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel were visited Dec. 16 by a group of happy dogs from the Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs.
Knowing the stress that first responders are subject to, Kim Blichar, director of marketing and public relations with Cetronia Ambulance Corps, invited the group to bring their dogs to the operations center on Broadway Street, South Whitehall Township.
The dogs visited with employees in the finance department, the dispatch center and the crew room where paramedics, emergency medical technicians and paratransit drivers await assignments.
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.