Northampton Press

Monday, June 26, 2017

Morning blaze damages trailers at East Allen freight terminal

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Firefighters and emergency vehicles from across the Lehigh Valley responded this morning to a fire at the Consolidated Freight terminal in East Allen Township.

Although initial reports speculated fireworks were on the truck that was ablaze, it was later confirmed the truck contained butane lighters.

The fire burned for nearly three hours before it was extinguished.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by The Press in Local News



Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.

East Allen Township Planning Commission 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, 215 E. Main St.


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

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

Lehigh supervisors discuss timing of maintenance building

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township supervisors are protecting taxpayer money by taking time with the maintenance building, Supervisor Darryl Snover said at the May 9 meeting.

“All big buildings need a long time. It’s taxpayer money if we rush and do something wrong,” he said.

Turkey Hill at Cherryville has a highway occupancy permit, and now a final plan is needed. There are two driveways on Route 248 and one on Blue Mountain Drive that can be worked on as part of phase 1.

Sommer Fest set for June 3 at Tri-Boro

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

On June 3, Lehigh Valley Community Benefit will be holding its second annual Sommer Fest bike ride and benefit. The event, rain or shine, will honor the life and memory of Joe Sommer Jr., who was tragically murdered in a senseless act of violence last year.

Lehigh Valley Community Benefit has been supporting Lehigh Valley families affected by tragedies since 2010. The group also donates to first responders, veterans organizations, animal shelters and other nonprofit charities — with a focus on “paying it forward.”

Hall appointed to council seat

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Kenneth Hall, 58, whose affiliation with Northampton Fire Department dates back to his teens, was chosen by an unanimous vote at the May 18 meeting to fill the vacant council seat on the eight-member elective legislative body.

The term for the first ward council post runs until Dec. 31.

Hall was one of three candidates vying for the council seat vacated in April by then-Councilman Robert Coleman, who resigned for health reasons.

Shelby Fabian and Michael A. Dempsey Jr. were the other candidates seeking the vacant council seat.

Primary election

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Results from contested races

The following candidates were successful in their respective races in the May 16 primary election. These results are considered unofficial until verified.

• Northampton Borough mayor:

Thomas Reenock

• Bath Borough Council:

Democrat Carol Bear Heckman

Democrat Anthony G. Kovalosky

Democrat Michele Ehrgott

Republican Michael Reph

• East Allen Township Board of Supervisors:

Democrat Eric T. Yocum

Republican Don Heiney

Republican Georgiann Hunsicker

• Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors:

Democrat Jeffrey A. Doll

Moore supervisors pass right of way, marijuana ordinances

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

A room full of attendees greeted the Moore Township supervisors at their May meeting. Solicitor David Backenstoe reported two ordinances — right of way and medical marijuana — were ready for passage. Both measures were passed unanimously.

The right of way ordinance was prompted by the increasing installation of mini-cell towers in community rights of way without permission. This ordinance requires an entity to register with Moore Township prior to installing a mini-cell tower or anything of a permanent nature in a township right of way.