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Campers support otter habitat

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Chuck Frantz brought his top campers to the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 12.

Frantz runs the township’s summer day camp. This year, the camp filled up early with 150 campers.

“Every year, we collect money from the campers and their parents and present it to the Lehigh Valley Zoo. We helped build the giraffe exhibit, and last year, we dedicated a bench in front of the giraffe exhibit. When we went to the zoo this year, we got a chance to sit on our bench. Our donations this year are going to improving the otter habitat,” Frantz said.

Council overturns mayor’s ordinance veto

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

New legislation on rental property inspections will take effect Jan. 1, 2019

Northampton Borough Council voted to overturn Mayor Thomas Reenock’s second veto of the rental property ordinance during the Sept. 20 council meeting.

The legislation had a controversial start in the borough. It was originally passed at the May 17 meeting, and Reenock refused to sign the legislation. It was vetoed for the first time June 7, and council members decided to table the matter.

Council and the mayor discussed and adjusted the ordinance over the following months.

Northampton resident medals at 2018 Transplant Games

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Michael Seidick wins golf, relay challenges

Michael Seidick, of Northampton, won several medals during the 2018 Transplant Games of America, held Aug. 2-7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He won gold in golf singles, gold in team golf and gold in the 4x400m relay while representing Northampton, Lehigh and Berks counties on Team Philadelphia.

Seidick received two kidney transplants. The first was in 1978 at the age of 8, and the second was in 1984.

There were 12 competitors from the Lehigh Valley on Team Philadelphia, which covered eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by The Press in Local News



Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.

Moore Township Recreation Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.

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


Northampton Area School Board meets 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor board room of the district offices, 2014 Laubach Ave.

Moore Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.


Across the pond

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Borough couple travels to Northampton, England, for medieval wedding

Craig Lemmerman, of Northampton, donned his best medieval attire on the morning of July 28, mounted his horse and made his way to St. John the Baptist Church in Blisworth, England.

Lemmerman served as best man in the wedding of Lisa and Mark Jordan-Green, of Northampton, England.

The couple wanted a medieval-themed wedding and asked that their guests all dress appropriately for the occasion. Lemmerman chose his outfit because it looked like chain mail.

Mayor expected to veto rental ordinance again

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock indicated he will, for the second time, veto the rental property ordinance at the Sept. 20 borough council meeting.

Reenock initially expressed that he would simply not sign the ordinance that was adopted by Northampton Borough Council Sept. 6.

Reenock mentioned his concerns with the new ordinance have still not been addressed to his satisfaction and that a new ordinance should be drafted to include the corrections he believes need to be made.

Lawsuit filed against NASD, IU-20

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Court documents claim aide had back turned during alleged 2017 assault

Northampton Area School District and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 face a federal lawsuit based on the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old female student with special needs.

The complaint, filed Sept. 11 by Philadelphia Attorney Michael D. Shaffer, is based on incidents that allegedly occurred in December of 2017.

The student is identified in the complaint only by her initials. She and her parents, also identified only by their initials, are seeking more than $150,000 in damages.

Borough adopts rental ordinance

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Mayor says he won’t sign legislation

Northampton Borough Council adopted the contested rental property ordinance at its Sept. 6 meeting, with six members favoring the legislation and two councilmen dissenting.

The ordinance, which covers more than 1,300 rental apartments, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said letters will be sent to landlords notifying them to register their apartments and units with the borough.

Unlike some previous council sessions, last Thursday’s meeting was more tranquil.