Northampton Press

Monday, April 22, 2019

State officials investigating rash of fires

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

Area departments respond to calls in Allen, Lehigh

Recent fires in the Lehigh Valley — including one in the early-morning of March 29 — are under investigation by a state fire marshal.

That fire, a fully involved barn blaze at 4413 Cherryville Road, Allen Township, came on the heels of several other barn fires, including two in Lehigh Township.

In Lehigh Township, a barn fire broke out March 15 along Cedar Drive. The second was March 23 along Fir Drive.

Bridge project on schedule, on budget

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Officials looking at June 2020 completion date

The arrival of spring has seen the return of workers at the construction site of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge.

This is the second year of a three-year project.

“The opening of the new bridge is June 2020,” said Lehigh County Director of General Services Rick Molchany. “The job is on schedule. We are not behind.”

The three-year job of replacing the bridge began with the demolition of the 80-year-old concrete bridge and the steel superstructure on the Northampton side. Custom piers were then constructed into the bedrock of the Lehigh River.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by The Press in Local News

MARCH

THURSDAY 28

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

APRIL

MONDAY 1

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

TUESDAY 2

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.

WEDNESDAY 3

Siegfried homestead gets new purpose

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Reading-based firm will have offices at 21st, Canal streets

The Col. John Siegfried homestead, at 21st and Canal streets, will have a new use after a March 14 decision by Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board of Appeals.

The decadeslong vacant building, whose history dates back to the Revolutionary War, will house offices for Opportunity Behavioral Health, whose clients are primarily seniors and those with multiple disorders.

Passport to kindergarten

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN PWILLISTEIN@TNONLINE in Local News

School district will hold summer enrichment program

The Chinese philosopher Laozi said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

In Northampton Area School District, kindergarten students beginning their public school education journey are being helped with their first step.

Incoming kindergarten students can attend an enrichment program this summer to help get them ready for classes this fall.

School officials hope parents take advantage of it.

To do so, parents are being encouraged to register their children for kindergarten sooner rather than later.

Tama concerns come to council

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Neighbor says renovation raises safety, privacy issues

The new upgrade of the former Tama Manufacturing building, 18th and Main streets, came before Northampton Borough Council March 7 when a few neighbors raised safety and privacy concerns.

New Jersey developer Dan Donnelly converted the Tama property, which had fallen into disrepair, into 13 apartments with extensive interior and exterior upgrades.

Margaret Korsak, in her address to council, noted her concerns regarding windows, asbestos and rubble. She also offered suggestions on how to address the issues.

Moore will fix faulty Countryside systems

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Township manager says developer set funds aside for necessary repairs

A developer who completed a project approximately 10 years ago is a focus of a controversy over the quality of infiltration systems construction at Countryside Manor in Moore Township. A number of residents came to the March 5 meeting of the township board of supervisors in search of answers.

Trina Carter, a Countryside Manor resident, told The Press before the meeting that residents want to know who is responsible for the needed repairs. According to Carter, it is not clear if the developer, the taxpayers or the property owners are responsible.

Doing good deeds for the community

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Quota International celebrates 100 years of existence; local club marks 90 years of service in borough, beyond

On Feb. 11, local members of Quota International gathered at Northampton Banquet & Event Center and celebrated 100 years of Quota International.

Quota International is currently in 14 countries with more than 3,000 members.

The 17 members of Quota of Northampton continue the idea of bringing various talents, professions and ideas to help the needs of the hearing impaired, the deaf and disadvantaged women and children in the Northampton area.