The 2013 budget was approved at the Dec. 11 meeting of the Lehigh Township supervisors.
Supervisor Sandy Hopkins asked if the budget could be reopened for a discussion of personnel and major equipment purchases in three months.
Solicitor David Backenstoe said it is a matter of semantics. The budget will not be reopened but can be reviewed with transfers made of unencumbered funds. He said funds can't be reallocated if they are intended for specific debt.
It's just like any other single-story, well kept home.
In fact, if not for the wheelchair vans parked in the rear driveway, you would not know the yellow ranch style house at the corner of Keefer and Front streets in Coplay is home to eight disabled young adults.
"Most people don't know we're here and that is good because we're supposed to blend," said Denise Heberling, program specialist for LifePath Foundation.
A pause for a prayer for the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims and their families, a diving board for the middle school project, movement on the long-stalled district solar energy project and a new five-year contract with the district superintendent.
These topics were among those at Monday night's Northampton Area School Board meeting the week before Christmas, a meeting muted by a tragedy that has resonated with educators, parents and students across the nation.
Northampton Borough Council this evening will weigh in on the $80.7 million Northampton Area Middle School project.
A favorable vote is expected to pave the way for the school district to solicit construction bids. The new school is projected to be open for the 2015 school year.
The borough planning commission last Wednesday concluded a series of hearings for the new middle school.
The Atlas Cement Memorial Museum hosted more than 3,466 visitors 2012.
This is believed to be the largest group of people visiting in the museum's history, it was announced at the annual meeting of the Atlas Cement Memorial Trust Dec. 3.
Based in a wing at the municipal building on Laubach Avenue, the museum is the only one of its kind in the United States. Its original artifacts include items from cement mills in the region, most notably the former Atlas Universal Cement Company in Northampton.
Tucked into a storefront in Northampton's historical district is a hair salon that feels like a chic Manhattan shoppe posing under a marquee touting Style ID.
"Our concept is to provide a unique style for each of our customers," said Janet Romanyshyn, the salon's owner and chief stylist. "Our prices are competitive and we provide a great experience."
The salon caters to professional women and men.
A dinner is held at Assumption BVM.
Northampton Borough Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
The Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets at 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
The Moore Township Recreation Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
The Lehigh Township Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
In somewhat of a surprise, Northampton Borough Manager Gene Zarayko at Thursday's borough council meeting unveiled plans for a $1.4 million bond issue that would pay for a host of capital projects.
Some of these, such as the repaving of Laubach Avenue from 23rd Street to Main Street, are long term.
The high school, an elementary school, community center, library and municipal building are located off Laubach Avenue, making it one of the most heavily traveled roads in the borough.
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