The exceptional work and efforts of the Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Inc has not gone unnoticed.
On Nov. 10 the organization was awarded the Gold Standard of Excellence award from Everitt F. Binns, Ph.D., executive director of the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council.
"There is no question, you guys are leaders," Binns told members of the Northampton EMS. "You have no idea how important this is. We really appreciate it."
The Northampton Police officers will undergo group training at the vo-tech building on the Northampton Area School District campus.
The training originally was set to take place at the Atlas Cement Company office. Borough Manager Gene Zarayko reported at this month's council meeting the former cement company property includes an abandoned building. In the past there were times the structure was to take on a new industrial use, but plans never materialized.
Democrat Daniel McNeill won the election Nov. 6 over Republican David Maloney for the seat previously held by Democrat Joseph Brennan.
In Lehigh County, McNeill had 61 percent of the vote or 10,320 votes to Malony's 39 percent or 6,516 votes.
In Northampton County, McNeill took 79.39 percent of the vote or 2,977 votes to Malony's 20.40 percent or 765 votes.
McNeill, a resident of Whitehall, ran on a five point plan dealing with quality education, job creation, safer communities, fiscal responsibility and tax reform.
While the rains and wind from Hurricane Sandy subsided in the Lehigh Valley, the financial and emotional toll continues.
Approximately 443,000 PPL Electric Utilities customers lost power due to downed limbs and lines resulting from the Oct. 29 storm. Met-Ed, another local utility company, had approximately 252,000 customers impacted by the storm.
Members of the Northampton Exchange Club were provided an inside look into the operations and evolution of the FBI at their recent dinner meeting at the Northampton Memorial Community Center.
The presentation was given by Albert Sproule, a former FBI agent who currently serves as an assistant professor at DeSales University in its criminal justice undergraduate and graduate programs.
"America has to be resilient. We live in a world of uncertainty," Sproule said, noting the FBI strives to be proactive when it comes to law enforcement.
Northampton borough did not escape the wrath of superstorm Sandy last week. LeRoy Brobst, assistant to the borough manager, said trees and power lines came toppling down and blackness covered the borough as a result of the aggressive, forceful winds.
According to the PPL website, 9,527 residents in Northampton experienced a power outage. All power had been restored by Tuesday, according to the website.
"At some point in time, just about everyone was without power," Brobst told The Press. "Not many people came away clear as a whistle."
The Borough of Northampton deployed all personnel to deal with Hurricane Sandy last week.
The storm's howling strong winds raised havoc and inflicted damage to roofs and siding, trees, utility lines and poles and the bandshell at the borough's municipal park off Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane.
Borough council was provided a preliminary assessment of Sandy's destruction at Thursday's meeting.
The Allen Board of Supervisors meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
The Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets at 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Northampton Area School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor boardroom of the district offices, 2014 Laubach Ave.
The Moore Township Farmland Preservation Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
· Duplicate Bridge, Invitational – 12:30 p.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown. For players with 0-199 master points. Information: 610-437-3700.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
Some of the prices realized at the annual municipal auction Saturday in Northampton are as follows. Where appropriate the approximate mileage is given after the description.
2004 Ford Crown Victoria, 195,900 miles – $600
2008 Ford Crown Victoria, 156,321 miles – $2,200
2008 Ford Crown Victoria, 123,633 miles – $1,200
2009 Ford Crown Victoria, 149,278 miles – $2,700
2006 Ford Crown Victoria, 88,078 miles – $2,000
2001 Ford Crown Victoria, 105,367 miles – $1.200
2009 Dodge Charger with V8, 89,700 miles – $4,000