Santa and his elves, along with Borough Manager Gene Zarayko and council, were present at Thursday's Northampton Borough council meeting.
The expected hike in real estate taxes for 2013 was taken off the table. Residents instead received an early Christmas present – the 8.1-mill tax rate will not be raised for the fourth consecutive year.
State Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-138) and Sen. Pat Browne (R-16) announced as of today, Thursday, Dec. 13, they will close their shared office in the East Allen Township Building, 5330 Nor-Bath Blvd., Northampton.
Both legislators feel their constituents would be best served by this decision, which will allow staff and resources to be focused at their main district offices.
Barely visible at the Borough of Northampton's Christmas Plaza is a small red-painted mailbox.
Mothers and fathers have helped their children locate the special box, which has "Santa's Mailbox" painted on it in white letters.
Letters dropped into the vintage mailbox do not need stamps or modern transportation in order to reach their destinations – Santa's workshop in the Santa at the North Pole. Santa has dispatched his elves, with the assistance of his reindeers, to collect and deliver the letters.
The Lehigh County Coroner's Office is searching for the next of kin for Raymond Rudd Sr.
Rudd, 52, of 122 N. 11th St., Allentown, died Dec. 8 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown.
Anyone having information about his relatives is asked to contact the Lehigh County Coroner's Office at 610-782-3426.
Recent rumor of PPL's replacing local residential electric meters by government edict are both completely false and somewhat true.
PPL Spokesman Joe Nixon said in a telephone interview replacement of old meters in favor of new, advanced meters has been ongoing since 2002. About 160,000 old dial meters have been replaced with digital meters, he said, and no longer require nearby radio monitoring because they send information directly back through the electrical system.
Cheyanne, a Labrador retriever who died unexpectedly in September, was honored by the Borough of Northampton Monday.
A plaque was placed under an ornamental tree at an island off the Center Street municipal parking lot, next to Affordable Pet Center, Cheyanne's former residence.
Monday's ceremony was the first time in the borough's history for a proclamation naming a day for a canine. Cheyanne, for some, was not just a dog, but rather an animal who touched the lives of hundreds of people, officials said.
NASA scientist Jennifer Stern, Ph.D., brought the story of the mission of the latest Mars robotic probe, Curiosity, to an enthusiastic audience at Alumnae Hall on the Cedar Crest College campus Nov. 15.
She detailed the development of the "Mini-Cooper-sized" craft and its 354 million mile journey from earth to a small landing site on the red planet. She enthusiastically reported the project is exceeding all expectations as it searches for signs of "habitability" on the distant planet.
The Northampton Area School Board has retained its president, but has chosen a new vice president.
During the annual reorganization meeting Dec. 3, which preceded the regular board meeting, board member David Gogel was retained as president, receiving seven votes, with school board member Dr. Michael Baird receiving two votes.
Board member Jane Erdo was elected vice president. She received five votes, with Jean Rundle, the incumbent vice president, receiving four votes.
"I'd like to thank Jean [Rundle] for her last few years as vice president," said Gogel.