The diesel train locomotives and their freight cars which cross over the rails at Main and 10th streets in Northampton prompted a meeting.
State Rep Julie Harhart (R-183) called the Feb. 28 meeting at the railroad crossing after a complaint was lodged by a motorist.
Northampton Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said the borough often receives complaints from people regarding the lack of safety measures taken by Norfolk Southern Railroad at the site. Police Chief Ron Morey backed up the borough manager's concerns and complaints.
The Borough of Northampton's municipal parking lot has been very successful, so successful, in fact, that officials are concerned about the lot being too full.
Although there is space for "between 150 and 250 vehicles," Northampton Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said most of the time the lot is full or nearly full.
While borough officials are pleased to see the macadam lot well used, Zarayko wondered if many of the spots are taken by tenants of apartments on Main Street.
The Borough of Northampton's band shell is undergoing restoration.
At a recent council meeting, borough Manager Gene Zarayko reported work has begun on the band shell, located in the municipal park off Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane.
Hurricane Sandy damaged the sides of the band shell and other parts of the wooden structure.
Recently officials discovered deterioration unrelated to the damage it sustained during the storm.
A large hall at Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek was transformed into a culinary lover's delight last week.
The cuisine spread out on linen-covered tables at the Northampton senior living facility was akin to what one would expect when dining at a five-star restaurant.
Sacred Heart Head Chef Lynn Nagle and her kitchen staff of professional cooks and bakers presented the third annual "2013 Spring Food Show" March 14. During the event, the 140 residents were able to sample and enjoy the aroma of the many foods which filled the room.
The Northampton County Election Office reports no one has filed a nominating petition for a council seat in Northampton Borough's second ward.
It was expected Anthony "Tony" Pristash, appointed by council several months ago to fill the vacant seat resulting from the resignation of Councilwoman Sherry Maikits, would run for a four-year term.
Photos of a visit from Star Wars characters
· Coplay Garden Club meeting – 7 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St., Coplay. Information: 610-261-1243.
· Woman's Club of Catasauqua meeting – 7 p.m., Salem United Church of Christ, Walnut and Third streets. Presentation on Doctors Without Borders. Information: Yvonne Retzler at 610-264-4924.
· Lehigh Valley Horse Council meeting – 7 p.m., Hanover Township Community Center, 3660 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem. Discussion: "Mounted Orienteering: Can Your Horse Find His Way?" Information: 610-317-8701.
Allen Township has enlisted the help of state police to assist with curbing speeding motorists and ATVs.
At Thursday's township supervisors meeting, township Manager Ilene Eckhart and Supervisor Vice Chairman Bruce Frack said they had "a very productive meeting" with state police and were told the state police will be more visible in the future.
In fact, officials reported noticing five state police vehicles at a location recently.
The Moore Township recycling center is open again after a brief closure.
The center, located behind the municipal building at 2491 Community Drive, closed for maintenance and repair March 11-18. The work involved excavation to level out sloped land around the center, making it safer and improving drainage.
Now back to its operations 24-hours a day, seven days a week, the recycling center is available only to residents, not to commercial entities.
The center accepts leaves and brush. Branches must be no more than 6 inches in diameter.
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.
Northampton Area School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor boardroom of the district offices, 2014 Laubach Ave.