Northampton Borough Council at its meeting last Thursday ensured seniors the borough will provide the necessary accommodations to get free assistance for them to prepare their federal and state income tax returns.
Council granted permission to the AARP to use the multipurpose room at the Northampton Recreation Center on Lerchenmiller Drive to provide the service to seniors.
AARP will have trained, certified tax preparers at the site 9 a.m.-1 p.m.every Monday Feb. 4 through April 15.
Ralph Ferullo has a job.
However, because he has been home caring for his son, Alec, 18, he hasn't collected a paycheck in three months. And he doesn't expect to get one for the next three months, either.
Alec, who has a terminal form of brain cancer, is expected to live only a few more weeks.
"If he's still here like this in seven weeks, I can't go back," said Ralph, a respiratory therapist with Kindred Hospital in Easton. If he is unable to return to work before his leave ends, he may no longer have a job at all.
Autumn may be the season for mums but, in the 2300 block of Main Street, A 12-foot sunflower plant with multiple flowers is attracting a lot of attention. Residents John and Barbara Pedersen marvel at the sunflower, which they did not plant. It grew in a small plot in their yard, probably from a seed produced by the much smaller sunflower that grew there last year. At first, the Pedersens said, people in the neighborhood watching it grow thought it could be a tomato or some kind of vegetable. However, it surprised everyone.
Death is a fact of life.
Most people don't like to think about it, but they should take several steps to prepare for the inevitable.
Those steps were the topic of a seminar hosted by Rev. Dr. Becky J. Beckwith, senior pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ in Fullerton, Sept. 20.
Guest speakers Rev. Nancy Adams, coordinator of pastoral care at St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem, and Jay Gilbert, funeral director, addressed the legal procedures necessary to prepare for death.
Northampton Borough Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
The East Allen Township Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
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.
The Klecknersville Rangers host their fall festival.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requirements for the Northampton Area Middle School project have been met and the paperwork is off to Harrisburg to await approval.
Two key elements of the $80-million project were backed by the Northampton Area School Board by an 8-0 vote, with one board member absent, at the Sept. 24 meeting.
The so-called PlanCon Part D, which involves the project accounting based on estimated projections, and PlanCon Part E, which has to do with the project design development, received approvals, as recommended by the NASD administration.
· Moore Township Athletic Association basketball and wrestling sign-ups – 6-8 p.m., Borek Fieldhouse, Moore Township Recreation Center, located off English Road. Information: Frank Hudak (basketball) at 610-767-7678 or George Stilgenbauer (wrestling) at 610-657-3265.
· Boy Scouts sign-ups – 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 4331 Main St., Egypt. Information: 610-465-8565.
· AARP Chapter 3115 meeting – noon, American Club, 300 Cherry St., Coplay. Information: 610-395-2820.
Northampton Councilman Robert McHale has recommended funding for a dog park be included in the borough's 2013 budget.
The budget will be prepared and presented in November for adoption in December.
McHale did not provide specific details such as where a dog park would be located but the discussion pointed possibly to the grounds of the former borough animal shelter near the wastewater treatment plant.
Six months ago, Alec Ferullo was looking forward to graduation and joining the Navy.
Now, his father, Ralph, isn't sure his son will live another month.
Alec, 18, a 2012 graduate of Northampton Area High School, was diagnosed in July with gliomatosis cerebri, a fatal form of brain cancer that has left him bedridden and blind. He can't walk and is often confused.
"He just kinda sits and stares a lot," said Ralph. "I've been reading some books about heaven to him."
Alec was having seizures and was too ill to speak to The Press last week.