At the Oct. 25 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Solicitor Joseph Piperato reported to council on the appeal of the township’s decision to reject warehouses along Weaversville Road.
East Allen Township had rejected a request from the Rockefeller Group to rezone a parcel of land zoned agricultural to commercial with the intent of adding warehousing. Rockefeller then appealed the decision, but the length of time required for a response has now expired.
“We have not received any new notices,” Piperato said.
The Northampton Area High School Program of Studies for 2019-20 is expected to be voted on at the 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting in the administration building, 2014 Laubach Ave., Northampton.
Proposed changes to the program were unveiled by NAHS Principal Luke Shafnisky and NAHS Assistant Principal Kimberly Levin at the Nov. 5 school board meeting.
“It starts as soon as school starts,” Levin said of the planning and revisions to the program. “We’re trying to integrate the rigor and relevance of our course work.”
Several churches in Northampton Borough and the surrounding area are sponsoring a Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 22. They will welcome families, couples and individuals alike to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, free of charge, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Howertown, 22 Atlas Road, Allen Township. The church hall at St. John’s will be open 2-4 p.m. for the dinner.
Everyone is invited to the free meal, according to the sponsors, Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, Grace United Church of Christ, Zion Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and St. John’s.
The Sister Cities partnership — formed in 1976 between the Borough of Northampton and Stegersbach, Austria — forged a strong bond for the two towns separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Events and visits, held years ago, recognizing the bond will be etched in lasting memories.
Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. at the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Moore Township Farmland Preservation Commission meets, if needed, 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Mr. Ronald Silfies was born in Chapmans Quarry, graduating from Northampton High School and vo-tech in 1972.
He recalls, “I had good teachers at both schools; at tech, I completed the drafting blue print class.”
Ron was hired at Keystone in 1974 by manager Steve Hayden Sr. to work on the labor gang at a rate of $4.10 an hour. His grandfather and father were Keystone employees.
Always interested in electricity, he joined the electrical department.
Incumbent Republican Zach Mako and Democrat Jason Ruff are vying for the Pennsylvania House seat to represent the 183rd Legislative District.
The district includes, in Lehigh County, townships of South Whitehall (districts 5, 6 and 8), Washington and Whitehall (districts 7, 10 and 11) and Borough of Slatington and, in Northampton County, townships of Allen, Lehigh and Moore (districts of Beersville and Klecknersville) and boroughs of North Catasauqua, Northampton and Walnutport.
The winning candiate will serve a two-year term in office.
Three candidates are vying for the seat to represent the newly created 7th Congressional District.
Democrat Susan Wild, Republican Marty Nothstein and Libertarian Tim Silfies will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 6 general election.
Following a court-ordered redrawing of the Pennsylvania congressional map in February 2018, the new 7th District is mainly comprised of the old 15th District, represented by former Congressman Charlie Dent.
The district, based around Allentown, also includes portions of the former 10th and 17th districts.
Republican incumbent state Rep. Marcia Hahn will face two challengers in the race to represent the 138th Legislative District.
Democrat Dean Donaher and Libertarian Jake Towne are also vying for the seat.
The 138th Legislative District includes, in Northampton County, the townships of Bethlehem (wards 1, 3-division 4 and 4), Bushkill, East Allen, Hanover, Lower Nazareth, Moore (Eastern and Point Phillips districts) and Plainfield and the Boroughs of Bath, Chapman, Pen Argyl and Wind Gap.
We asked the candidates to respond to the following question:
The winner of this race will serve until Jan. 3, 2019, finishing the term of U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, who represented the current 15th Congressional District.
The candidates — Democrat Susan Wild, Republican Marty Nothstein and Libertarian Tim Silfies — are the same as those running to represent the new 7th Congressional District for two years in the next Congress.