Two men and a woman have submitted their names as candidates for the vacant council seat representing Northampton Borough’s first ward. The vacancy results from the resignation last month by Robert Coleman, who left for health reasons.
The three persons who submitted applications for the council seat are Michael Dempsey Jr., Shelby Hall and Kenneth Hall. A requirement for consideration is that persons applying for the position reside in the ward the vacancy exists.
In an emotional part of Bath Borough Council’s May meeting, council and Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito expressed agony over what could be the most important decision for the borough in decades — a possible change in policing.
In attendance were Colonial Regional Police (CRPD) Chief Roy Seiple and CRPD Association leader Matt Antonucci, a police officer for CRPD.
Bath Fire Chief Emilio DeNisi kicked off the discussion, asking, “Is there anything new? New for the residents?”
This Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Local members of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will Stamp Out Hunger May 13 and collect nonperishable food donations along their regular postal routes and deliver them to Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania and its network of member agencies. Food then will be distributed to the families who need it most.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Bath Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers of the municipal building, 215 E. Main St.
Lehigh Township Recreation Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.
Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to the cement industry, with over 3,000 artifacts, photographs and hands-on exhibits, will open for the 2017 season this Sunday at 1401 Laubach Ave.
Observing its 21st anniversary, the museum, free to the public, will be open on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, 1-3 p.m., through September.
There are several contested races in the upcoming May 16 primary election.
• Bath Borough Council (voters will choose no more than three):
Democrat Carol Bear Heckman
Democrat Anthony G. Kovalosky
Democrat Harrell J. Geter
Democrat Michele Ehrgott
Republican Michael Reph
• East Allen Township Board of Supervisors (voters will choose no more than two):
Democrat Eric T. Yocum
Republican Brian Budraisits
Republican Edward Heiser
Republican Georgiann Hunsicker
Republican Janice Buskirk
Republican Madelyn M. Kemp
Longtime Northampton Mayor Thomas D. Reenock will be challenged in the May 16 primary election by John “Jake” Yurish, who is also no stranger to public service in the borough. Both are Democrats. Voters will choose just one candidate.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why should residents vote for you?
Their responses follow.
Thomas D. Reenock
As expected, the Northampton Area School District Board of Directors approved a 2.99-percent tax hike for the 2017-18 general fund budget for Northampton Area School District.
But the big news is that Northampton Area High School athletes are “Cement Belt champions.”
NASD Athletic Director Shaun Murray displayed the championship belt, to be on display for the school year at NAHS, at the May 8 school board meeting when the administration and school directors honored student athletes.
Mr. Mike Newhall graduated from Liberty High School in 1975.
He recalled, “I especially enjoyed a new course as computers became part of the curriculum.”
The young graduate started at Keystone Cement Company in the laboratory as summer help.
He said, “I worked with Al Brobst and Ernie Jacoby, old-timers who taught me laboratory procedures.”
This led to a full-time position in 1978.
As a mix chemist later, he progressed to assistant physical tester. In 1988, Mike was promoted to physical tester.