Northampton Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dollar General plan withdrawn in Lehigh

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

At the Feb. 13 meeting of the Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors, an announcement was made that the plan for a Dollar General store, in association with the Turkey Hill at the Cherryville intersection, has been withdrawn.

Solicitor David Backenstoe said any money in the escrow account will be returned to the developer.

Chip Hazard, of the township building committee, reported on the status of the maintenance building.

NAHS students set to perform

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

‘The Addams Family’ runs March 22-25

“The Addams Family,” with the ironically macabre characters, created by Charles Addams for his single-panel gag cartoons, will soon lurch about the stage at Northampton Area High School.

Gianna Beleno is the director and choreographer of the NAHS production. Assisting her are music director Phil Diaz, pit director Angela Mitchell and set designer Damon Gelb. Tony Beleno is the set builder and adviser. Dan Crawford handles lighting and sound.

Northampton Fire Department thanked

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Michael Melosky arrived home from work March 6 to find his 4-year-old Yorkshire terrier had soiled herself in her crate.

The little 5-pound dog, Bella, has a sensitive digestive system and must have had a bad reaction to something she had eaten, he told The Press.

Melosky took Bella, “very loved by my family,” to the shower to bathe her.

Somehow, one of her paws slipped into the 4-inch shower drain and became lodged there.

The Barrington Drive resident attended the March 15 Northampton Borough Council meeting to tell his story.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by The Press in Local News



Bath Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 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.


East Allen Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m., as needed, in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

NAMS student, teacher honored for brochure work

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

New Northampton handout highlights area’s rich history, happenings in borough

Borough Mayor Thomas Reenock and Community Planner Victor Rodite presented Northampton Area Middle School student Alexander Wilcox and teacher Erin Miller with honorary checks toward the Caring Café for their work on a brochure highlighting the community and its history.

“The (Caring Café) funds go toward our community. It is helping students in need,” Alexander said of the checks, each $100. “It helps pay for school supplies, local charities and caring for pets.”

Preview of Lehigh project

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Construction of $34.2 million school is expected to begin in summer 2019

Construction of a new Lehigh Elementary School is expected to begin in 1-1/2 years.

A preview of the new $34.2 million school was provided at the Feb. 26 Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting in the Northampton Area High School cafeteria.

“We’ll provide a lot of updates to the board this year,” said Michael Kelly, principal of project development, KCBA Architects, Hatfield, who helmed a PowerPoint presentation of site depictions, floor plans and artists’ preliminary renderings of the school exterior.

NASD signs off on Jaindl proposal

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Attorney to research CARD’s allegation

Trumping the Jaindl-Watson warehouse project by the Northampton Area School District Board of Education was not in the cards for an area citizens’ advocacy group.

School directors voted 7-2 to authorize school board President David Gogel to sign a “term sheet” between NASD and JW (Jaindl-Watson) Development Partners for “a transfer by easement and/or conveyance” of 13.09 acres of the district’s 92.32-acre Seemsville tract in East Allen Township.

Renaissance royalty

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Seniors facility names holiday king, queen

Every year, the residents at Renaissance Home on Washington Street in Northampton have a Valentine’s Day celebration.

“The staff gets together and elects the king and queen for the event,” said Gloria Gontkosky, the care center’s director.

The duo is paraded into the dining room and has a separate table set up with gifts and some unique treats.

“It’s always a grand event, and everyone here gets a kick out of it,” she said.

Renaissance has an active social program.

East Allen supervisors review subdivision proposals

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The first significant item to pop up on East Allen Township’s agenda Feb. 22 was a minor subdivision for private residential land. The Barthol subdivision proposes to carve out one acre from the eight-acre site for a family property. The board of supervisors asked for several conditions, one of which was relocating a driveway to provide better access to the property.

Supervisors gave their unanimous approval.

Gracing the Roxy screen

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Movie-goers treated to film by Bethlehem’s Roebuck

The venerable Roxy Theatre hosted a March 3 afternoon charity premiere of “Getting Grace,” a comedy/drama about a teenage girl losing her battle with cancer.

This was part of a full-day event where the film was shown consecutively at three Lehigh Valley venues. Starting in the morning at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at ArtsQuest, the day’s celebration finished up that evening at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts’ theater.