Northampton Press

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Lehigh hears project updates

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by CHRISTINE CONFER in Local News

Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors held its bimonthly meeting Feb. 11.

The board discussed the Turkey Hill project at the intersection of Cherryville Road and Route 248. The project is moving forward and is expected to start in June and be completed by December 2020.

Reports state there will be two unnamed fast food restaurants moving in and will both reportedly have a drive-thru.

The recent construction on two township bridges was discussed.

The Dogwood Road bridge construction is expected to be completed in the next four weeks.

NASD adds behavioral health services

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Superintendent calls St. Luke’s program ‘good for our students, families’

School-based mental health services for Northampton Area High School and Northampton Area Middle School students are now being offered.

The Northampton Area School District Board of Education voted unanimously 9-0 to approve a services agreement, effective Feb. 25, with St. Luke’s Physician Group Inc. to provide behavioral health services through Dec. 31, 2022.

The services, provided at no cost to the district, include counseling for trauma, anxiety, depression and other mental health matters.

Warehouse, logistics center testimony continues

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Next East Allen, Rock Lehigh Valley hearing scheduled for March 30

East Allen Township and Rock Lehigh Valley, a subsidiary of Rockefeller Group, continued the hearing regarding airport property in the township Feb. 19.

This meeting was well attended by local residents.

The property in question is zoned for agricultural use. Rock Lehigh Valley asked the township to change the zoning to commercial so the developer could build a warehouse. Supervisors denied the use for several reasons, one of which was the potential for more truck traffic on Weaversville Road. Township residents supported the move.

Gas leak forces evacuation

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Washington Avenue residents return to homes next day

Some Northampton Borough residents were evacuated from their homes Feb. 22 after a reported gas leak in the area.

According to Northampton County emergency personnel, a report was made about 7:30 p.m. of a strong odor of gas in the 2100 block of Washington Avenue.

Residents of more than a dozen homes were evacuated. Northampton Fire Department opened its doors to them, providing some warmth while they waited for updates.

UGI Utilities cut service to more than 50 homes. Electricity was also turned off.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by The Press in Local News



East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.



Bath Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.


East Allen Township Municipal Authority meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

Moore Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.


Houck takes DA oath of office

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

For the first time since 1991, Northampton County has a new district attorney. John Morganelli, who held office for an unprecedented 28 years, has been succeeded by his first deputy, Terrence Houck, who was sworn into office Jan. 6.

Houck is a career prosecutor who has spent 32 years in the district attorney’s offices of Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. His last 13 years have been spent as Northampton County’s first deputy DA.

Before he became a lawyer, Houck worked as a police officer in Philadelphia and attended Temple Law School at night.