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Council OKs Willow Brook preliminary plans

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Lot owners to contribute to fund in case traffic signal becomes necessary

The proposed preliminary plan for the Willow Brook Farms development received conditional approval from Northampton Borough Council at its Dec. 7 meeting. The vote was unanimous.

Borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian said the Phase I preliminary conditional approval was recommended by the borough planning commission.

Among the 14 conditions attached to the approval was one that the applicant, Fuller Family Trust, be required to pay all fees, including professional, escrow, recreation and hookup.

Making spirits bright

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

14-year-old Santa collects donations for food bank

For most Lehigh Valley residents, rush hour traffic in December is a frightening endeavor.

But one family in Northampton is looking to brighten the Route 329 commute, in addition to helping the less fortunate, this holiday season.

For the past five years, the Kunkel family, 220 E. 21st St., has collected donations for the Northampton Area Food Bank in front of their home. On almost every night of the week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you can find 14-year-old Hunter Kunkel dressed as Santa waving to commuters.

Golden Deeds awards go to fire department, fire police

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Fire Department and Northampton Fire Police personnel were inducted into the prestigious Hall of Golden Deeds during the Northampton Exchange Club’s annual event, held Oct. 4 at the Northampton Banquet & Event Center.

Golden Deeds awards have been bestowed on individuals and organizations since 1977.

Keith Knoblach, borough fire chief, and Kenneth Hall, fire police captain, accepted the plaques from Wayne Mery, Exchange Club president-elect and master of ceremonies. Knoblach and Hall penned their names and the organizations in the club’s Book of Golden Deeds.

Building committee report given at Lehigh supervisors meeting

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Chip Hazard, a member of a building committee to move the maintenance building plans ahead, gave a report on the group’s progress at the Nov. 28 meeting of Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors.

He volunteered during the Oct. 10 meeting.

According to Hazard, he and Frank Zamadics, township roadmaster, went to see an 80-foot-by-100-foot maintenance site. The building did not have radiant heat in the floor, which would have been included if it was upgraded.

“We’re on the right track. We definitely want radiant heat,” Hazard said.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by The Press in Local News



Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.

Allen Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.

Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.

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


Bath Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 215 E. Main St.

Leiner kicks off congressional campaign

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

To a full house at Keystone Pub and Grill, Grape Street, Whitehall, the Leiner for Congress campaign hosted an event Nov. 11 to officially kick off the campaign for Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District.

The event started with some introductory words from Will Leiner, the candidate’s son, followed by a viewing of the campaign’s official announcement video that was released the week before.

Bill Leiner Jr., Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, then addressed the crowd.

Lulu’s Treasures has unique items

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN in Local News

Main Street shop brings nostalgia to the borough

Lulu’s Treasures, 1841 Main St., Northampton, features antiques, collectibles and sports memorabilia.

The owner, Monica Walters, rented the store in June 2016, gave it a fresh coat of paint and a whole new look and opened her doors for business in the fall of that same year.

Lulu’s Treasures has a variety of items for purchase including crystal jewelry and vintage dishes and kitchenware, all from her own personal collection. She also has football keepsakes from various teams and many NASCAR items.

Allen board OKs two warehouses

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Road, stormwater improvements are part of township’s list of conditions

Allen Township Board of Supervisors gave its stamp of approval Nov. 28 to allow the construction of two warehouses that will be built next to the FedEx Ground hub on 80 acres near Willowbrook Road.

According to Johanna Chervak, real estate development director for Rockefeller Group, improvements being sought include left turn lanes onto Race Street, Airport Road and the Race Street intersection as well as stormwater improvements.

Lot No. 5 was unanimously approved by the board.