Northampton Press

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

County approves epollbook purchase

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

After five hours of meetings, Northampton County Council voted Feb. 6 to approve a $311,150 contract with Florida-based Tenex Software Solutions for 350 electronic pollbooks (epollbooks) for this year’s elections.

Northampton County’s elections commission voted Jan. 30 not to purchase the epollbooks. After that decision, the company that printed the county’s paper pollbooks for the past 24 years reported it cannot print the pollbooks.

Morganelli sworn in as judge

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

Amid pomp and circumstance in historic Courtroom No. 1, John Morganelli was officially sworn into office Jan. 31 as a Northampton County Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.

The county prison’s honor guard, in dress blues and accompanied by a bagpiper, presented the colors, and Easton Area High School’s Karissa Kresch sang the national anthem.

The entire bench of the county’s judges attended the ceremony, as did U.S. District Court Judges Ed Smith and Joseph Leeson Jr. and numerous other dignitaries. President Judge Michael Koury Jr. administered the oath.

Clergy receives free rec center membership

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Clerics serving Northampton parishes can now enjoy free memberships at the borough’s recreation center.

This decision, made at the Feb. 6 Northampton Borough Council meeting, was adopted unanimously and takes effect immediately.

Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. informed council he was approached by three members of the clergy who inquired about membership at the recreation center, 1 Lerchemiller Drive. He said for all the service they give to the community, the borough should offer them free membership at the center.

Moore Township discusses land, farm preservation

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Letter to be sent to county asking for notification of residents’ requests

The Moore Township Board of Supervisors Feb. 4 meeting began with a discussion about land and farm preservation.

The question was whether the township planning commission should be involved in a resident’s land preservation request that originates with Northampton County. This would create clarity in land preservation requests and act as a guide to the property owner, it was mentioned.

Weaversville hospital coming down

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Stone farmhouse is also on the demo list; land will become part of park

The former state hospital on Weaversville Road, near the back entrance of East Allen Township’s Bicentennial Park, is being demolished.

The old institution with a gloomy history was ceded to the township and will now be a part of the park.

The township is also working to remove the stone farmhouse located on the property. The floors in the stone building are rotted. Officials are concerned someone might break in and fall through the floor.

Greater Northern Lehigh Restaurant Week is Feb. 23-29

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, partner of Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, presents Winter Restaurant Week Feb. 23-29.

The weeklong event is designed to shine a spotlight on the diverse restaurants the northern part of Lehigh Valley has to offer.

Participating restaurants will offer set-price or prix fixe menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and/or dessert with both take-out and dine-in options. These diverse menu items are designed to satisfy a spectrum of palates, budgets and lifestyles.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by The Press in Local News

FEBRUARY

THURSDAY 20

Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.

Moore Township Recreation Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.

Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.

MONDAY 24

Northampton Area School Board meets 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor board room of the district offices, 2014 Laubach Ave.

Moore Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.

TUESDAY 25

Boscola announces grants for county emergency services

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, D-18th, recently announced volunteer fire companies and volunteer ambulance services in Lehigh and Northampton counties were awarded $406,836.90 through the 2019-20 Fire Company, Emergency Medical Services Company Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.