For Ricardo Menendez, a paramedic at Cetronia Ambulance Corps, the memories of when he had been deployed to Hurricanes Gustav and Sandy as a member of the Cetronia Strike Team came rushing back when the recent string of hurricanes devastated so many lives in the United States and Puerto Rico.
During Hurricanes Gustav and Sandy, Menendez, of Whitehall, was on the front lines of the devastation and even shared quarters with families affected by the disaster.
The president and vice president of Northampton Area School District Board of Education were re-elected at the annual reorganization meeting Dec. 4.
David Gogel was re-elected board president. Chuck Frantz was re-elected board vice president. The vote for each position was unanimous, 9-0, at the meeting.
U.S. Air Force National Guard
U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Huy H. Dinh has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
East Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Moore Township Farmland Preservation Commission meets, if needed, 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Hearst has agreed to acquire the magazine and book businesses of Rodale Inc., based in Emmaus and New York.
The announcement was made Oct. 18 by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, Rodale CEO Maria Rodale and Hearst Magazines President David Carey. The deal is expected to close in early 2018 after government approvals are received. Terms have not been disclosed.
Northampton’s uptown business district was given a major boost when the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce decided to have a Main Street manager come aboard to generate new business in its commercial corridor, while also paying attention to those presently in business.
Tony Pristash, president of the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and a borough councilman, delivered the bold initiative to council, mentioning the person selected for the role will report to both the chamber board and Pristash.
At least one resident of Northampton Area School District claims the Northampton Area High School theater program doesn’t have a chance when it comes to the annual Freddy Awards.
Her assertion provided some drama at the Nov. 20 NASD Board of Education meeting.
“Why is the school district not supporting the drama club?” asked Jean Rundle, a former NASD school board member.
NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik noted that advisers, set designers and directors are paid for NAHS theater productions.
At East Allen Township’s Nov. 16 meeting, Attorney Lisa Pereira, representing warehouse developer Vertek, asked for an extension from a Nov. 23 deadline. The project is a warehouse on the corner of Airport Road and Route 329.
The extension was granted.
The township opposes the developer’s request for a variance on the township’s building height limit. Progress on the warehouse development continues to move forward.
The heavily used Center Street municipal parking lot that serves patrons of businesses and professional offices in Northampton’s uptown district will now be monitored more closely by police following an action passed Nov. 2 by borough council.
“Police Chief Bryan Kadingo and I have discussed the concern of the uptown business owners and recommended posting one row of parking spaces between Lilac Court and the southern end of the Dollar General Store as two-hour parking,” Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst told council.