Northampton Press

Monday, June 26, 2017

Uncontested races in county, municipalities

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Northampton County and several of its boroughs and townships have uncontested races in the primary election.

• Northampton County executive:

Democrat Lamont G. McClure

Republican John Brown

• Northampton County council, at-large (voters will choose no more than five):

Democrat Peter Melan

Democrat William McGee

Democrat Ronald R. Heckman

Democrat Lori Vargo Heffner

Democrat Tara M. Zrinski

Republican Hayden Phillips

Republican Ron Angle

Republican Glenn Geissinger

Republican Peg Ferraro

Local business offers clients ‘one-stop shop’ medical needs

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN in Local News

Twelve years ago, physical therapist Rowena “Row” Solomon decided to pursue her dream of owning a business that would offer a variety of therapeutic and rehabilitation services, along with other medical and general daily assistance all under one roof. She hoped to create a business that would be a “one-stop shop,” allowing her patients access to numerous services tailored specifically to meet each individual’s needs.

Day care owner charged in 2016 death of baby

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County’s investigating grand jury has recommended criminal charges in the day care death of McKenna Rose Felmly, a 3-month old who died at a Lehigh Township day care April 1, 2016.

Sharon Ballek, owner and operator of Sharon’s Day Care at 4538 Third St., will be charged with recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of children. She will be spared prosecution for involuntary manslaughter.

Farmers market to open May 16

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Shoppers, note new location

Northampton Farmers Market will open for the season May 16, and its new location — Municipal Park, at Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue — will offer the public an expanded market, with entertainment and a shopping experience people will want to return for, according to borough Planner Victor Rodite.

“We will have twice as many vendors as we had last year,” Rodite said, adding he is compiling the list of vendors who agreed to be part of the farmers market.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by The Press in Local News



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.


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

Moore Township Farmland Preservation Commission meets, if needed, 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.


Applications for Northampton council seat due May 8

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The deadline for persons residing in the Borough of Northampton’s first ward interested in filling the seat of Robert Coleman, who resigned from his council seat April 20, have until this coming Monday, May 8, to file an application.

Council could vote as early as May 18 when it holds the second of its monthly meetings — sooner if a special session is sought, which appears unlikely.

The appointment’s term ends Dec. 31, 2017, when Coleman’s present term would have ended.

Borough to seek funds for street repairs

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

CDBG money would be used to improve 14 roadways

With housing rehabilitation no longer eligible for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and handicapped ramp construction problematic, Northampton Borough is seeking CDBG funds to improve 14 streets in the borough that, if left unattended, may fall into disrepair within three to five years.

Borough council held a special meeting April 20, which was open to the public, for the purpose of coming up with recommendations on how it could spend the CDBG money if a proposal submitted to the Northampton County Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) is approved.

Moore Township supervisors contemplating shared policing

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Moore Township supervisors are in the early stages of considering a police change.

The supervisors were approached by members of Bath Borough Council to start discussions to have Moore Township possibly provide police coverage for Bath Borough.

Reached after the meeting, board Chairperson David Tashner Sr. said, “The discussion is in its infancy stage. I don’t think it is time to say anything about it because it is so preliminary.”

Tashner said, however, his initial concern is what happens if the officers are tied up in Bath and there is a problem in Moore Township.