Two candidates are vying to unseat incumbent state Sen. Mario M. Scavello in a race serving the 40th District. Democrat Tarah Probst and Libertarian Adam Reinhardt will challenge incumbent Scavello.
The 40th District includes, in Northampton County, boroughs of Bangor, Bath, Chapman, East Bangor, Nazareth, Pen Argyl, Portland, Roseto, Walnutport and Wind Gap and townships of Allen, Bushkill, East Allen, Forks, Hanover, Lehigh, Lower Mount Bethel, Lower Nazareth, Moore, Plainfield, Upper Mount Bethel, Upper Nazareth and Washington.
Incumbent state Sen. Lisa Boscola is unopposed in the race for the 18th District.
A Democrat, she is currently serving her fifth term in office.
The 18th District includes, in Lehigh County, boroughs of Catasauqua, Coplay, Emmaus and Fountain Hill, city of Bethlehem and townships of Hanover, Salisbury and Whitehall; and in Northampton County, boroughs of Freemansburg, Glendon, Hellertown, North Catasauqua, Northampton, Stockertown, Tatamy, West Easton and Wilson, cities of Bethlehem and Easton and townships of Bethlehem, Lower Saucon, Palmer and Williams.
Northampton County voters will be asked to answer a referendum question that could amend the Home Rule Charter.
This question will appear on the ballot: Shall the electorate of Northampton County approve a change in the Northampton County Home Rule charter to Article IV titled “Controller,” 2nd Paragraph of Section 401, commencing with the Controller’s term of office which begins January 2020, so as to provide for the following amendment: “During his term in office, the County Controller shall devote full time to the office.”
Northampton Area Public Library held an Oreo-tasting competition Sept. 19 as an after-school activity. Rachel Robinson, the young adult coordinator at the library, put together the fun activity for students to get to know each other outside the classroom. The event was for teens in grades 6 through 12.
“We try to have one special program a month for teens,” Robinson said.
Clubs for different interests, such as anime and gaming, meet in the library after school to discuss special topics. These special programs are a great way for the clubs’ members to come together.
One of the greatest rewards in the study of theology is being able to take a pilgrimage to see where significant events took place. Diane Cortazzo of Queenship of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Northampton, organizes custom pilgrimages.
“I work on pilgrimages, but I can organize any kind of a tour,” said Cortazzo, who has quite an extensive background in European travel.
East Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
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. at the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.
Moore Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
At its regular meeting Oct. 23, the Allen Township Board of Supervisors received a request from JW (Jaindl-Watson) Development Partners to extend its plan review process until Dec. 31.
The request was granted, but another extension is anticipated. East Allen and Allen townships proposed a joint meeting on the project, with emphasis on the relocation of Seemsville Road. The earliest date everyone can get together is in January.
Supervisors anticipate the Jaindl-Watson partners would not file a revised plan until after the meeting with East Allen.
State Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, invited senior citizens and their families to a senior expo Sept. 14.
This free event was held at Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville, and hosted more than 70 local, state and federal agencies and organizations directed toward the needs of senior citizens. Companies such as LANTA Bus transportation services, SeniorLIFE life insurance, Good Shepard Rehabilitation Center and more attended the expo to inform senior citizens about the services they have to offer.