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Ham radio drill

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Operators gather for 24-hour event

On the last full weekend in June, local ham radio operators gather to work with 40,000 other operators around the world as part of their annual 24-hour preparedness drill.

Members of Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club (DLARC) set up this year in a pavilion at Bicentennial Park, East Allen Township.

“We pick this weekend because it is when ionization is best,” said Bob Green, of radio station KE3AW. “We set up contacts with other operators and record them.”

Ionization in the atmosphere helps signals travel farther because they can bounce off the atmosphere.

Planners OK Central apartments

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough council expected to vote July 20 on plans for Main St. building

One of the Borough of Northampton’s most recognized iconic structures is the Central School building on Main Street. At its June 14 meeting, Northampton Borough Planning Commission recommended that a proposal to convert the structure into 12 apartments now go before borough council for its review.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said he expects council will vote July 20 on the planners’ recommendation for the project, submitted by Bath developer Tom Kishbaugh of Royal Development Company.

School board approves textbook purchase

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Northampton Area School District has purchased textbooks, more than one-quarter million dollars’ worth, so that students can hit the books this fall for the 2017-18 school year.

NASD Board of Education voted 9-0 at the June 26 meeting, at the recommendation of the administration, to approve $226,130.08 in textbook costs, as included in the 2017-18 district curriculum, high school and special education budgets.

The textbooks run the gamut of subjects, including science, math, social studies, technology and world languages, for kindergarten through 12th-grade classes.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by The Press in Local News

JUNE

THURSDAY 22

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

MONDAY 26

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 27

Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.

East Allen approves St. Luke’s extension request

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

One particular item on the agenda of the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting June 14 was a matter of some concern. The St. Luke’s Patient Center, on Route 512, requested another extension to complete its project. Township Manager Deborah Seiple introduced the item, stating St. Luke’s has requested several extensions for nearly two years. The facility is operational and accepting patients.

Nate Johnson, a project coordinator from St. Luke’s, addressed the situation.

Fuller land project is scaled back

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough planners are told 11 homes are included in updated proposal

An earlier projection by Fuller Family Trust to erect 67 homes on the Willow Brook Golf Course has been pared to 11 single-family dwellings on large 7,500-square-foot lots, and the new plan went before Northampton Borough Planning Commission June 14.

This scaled-back plan, which would have access off Howertown Road, is part of a more ambitious project that calls for 164 homes to be built in adjoining North Catasauqua — proposed mainly as an active adult, 55-and-older community.