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Insurance agencies offer relief

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

A number of insurance companies are offering relief refunds that return money to customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief comes from fewer drivers on the road, which means fewer accidents.

Liberty Mutual will return approximately $250 million to customers. Personal auto insurance customers will receive a 15-percent refund on two months of their premium, based on the premium amount as of April 7. The refund will be issued in the manner the most recent payment was made or by check.

Gov. extends stay-at-home order to June 4 for some counties

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

With the April 1 statewide stay-at-home order set to expire midnight May 7, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine extended the orders for all counties in red until June 4.

Lehigh and Northampton counties continue to be in the red phase, and the restrictions for the stay-at-home order remain the same.

Wolf and Levine also signed new orders for 24 counties to move to yellow effective 12:01 a.m. May 8.

Boscola asks Wolf to move Lehigh, Northampton to yellow

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, sent a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf May 8 requesting Northampton and Lehigh counties be moved to the yellow phase of reopening.

“This request comes on the heels of two separate conversations I had with the infectious disease doctors at both St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network,” Boscola said in the letter.

Allen Township questions changes for warehouse tenant

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Johanna Chervak, representing the Rockefeller Group, and her project team participated in a teleconference with Allen Township Board of Supervisors April 28.

The company talked with several interested tenants for the warehouse on Lot 5 on Willowbrook Road across from the FedEx Ground entrance.

Of all the tenants, Rockefeller wants to award the contract to GEODIS, an electronics logistics center.

Paris-based GEODIS is an international company with distribution in multiple countries. The company has 50 million square feet of space in its U.S.-based warehouses.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Local News

State reports more than 3,800 deaths

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported, as of May 12, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 57,991.

There are 237,989 patients who have tested negative to date. The statewide number of deaths is 3,806.

In Northampton County, 2,499 positive cases, 8,301 negative cases and 161 deaths have been reported.

In Lehigh County, 3,286 positive cases, 9,255 negative cases and 123 deaths have been reported.

Local food bank continues to serve

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by CASSANDRA DAYOUB in Local News

With unemployment at an all-time high, members of the community have found themselves floating down a stream of uncertainty with their life preservers stuck at shore.

Paychecks have been cut and grocery store shelves are clearing out fast — but Northampton Area Food Bank, 1601 Canal St., is here to help you navigate these rushing waters.

COVID-19 has infiltrated many areas of our lives. Our minds are unsettled, and we might feel ashamed for not being able to provide in many ways. One thing we must remind ourselves is that seeking help is normal and encouraged.

Bath council calls off Spuds and Suds event due to pandemic

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Bath Borough Council President Mark Saginario called to order a livestreamed borough council meeting May 4.

It was a joint meeting for both April and May. The April meeting was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents could attend the meeting via a virtual meeting platform called Zoom.

Council voted unanimously to indefinitely extend Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito’s disaster proclamation.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by The Press in Local News


(Please note that, as many municipal buildings are closed to the public at this time, these meetings may be available via teleconference.)


Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.


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

Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.

Northampton Borough Council delays pool vote

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Board wants attorney to research pros, cons of opening, keeping closed

Northampton Borough Council, at the May 7 meeting held by telephonic conferencing, delayed a vote on whether to open the municipal swimming pool for the summer or not. Council members’ intention of the delay is to have the solicitor gather more information over legal issues on opening the pool because of COVID-19.

Attorney Steve Goudsouzian will research legal issues and the borough’s liability on the issue of opening or not having the pool operate for the summer. There was a lengthy discussion by council members on the pros and cons of having the pool open to the public.

Marking Mother’s Day

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Sacred Heart resident shares thoughts on life, holiday during COVID-19 pandemic

Mother’s Day 2020 was like no other.

Kathryn Guth, a 96-year-old resident of Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, shared her thoughts while admiring Mother’s Day messages in chalk, drawn on the macadam parking lot of the 21st Street facility.

According to her story, Guth was born in Coplay Borough, but her family moved to Allentown when she was an infant. Her mother died when she was 18 months old.

She said she would take the trolley to Northampton because there was no bus service.