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RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by The Press in Local News

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THURSDAY 27

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

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MONDAY 1

Bath Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 215 E. Main St.

TUESDAY 2

East Allen Township Municipal Authority meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

Moore Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.

WEDNESDAY 3

Revised Allen Twp. warehouse plan is presented

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

N. Catasauqua residents attend planners meeting to express concerns about light, noise

Plans for a million-square-foot warehouse in Allen Township have been altered to meet Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, resulting in the planning process beginning anew before the Allen Township Planning Commission.

Previous hearings and plans for the project advanced by The Rockefeller Group, a New York City-based real estate development company, are now being modified, township planners were appraised at its meeting April 17.

A number of North Catasauqua residents attended the meeting, as the “Lot 5” property borders on their residential properties.

NASD board prefers 2.99% tax hike

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Vote on adoption of proposed budget will be on May 8 meeting agenda

Based on a straw poll, a 7-2 majority on the board of education appears to favor the administration’s proposed 2.99-percent tax hike for the 2017-18 general fund budget for Northampton Area School District.

The informal poll of school directors was taken by NASD Business Administrator Terry Leh at the April 24 board meeting.

Stating they’d support a 2.99-percent increase in district property taxes for the next school year were school directors Dr. Michael Baird, John Becker, James Chuss, Chuck Longacre, Robert Ment- zell, Judy Odenwelder and Vice President Chuck Frantz.

Coleman resigns from council post

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Robert “Bob” Coleman, a Northampton Borough councilman for the last 12 years, has resigned his office. Borough council members, at their April 20 meeting, accepted Coleman’s resignation, effective immediately, with regrets.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said Coleman submitted a letter notifying the administration and council his resignation is based on medical reasons. The vacancy will be filled by appointment from council.

Councilman Ed Pany expressed regret in Coleman leaving his position — not only as a councilman, but as a friend.

Guindine achieves Eagle Scout rank

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Matthew Guindine, of Troop 93, Northampton, received the rank of Eagle Scout at a court of honor April 8 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Northampton.

Guindine’s Eagle Scout project was completed at the former Mulligans Golf Course and Driving Range in Whitehall. The area is now called Whitehall Recreation Fields and is operated by the Whitehall-based Tri-Boro Soccer Club.

The Scout created artwork for signs located on Range Road. Reliable Signs Inc., of Nazareth, created the signs. They were installed on the property.

Players of the Stage to present ‘Quality Street’

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Christian theater group Players of the Stage has been rehearsing diligently for the past three months to present the play “Quality Street” April 20-22.

This four-act comedy, based on a 1901 play written by J.M. Barrie and set in the early 1800s, tells the story of Phoebe Throssel, who falls in love with Dr. Valentine Brown.

She believes he will propose to her but instead learns he is going off to serve in the Napoleonic Wars.

For the next 10 years, Phoebe and her sister Susan operate a school for genteel children.

Bath council actively pursuing policing change

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

The Bath Borough Council meeting room was filled to near capacity April 3. Council President Mark Saginario opened with a discussion about the Citizens Police Advisory Panel assembled by borough council. Its charge is to explore alternative policing relationships for Bath. Several members of the panel were in attendance. Council members had the opportunity to ask questions of the panel members present.

“This is a big decision, and that is why we have a citizens panel,” Saginario said.

Jacksonville Bridge still a question mark

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Engineer suggests span be replaced

East Allen Township Board of Supervisors reviewed engineering reports on the Jacksonville Bridge at its meeting April 12.

The bridge is in need of repair, but not anything that is deemed an emergency repair. Township Engineer James Milot suggested supervisors consider replacing the bridge.

“We can make the repairs suggested, but these are just repairs, and we don’t know how long they will last. The need to put a new surface on the bridge might not last its full life because the supporting beams may deteriorate,” he said.