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Fighting Hunger: Represent the Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative at parade

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by SHARI NOCTOR in Local News

Please help support Coplay Borough’s 150th celebration by walking with us in the anniversary parade. We are sure to have a great time!

The parade starts 1 p.m. May 18 at Ninth and Chestnut streets, moves down Chestnut to Second Street and turns on to Hokendauqua Street. It will end near the Coplay Saengerbund. The total walk is less than a mile.

School board adopts proposed budget

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

$110.5 million spending plan has 2.69-percent tax hike

The 2019-20 proposed general fund budget for Northampton Area School District was approved May 6 by a vote of 7-2 by the NASD Board of Education with a tax hike of 2.69 percent.

The proposed general fund budget is $110,527,281.

The vote approved the athletic fund of $251,935 and the food services fund of $2,414,163.

Also, the vote authorized the NASD administration to advertise and make the proposed budget available for inspection to the public.

Council fills vacant seats

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Richard is named; planners post remains open

Vacancies on the zoning board of adjustment and civil service commission in Northampton Borough were filled at the May 2 borough council meeting.

Kenneth Richard was appointed to the zoning board for a term ending Dec. 31, 2019, and to the civil service commission for a term ending Dec. 31, 2021. These vacancies were a result of the recent death of Richard Ackerman.

There was no comment made by council members regarding the appointments. Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. made the motion for Richard’s appointment.

2.69% tax hike likely: School board is polled on budget

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Based on a straw vote of 7-1 by the Northampton Area School District Board of Education, a tax hike of 2.69 percent for the district’s 2019-20 general fund budget appears likely.

Seven school directors, in an informal poll taken by NASD Business Administrator Terry Leh at the April 29 school board meeting, said they support the administration-backed 2.69-percent tax increase.

School Director Roy Maranki was the lone holdout, voting instead for a 1.99-percent tax hike.

Field of education: Build it and students will grow

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Officials celebrate start of new school construction

Alton Ziegenfuss looked out over the large field he knew so well season after season, plowing and planting in spring and harvesting in the fall.

This spring, behind a shiny silver chain-link construction fence, the earth had been turned over once again — this time, not for oats and wheat. Instead, a new school was putting down roots.

As he sat on one of the folding chairs set up for the April 29 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lehigh Elementary School, Ziegenfuss, 87, reminisced, “My dad and I used to walk the rows of mustard weeds.”

Miller family benefit is held at Becky’s

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by DERON CHRISTMAN in Local News

Memorial ride, car show proceeds also go to police

A fundraiser to benefit the family of a father and son who lost their lives in a house fire in January was held April 27 at Becky’s Drive-In Theatre, Berlinsville.

Bruce A. “Buddy” Miller Jr. and his son, Bruce Alan Miller, died after a fire broke out at their home on Blue Mountain Drive, Danielsville, Jan. 21.

The drive-in was the meeting site for the Miller Memorial Ride, which featured hundreds of bikes and riders from numerous motorcycle clubs in the area.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by The Press in Local News

MAY

THURSDAY 2

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

Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.

MONDAY 6

Bath Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.

TUESDAY 7

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

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

Former WCSD teacher joins funeral home family business

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Amanda L. (Nester) Ebeling, of Weisenberg Township, has joined the Robert S. Nester Funeral Home, 8405 Kings Highway, New Tripoli, as a fourth-generation funeral director.

Ebeling received her Pennsylvania license in funeral directing in June 2018 and will be working in a partnership with her father, Robert S. Nester, at their family’s funeral home.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in physiological psychology in 2000 from Arcadia University, Glenside, Montgomery County.

Lot line adjustment rules concern E. Allen residents

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

New regulations require testing, second septic location on property

The owners of the property at 6670 Locust Road came to the East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting March 28 with their attorney and real estate agent asking for relief on a lot line determination.

The request involves moving the lot line about 5 feet to enhance the sale of the house. The present lot line runs through the garage.

The owners have lived in the house for decades. The house sits on a half-acre lot, and the parcel surrounding the house is a 14-acre tract. The township anticipates development along Locust Road.