Gov. Tom Wolf has signed an executive order making unprecedented sweeping changes to executive branch agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence in Pennsylvania. He was joined by advocates, legislators, cabinet secretaries and Charles Ramsey, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, who will use his expertise in a new role advising the executive branch on implementing these changes.
Most of the Lehigh Valley was intently watching the news and social media July 12 after word spread that a man climbed the blast furnaces at SteelStacks in Bethlehem and was refusing to come down. Emergency personnel were on the scene attempting to talk the man down. He stayed up on the structure for approximately 21 hours and came down just before 4:30 p.m. July 13, ending the standoff without major incident.
Starting a new business brings excitement, anticipation and a small dose of risk. Just ask the Mazziotta family, who opened an ice cream shop next to its successful Pott’s Doggie Shop in the Cherry Square Shopping Center, Northampton.
Pott’s owners Mark, Ann and Bob Mazziotta expressed gratitude for the opportunity to provide the community with the ice cream parlor, appropriately named Konkrete Creamery. Bob’s daughter Gina Mazziotta serves as the manager of the shop, the only of its kind in the borough.
“Gina came up with the idea,” Mark said.
Northampton Borough is witnessing a spike in the number of large box trucks on borough streets since the opening of the FedEx Ground warehouse in Allen Township. According to council, there has also been an increase in the number of residents’ complaints.
At the Aug. 15 borough council meeting, a man residing in the area of Howertown Road and Fourth Street appealed to borough lawmakers and administration to take action. He mentioned the trucks pose a danger to the community when they make tight turns on local roads not intended for larger vehicles.
At its Aug. 15 meeting, Northampton Borough Council was unanimously against a proposal by Willowbrook Farms Trust to build three age-qualified units off Howertown Road. A poll taken of the eight council members indicated strong opposition to the proposed development moving forward as presented.
Bob Dwyer, representing Land Trust Properties for the Willowbrook project, said his appearance before council was very preliminary, meant only to gauge council’s receptiveness to the project.
Kathy Novogratz, of Northampton, knew a few things: She knew she loved her town. She knew she wanted to see it grow and become a vibrant center for commerce and community. And she also knew she’d need help if she wanted to see her dreams realized.
“A few years ago, we were sitting on my back porch in the summer by the fire and waxing about the town and how much we loved it,” she said. “We sat there by the fire pit, year after year, and nothing happened. So we decided we have to do something about it.”
Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Moore Township Recreation Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.
Bath Borough Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 121 S. Walnut St.