Northampton Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

69-year-old wedding dress becomes baptism gown

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by STACEY KOCH in Local News

Northampton resident submitting items for judging at The Great Allentown Fair

Beatrice Christoff, of Northampton, has been sewing since she was 8 years old. With all of that practice comes perfection. And for Amanda Erney, who asked Christoff to turn a 1940s satin wedding gown into a baptism gown, perfection is exactly what she got.

In 1948, Catharine Dunn wore the dress for her wedding; then in 1953, her sister Ann Probst wore the same dress for her wedding. Melissa Kinder, Dunn’s daughter, wore the dress in 1979 for her wedding, and Kinder’s daughter, Erney, wore the dress in 2011 for her wedding.

Allen seeks grant for dog park upgrades

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Public response to Allen Township’s dog park on Savage Road has been overwhelming, so much so that the board of supervisors is seeking a second round of grant funding from Northampton County to keep pace with the services provided for its use.

Chairman Larry Oberly said township Manager Ilene Eckhart will work out the details of the application, which will be submitted to the county. He said parking and a proposed pavilion may be the pillars of the proposed grant.

“I am hopeful,” Oberly said of having the grant approved. The project could be undertaken in 2018.

Some do’s & don’ts for viewing Monday’s total solar eclipse

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by DR. LINDA CHOUS in Local News

The first total eclipse to span coast to coast across the U.S. mainland in almost a century will be visible Aug. 21. For people in Pennsylvania, the eclipse coverage will reach over 75 percent.

This rare celestial event is a spectacular occurrence; however, there are precautions people should take to help maintain their eye health while witnessing the spectacle in its full glory. Looking at a solar eclipse without proper protection can cause serious eye damage, including blurry vision that can last months, or even permanent problems.

Planners chairman reminds developer of early agreement

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Three warehouses proposed at Route 329, Savage Road

At the Aug. 10 meeting of the township board of supervisors, Gene Clater, Allen Township Planning Commission chairman, urged the prospective new owners of three warehouses to abide by verbal agreements reached with the original developer.

Conceding the agreements should have been part of the official documents, Clater said, nevertheless, Liberty Property Trust, of Malvern, should honor the previous unwritten agreement reached with Mark Powell, of Century Commerce Centers.

Bath submits exit proposal for policing

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Borough officials discuss coverage from Moore Township, state police

The future of policing was a topic of discussion at the Aug. 7 Bath Borough Council meeting.

Council voted last month to end its agreement with Colonial Regional Police Department (CRPD) for policing services to the borough.

Bath submitted its exit proposal to Lower Nazareth and Hanover townships, both members of CRPD. Borough Manager Brad Flynn explained the exit proposal from CRPD includes a buyout option. The details of the exit proposal are confidential at this point.

“We feel the buyout option is fair and equitable,” Flynn said.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by The Press in Local News



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

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.


Bath Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 215 E. Main St.

Lehigh Township Recreation Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road, Walnutport.

NASD gets pre-K grants for Moore, Wolf

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Superintendent: Program has netted significant academic, social growth

Pre-K is a “go” for the 2017-18 school year in Northampton Area School District, thanks to a new state grant and continued Head Start of the Lehigh Valley funding.

The grant will fund a pre-K class for 4-year-olds at Moore Elementary School, Moore Township. Approximately 20 children are expected to attend. Because notification of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts funding was received the week of Aug. 7, the class is scheduled to start Nov. 1.

L.V. celebrates advances made in ending veteran homelessness

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Task Force has been recognized for effectively ending veteran homelessness across the Lehigh Valley.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski accepted the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, announced in June 2014 by then-First Lady Michelle Obama in the fall of 2014.

Pawlowski approached Director of the Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs Thomas Applebach to spearhead the challenge.

Applebach organized the first meeting of the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Task Force in February 2015.