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East Allen Twp. supervisors begin 2018 budget discussion

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

In a relatively short meeting Aug. 9, East Allen Township Board of Supervisors got an update on the 2017 budget as members prepared to begin discussion on the 2018 budget.

“So far, we have collected about 80 percent of revenues and have paid 70 percent of our expenses,” township Supervisor Deborah Seiple said.

Seiple listed expenses that are known but not paid. It is the township’s policy that surplus revenues for any given year are put into the capital budget.

Young author signs books at market

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

Rafael Diaz’s creativity on a myriad of topics — some of worlds and experiences that boggle the mind — explodes on the pages of two books the youngster has written, at an age when many are playing video games or surfing the Internet.

During a recent book signing at Northampton Farmers Market, 11-year-old Rafael spoke of his passion for writing and his tales that come from a vivid imagination — of planets, strange disturbances, aliens villains or any kind of life beyond what we know.

Wolf announces PSSA testing reduction

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a reduction in standardized testing for students in the commonwealth.

According to an Aug. 14 news release from the governor’s office, “the change to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will reduce the length of the tests by 20 percent in grades 3 through 8.”

Wolf commented on the change during a Schools That Teach tour stop at Susquehanna Middle School, Dauphin County, with state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.

Graf files court papers alleging lawyer ‘ineffective’

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

DA calls claim ‘frivolous,’ says action is prompted by pending civil actions

Gregory Graf, 56, of Northampton — convicted of and serving a life sentence on charges that he lured his stepdaughter, Jessica Padgett, to his home in November 2014, so he could kill her and then film himself having sexual relations with her dead body — has filed papers with the court blaming his lawyer for his predicament.

That lawyer is prominent Philadelphia Defense Attorney Jack McMahon, who is currently representing Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski on federal political corruption charges.

Cooking with Emeril Lagasse

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

It was like watching one of his more than 2,000 television cooking shows on Food Network, but this time, Emeril Lagasse was up close and personal. The owner of three restaurants at the Sands Casino Resort in South Bethlehem, Lagasse was the star attraction at the start of the 2017 Food and Wine Festival, an annual fundraiser held at the Sands event center for Northampton Community College’s culinary arts program.

Historical society holds picnic

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Ruth Kent, treasurer of Lehigh Township Historical Society, said the reason for the group’s recent picnic was to have members attend and hear about a change to the articles of incorporation. It was held in an Indian Trail Park pavilion.

Kent said things are not being done in the manner in which the articles were designed. The society has been driven by a board of directors.

Retirement has its perks

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Area police departments send Morey out in style

On Aug. 1, friends and colleagues arrived at the borough police station on Smith Lane to bid farewell to retired Northampton Borough Police Chief Ron Morey.

Stories unfolded of his police experiences. Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst stopped by, recalling he has known Morey since he was a youngster. The two later began careers in the borough, with Brobst initially working in the public works department.