Northampton Press

Monday, January 22, 2018

Helping Hanna

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

In 1992, Mark Mazziotta’s sister, Marie Annette, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“We started an event to support the families hurt by this disease,” Mazziotta said of a fundraiser held at his restaurant, Potts Doggie Shop, 2428 Cherryville Road, Northampton. “This is our 20th event.”

Marie died in 2006.

“My sister had six kids, and she passed away at 52,” Mazziotta said.

The hot dog stand was packed with local supporters for the annual event held Jan. 14. All...

Tax hike in NASD preliminary budget

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The 2018-19 preliminary general fund budget of $107.5 million for Northampton Area School District has a $6 million deficit that will be balanced by taking $3.8 million from the district fund balance and increasing property taxes by 3.9 percent.

“It’s early in the process, and there are many unknowns. The proposed percentage tax increase will come down before final approval in June,” NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik stated in an email to The Press.

Kovalchik...

George Wolf Elementary holds math workshop for parents

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by NELSON QUIÑONES in School

On Dec. 1, 2017, more than 45 parents continued their participation in the kindergarten parent workshop on math concepts held at George Wolf Elementary in Bath.

The parent workshop, designed by George Wolf’s kindergarten teachers, is the second of a new series of three parent workshops. The first kindergarten parent workshop was held early in the fall on literacy concepts.

Parents came into their child’s kindergarten classroom and took a seat by their child’s desk. They opened...

New supervisors join Lehigh board

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

On Jan. 2, Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors, including two new members of the board, reorganized for 2018. The new members are Mike Jones and Phil Gogel.

Darryl Snover continues as chairman, with Cindy Miller as vice chairwoman.

Alice Rehrig was named manager and secretary/treasurer. When asked if Lori Lambert helps with office duties, Rehrig said not only Lambert, but also Pam Herschman.

Elizabeth Gehman was named zoning officer.

David Backenstoe is the...

East Allen asked to approve building code updates

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Shannon Calluori, of Codemasters, East Allen Township’s third-party officials for building inspections, asked supervisors for changes to the township’s building codes during the board’s Jan. 2 meeting. She requested that the board look at the overview she provided.

Most of the changes, according to Calluori, were corrections to administrative errors or clarifications. There were some explicit changes that can affect businesses and residents working in the township, including a new...

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Mr. David Sonon was reared in Windsor Township, Berks County. As a youth, he worked on the neighbor’s farm, helping to milk and harvest crops. He attended Hamburg High School and was hired by Boscov’s to work in its warehouse at $3 an hour.

He recalled, “After later working in construction, I was hired by Ogden-Allied as a laborer to work for them at Allentown Cement in Evansville, now Lehigh Heidelberg. I was given a full-time job at the cement company in 1990.”

Mr. Sonon has...

Editor’s View

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

How’s the New Year’s resolution coming along?

Not so great, you say?

You’re not alone.

This is about the time the frustration sets in and the giving up begins, according to researchers.

Approximately 50 percent of the population makes a resolution to start the new year. Jan. 1 signifies a new beginning. We start the year with super hero-sized powers to do things differently than the year before. There’s a special kind of energy that comes with a chance for change...

Northampton: VFW to host button box, polka music

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, 1204 Main St., will host button box and polka entertainment 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 9 and 16.

Tommy Zito will perform 7-10 p.m. Jan. 20. Doors open 5:30 p.m.

Karaoke nights with Crazy K are set for 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 and 23.

The Super Bowl party will kick off 6 p.m. Feb. 4.

Post 4714’s Valentine’s Day dance with DJ Flip is set for 7:30-10:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Tickets are on sale at the post.

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Catasauqua: Catasauqua Club to host breakfast

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The Catasauqua Club, 226 Pine St., will be holding a breakfast 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 21.

The menu includes eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, crepes, French toast, potatoes, soup, fruit cup and drinks. Eggs Benedict and omelets made to order are also available.

Reservations are suggested. Call the club at 610-264-1771.

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Catasauqua Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., is having a half-price sale on all clothing until the end of January.

The normal business hours are 10 a.m.-4...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

To the Editor:

Another day, another opportunity for Sen. Toomey to show us his true colors.

In response to President Trump’s blatantly racist remarks about immigrants from Africa and Haiti, Sen. Toomey produced yet another cowardly and spineless response.

Rather than outright condemn President Trump’s remarks, as anyone with some integrity would do, Sen. Toomey writes how he “hopes” the president will retract the statements “attributed to him” about countries of which “...