Northampton Press

Friday, January 18, 2019

Tax hike in preliminary NASD budget

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Northampton Area School District 2019-20 preliminary general fund budget proposes a 3.79-percent tax increase that would increase the average property owner’s tax bill $121.27 annually.

The preliminary general fund budget has a deficit of $5,678,722.

Expenditures are $110,718,113, an increase of $3,714,808, or 3.47 percent, from 2018-19 expenditures of $107,003,305.

Revenues are $108,459,391, an increase of $1,456,086, or 1.36 percent, from 2018-19 revenues of $107,...

Continuing the legacy

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Many young adults are asked, “What do you want to do with your life?”

For 20-year-old Todd Haydt, of Northampton, the answer was easy.

For four years, Haydt has been a volunteer firefighter, a tradition that runs in his family. His grandfather Sterling Haydt Jr. was a longtime volunteer firefighter. His father, Jeremy Haydt, is also a volunteer.

“My father got his start with my grandfather at the Alliance Fire Company (Northampton Borough) and later with First Ward Fire...

Councilman envisions parking deck in borough

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. has a vision — a three- or four-story parking deck in the heart of the borough’s uptown business district built at the site of the municipal parking lot on Center Street.

“I’m serious,” Lopsonzski Sr. said of the seemingly larger-than-life idea.

He is working through logistics before formally making a presentation to borough council on the merits of a parking deck to address present and future business and parking needs....

Officers seek suspect in theft of cellphones

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

STATE POLICE

Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a male who allegedly stole iPhones from the AT&T store, 1874 Airport Road, Han- over Township, Lehigh County.

According to the report, the suspect entered the store approximately 2:40 p.m. Jan. 10 and, in full view of the employees, used pliers to remove four display-model phones, valued at $8,000, from the rack. When confronted by the employees, the suspect said he needed bail money for his brother and then fled the...

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Local News

JANUARY

THURSDAY 17

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.

MONDAY 21

Allen Township Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4714 Indian Trail Road.

Bath Planning Commission meets 7...

Second round of bonds auction successful for Lehigh project

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A successful online auction for a second round of bonds was held to help finance the Lehigh Elementary School project.

Northampton Area School District Board of Education voted 8-0, with one school director absent, to adopt a resolution “authorizing the issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2019, in the aggregate principal amount of $9,640,000 for the purpose of funding a portion of the Lehigh Elementary School project and other capital projects and the costs of issuing the...

Lehigh Township: Township eateries are part of new Restaurant Week

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Lehigh Township’s Berlinsville Hotel and 19th Grille at Woodstone Golf Club are part of the first-ever Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Week, held Jan. 20-26.

This event includes North Whitehall, Heidelberg, Lowhill, Washington, Lynn and Lehigh townships along with the Boroughs of Slatington, Walnutport, Schnecksville and Neffs.

Participating restaurants will be offering a prix fixe menu. Menus and more participating restaurants can be found at...

Fighting Hunger: Volunteers continue Snack Pack Pals’ mission for fourth year

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by SHARI NOCTOR in Opinion

It has been four years since Leah Saliby, an eighth-grade English teacher, launched the Snack Pack Pals program in the Whitehall-Coplay School District. This program helps alleviate food insecurity for children attending the school district. This program originally began providing food for 50 students identified by district guidance counselors as being most food insecure at home. They received snack packs during the five long weekends of the school year: Thanksgiving, winter break,...

Allen/East Allen townships: Walking club to begin March 26

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Columns

East Allen Township Parks & Recreation will be starting a free community walking club.

The program, Walk This Way to Better Health, will begin March 26. It will be 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Bicentennial Park West, Colony Drive.

Looking ahead, East Allen Township is planning a community yard sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 at Bicentennial Park East.

For information on the walking club or yard sale, call Chuck Frantz, township parks director, at 610-262-7961,...

Coplay: Anniversary meeting is Jan. 17

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Columns

With the borough’s 150th anniversary this year, the committee is busy planning the finishing touches for the celebration. The committee meets 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in council chambers at borough hall, 98 S. Fourth St.

There is an opening banquet scheduled in April to kick off the celebration. Other events are being planned to commemorate the borough’s anniversary.

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The final day for Christmas tree pickup is Jan. 18.

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Commitment to Family and Community has an...