Northampton Press

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Wolf extends school, non-life-sustaining business closures

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Local News

In a press conference March 30, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order.

This order took effect 8 p.m. March 30 and will continue until April 30.

According to the news release, all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice.

Non-life-sustaining business closures...

Available even when closed

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Organizations providing services to people in recovery are considered essential services, according to Brian Sabo, Change on Main director. They are not affected by Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to shutter all nonessential businesses. Change on Main, located on Main Street in Northampton, has closed its center for the sake of safety but continues to counsel.

Change on Main offers services for those in recovery. They understand abstinence from addiction is only the beginning. The Northampton...

Bath mayor advocates for coronavirus safety

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Bath Borough Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito is fiercely advocating to all about the importance of taking the coronavirus threat seriously.

Stressing the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, the mayor posted a safety alert on social media urging residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations by washing their hands for 20 seconds, trying not to touch their face, to cough or sneeze into their elbow and to observe social distancing by staying 6 feet...

Wolf adds Northampton County to stay-at-home list

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Local News

As the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine added Northampton and Lehigh counties to the stay-at-home order, bringing the state total to 10 counties under the rule.

The order had already included Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

The stay-at-home orders take effect 8 p.m. March 25 and will continue until April 6.

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Lehigh Elementary project halted; schools closed until April 6

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Even though classes are not in session, Northampton Area School District Board of Education met — virtually, that is.

The meeting room in the administration building, where the school board and administrators meet twice monthly, was empty March 23, except for NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik, NASD Business Administrator Matthew Sawarynski and NASD Secretary to the Superintendent Denise A. Vilkauskas.

The three school officials, observing the 6-foot social...

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Local News

APRIL

WEDNESDAY 1

East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Board tentatively meets 4 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

THURSDAY 2

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

East Allen Township Planning Commission tentatively meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

Task force discusses new Route 22 signage for trucks

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Representatives from numerous municipalities met March 3 in North Catasauqua to continue an ongoing effort to address truck traffic in the region.

The concerned townships and boroughs were joined by state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd; representatives from the office of state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th; and Becky Bradley, executive director of Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, making this the most heavily attended meeting yet.

Based on discussions held during the past several...

Another View

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

My last Another View opinion piece was published Feb. 5 and 6 in The Press newspapers. The headline — “Coronavirus is not what you should be worried about in U.S.”

I was wrong.

I never thought our country would see the troubles it currently is having.

The actions being taken to combat COVID-19 is disrupting every part of American lives — work, education, places of worship, hospitals, businesses for leisurely activities, family and friend gatherings and more.

For...