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Monday, March 18, 2019

District, bus company to review policies

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Northampton Area School District administration will review policies with its bus transportation service provider First Student, following a recent incident in which one of the company’s bus drivers allegedly abandoned students.

“We’re going to work with First Student to review current practices and procedures that are in place,” NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik said after the March 11 board of education meeting.

Kovalchik said that reviewing...

Officials recover possible remains from fire

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

Possible remains were recovered last week from the debris left over from a house fire in Lehigh Township, where a man and his 10-year-old son were killed Jan. 21.

Township Police Chief Scott Fogel said all that was confirmed is there were “possible remains recovered from the debris that we are going through and the (Northampton County) coroner’s office will be examining further.

“We cannot confirm the type of remains at this time,” Fogel said. “The recovery team is searching...

E. Allen crash claims one life

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

A former Allentown schoolteacher was killed March 11 in a two-vehicle crash in East Allen Township.

Kathryn Anne Flom, 67, died at the scene from multiple blunt force injuries, according to Northampton County Coroner Zachery Lysek.

While making a turn from Jade Lane onto Airport Road, Flom’s vehicle was struck by a tri-axle dump truck, driven by David Borger, of Kunkletown, Monroe County, who was traveling north on Airport Road, according to police. Jade Lane is an access road...

Council to review public comment rule at meetings

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

At the March 7 Northampton Borough Council meeting, a resident expressed his concerns regarding when the public is able to address council. Currently, members of the public are permitted to speak on topics only at the start of the meetings.

Council will review options. One possible solution is to allow the public to voice their input when each specific matter on the agenda is addressed — but before a vote is taken. Another possibility is to allow residents time to speak just before...

Coplay police

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident in the 100 block of South Second Street.

The department addressed a neighbor complaint in the 1100 block of Center Circle.

Police assisted with a civil matter in the 200 block of South Front Street.

A parking issue was handled in the unit block of North Fourth Street.


Officers investigated a report of criminal...

Lehigh Twp. supervisors approve Vision Zero plan

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Lehigh Township Police Chief Scott Fogel conducted a presentation on traffic safety at the board of supervisors meeting Feb. 26, providing statistics of crashes and other traffic issues in the township and offering ways the police force and the community can work together to reduce these numbers.

Following Fogel’s presentation, Sherri Penchishen, who works with areas on traffic and road-related issues, spoke.

A member of a group called Vision Zero, Penchishen explained to...

North Catasauqua police

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers investigated a theft in the 1000 block of Fourth Street.

A disturbance in the 1000 block of Sixth Street brought police to the scene.

The department addressed a report of a downed wire in the 1600 block of Washington Street.

Police were on the scene of a DUI call at Howertown Road and Grove Street.

A road hazard in the 1000 block of Front Street was addressed.


Allen/East Allen townships: Have you joined East Allen Township’s walking club?

Wednesday, March 13, 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,...

Bath: Spring festival is March 16

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Christ Church United Church of Christ, 109 S. Chestnut St., will be having its annual Pennsylvania Dutch spring festival 4:30-8 p.m. March 16.

Come enjoy your favorite Pennsylvania Dutch-style foods, including pork and sauerkraut, ham, potato filing, mashed potatoes, chicken corn soup, assorted veggies, salad with hot bacon dressing and assorted desserts.

Takeout will be available.

For more information, call 610-837-0345.


Come out and explore the Bath...


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

On March 3, forecasters anticipated snow in various accumulations in a storm expected to last mid-afternoon to early morning March 4. Predictions of inclement weather prompted Northwestern Lehigh School District to cancel the afternoon performance of the spring musical “The Addams Family” at the high school March 3 and offer details about securing ticket refunds via a special bulletin on the district website.

Earlier snow days in the academic year led organizers to postpone the “Mr....