The June 5 death of Magisterial District Judge Robert Halal, who served the communities of Whitehall and Coplay, stunned not only the community but the region, and folks came together Saturday evening at Egypt Memorial Park to celebrate his life and legacy.
More than a thousand people waited in line to offer condolences to Halal’s wife, Denise, and other members of the family. The line at times stretched from just inside the park to the pavilion. Some waited an hour to talk to the family about “Bobby,” his engaging smile and his passion to put others before his own welfare.
Over the next several days, MacArthur Road will be lined with more than 150 banners celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Once a two-lane road connecting Egypt to Allentown, MacArthur Road has been transformed over the years to six lanes and is recognized as the prime commercial hub in the region with shopping malls, stores of every persuasion and a wide selection of restaurants.
The township will officially kick off the celebration at the April 10 meeting of the board of commissioners.
Gene Kutzler of Northampton recalled his father, Paul, a bugler with Northampton American Legion Drum and Bugle Band, marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1953 inauguration parade for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Now, decades later, Kutzler was thrilled to be part of the inauguration celebration for President Donald J. Trump as a pipe major with Celtic United Pipes and Drums, which performed at the Lincoln Memorial two Thursdays ago.
History was written Aug. 5 at the groundbreaking ceremony for FedEx Ground’s $335 million packaging plant in Allen Township. It will be the largest-ever such facility FedEx will have in the United States as well as the most major development the township has seen since 1895 when Atlas Cement Company arrived.
With a backdrop of two large FedEx trucks, speakers addressed the crowd of about 100 businessmen and women. Gov. Tom Wolf, elected officials, and FedEx executives and personnel spoke on the importance of the created jobs and commerce FedEx Ground is bringing to the region.
A packed crowd of well-wishers, which spilled out into the aisles March 18 for newly installed Judge Samuel P, Murray at Northampton County Courthouse, was a mix of pomp, circumstance, humor and reflection.
President Judge Stephen Baratta swore in Murray, of Hanover Township, whose roots are in Easton, as the county’s newest judge to thundering applause from the large crowd of family, lawyers, elected officials, the entire county bench and many friends who were active in Murray’s election campaign.
State Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd, surrounded by family and friends, announced he is seeking re-election for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a seat he has held for the past two terms. The kick-off announcement was held at Palace Pizza, Hokendauqua, Jan. 27.
During his re-election announcement, McNeill said paychecks for legislators should be put on the back burner if a state budget fails to pass by June 30. He said for the second time, he has proposed legislation on this matter.
With construction of the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge in its beginning stages, Lehigh County Director of Special Projects Rick Molchany recently said the new span over the Lehigh River linking Whitehall and North Catasauqua should be open to vehicle traffic in May.
In a new development, state Sen. Lisa Boscola's office confirmed the bridge will be named after Lt. Col. Thomas Lynch of Catasauqua, a World War II fighter pilot.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, Northampton, has been shut down by the Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars pending an investigation into its accounting practices and finances.
Ranking state VFW personnel visited the Laubach Avenue and Main Street premises, unannounced, on Nov. 2, reportedly leaving with financial documents.
The borough-based Post 4714 was informed it could take a month, possibly as long as two months, before the keys are returned and the premises reopened.
A Northampton landmark, Newhard Pharmacy, owned by father and son Jack and John Pavis, and its staff will be premiered in Las Vegas on July 8.
Although not Hollywood with its usual brilliant red carpet treatment, the event will be just as exciting. Amerisource Bergen will select its "Good Neighbor Pharmacy of the Year," at which time the video of the four finalists, including Newhard's, will be shown on a large screen.
Whatever the outcome, Newhard's owners are happy just to be selected as finalists.
"We feel that we are already winners," said Jack Pavis.
The restored Ironton Railroad Caboose No. 6 will be the centerpiece of a dedication program Saturday, June 1, which also is National Trails Day.
For years, the caboose has been located in the Whitehall Parkway, off South Church Street.
The Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission took on the task not only of raising the funding to restore the caboose but also moving it to a more ideal location – near the IRT trailhead in Stiles, off West Coplay Road, Chestnut and Ruch streets in Whitehall.
The big move took place last July.