Most of the time, they are taken for granted. Sometimes they are maligned. But when you need them, they come without hesitation. These are our nation’s first responders. Our police officers, firefighters, emergency medical and management personnel. In their honor, Hanover Township dedicated First Responders Park on Airport Road Saturday, April 28. “Thank you, for turning towards things that most people run from,” said Hanover Township Supervisor Michael Prendeville, who conceived the idea of naming this park after them.
Will you soon be able to pick up a six-pack at the Hanover Township Turkey Hill? Or stop there for one or two beers? That’s a question Hanover Township supervisors pondered at their April 25 meeting.
Attorney Mark Kozar of the Pittsburgh law firm Flaherty and O’Hara asked supervisors to approve a license transfer to the Turkey Hill at 6220 Sterners Way. He said it would basically be the same thing as already exists at Wegmans and Weiss, but “at a smaller scale.”
Former council member Scott Parsons attended council’s April 21 meeting to announce the establishment of the Friends of Gracedale Foundation.
That’s a nonprofit charitable corporation that will be able to accept tax-deductible donations for the county’s nursing home. He is the president.
“It’s good to see most of you,” said Parsons, who was joined at the podium by council member Bob Werner.
The duo formed a close friendship during Parsons’ tenure on council.
“We’re here to help,” he added.
Last month, Controller Steve Barron told Northampton County Council that stronger internal controls are needed over the amount of money spent on travel and related expenses. What bothered him were trips to New Orleans and Las Vegas by human resources staffers, as well as a staggering jump in training for human resources (HR).
Spending there increased from $5,749.35 in 2015 to $56,758.15 in 2016. HR Director Amy Trapp has also spent $800 on a popcorn machine and thousands of dollars for Target gift cards, which are then handed out to some employees.
Joe Negrao, owner of Alexandria Manor, a popular assisted living facility, had a green light to build another at the corner of Linden Street and Oakland Road. Instead, he’s decided on a swim school for children. It will be located next to Lightbridge, a preschool center he plans to build there.
He owns the entire city block along Linden Street, between Johnston Drive and Macada Road.
Northampton County’s investigating grand jury has recommended criminal charges in the daycare death of McKenna Rose Felmly, a three-month old infant who died at a Lehigh Township Day Care April 1, 2016.
At their April 21 meeting, Northampton County Council members honored Palmer Township resident Cathy Gumlock, a retired school teacher, for her crusade against Lyme disease. She is a founding member of the Lehigh Valley Lyme Support Group, which meets the first Wednesday of every month at Country Meadows, 4011 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township, Building 1. That group seeks to improve the lives of those who suffer from Lyme disease.
What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, they say. But when word reached NorCo Controller Steve Barron that two human resources staffers went there for training, followed by another trip by one of them to New Orleans, he began to look at training budgets of departments throughout the county. Just as he blows the whistle at the football games he refs on weekends, he’s blowing the whistle on the potential for waste and abuse. In a lengthy memo to council, he is suggesting that county employees require council approval for trips that are more than 100 miles away.
Sometime in mid or late July, Bethlehem Township will finally begin work on the reconstruction of Brodhead Road. That’s a 9,000 foot long, two-lane township road that extends east from Township Line Road until it intersects with Route 191. Located in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, the road is heavily traveled by tractor trailers, and has been the subject of numerous complaints. Commissioners set aside $1.3 million for this project in this year’s budget, and a $400,000 grant has been secured.
When Congressman Charlie Dent faced 400 angry people at Hanover Township Community Center a few weeks ago on a cold and rainy day, it was hard for him to speak more than a few words without being interrupted by numerous catcalls over Trump’s attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare with something that Dent himself refused to support. But the weather and mood was much brighter on April 18, when Congressman Matt Cartwright faced a friendly crowd of about 90 people at Northampton Community College’s Alumni Hall. One of the messages he repeated frequently is that “democracy really works.”