On July 18, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli met with Northampton County’s four college presidents to see what could be done to curb college drinking. “Alcohol is still the drug of choice,” he said. He wants to avoid tragedies like last year’s death of a Lafayette College freshman, who fractured his skull in an apparent fall during a weekend of drinking.
Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure informed county council Aug. 16 that he expects West Nile virus, which has been detected in area mosquitoes, will infect county residents. To that end, he reports that spraying has begun.
Developer Traditions of America (TOA)’s plans for an active senior community at Green Pond Country Club have been approved. By a 4-0 vote, Bethlehem Township Commissioners approved a final plan at their Aug. 20 meeting. The approval incorporates conditions that would protect the wetlands and birds. They were set by attorney David J. Brooman, an independent hearing officer, to render a decision. Commissioner Tom Nolan was absent.
A Bethlehem Magisterial District Judge who assessed court costs against an innocent defendant has been ordered to make a refund.
On Aug. 10, Judge Roy Manwaring II dismissed a expired meter violation filed against Ryan Woodmansee of Nazareth after photographic evidence was presented that the meter had malfunctioned. Though Woodmansee was exonerated, Judge Manwaring nevertheless ordered him to pay the court costs of $57.25, and directed that he do so before leaving his courtroom.
Lehigh Valley congressional candidate Marty Nothstein announced in an Aug. 24 news conference that he has been cleared of undefined sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the year 2000. He has been exonerated by SafeSport, an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sports. It generally only reports on its investigations when disciplinary action has been taken.
‘It’s time to end this sort of politics’ - Campaign manager says newspaper rejected evidence clearing Nothstein of sexual misconduct
It’s that bittersweet time of year when many parents see their college-bound children leave home for the first time. That includes Lehigh Valley congressional candidate Marty Nothstein and his wife, Christi. Their daughter left for Penn State Friday. Before that happened, the family awoke to a Morning Call story that placed Nothstein at the center of a supposed sexual misconduct investigation.
Nothstein is a candidate for the state’s newly created seventh congressional district.
Northampton County’s Home Rule Charter requires an independent certified public accountant to audit the county’s finances every year. Nick Hoefel and Jill Gilbert of RKL presented their findings to county council Aug. 15. The county is in good health financially, with only one problem noted at the General Purpose Authority (GPA).
National Night Out, celebrated nationally on the first Tuesday in August, is an opportunity for the community to get everyone together with first responders in a positive setting. Instead of a motor vehicle accident or a traffic stop, it’s hot dogs and pizza. Freemansburg, one of the Lehigh Valley’s smallest communities, has been hosting this event for the past five years. Where else can you tell a borough council member or the mayor that you want your hot dog well done?
Bethlehem Township Commissioners are considering a new policy for yard waste disposal at the recycling facility. At their Aug. 6 meeting, they discussed a proposal from Public Works Director Richard Grube that will prohibit contractors from dropping off yard waste. The reason is that they are running out of room.
Pennsylvania’s Department of State has mandated all 67 counties must have new voting machines in place – with paper trails - in time for the next presidential election. But it only has $14.1 million in grants available for voting systems expected to cost $147 million. The counties will have to pick up the slack. Also, only one system with a paper trail has been certified, and county officials like another system.