PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEIN
The Southside Ministries, a collective of four Southside churches working together in community-building efforts since 1983, ended Oct. 11 as a transition team met to officially dissolve the organization and give away the last of its cash reserves.
Those churches were Cathedral Church of the Nativity at 321 Wyandotte St., University Parish of Holy Ghost Roman Catholic at 417 Carlton Ave., St. John's Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church at 617 E. Fourth St. and St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church at 474 Vince St.
ArtsQuest's SteelStacks and PNC Pavilion buildings are property tax exempt. Northampton County officials have revealed the conclusions of an independent financial review that determined ArtsQuest meets all the criteria for a nonprofit organization and, therefore, is entitled to a real estate tax exemption.
David Backenstoe, the county's first assistant solicitor, said at an Oct. 19 press conference that he is satisfied with ParenteBeard's $14,000 investigation to review Arts Quest's nonprofit status.
The Saucon Valley School Board discussed the possibility of videotaping meetings and making them accessible to the public via the district website during the board's Sept. 25 meeting.
School board member Bryan Eichfeld requested the administration look into the costs associated with taping the meetings and the mechanics of doing so.
Solicitor Mark Fitzgerald pointed out Saucon Valley is one of the few school districts in the Lehigh Valley that do not videotape meetings.
Lehigh County Commissioners put forth two competing budget amendments aimed at lowering real estate taxes for the 2013 fiscal year at their Oct. 8 meeting.
The first amendment, sponsored by commissioners Scott Ott, Thomas Creighton, Lisa Scheller, Michael Schware and Vic Mazziotti, would reduce the $6.5 million tax credit proposed by the county executive by $5 million, and reduce the millage rate to decrease real estate tax revenue by $5 million instead.
At an Oct. 18 news conference, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli provided a glimpse into the final hours of 29-year-old Garrett Reid, oldest son of Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid.