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.
It was the last thing Hellertown resident Jacqueline Yelovich ever expected to hear. There was no history of it in her family. She never even smoked. She was only 40-ish. Yet after a routine examination in 2008, she learned she had breast cancer.
"I thought I was going to die," she says. Not only did she live, but Jacquie just completed her fifth breast cancer awareness 5-k earlier this month.
A Fountain Hill native and self-employed title searcher at the Northampton County Courthouse, Jacquie knew she'd have to undergo surgery and radiation.
The second in the season series of Outdoor Film Adventures will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Pennsylvania Playhouse, 390 Illick's Mill Road. "Tanzanian Safari" will be presented by Bob DeLoss.
The next program will be "Vietnam, Cambodia and Cruising the Mekong Delta" with Clint Denn on Nov. 17. No reservations are needed; tickets are available at the door. For more information, send a post card with name, address, phone and email to John Cornish, 1424-C Catasauqua Road, 18017, or call 610-730-8451.
Gov. Tom Corbett toured the Ben Franklin Partners' TechVentures facility, a highly successful business incubator located at Lehigh University that has helped to launch dozens of start-up companies that support thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania.
"My administration has been happy to partner with Ben Franklin and TechVentures to create the innovative, high-tech and high-wage jobs that emerge from this program," Corbett said during his Oct. 11 visit. "We want to bring young people to Pennsylvania's best schools and keep them here to live out their dreams."