Saucon Valley has attained Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) based on the district's performance on the 2011-12 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test.
Saucon Valley Elementary and Middle schools achieved AYP status. Saucon Valley High School, however, has been placed on "warning status."
According to released results, 68 percent of 11th-grade students were deemed proficient on the reading portion of the exam. On the math section of the exam, 56 percent of students were classified as proficient.
Nazareth Ambulance Corps (NAC) will most likely continue to provide service to Gracedale, the county-owned nursing home.
Despite recommendations from Gracedale's administration for LifeStar Response, a large 75-vehicle fleet with offices in Bethlehem, Northampton County Council at its Oct. 4 meeting opposed hiring LifeStar for Gracedale's non-emergency medical transport of residents.
By a 7-2 vote, a new resolution introduced by Councilman Tom Dietrich approved retaining the Nazareth transport service. NAC's contract is set to expire Oct. 31.
Wednesday, October 17
Lecture, "The American Election Reality-Challenges Facing the Presidential Winner" by Professor Michele Deegan of Muhlenberg College, 10:30 a.m. to noon at Kirkland Village Auditorium, 1 Kirkland Circle.
"An Apple A Day" free program for age 16 and over, 1 p.m. Salvation Army, 521 Pembroke Rd.
The Gluten-Free/Celiac Sprue Support Group, 7:30 p.m., Lower level board room of St. Luke's – Warren Hospital. Call 610-865-3543 or 732-207-6666.
Thursday, October 18
At the monthly meeting of the Mayor's South Side Task Force Sept. 25, the future of Bethlehem was key. The meeting was held at Bethlehem's new welcome center cattycorner from Arts Quest SteelStacks. The building maintains the historic feel of a past generation steel town. The city tried to maintain the integrity by changing the building as little as possible. Upon walking through the entrance, visitors see a large mural on the wall of a map of the once booming Bethlehem steel industry.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
Wednesday, October 17
Fountain Hill Council work session, 7 p.m., 941 Long St.
Thursday, October 18
Northampton Co. Council, 6:30 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.
Tuesday, October 23
Mayor's South Side Task Force, 4 p.m., Welcome Center, Stock House, SteelStacks, 101 E. Founders Way. Call 610-865-4695.
Freemansburg Council, 7 p.m., finance meeting if needed at 6 p.m., 600 Monroe St.
Hanover Twp. Supervisors, 7 p.m., municipal building, 3630 Jacksonville Road.
The Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority is a good place for local boroughs in the Lehigh Valley to ask for financial support in meeting their growing need. On Sept. 24, at Northampton County Courthouse the authority met with several representatives from boroughs that are in the process of applying for grants. Typically the grant process consists of several municipalities asking for a grant for a specific need. The 14-15 Gaming Authority members then have an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns.
Hellertown resident Anne Henshaw, wife of borough Public Works Director Tom Henshaw, publicly spoke in support of the public works department Oct. 1.
Her appearance was prompted by a short exchange between Tom Henshaw and councilpersons Gail Nolf and Tom Rieger during the Sept. 17 meeting.
During that meeting, Nolf informed Henshaw the Dimmick Park bathrooms were dirty and asked him if they are cleaned each morning.
If you own a smartphone or an iPad, you can now download a Hanover Township app that puts Residential Waste and Recycling, special waste collection details and more at your fingertips, anytime you want them.
"We've just launched a mobile app that contains all of the information people need to know, tailored specifically to their neighborhoods, about our residential waste and recycling services," said Township Manager Jay Finnigan.