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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Disney’s ‘Beauty & the Beast’

The Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the musical “Beauty and the Beast.” Director Bill Nothstein says 60 talented performers will bring this popular Disney story to the stage of Catasauqua High School this weekend and next weekend.

Months of designing and building over 50 enchanted costumes and a three-level castle have kept members busy when not rehearsing.

Set construction is under the direction of the skillful Bob Heffelfinger, whose team of workers has created an impressive set.

NCC international students work at George Taylor House

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Every year in early April, Northampton Community College observes a day of service.

“We do it to help our students get out into the community and take on some tasks to help out our neighbors,” said Jason Haller.

Last year, the crews consisted of some of the college’s educators. This year, Haller brought a contingent of international students.

“The students are part of the Community College Initiative (CCI) program,” he said. “They come into the program over the summer for a year and then return to their home countries in May,” he said.

Bonilla seeks Lehigh County seat

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Basilio Bonilla received the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s Latino Caucus at an event held recently in Lancaster. The Latino Caucus is dedicated to increasing the political participation of Pennsylvania’s Latino and Hispanic communities.

He is on the Democratic ballot for the position of District 3 Lehigh County commissioner.

“Basilio would be the first Latino commissioner not only in Lehigh County, but in all of Pennsylvania,” the endorsement stated.

Lehigh County discusses additional $5 fee for vehicle registration

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Residents of Lehigh County may soon be required to pay an additional $5 for each nonexempt vehicle registration.

The board of commissioners, at its April 12 meeting, discussed a motion authorizing the fee. Included in the approved motion is the establishment of a Municipal Transportation Infrastructure Program. The board will vote on the bill at the April 26 meeting.

Commissioner Dan Hartzell, co-sponsor for the bill, along with Commissioner Percy Dougherty, lauded the motion.

School tax increase is on the horizon

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catasauqua Area School District homeowners likely will see an increase in their real estate taxes next year.

District Superintendent Robert Spengler discussed with the school board April 11 the proposed 2017-18 budget.

The 1.12-percent increase amounts to a balanced budget of $29.9 million and remains within the Pennsylvania Act 1 index of 3.2 percent.

Included in the budget is a millage rate increase to 17.4073 mills for Lehigh County residents and 56.4681 mills for Northampton County residents.

Hanover Township selects bid to replace Cascade sewer line

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

A pesky clay-pipe sewer line at Cascade Drive has been under a watch for some time. At its meeting April 5, Hanover Township Council approved a bid for just under $200,000 to get a replacement project underway.

There was a wide range of pricing for the project.

“Many of the contractors I talked to have projects stretching out into the late summer, township Engineer Albert Kortze told the council. “There is a lot of infrastructure improvement work out there.”

The winning bidder, Anrich Inc., of Wayne, had a representative present at the bid opening.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Dan Snyder contacted The Press to say that, although the April 13 front-page article in The Press states he is concerned about a plan to build a high retaining wall on a proposed warehouse site in Allen Township, he is also concerned about the construction of the entire warehouse project, and not just the wall.

The Press regrets the omission.