The exceptional work and efforts of the Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Inc. has not gone unnoticed.
On Nov. 10 the organization was awarded the Gold Standard of Excellence award from Everitt F. Binns, Ph.D., executive director of the Eastern Pennsylvania EMS Council.
"There is no question, you guys are leaders," Binns told members of the Northampton EMS. "You have no idea how important this is. We really appreciate it."
The subject of falling leaves led to a spirited discussion at the Nov. 13 borough council meeting.
Councilman John Yanek opened the discussion, questioning whether public works crews are spending so much time assisting with annual Autumnfest and tree lighting events sponsored by nonborough organizations that they are not able to keep up with clearing piles of leaves raked to the curb for pickup.
The Catasauqua Area School Board approved a number of staff positions to its rolls during the Nov. 12 board meeting.
Megan Becker, Joseph J. Bigley, Robert Bogwist, Erin Charnick, Jill Creveling, Allison Flynn, Travis Hontz, Sariann Knerr, Amanda Ressler, Ryan Sharkazy, Erik Tracy and Benjamin Watson were unanimously approved by the board to serve as day-to-day substitute teachers.
Also approved were Michele Bean as a substitute cafeteria worker and substitute noncertified instructional aide and Luther H. Smith Jr. as a substitute bus and van driver, effective Jan. 21, 2013.
· Homemade Holiday Sale benefits the Mrs. Nothstein's Helping Hands Fund – 1-6 p.m., 1333 Fourth St., North Catasauqua. Information: Bill Nothstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-266-9512.
· "Vanishing of the Bees" documentary – 7 p.m., Room SH-144 (Science Hall), Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville. Information: 610-799-2121.
· Woman's Club of Catasauqua meeting – 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Pine and Fourth streets. Information: 610-264-2641.
In the aftermath of Sandy come "storm chasers," aka rip-off repair people, who descend on areas after a natural disaster looking to scam those in need of home repairs.
Homeowners facing major repairs following Hurricane Sandy should be on alert for scam artists hoping to prey on older adults. AARP Pennsylvania wants to alert people about common contractor scams during a time when members may be most vulnerable, said Jim Palmquist, state president.
Members of the community raise money to benefit the family of a young man who died of brain cancer.
Democrat Daniel McNeill won the election Nov. 6 over Republican David Maloney for the seat previously held by Democrat Joseph Brennan.
In Lehigh County, McNeill had 61 percent of the vote or 10,320 votes to Malony's 39 percent or 6,516 votes.
In Northampton County, McNeill took 79.39 percent of the vote or 2,977 votes to Malony's 20.40 percent or 765 votes.
McNeill, a resident of Whitehall, ran on a five point plan dealing with quality education, job creation, safer communities, fiscal responsibility and tax reform.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church hosted a movie night recently.
It was on the ballot for November and approved by township voters. Hanover Township council confirmed that it will move forward with changes to its ordinances that will allow projects costing less than $18,500 to be bid informally.
At Thursday's township council meeting, Solicitor Jackson Eaton asked council to formalize an administrative plan on how these smaller projects would be handled.
"We would need to have a record of the contractors that were contacted for a particular project," he said. "It would be best if we had at least a fax record of their proposal."
Lehigh Valley Christian High School students spent a day volunteering in the community.