Northwestern Press

Saturday, November 17, 2018

HAPPENINGS

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by The Press in Local News

THURSDAY, NOV. 1

·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m. Call 610-398-9272.

·Alcoholics Anonymous 7 p.m. at New Life Lutheran Church, 6804 Weiss Road, New Tripoli. Call 610-298-2710.

·Cetronia Senior Center, 12:30 p.m., in the social hall behind the Cetronia Fire Company, 3950 Broadway. Pinochle and bingo. Beverages and doughnuts served. Must be age 55 or older. For info, call 610-751-0912.

County executive threatens to veto tax vote

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Republican Lehigh County commissioners banded together forcing a tax cut commissioners on the other side of the aisle and county Executive Phillips Armstrong did not want and warned against.

The vote keeps real estate taxes at last year’s millage rate of 3.64, opposing the administration’s plan to raise the millage rate to 3.79 mills.

“It will be vetoed … as soon as it gets to my desk,” said Armstrong in an interview following the Oct. 24 board meeting.

The vote may be veto proof as Republicans control the board of commissioners.

Halloween scare tactics motivate students

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Among the brilliant colors of orange, red and gold emerges a figure clothed in black with a pet bird perched ominously, perhaps muttering the single word, “Nevermore.”

That’s music to the ear of Northwestern Lehigh High School English teacher Linda Paist, the woman behind the costume.

Not one to miss a teachable moment, Paist will be guiding her 11th grade students through Edgar Allan Poe’s famous short stories such as “The Black Cat” and “Tell-Tale Heart” at this most appropriate time of year.

County taxes remain steady

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County commissioners passed an amendment to the 2019 budget that keeps the millage rate at 3.64, opposing the administration’s plan to raise taxes during a four-hour meeting Oct. 10.

The amendment, sponsored by Commissioner Brad Osborne, a Republican and recent contender for the office of Lehigh County executive, passed along party lines 6-3.

The amendment specifies the millage rate shall be reduced in an amount representing $4,448,840 in 2019 real estate tax value.

This equates to a millage reduction of 0.15 setting the millage rate at 3.64.

Redeemer’s Closet invites those in need to open its door

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Redeemer’s Closet, inside the former Salem United Methodist Church, Slatedale, provides free clothing and many other items donated for those in need.

Especially in the case of an emergency, such as a fire, the closet is a good place to start replacing destroyed items.

Each person is eligible to receive five shopping bags, but when the necessity is great, more are permitted, said Ann Costalas, clothing coordinator.

Costalas said there are usually four volunteers who help people find what they need or who sort donations.

Painting society chapter to host art auction

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by STEPHANIE RAPHUN in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters is hosting its 27th annual art auction Nov. 4 in the Whitehall High School cafeteria, 2940 MacArthur Road.

There will be a preview time starting at 1:30 p.m. The bidding begins at 2 p.m.

For the past several years, the auctions were held at Sheckler Elementary School, Catasauqua, but the group changed venues this year to generate even more interest.

Some of the profits earned from the auction will go toward an art scholarship for a Whitehall High School senior.