Lehigh University graduate Martin Baron returned to the Lehigh Valley Feb. 18, and was welcomed warmly by the Bethlehem and Lehigh community at a packed Baker Auditorium.
Baron, a 1976 graduate, was the editor of the Boston Globe who helped lead the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the cover-up of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. He led a discussion about the investigation, and the role of journalism, following a screening of “Spotlight,” the compelling Oscar-winning film about that investigation.
Upper Milford supervisors are continuing to seek more information before deciding whether to put an open space referendum on the ballot in 2017.
The idea of the referendum was the main topic of discussion at the Feb. 18 supervisors meeting. While supervisors didn’t make a decision, they directed township staff to come up with a list of properties in the township which would be appropriate for preservation, and the possible costs.
Upper Milford Towship supervisors at their Feb. 4 meeting reviewed the latest version of the plans for the Fields at Indian Creek, the 200-plus unit 55 and over development proposed at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard.
The proposal by Kay Builders, first aired almost four years ago, is on 78 acres and spreads over three municipalities; Upper Milford Township, Emmaus and Lower Macungie Township.
According to supervisors, Kay Builders is already taking reservations for homes in the development and groundbreaking was scheduled for this week.
Upper Milford Township road crews won high praise at the Feb. 4 supervisors meeting for the snow removal work during the recent blizzard. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, not so much.
Residents Phil Casey and Francis Caputo, Citizens Fire Company Chief Joe Sherman and supervisors all praised the efforts of the township crews.
“Public works did an outstanding job,” Casey said.
Caputo said the residents of Mink Estates, where he lives, all appreciate the department’s efforts.
The Zionsville Area Food Pantry is a cooperative social ministry of the Lutheran, Methodist, UCC, Mennonite and EC congregations in the Zionsville and Upper Milford communities. The pantry is open for public distribution at 5901 Kings Highway South during the following hours: 4 to 6 p.m. on the third Monday and Wednesday of each month and 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month. To visit the pantry, park in the church parking lot of Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and enter the building via the glass doors.
The Kohler tract again dominated discussion at last week’s Upper Milford supervisors meeting.
A number of residents were again present to express their concerns about the proposed development of the 32-acre property.
But the key action Jan. 21 was supervisors’ approval of a pre-development agreement with Kay Builders which would require the developer to include a neighborhood park on the land when it is developed as residences.
Upper Milford officials made it clear last week they do not like the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's proposed reconstruction of the railroad bridge on Chestnut Street south of Emmaus, with the planning commission even threatening legal action to stop the plan.
Upper Milford supervisors last week received results of a traffic study conducted by Planning Coordinator Brian Miller at the Dillingersville Road railroad crossing.
Miller said the study was done between July 11 and 14 about 400 feet from the track. The study indicated an average of 1,407 vehicles daily on the weekdays, with an average speed of 35 miles per hour, which is the speed limit.
However, a top speed of 76 mph was recorded on the westbound side and of 58 mph on the eastbound side. There were also 98 vehicles more than 40 feet long.
Roads and traffic dominated discussion at the Upper Milford supervisors' July 2 meeting.
In a move aimed at keeping heavy trucks off Kings Highway South, the board authorized Assistant Township Manager Tim Haas to pursue implementing weight limits on that road.
Haas said a study will be needed to determine what weight limits are appropriate and then an ordinance will have to be adopted so those limits can be enforced.
Upper Milford Youth Association summer soccer sessions are back. UMYA will hold its second annual summer soccer session beginning July 8 and 11 and ending July 29 and Aug. 1. Rain dates will be the week of Aug. 3. Many Emmaus boys and girls soccer team members will be training the kids again.
The training and sessions will be run by Mike Gable, former Emmaus boys soccer assistant coach and Matt Skekel, current Swain School soccer head coach and UMYA soccer coordinator.