Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Nothing but the frame left as an early-morning fire tears through Youell's Oyster House; reports of an injured firefighter received from the field.
An early-morning fire has destroyed Youell's Oyster House in West Allentown, leaving three firefighters injured. UPDATE 11:37am: Nearby homes are being evacuated while what's left ot Youell's is being demolished. WFMZ reports that homes nearby were not damaged by the fire. UPDATE 8:43am: A breaking news alert confirms that two firefighters were injured when a wall fell. A third reported with burns on his forehead. Breaking news alerts about the three-alarm fire started streaming in around 4:30 this morning. According to the alerts, backup fire crews were called to the scene as crews battled the blaze. According to WFMZ, three firefighters were injured when the structure started to collapse. Alerts were first sent out about an injured …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Alison Byerly named new president of Easton-based Lafayette College, replacing Daniel Weiss.
Alison Byerly has been named the new president of Lafayette College, the school announced Wednesdsay morning. Byerly, who will take office July 1, replacing current President Daniel Weiss, who is stepping down to become president of Haverford College. She is also the first female president of an inistitutation that began admitting women in 1970. In a news release, Byerly said she was "excited by the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and ambitious institution." "As an undergraduate college that encompasses both the traditional liberal arts and a strong engineering program, Lafayette provides an extraordinary range and depth of opportunities to students, yet it remains deeply committed to the highly individualized, one-on-one mentoring that…
Hundreds of people are expected to take a very cold dip in the Delaware River on Saturday as the first ever Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge comes to Easton
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Saturday, January 19
The first-ever Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge is planned for Saturday at Scott Park along the Delaware River in Easton. The event will benefit Special Olympics and is expected to draw hundreds of participants. Cost to participate is $50. 2013 Plunge Schedule Parking: All parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that Larry Holmes Drive in front of Scott Park will be closed to allow for easy walking and access to the plunge area. There are numerous metered parking spots and lots available within a short walk of Scott Park. Shoes: All plungers must wear shoes into the water. Bare feet are not allowed for safety reasons. Any old pair of shoes will suffice. Registration: If you have already registered for the Plunge, you …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Saturday's Polar Plunge will feature hardy souls who will venture into the icy Delaware River in Easton to raise money for Special Olympics
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Friday, January 18
The first-ever Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge is planned for Saturday at Scott Park along the Delaware River in Easton. The event will benefit Special Olympics and is expected to draw hundreds of participants. Cost to participate is $50. 2013 Plunge Schedule Parking: All parking will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that Larry Holmes Drive in front of Scott Park will be closed to allow for easy walking and access to the plunge area. There are numerous metered parking spots and lots available within a short walk of Scott Park. Shoes: All plungers must wear shoes into the water. Bare feet are not allowed for safety reasons. Any old pair of shoes will suffice. Registration: If you have already registered for the Plunge, you must…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
School district reviewing its security procedures in the wake of Sandy Hook.
The Easton Area School District could dip into its $12 million reserve fund to pay for security improvements at its schools. Those improvements -- outlined Tuesday evening by district Chief Executive Officer Michael Simonetta -- could include metal detectors, extra cameras, panic buttons, security doors known as "man traps," and armed guards. Simonetta made his report to the board one day after Easton Area Middle School was evacuated because of a bomb threat, and a month and a day after the mass shooting at a school in Newtown, CT that left 20 students dead. “Doing nothing is the wrong thing to do," said Simonetta. Currently, the district has security guards and school police officers at the middle school and Easton Area High School. It …
Monday, January 14, 2013
City officials say it could take several weeks to install new parking meters.
By law, Easton's new parking ordinance -- which changes the city's parking hours, the cost of parking, and some of the meters themselves -- can go into effect today. City council approved the changes last month, and they were due to become effective 30 days later. The reality is somewhat trickier. City administrator Glenn Steckman said he hopes to have most of the new meters in place by early April. “We’re looking at taking down 500 meter heads," Steckman told city council Wednesday night. "That’s not a 'you do it in a day or two' project.” The new meters -- similar to the ones the city has placed near the Northampton County Government Center -- can take both quarters and credit/debit cards. Parking will now cost $1 an hour, rather than …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Former owners of Rios in Nazareth plan to open in former Phoenicia space in Easton.
The former owner of a Brazilian steakhouse in Nazareth plans to bring that cuisine to Easton. Batuque should open within a month or so in the former Phoenicia space on Northampton Street, according to Howard Lieberman, a business consultant working with the owners. He was before Easton City Council Wednesday night asking for a liquor license for the building at 154 Northampton St. Lieberman said the owners -- husband and wife Antonio and Ana DeMattos and Joho Roquetti -- hope to take advantage of Easton's restaurant scene. “It seems like every week they’re opening a new one, and we want to be part of that," he told council. Council seemed enthusiastic about the idea, and approved the request. "I’m excited because it’s a different …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
America's longest running farmers' market is taking applications for new vendors.
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Saturday, January 12
The Easton Farmers Market is taking applications for new vendors for its summer season. Vendor categories include: dairy, flour/grains, fresh herbs, organic ready-to-eat. If you're interested, contact email@example.com, or call 610-330-9942. The summer season of the farmers' market is set to resume in early May in Centre Square. Until then, the market will continue to operate indoors each Saturday at the Nurture Nature Center.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Multiple thefts of metal downspouts reported throughout the city.
Twice in the last few weeks, we've reported on people being arrested for stealing copper in Easton. And each time, someone has written to us telling those arrests were just the tip of a copper-piping theft iceberg. "My house has been hit 4 times in 3 years," wrote College Hill resident John Vanarman, noting that he ultimately recovered some "twisted unusable downspouts." Last week, Vanarman also told his story to WFMZ, which noted that the city has 20 open copper theft cases. Or maybe it's 19. On Saturday, Easton police charged Christian Fielding -- who had already been jailed on previous copper theft charges -- with stealing the downspouts from a home on the 1400 block of Northampton Street on December 12. A witness who had seen him …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Police, coroner, DA investigating fight between two men on Northampton Street in Easton.
A man who was beaten unconscious in downtown Easton on Christmas Eve has died of his injuries, city police said. Andres Ruiz-Avelizapa never regained consciousness and died Monday afternoon, according to police Lt. Matthew Gerould. Ruiz-Avelizapa had been hospitalized since the early morning hours of Dec. 24, when he was allegedly assaulted by Antonio Ortiz on the 400 block of Northampton Street. Ortiz, 33, of 462 Northampton St., had been charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. Police are working with the Northampton County District Attorney and Coroner to determine what the next step is. "We're still investigating, and part of that is autopsy," Gerould said. If prosecutors decide to file homicide …