Tuesday, February 19, 2013
But neighbors of new eatery say it will eat up already scarce parking.
Easton's Zoning Hearing Board has given its OK to a new restaurant in the city's West Ward. The board on Monday night voted to approve a parking variance for an as-yet-unnamed eatery at 1054 Northampton St., which owner Cesar Montesdoeca says will serve "Spanish style" cuisine. Montesdoeca needed the variance because parking is scarce in the neighborhood. "We don’t have any parking to offer them," he said. "I don’t see how we can fix that. If there was a vacant lot we could buy, we’d do that." Neighbors say that lack of parking is exactly why the board should have denied Montesdoeca's request. They say it's bad now, and worse in the fall, when the nearby Cottingham Stadium brings in scores of Easton Area High School football fans. "We …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Zoning Hearing Board denies plan to build four-story senior living facility in the West Ward.
The Easton Home's plan to expand in the West Ward has hit a road block. The city Zoning Hearing Board on Monday denied a request by the senior citizen center to put up a four-story residential building at its existing property on Northampton Street. The Easton Home—owned by Presbyterian Senior Living—had proposed a 52-unit facility for people 62 and over. Rodney Fenstermacher, director of construction for the project, said these would be residents able to live on their own yet who would still be close enough to access the Easton Home's healthcare services if needed. The building before the board Monday was a scaled-back version of the project the Easton Home announced last year, which featured 104 units. But even this version is "out of …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Olivia Newton-John at the State Theatre, an expert on Christianity at Lafayette.
Good morning everyone. With a new week here, it's therefore time to look at what's going on in the next few days in Easton. 1. The Easton Zoning Hearing Board meets Monday at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. 2. Olivia Newton-John performs at the State Theatre Thursday at 8 p.m. 3. The 7th and 8th grade PTA at the Easton Area Middle School meets Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school. 4. Yale Professor Lamin Sanneh will talk about the rise of Christianity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Lafayette College's Kirby Hall of Civil Rights. 5. Have you visited the Nurture Nature Center yet? If you have some time Wednesday, check out its open house at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Zoning board approves dog kennels at city water plant.
With no room at the Center For Animal Health and Welfare for stray dogs, Easton has been forced in recent months to house the animals at kennels installed at the city wastewater treatment plant. Because set-up is looking less temporary, the city needed -- and got -- a special exception from the Easton Zoning Hearing Board to continue operating the four kennels along Route 611. Mayor Sal Panto told the board the kennels were put in due to a 90-day emergency order after the Williams Township animal shelter became full. "We had no place to put the dogs," he said. The kennels are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer, and contain a dog run. Last year, the city set up a website where it posts the dogs it finds. About 80 percent of them …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Easton Zoning Hearing Board approves parking, flood plane construction at silk mill.
Easton's Zoning Hearing Board has given its OK to construction work on the first phase of the city's Silk Mill project. The board Monday night approved construction of 83 parking spaces on the 15-acre site, which will include a mix of commercial and residential properties. The city's Redevelopment Authority will handle infrastructure through state, federal and county grants. Once that infrastucture work is done -- it's scheduled to begin in March or April 2013 -- the property will be sold to the Flemington, NJ-based VM Development, which will handle the actual rehabilitation of the buildings. The infrastructure work includes the construction of the 370-foot access road and demolition on the site. The authority hopes to have PennDOT …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Easton's Zoning Hearing Board meets, the high school orchestra plays, and more...
Good morning everyone. A new week is here, and that means it's time to look ahead at some of the things happening around Easton. 1. The Easton Zoning Hearing Board meets tonight at 6:30 at city hall. 2. Easton Area High School's orchestra will hold its winter concert tonight at 7 at the school auditorium. 3. In the mood for Christmas movies? Check out blogger Pamela Porter's recommendations. 4. Temple Covenant of Peace holds auditions for its Purim play today from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 5. Today is Dec. 17. On this day in 1903, the first airplane flew near Kitty Hawk, NC. REM bassist Mike Mills turns 54 today. Art Neville of the Neville brothers is 75.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Easton's Crayola Factory is on track to get a whole new look.
If you live in Easton long enough, you run into your share of visitors asking "Which way is Crayola?" That could soon be a thing of the past. On Monday night, the Easton Zoning Hearing Board approved a plan by Crayola to decorate its downtown building in such a way that no one will miss it. Crayola wants to add new crayon sculptures to its plaza along Centre Square, and paint a large, yellow, crayon-themed mural along the back wall of its building facing Pine Street. General manager Dan Aylward said it will draw people into the Crayola Experience as they leave the downtown parking garage. Daniel Cohen, the attorney representing the company, said the move will allow Crayola to continue to thrive. He noted what it was like prior to their …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Here are five things you should know today.
Good morning everyone. We're halfway through the month already. September seemed to drag for some reason, while October is flying by. Anyway, here's five things to know today. 1. Easton's Zoning Hearing Board meets this evening at 6:30 at city hall. 2. ExxonMobil officials Stephen D. Pryor and Jack Neal will discuss fracking Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Lafayette College's Oechsle Hall auditorium. 3. Easton's newest restaurant, Casera's, holds its grand opening Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The eatery, located at 134 N. 2nd St., serves Spanish/Caribbean food. 4. Are you signed up for our newsletter? It's a great way to stay on top of what we're doing and get breaking news alerts. 5. Today is Oct. 15. Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Daddy's Place gets the OK from city zoning hearing board.
When he looks around the 600 block of Northampton Street, Sharbel Koorie sees a Mexican/Puerto Rican restaurant, a Chinese take-out joint and an Irish pub. So why not Lebanese food as well? That's the thinking -- part of it, anyway -- behind Daddy's Place, the restaurant Koorie wants to put at 650 Northampton St., the former home of the Northampton Glass Works. "There's a nice diverse culture in that area and a lot of varieties of food that are available," Koorie told the city's Zoning Hearing Board Monday night, minutes before it granted his request. In addition to serving as a restaurant, Daddy's Place will also function as a convenience store that sells six-packs of beer. At the center of the restaurant will be a kitchen with a brick …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
City zoners allow Easton's Sigal Museum to put up sign explaining what it does.
Easton's Sigal Museum has been in business for two years now, and the people running it want the public to have a better idea about what it does. To that end, the local history museum got permission Monday night from the city Zoning Hearing Board to hang a big banner explaining to visitors what they'll find inside. "Within the street, people don’t know what it is," Sigal Museum director Barbara Kowitz told the board. The hope is that the nearly 100-square-foot banner -- reading "History is Here" -- will remedy that. Kowitz noted that this is an advertisting method used by many other museums, "who will hang much larger signage." Board Chairman James Eddinger noted that he had seen a smaller sign on the museum earlier in the day. "If I didn…