Downtown Easton Façade Grant Applications Now Available

2017-06-15_10-33-28In order to encourage rehabilitation of building façades and improve signage in the downtown business district, the Easton Main Street Initiative (EMSI) program announces the open application period for façade grant monies. EMSI has been awarded funds from the Keystone Communities Program, through the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development to assist property and business owners in paying for improvements, signage, and design costs.

Eligible buildings must be located in the “Main Street Revitalization Target Area,” a 20 square block area which is designated from Rt. 22 south to Washington Street and Larry Holmes Drive west to 6th Street. Any exterior improvements will be considered for the grant including paint, windows, repointing, doors, maintenance, façade repair, lighting, and signage.

The grant program is a fifty percent match of project costs up to $5,000 for mid-block properties and up to $10,000 for corner properties. Signage grants will be matched up to $1,500. Design professional fees are also eligible for grant funding as part of the total project. Continue reading

The Perfect Coffee Table

2017-06-14_13-35-31Designer and Southern style expert Phoebe Howard solves one of our most pressing decorating dilemmas, offering her foolproof formula for arranging a coffee table.

The Coffee Table Decor Formula: Using these elements, you can apply Phoebe’s chic and simple method to any space or tabletop.

  1. Something Tall
    Hurricane vases or candlesticks are great because when you light candles, they add sparkle and make everything festive.
  2. One Oddball Object
    Choose something that’s sculptural and quirky to express your personality. Some ideas: a piece of coral, a glass orb, or a small ginger jar.
  3. Something Fresh
    A nice pot of ivy, a fern, or some fresh-cut flowers add life and easy-to-change color to the room.
  4. A Stack of Books
    Use a few large, pretty art books to make a stack, and top it off with something decorative.

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Mini-Golf FORE the Nazareth Library

On Sunday, June 25th, from 1pm – 4pm, the Nazareth Library will host, Mini-Golf FORE the Nazareth Library. The event will offer 18 unique holes of miniature golf for the entire family that spans throughout all three floors of the library. Tickets are on sale now at the Main Circulation desk at the library, $5.00 per golfer. There are limited tickets available, please make your tee time reservations today! Proceeds of the Mini-Golf FORE the Nazareth Library will be dedicated to renovate the library’s lower level to create a dedicated space for free community programming.


Pressed Flower Art

2017-06-02_11-29-58Friday, June 23rd at 1 PM

Join the Cancer Support Community in Allentown for a creative workshop on pressed flower art! Participants will learn the do’s and don’ts of pressing flowers from their gardens to turn them into a beautiful piece of artwork. These are perfect for livening up a home! Instructor: Irene Kiser. This program is offered free of charge to people affected by cancer. Please call 610-861-7555 to register.

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“Quick Delivery” Homes a Popular Choice for Young Homebuyers at Sterling Estates in Lehigh Valley

SterlingEstates ModelLOWER NAZARETH, PA – Two “quick delivery” single-family homes are providing Sterling Estates  a leg up on its competition in the Lehigh Valley, PA new home marketplace.

Located in desirable Lower Nazareth, the four-bedroom, 2.5 bath residences offer the best-of-both-worlds for young families and couples, the joy and luxury of a modern, newly-built home and fast occupancy dates shortly after closing, according to developer Sterling Properties.  Better yet, included in the “Quick Delivery” inventory are two of the most popular designs at Sterling Estates – the Ashton and Evergreen home plans.

“By offering all of the designer interior features and appointments today’s young homebuyer seeks and near immediate move-in dates, the ‘Quick Delivery’ homes have traditionally been some of our fastest selling residences,” says Nick Hollenbeck, Sterling’s Director of Sales and Marketing.   “We don’t expect these homes to be available very long.”

One of the available homes, an Ashton design priced from $459,000, provides an occupancy date right after signing a contract.  The available Evergreen home, priced from $399,000, provides occupancy in August.

In all, eight four- and five-bedroom housing designs are offered at Sterling Estates.  Homes are situated on one-acre plus lots, with many backing up to wooded terrain to provide a considerable amount of privacy and peacefulness.

Residences at Sterling Estates range from 2,500 to 3,600 square feet and include a unique single level ranch layout that is back in high demand.  Homes include upscale features such as 2½ -3½ baths, two or three-car garages luxury designer kitchens, expansive and open living spaces, first-floor nine-foot ceilings and hardwood flooring.

Sterling Estates has appealed to both local Pennsylvania buyers moving up from smaller single-family residences and townhomes, as well as young families from central New Jersey looking west to receive more home for their money.

The tranquil and rustic environment at Sterling Estates is created by a residential address in the heart of Northampton County and surrounded by natural treasures and a wealth of outdoor recreational activities, including two state parks, wilderness areas and nature reserves. Lower Nazareth Township itself is home to five parks with activities such as hiking and fishing and multiple sports fields.

“Sterling Estates is also a quick trip from family-friendly venues such as Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom and the Bear Creek and Blue Mountain ski areas,” Mr. Hollenbeck adds.  “There’s also a number of acclaimed golf courses nearby and countless shopping opportunities at one of the many malls just minutes away.”

While the rolling hills and wooded terrain serve as the perfect back drop for Sterling Estates, the location of the community near major highways provides for an efficient commute to New Jersey and New York City to the east and Philadelphia to the south.  Sterling Estates is minutes from I-78 and Route 22 bringing the major metropolitan areas close to home and whisking residents into nearby Allentown and Bethlehem and Easton, PA.

Lower Nazareth is served by the award-winning Nazareth Area School District which includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school, middle school and the Nazareth Area High School.

For additional information on Sterling Estates, please call 610-759-7000 or visit  The community’s sales office is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Prospects can visit Sterling Estates by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Summer Garden Party

dsc_3424Saturday, June 17th starting at 10 AM at the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg. 

This is a day devoted to the art of gardening.  The program for the day includes tours of the kitchen garden showcasing the herbs and their uses and heirloom vegetables.  At the Bake Oven learn about the herb breads and try a sample. Gets your hands dirty with some history and the gardens with demonstrations, children’s activities, garden-inspired crafts, and much more! This event is rain or shine.  Programs run from 10am to 4pm.  Saturday is also our Opening Day celebration! Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child ages 3-12 years old.