Easton Zoning Board Puts Temporary Stop to Sikh Worship Services

November 27, 2005

Source: The Express-Times

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On November 27, 2005 The Express-Times reported, "[Easton, Pennsylvania's] zoning hearing board was forced to put a stop to temporary religious services in the basement of an auto repair shop when the applicant failed to show for a hearing... Members of the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of the Lehigh Valley have been using the basement of the A to Z Automotive Repair Center at 734 Wolf Ave. for weekly services since November 2000... The most recent variance [granting permission to use the space to hold religious services] expired Oct. 31, so [Gurshinder Matharu, who owns the garage with his brother] was scheduled to ask zoning board members last week for another temporary variance. When he failed to appear before the board, the officials had no choice but to deny the request... Matharu said last week a death in the family prevented him from attending the hearing and that he plans to reapply for another temporary variance. Construction continues on the society's permanent Sikh temple or a gurudwara."