At the Dec. 5 meeting, Northampton Borough Council gave preliminary approval for the projected $6.97 million budget for 2020, a spending plan that calls for a half-mill increase in property taxes.
A homeowner with a $50,000 assessment would pay approximately $25 more next year. The hike in property taxes is the first since 2016.
Mission Possible is sponsoring a community Christmas caroling event 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Uptown Park on Main Street in Northampton. The group consists of members from three Northampton churches — Grace United Church of Christ, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The caroling will be led by a community chorus comprised of volunteers with a passion for singing. Music will be provided.
Anyone interested in providing instrumental accompaniment is encouraged to participate. Instrumentalists are asked to bring their own music.
Sally Madden, librarian at Northampton Area High School, was honored by Northampton Exchange Club as the club’s Outstanding NAHS Faculty Member for October.
She was accorded a certificate and a pen by the Exchange Club. The ceremony was held Nov. 6 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
Madden was recognized for her interactions with students and faculty. The nomination for the citation came from her peers.
At the Nov. 6 meeting at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave., Northampton Exchange Club held its Service to Youth program, citing four Northampton Area High School seniors as Students of the Month. The recipients were awarded the lamp of knowledge plaque, a certificate of achievement and a pen.
Lena Kugelman, September Girl of the Month; Suhas Yalamarti, September Boy of the Month; Leah McCann, October Girl of the Month; and Jacob Christman, October Boy of the Month, were lauded by the club for their outstanding achievements as students.
After weeks of searching and scouring yards all across town, Northampton Borough has found an evergreen to serve as its official Christmas tree, which will be decorated for the holidays at the Main Street and Laubach Avenue triangle.
“We are pleased. We found a real nice tree in a yard of an East Allen Township home,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported Nov. 1. “The family is willing to donate the tree to the borough for its holiday program and give the community the spirit of Christmas.”
Northampton Borough’s proposed 2020 budget was presented at the Nov. 21 Northampton Borough Council meeting. The budget calls for a half-mill increase in property taxes to support nearly $7 million in expenditures and other projects.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst, in presenting the projected $6,976,110 in expenditures, said the modest hike in real estate taxes will set the millage at 10.54 mills.
“Unfortunately, it will be necessary to increase taxes by 0.5 percent,” Brobst said. “This is the first increase since 2016.”
Susan Parker has been selected principal of Good Shepherd Catholic School, 1300 Newport Ave., Northampton. She has been interim principal since August, taking over the helm from Paul Crescenzo.
Parker said she was excited to accept this position at the parochial school. Although her entire career in education has been with Catholic schools, this is her first appointment as a principal.
Siegfried Elementary School held a special Veterans Day event Nov. 11 for veterans of the community. The special guests, many in their 70s, served in both war and peacetime, abroad and stateside. The veterans sat with children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren for a patriotic-themed breakfast and program.
Seated with their family members, the young girls and boys embraced their elder family members as their heroes.
The 72nd Bury the Hatchet dinner program for Northampton Area School District and Catasauqua Area School District is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
The event, to prepare for the Thanksgiving Day football classic between the two high school teams, will take on the appearance of a roast as speakers talk of the rivalry in good taste but with a comic twist.
It’s an early Christmas present for anyone affected by the closure of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge. The new $33.5 million state-of-the-art span will be open to traffic before the December holiday.
Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, confirmed the new concrete bridge will “certainly open” before Christmas, six months ahead of schedule. The specific date is expected to be announced shortly.