Northampton Press

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Exchange Club honors seniors

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by AL RECKER in School

At its Feb. 6 Northampton Exchange Club dinner meeting, members named three Northampton Area High School seniors as Students of the Month at a Service to Youth program, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

Abigail Piotrowski, Michael Kistler Jr. and Andrew Cochrane were presented with the club’s Lamp of Knowledge plaque, a certificate of merit and a pen. The honorees will be entered into the essay contest for Student of the Year, with the theme selected by the National Exchange Club.

Northampton council remains firm on sewer fees

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council refused to budge from the required $5,070-per-unit sewer tap-in fee that has been in place for more than two decades, following a request from the owner of the former Catholic War Veterans Post 454, 14th Street and Washington Avenue, who sought a reduction in the rate.

Council unanimously rejected, without comment, MGMJ Holding Company’s appeal to lower the sewer tap-in fee at its Feb. 7 meeting.

Borough crime watch will begin again with Feb. 13 meeting

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Police Department is reaching out to the community to reactivate the crime watch program.

“We want to interact with the residents,” reported Police Chief Bryan Kadingo.

The program gives the public an active role in ensuring their neighborhood and community are safe by working with police. Essentially, residents can act as the eyes and ears of the department.

The borough’s program has been defunct for more than a decade.

NAHS students are honored as Voice of Democracy winners

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by AL RECKER in School

Nearly 60 Northampton Area High School juniors and seniors participated in the annual Voice of Democracy program, which embraces the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ national theme “Why My Vote Matters.”

On Jan. 5, Commander Lawrence Schlittler, a representative of Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, honored the top three finalists at a breakfast at Samuel Owens Restaurant, Coplay. Family members were in attendance for the awards reception.

Apartment developer seeks fee relief

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Owner of Washington Ave. property asks council to allow lesser amount

Northampton Borough Council heard a request Jan. 17 regarding required sewer tap-in fees for a recently refurbished Washington Avenue property.

Attorney Ronald Corkery, counsel for MGMJ Holding Company, requested relief from the $35,000 fee already paid for the former Catholic War Veterans Post 454 building. It was recently refurbished to include eight studio apartments. In the past, the building housed a post office, synagogue and day care center.

Councilman envisions parking deck in borough

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Lopsonzski Sr. says plan addresses business resurgence on Main, Center

Northampton Borough Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. has a vision — a three- or four-story parking deck in the heart of the borough’s uptown business district built at the site of the municipal parking lot on Center Street.

“I’m serious,” Lopsonzski Sr. said of the seemingly larger-than-life idea.

NBMA offer to acquire Whitehall authority rejected

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Two-thirds of township customers are already served by borough group

Northampton Borough Municipal Authority’s interest in acquiring the Whitehall Township Authority has been flatly rejected by the township.

The acquisition would have resulted in NBMA providing water to all Whitehall residents, businesses and industries.

Stephen Kerbacher, NBMA general manager, confirmed Jan. 4 that Whitehall Township has turned down the request for both entities to sit down and discuss NBMA taking over all WTA assets.

Northampton labels historic buildings

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

There has been a quiet movement throughout Northampton Borough to recognize historic structures.

Most of the buildings serve a new purpose to meet the modern world’s needs, but there are those in the borough who do not want the history forgotten.

The Northampton Area Historical Society houses memorabilia and photos chronicling the borough’s history at Siegfried Station, at West 21st and Canal streets.

Police chief to review borough’s handicapped parking spaces

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council gave approval for Police Chief Bryan Kadingo to conduct a street-by-street review of handicapped parking spaces throughout the borough during the Dec. 6, 2018, council meeting.

This review is to ensure that these special parking spots are properly marked and valid. In an effort to remove unnecessary signage in the future, Kadingo sought the consent from borough lawmakers for such a survey. Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said he placed the matter on council’s agenda after the solicitor’s recommendation that council take action on the issue.