Northampton’s uptown business district was given a major boost when the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce decided to have a Main Street manager come aboard to generate new business in its commercial corridor, while also paying attention to those presently in business.
Tony Pristash, president of the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and a borough councilman, delivered the bold initiative to council, mentioning the person selected for the role will report to both the chamber board and Pristash.
The heavily used Center Street municipal parking lot that serves patrons of businesses and professional offices in Northampton’s uptown district will now be monitored more closely by police following an action passed Nov. 2 by borough council.
“Police Chief Bryan Kadingo and I have discussed the concern of the uptown business owners and recommended posting one row of parking spaces between Lilac Court and the southern end of the Dollar General Store as two-hour parking,” Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst told council.
Northampton Exchange Club kicked off its 2017-18 Student of the Month program at the Nov. 1 dinner meeting, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center. Four Northampton Area High School seniors were cited as honorees.
The honorees are Nicole Somers, September Girl of the Month; Chase Clapp, September Boy of the Month; Morgan Mullen, October Girl of the Month; and Austin Frey, October Boy of the Month.
Lyric Commons, an iconic commercial building on Main Street in Northampton’s uptown business district, has been sold for $300,000. The new owner envisions restoring the structure to encourage revitalization in the once-thriving business area.
Dominic Cullen, trading as The Lyric Commons LLC, purchased the property at 2015 Main St. from Carol Simcoe, who has been active in borough civic affairs for years and chaired the borough’s centennial committee.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors introduced the proposed $2.1 million budget for 2018 at its Nov. 9 meeting. This would mark the 13th consecutive year that real estate taxes were not increased. While some changes to the proposed budget may occur before the spending plan is adopted in December, the property tax will be retained at five mills.
The budget notes $1.9 million in revenue and $2.1 million in expenditures, along with a sound starting balance.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 hosted a compelling program Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day at the Main Street and Laubach Avenue post.
A highlight of the evening was when Wassyl Hewko, 94, entered the room via a wheelchair and approached the white cloth-covered POW/MIA table to light a candle. The large audience present gave Hewko a standing ovation, breaking the silence in the room.
Hewko, a U.S. Navy sailor, was one of five brothers who served in World War II. Brothers Alex, Navy; Ben, Navy; John, Navy, and Pete, Marines, are deceased.
Willow Brook Farm Trust was granted preliminary conditional approval at the Oct. 11 meeting of Northampton Borough Planning Commission for 11 single homes off Howertown Road. The plans now go before borough council for review and a vote.
Initially, the development was to have 67 homes in the borough, but the project has been scaled back. The majority of the housing development will be in North Catasauqua, with some space in Allen Township.
The present 18-hole golf course would be reduced to nine holes.
There was a buzz Oct. 7 at 21st and Main streets, the busiest intersection in Northampton. The stir was not the result of heavy vehicle traffic, but rather a brightly colored food truck parked in a lot on the southeast corner.
Owners of the food truck, called Randevoo, held a noontime grand opening, but patrons were lined up long before.
The two outer arches of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge will fall to two dynamite blasts the morning of Oct. 11.
The announcement was made Sept. 25 at a briefing for borough representatives from Northampton and Coplay. Attending the briefing were police, public works and elected officials from both boroughs.
The third center arch will fall sometime in early November.
Northampton Borough Council selected veteran borough police Sgt. Bryan Kadingo to head the police department during its meeting Sept. 21. He takes over the reins from Ron Morey, who retired Aug. 1 after more than three decades of borough service.
Kadingo, 51, had been named acting police chief since Morey’s retirement.
Kadingo was tapped as police chief by a unanimous seven votes. Councilman Robert McHale was not present.