Northampton Press

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fuller land project is scaled back

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough planners are told 11 homes are included in updated proposal

An earlier projection by Fuller Family Trust to erect 67 homes on the Willow Brook Golf Course has been pared to 11 single-family dwellings on large 7,500-square-foot lots, and the new plan went before Northampton Borough Planning Commission June 14.

This scaled-back plan, which would have access off Howertown Road, is part of a more ambitious project that calls for 164 homes to be built in adjoining North Catasauqua — proposed mainly as an active adult, 55-and-older community.

Newly appointed Kenneth Hall takes oath of office

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council is back to its full capacity of eight council members, two from each of the four wards. Kenneth Hall took his seat at the June 1 meeting on the legislative body, filling the spot vacated by Robert Coleman, who resigned in April. The position expires Dec. 31.

Hall voted on several matters that night and made his first motion as council business concluded — the motion to adjourn.

Market fresh

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Tuesday shopping is growing steadily

The move of Northampton Farmers Market from Uptown Park, just off Main Street, to Municipal Park, at Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane, is getting positive reviews. The venue, boosted by entertainment and ample parking, appears to have gained the support of the public.

There are more than double the vendors, selling a larger variety of goods, including vegetables, potatoes, whole chickens and meats, baked goods, cakes and pies, comfort food, jelly and jams, homemade peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, custom popcorn, smoothies, candles, oils, healthy items and more.

Morey to retire as borough police chief

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Council offers thanks for dedicated service, devotion to community

Northampton Borough Council at the June 1 meeting accepted the retirement of Police Chief Ron Morey, whose career with the borough’s police force spans more than three decades.

Morey will remain in command of the police department until Aug. 1.

“Police Chief Ron Morey will reach his normal retirement age in August 2017,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst advised council, noting for clerical purposes Morey’s retirement is effective Sept. 1.

The veteran police officer has accrued time in order to leave his position earlier.

Students hear motivating talk at assembly

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by AL RECKER in School

Nyeeam Hudson, an 11-year-old internationally known motivational speaker out of Orange, N.J., was given a rousing ovation April 28 by Northampton Area Middle School (NAMS) students.

The middle school’s anti-bullying program is heralded as a model for other schools, and Nyeeam’s message addressed issues young people confront — bullying, peer pressure and lack of confidence.

Hall appointed to council seat

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Kenneth Hall, 58, whose affiliation with Northampton Fire Department dates back to his teens, was chosen by an unanimous vote at the May 18 meeting to fill the vacant council seat on the eight-member elective legislative body.

The term for the first ward council post runs until Dec. 31.

Hall was one of three candidates vying for the council seat vacated in April by then-Councilman Robert Coleman, who resigned for health reasons.

Shelby Fabian and Michael A. Dempsey Jr. were the other candidates seeking the vacant council seat.

Coleman lauded for service to borough

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Robert (Bob) Coleman, who resigned in April as a member of Northampton Borough Council, returned to council chambers May 18 for a tribute from his colleagues, who noted his service to the community.

Coleman, who represented the borough’s first ward, resigned his position for health reasons.

He received a standing ovation from council, borough officials and the public in attendance. Council President Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. presented him with a plaque.

It’s a sign: Bridge to close May 31

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Coplay- Northampton Bridge will be closed to traffic May 31. The 1930s-era span will be demolished and a new one erected during a construction project expected to take three years.

Northampton Borough Council learned of this official date at its May 4 meeting.

“We have received a communication from Shawn Samek, of Trumbull Corporation, notifying us that, in all likelihood, the Coplay (Northampton) Bridge will be closed on May 31, 2017,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said.

Northampton Alive project detailed at meeting

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Development director says area would include museums, greenhouse

Northampton Alive, a bold and ambitious development project that would change the borough far into the future — with new museums, a greenhouse, covered bridge, boat launch, Main Street artisan mall, restaurant/motel/conference center, municipal barn for mounted police and more — are envisioned by David E. Dlugose, who provided a detailed 18-page report to borough council May 18.

“I kind of think outside the box,” Dlugose said, commenting the town “has an awesome history [but has] so much more potential.”