Northampton Press

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Borough will no longer provide crossing guard assistance

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by AL RECKER in School

A decades-old practice by the Borough of Northampton to provide crossing guards near schools has ended, effective at the close of Northampton Area School District schools for summer vacation.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst made the announcement at the April 19 meeting of Northampton Borough Council, which had been on board with ceasing to provide crossing guards at the borough’s expense.

Mayor vetoes rental property ordinance

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Reenock, committee chairman McHale agree to continue legislation talks

Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock vetoed borough council’s rental property ordinance at the June 7 meeting.

Borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian informed council it would need a majority of council and one to override the mayor’s veto.

With seven of the eight council members present, no vote to overturn Reenock’s action was taken. Instead, Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., a committee member who helped draft the ordinance, made a motion to table the matter. Council concurred.

Newhard Pharmacy marks partnership with St. Luke’s

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Newhard Pharmacy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house May 19 to introduce the new chapter in its iconic legacy — a partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network to provide walk-in laboratory services, blood work and cholesterol checks.

This venture marks the first time St. Luke’s Health Network has offered its laboratory services via an independent local business.

Students of the Month named

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by AL RECKER in School

The backyard garden was the comparison provided at Northampton Exchange Club’s Service to Youth program April 4, at which five Northampton Area High School seniors were lauded for their achievements in and outside the classroom.

During the ceremony, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, Dr. Rodger Berg, program chairman, used the analogy of starting a garden in the spring with seeds, culminating in the summer with tomatoes, string beans and more ready to be picked.

Council passes rental ordinance

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Mayor says he will not sign legislation, forcing members to vote again

Northampton Borough Council passed the heavily contested rental property ordinance by a razor-thin margin during an emotionally charged meeting May 17.

The legislation, approved by a 4-3 vote, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019, and covers the 1,365 known apartment units in the borough.

Following the meeting, Mayor Thomas Reenock told The Press, “I will not sign the ordinance. I have 10 days to sign it. I will give my reasons in writing.

“Council will then have to vote again on the ordinance,” he added.

Farmers market to open May 15

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Farmers Market will open for the 2018 season May 15.

The outdoor market returns for the second year at Municipal Park, Laubach Avenue and Smith Lane. The recent move from Uptown Park provides the public with easier access, additional parking and expanded vendor space.

Borough Planner Victor Rodite said, in the coming weeks, entertainment at the farmers market includes Northampton Area Middle School band, Tootsie the Clown, bagpiper Gene Kutzler, classic and antique car displays and more.

NAHS teacher lauded

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by AL RECKER in School

Angela Munjone, a mathematics teacher at Northampton Area High School, was inducted by Northampton Exchange Club as the Outstanding NAHS Teacher for March/April at the April 4 dinner meeting. The ceremony was held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.

Munjone received a framed certificate and pen, and her name and accomplishments will be added to the Exchange Club’s collection of honorees. It is the second year the club has paid tribute to outstanding NAHS faculty and staff.

Delayed again

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough council now expected to vote on rental ordinance May 17

A vote on the proposed rental property ordinance, which has its proponents and detractors, is now expected to be voted on by Northampton Borough Council at its May 17 meeting.

The council committee — Robert McHale, Judy Kutzler and Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. — has pared the legislation to 11 pages.

The new ordinance would require landlords to pay a registration fee for each unit, to allow a borough code officer to schedule inspections of the property, to pay inspection fees and to correct unsafe conditions.

Council hears Cementon Bridge plans

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

New span will be built next to existing structure

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is keeping a close watch on the construction progress of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, mainly because the opening of the new bridge over the Lehigh River will trigger the start of the work to erect a new Cementon Bridge.

At the April 19 council meeting, Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said work will commence on the replacement of the deteriorating Cementon-Northampton Bridge, commonly referred to as just the Cementon Bridge, as soon as vehicle traffic is allowed over the new Coplay-Northampton Bridge.