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Coplay column

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Fall designs to be featured at garden club meeting

The Coplay Garden Club meeting Sept. 25 will feature a floral design workshop on the fall floral container.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church social hall. Any interested persons are invited to attend.

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Signs in frontyards across the borough indicate this year's nominees for the annual Properties of Merit honors. A reception for the award winners and all nominees will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Samuel Owens Restaurant, Second and Chestnut streets.

Further information is available by calling Bill Leiner at 810-751-2745.

New lighting installed at park

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The bond between the Northampton Athletic Association and the Borough of Northampton is demonstrated in many ways. The strong association means cooperation at the athletic complex off Horwith Drive, where NAA youth football teams play and at the recreation center utilized by NAA basketball programs and Canal Park.

Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Jr., borough council's building, land and recreation chairman, in a report at a Sept. 4 council meeting, related the NAA has just installed additional lighting at the borough's Canal Park baseball and football complex.

Allen Township looking at traffic concerns on Bullshead, Willowbrook roads

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Allen Township hopes to resolve traffic issues on Bullshead and Willowbrook roads.

Motorists park their vehicles along both roads at the Catsauqua High School campus to watch soccer and athletic events.

Township supervisors at their meeting last Thursday evening discussed existing problems at the intersections and driveways.

Representatives of the township's engineering firm, Hanover Engineering, met with CHS officials. Another session is planned in the future.

No recommendations were offered for no parking signs on the opposite side of the school grounds.

Pool experiences loss of revenue

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

A cooler than usual summer has resulted in the Northampton Borough Municipal Pool loosing revenue.

"It was a rather poor year revenue wise," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said at last week's council meeting. "It should be noted that we were open one less week this year."

Revenue for 2014 was $46,341, a decrease of $3,028 from 2013.

The pool closed Aug. 16 because many lifeguards returned to college.

"However, it was a safe year with no major injuries," Zarayko added.

There were two Dip-N-Dance parties that were well attended.

UGI work impacting quality of streets

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough officials are not happy with the condition of streets in the town.

Street conditions have worsened due to a company retained by UGI replacing gas lines. One of the streets scheduled to be upgraded has been postponed until 2015.

"UGI is absolutely destroying a lot of streets in the borough," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said at last Thursday's council meeting. "I know they are not trying to do this on purpose, but we are concerned about the safety of the residents. I am sure it will take us five years to get all of the streets back in good condition."

Discussions on minipark continue

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Designs for a park may impact the Northampton Farmers Market, now in its second year on Main Street.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said the farmers market is attracting shoppers to the site, a borough lot located between a church and a coffee shop. The farmers market, offering fresh produce, frozen ethnic foods, baked goods and flowers, is open Tuesday afternoons into the evenings, from late spring into early fall.

Northampton negotiating with police union

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough Council Vice President Robert McHale reported progress is being made with borough police to reach a new contract. He gave the update to council members at their Sept. 4 meeting, but did not rule out arbitration may be in the offing should the talks stall between the parties.

McHale, who is also the council's police committee chairman, observed while some issues were resolved in the negotiations with the police bargaining unit, other matters discussed have not reached an accord to date.

Coplay column

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Fire dept. to host yard sale

The Coplay Fire Department will hold an indoor yard sale and flea market Sept. 20, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

The sale will take place at the station on Cherry Street.

Refreshments and baked goods will also be available for purchase.

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Donations and sponsors are needed for a Longaberger basket bingo set for Sept. 28 at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church.

The event, which benefits a young boy and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, will begin at 1:30 p.m. Doors will open at noon.

Food will be available for purchase.

Superintendent provides status update on school project

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough Council was informed at its Aug. 21 meeting the $84.7 million new middle school under construction on the Northampton Area School District campus is expected to cost less than projected.

The school will open on time for the 2015-16 school year.

There is a historical connection between the three-story 21st-century school going up and the former Atlas Cement Company.

Borough appoints new public works supervisor

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough Council at the Aug. 21 meeting appointed Greg Morey to serve as supervisor of the borough's public works department.

Morey replaces Steve Gerny, who is retiring Friday, after more than four decades of service with the borough.

Morey, 54, began employment with the borough's public works department at age 19.

He was later assigned to the road crew, where he performed a variety of duties such as snow removal, road maintenance and, more recently, street sweeping.

Morey has 35 years of service with the public works department.