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Council bans parking on East 19th Street

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The Northampton Borough Council banned student parking on East 19th Street.

The council extended the ban at its Feb. 20 meeting.

After the council passed a similar ban of student parking on Evans Street, students of the Northampton Area High School began parking on East 19th Street while attending classes. Such parking caused a ruckus with residents unable to park near their homes.

Borough pays a price for snow removal

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The Borough of Northampton has gone into a full-court press, with manpower, private trucks, and overtime for its own crews, working day and night, to rid the streets of mounds and mounds of snow. The work has exploded the borough's budget for snow removal.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko, in a report to borough council on Thursday, said the borough, as is the case with all other municipalities is "doing the best we can" in cleaning up piles and piles of snow, removing snow and ice from curb to curb, closing blocks of streets so the work can proceed.

Borough applies for county grant

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Money would be used for pool pavilion project

The Borough of Northampton municipal swimming pool this summer might receive a minor makeover – a pavilion.

Borough council at the Feb. 20 meeting was apprised of the possible capital improvement project scheduled for this summer. During the meeting, council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing borough projects Planner Victor Rodite to submit a grant application in the amount of $67,336. If approved, the money would come from Northampton County's Open Space Initiative.

Deal allows Siegfried Station to remain open

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The Siegfried Station will continue to remain a fixture in the Borough of Northampton.

Northampton Borough Council, at the Feb. 20 meeting, approved a lease agreement with the station's owner, Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Norfolk freight trains cross the historic one-time passenger station and home of the Northampton Area Historical Society.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said although the terms of the lease are not what the borough initially desired, the lease was necessary.

Johnny Dee retires

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Many hearts were touched by Dimitrovits' music

An era which started five decades ago, when the Johnny Dee Orchestra played its first gig at the Coplay Saengerbund's New Year's Eve dance, came to an end Jan. 26, when the band held its last performance. A crowd of 300 people attended.

Over the years, the band entertained thousands on thousands of couples and has been featured regularly in the club's ballroom and outdoor grove. The band catered to crowds that enjoyed a diverse brand of polka, featuring various ethnic sounds, a dash of contemporary arrangements and music which had them dancing.

Garden Club wreath program is planned

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Coplay Garden Club will meet Thursday, Feb. 27, at St. John's Lutheran Church Hall on South Third Street. Donna Baylor will present "Repurposed Wreaths."

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The Coplay Borough Planning Commission will meet 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in council chambers. It is not too late for an organization, business, family or individual to sponsor a street banner. Those interested should call the borough hall at 610-262-6088.

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Recreation center to receive help with equipment upgrades

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The Northampton Borough Recreation Center's fitness room certainly gets a good workout by the public.

Two community organizations reported at the Feb. 6 council meeting they are willing to do their part in helping the Lerchenmiller Drive center upgrade its aging equipment with new state-of-the art equipment.

Handicapped curbs to be installed

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Laubach Avenue will soon have handicapped curbs constructed at intersections.

Northampton Borough Manager Gene Zarayko reported at the Feb. 6 council meeting he expects bid specifications to be advertised in newspapers later this month or early March. Contracts could be awarded within the next month to two months, he said.

Borough officials met with a Northampton County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) committee representative and borough Engineer David Lerr of Lehigh Engineering to review criteria to prepare the specifications for the curb project.

Fire department contains blaze in Northampton

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Several fire companies in the area responded to a fire Friday morning at a row home in the 1900 block of Washington Avenue.

Northampton Borough Fire Chief Robert Solderich said the fire was reported shortly before 11 a.m. at 1926 Washington Avenue. Smoke was seen billowing from the roof area. Along with volunteer firefighters from the borough, fire companies from East Allen, Allen and Lehigh townships and North Catasauqua were among those on the scene.

The entire block was filled with fire trucks and ambulance and rescue vehicles, including Northampton Regional EMS.

Council reacts to demolition of Atlas Dam

Thursday, February 13, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Frustration and anger were evident at the Feb. 6 Northampton Borough Council meeting over a $422,900 state grant recently awarded to an environmental group tasked with the demolition of the historic Atlas Dam.

The dam is located in a quiet, pristine area in the town's northern end that years ago supplied power to the Atlas Portland Cement Company.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's awarding of the grant to Martins-Jacoby Watershed took the borough by surprise.