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Fire department's addition, aerial truck dedicated

Thursday, August 7, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

A number of speakers addressed the new additions to the Northampton Fire Station along with the department's latest aerial fire truck at a dedication program Saturday.

As many said, purchase of the aerial truck would not have been possible without the dedicated volunteer firefighters, borough officials and a united community.

The construction project expanded the fire department to eight bays.

K-9 unit receives funds

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

A recent meeting of Northampton Borough Council didn't go to the dogs, at least not literally.

However, Zoro, the police department's canine, was front and center as the focus of a presentation by Paw Prints on the Canal organizers.

Borough Police K-9 officer John Mullner, with Zoro on his side, was presented with a $5,100 donation to offset costs for the upkeep of the borough's K-9 unit and for Zoro's maintenance.

Coplay column

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

St. Peter's to host annual picnic and homecoming

It's homecoming weekend in Coplay on Sunday.

St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church will hold its 60th annual parish picnic, billed as a time when families from near and far enjoy an afternoon and evening of food, music and renewing bonds of friendship.

Beginning after the late morning Sunday Mass, the grounds, between Fifth and Sixth streets and Coplay and Center streets, will be filled with families.

Snyder waives right to preliminary hearing

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Police Log

His head bowed, Timothy Howard Snyder waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday before Northampton District Judge Diane Marakovits.

Charges stem from a June 8 standoff with Northampton and state police at the Gin Mill and Grille, 1940 Main St., following a call he made to a 911 dispatcher saying he had a bomb and threatening to blow up an apartment and the tavern where he resided.

Spaces at issue in borough

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough has been getting an excessive number of requests for handicapped parking spaces lately.

"There are just too many requests," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.

Another issue is the number of cars. Many homes are close to each other and residents have two or more vehicles.

The requests for handicapped parking add stress to a situation in which parking is already in short supply.

Borough to conduct traffic study to determine if stop sign needed

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

A new stop sign may be put into place at the intersection of Fourth and Main streets.

The Borough of Northampton will conduct a traffic study to determine if a stop sign is needed in the northwest corner of the intersection.

The intersection currently has three stop signs. Residents in the area have asked borough to make the intersection safer by adding a fourth stop sign.

Council discussed the issue at an earlier meeting because a fence had been erected by one of the families residing at the intersection.

Northampton zoners approve preliminary plans for Pizza Hut

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Pizza Hut may soon set up shop in Northampton.

The Northampton Zoning Hearing Board recently approved an appeal by Joseph J. Bennett, owner of a property located at 21st Street and Siegfried Avenue.

The appeal heard by the board involves tree businesses, Pizza Hut, a nationally known income tax preparation business and offices. The building is located on the northeast corner of the intersection.

The zoning board conditioned its approval on a turnaround for vehicles at the back of the property.

Skate park plans hit the brakes

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Council discusses future plans

A Northampton man's proposal for a skate park was placed on the "back burner" at a recent borough council meeting.

Council assured Brian Ruff, who wants the plan for a skate park to move forward, that it wasn't dousing the idea with water, but rather trying to keep the flame burning.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said going along with Ruff's plan would cost the borough $19,000 for macadam. The skate park would be located on the lot which for several years was used by youths as a skateboard and bicycle park.

Longtime public works supervisor retiring

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Stephen Gerny Sr., the Borough of Northampton's longtime public works supervisor, is retiring.

Borough Council at a recent meeting approved Gerny's retirement effective on Aug. 31. Officials have not named a replacement.

Gerny has been with the borough for more than 40 years, serving as public works supervisor for the last 17 years.

"His service will be greatly missed, Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.

Councilman Ed Pany, curator of the Atlas Cement Memorial Museum, said Gerny has been a vital part of the museum.