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Ryan Konetsky named new D.A.R.E. officer

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

Northampton Police Chief Ron Morey is stepping down as head of the borough's D.A.R.E program.

The 10-week course is taught to six-grade classes at Colonel John Sigfried School and Good Shepherd Parochial Elementary School, Northampton.

The course instructs students about the dangers of alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse, along with bullying.

Morey, who continues to head the borough's police force, will turn the reins of the D.A.R.E program over to Police Officer Ryan Konetsky.

Morey has guided the program for more than a decade.

Resident speaks

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

FedEx proposal addressed

Robert Nappa doesn't oppose the FedEx transportation hub because he lives near the proposed warehouse, but rather because of the "traffic nightmare" it will create.

Nappa, of East Bullshead Road, Allen Township, addressed township supervisors at a meeting July 10.

The Allen Township Board of Supervisors granted FedEx Ground and The Rockefeller Group an extension until Aug. 15 on their proposed $335 million, 800,000 square feet mega transportation hub. It is likely the supervisors will not get to vote on the massive project until late August or even in September.

Coplay column

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Festival won't take over fireworks

Don't count on Coplay Community Days sponsoring the fireworks show. Some mentioned it would be a fitting close to the weekend festival.

However, such a show can cost between $10,000 and 11,000. The committee notes it is directing its efforts to improving the parkway and other community projects.

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Some borough residents have said a man with a pickup truck is combing the alleys Wednesday evenings and early Thursday mornings ahead of borough crews, picking up metals and discarded kitchen items. Borough officials said such a practice is not uncommon in the borough.

Just like a good neighbor, Northampton's there

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Borough is becoming a model for intergovernmental cooperation, thanks to good neighbor policies that stretch from its borders and beyond.

Recently Whitehall Township public works personnel were paving the parking lot at Cementon Park and Playground when their paver quit working. Northampton's paver, which had not been in use, came to the rescue.

Skate park project stalls, future in limbo

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The proposed new use for the Northampton skate park seems to be in limbo, according to Borough Manager Gene Zarayko.

Council discussed possible options of creating a site for adults and children to roller derby or play street hockey.

Northampton resident, Brian Ruff appeared before borough council in May after reading a story in The Press about the deterioration and lack of use of the skate park.

The borough removed the broken wood ramps and cleaned out debris in the spring, indicating the whole park may be demolished.

Concerts starting up again

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The Borough of Northampton has brought back its free summer concerts.

At a recent meeting, borough Manager Gene Zarayko provided council with a status of the concerts.

"So far this year, the concerts have been a bust because of the weather," Zarayko said.

Rather than relying on a big band format, the borough has changed to a variety of musical formats in hopes to boost public attendance.

The next free concert is July 16. The Emil Schanta Band is playing at the Alliance Playground for a polka party at 6:30 p.m. Free hot dogs will be available for those attending.

Borough residents get guide

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Residents in Northampton recently received a borough guide that depicts the borough as never before.

The guide is chock full of pictures, useful information, history and a large map of every street and alley in town.

The sixth edition of the community information guide and map is the most comprehensive published so far.

The publication provides an easy reference on meetings and stories about what makes Konkrete Kids proud, such as the illuminated borough made holiday decorations on streets.

Coplay column

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Fireworks missing from Coplay skies

The skies were dark over Coplay this Fourth of July holiday.

The fireworks which lit up the sky for the past 12 years, attracting crowds in the thousands, were sadly missing this year.

While some remain hopeful the pyrotechnics will return in 2015, no definite action has been taken.

Simply put, the fireworks, run by Sandy and Gene Gyecsek, cost the committee more than $10,000. The event was a volunteer effort, not a borough effort. The borough donated $500 to the program.

Atlas Dam to be removed

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The Atlas Dam, one of Northampton's most scenic and treasured historic sites, is likely to be partially demolished in the coming weeks.

The dam was erected around 1902 on the Hokendauqua Creek and provided electricity to the Atlas Cement Company, then the nation's largest cement manufacturing plant.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said the demolition of about 200 feet of the dam will take place this summer, but was unable to provide any timetables.