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PNC Bank to close

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

Northampton Borough Manager Gene Zarayko disclosed to council April 4 that PNC Bank will be closing its 10th and Main streets location on June 1.

"It's a sad day for the borough," Zarayko said of the bank closing. The news was a surprise to some officials and expected by others.

Zarayko said he received word of the closing from its zoning office, which was notified of the shutdown by bank officials. However the PNC main bank will continue operations and serve the public from its location at 21st and Main streets.

Supervisors discuss flooding along Howertown Road

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

Allen Township Board of Supervisors Engineer Brien Kocher discussed plans at its March 10 meeting to deal with the issue of flooding along Howertown Road.

Flooding has been getting worse over the years, the supervisors have been told.

Kocher said he will continue to collect data on the issue and the costs associated with a flood project.

The supervisors expect to come to an agreement in the near future that will address the issue of storm water runoff and subsequent flooding along Howertown Road, east of Nor-Bath Boulevard (Route 329).

Resident asks questions

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

Council awaiting response from Allen Township

Donald Noll, a resident of Allen Township, urged Northampton Borough Council to take an active position on FedEx's plans to build a mega transportation hub.

Noll argued at the April 3 council meeting the project will adversely affect the borough. Noll is among a large group of residents concerned about the impact of increased truck traffic, road congestion and other issues.

"We have seen nothing as we speak," Council President John Yurish said in regard to FedEx's plans.

Middle school goes pink against bullying

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

The Northampton Area School District middle school gym was awash in a sea of pink last Friday as 950 students and faculty celebrated National Go Pink to Stand Up Against Bullying.

The district colors of orange and black took a back seat for a day as nearly every student displayed the color pink.

Students could be seen wearing pink shirts, pink pants, pink socks and pink shoes.

Mike Seng, a teacher who served in the military in Iraq, found the day's attire much different than the brown and tan combat gear he wore while serving the country.

New businesses coming to the borough

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

Four new business will grace Northampton Borough in the future.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko reported the news to borough council recently.

Zarayko said the four businesses include T&J Nails, opening soon at Cherryville Square Center and a New Jersey based diving academy. The academy has rented two vacant store spaces at Cherryville Square Center to operate its school and offices. Scuba diving training will take place at a former cement quarry owned by the Lafarge Cement Company, off Route 329.

Resident asks questions

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

Council awaiting response from Allen Township

Donald Noll, a resident of Allen Township, urged Northampton Borough Council to take an active position on FedEx's plans to build a mega transportation hub.

Noll argued at the April 3 council meeting the project will adversely affect the borough. Noll is among a large group of residents concerned about the impact of increased truck traffic, road congestion and other issues.

"We have seen nothing as we speak," Council President John Yurish said in regard to FedEx's plans.

Seventy new banners will adorn borough streets

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Columns

Within the next several weeks, in late April or early May, the borough of Coplay will be alive with community banners. The successful effort by the Coplay Planning Commission is paying dividends. There will be 70 banners on utility poles along Second and Chestnut streets, along with other designated areas in the borough.

Allen awaits state response

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Supervisors' involvement in FedEx vote questioned

Bruce Frack, vice chairman of the Allen Township Board of Supervisors, has been the talk of the town recently.

Controversy has stewed over his employment with the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority and whether he can cast a vote as a supervisor for the $335 million FedEx mega transportation hub proposed by developer the Rockefeller Group.

Borough rejects animal shelter request

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The Northampton Borough Council is not fully convincned an animal shelter is needed in the borough.

Council at the March 20 meeting turned down a request from Dawn Perl to reopen the animal shelter previously located in the borough.

Perl's request was prompted by a large number of cats in the borough, particularly off Canal Street Park and Newport Avenue.

Borough is awarded $65,000 grant

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Money to be used for mini-park

Northampton Borough Council received $65,000 in good news recently.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko at the March 20 council meeting said borough grant applications have been approved.

State Representative Julie Harhart, R-183rd, and Senator Lisa Boscola, D-18th, called Zarayko with the news.

The grant comes from Monroe County tax receipts. The county has two state approved gambling casinos within its borders.

Borough allocations will be earmarked for the development of a mini-park in the upper reaches of Main Street.