Northampton Farmers Market approaches its opening in May with major changes — providing not just shopping for produce and other items, but also a destination of sorts. Northampton Borough Council, at its Feb. 21 meeting, was given a glimpse of what the outdoor market has in store.
Victor Rodite, community planner, whose idea for a farmers market blossomed into reality, is stepping aside and going to concentrate his time on writing grant applications. Councilman Robert McHale said this would be a better benefit to the borough. Rodite will aid in the transition to a successor.
Curator Ed Pany said the Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum had a banner year in 2018 with a large mix of students from the Northampton Area School District and representatives from nine foreign countries, various organizations and others visiting the museum on tours.
There were 2,947 students and teachers who attended tours and educational programs. There were another 536 other persons who toured the museum. The total number of museum visitors adds up to 3,483.
At the March 7 Northampton Borough Council meeting, a resident expressed his concerns regarding when the public is able to address council. Currently, members of the public are permitted to speak on topics only at the start of the meetings.
Council will review options. One possible solution is to allow the public to voice their input when each specific matter on the agenda is addressed — but before a vote is taken. Another possibility is to allow residents time to speak just before the end of the meeting.
At its Feb. 6 Northampton Exchange Club dinner meeting, members named three Northampton Area High School seniors as Students of the Month at a Service to Youth program, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
Abigail Piotrowski, Michael Kistler Jr. and Andrew Cochrane were presented with the club’s Lamp of Knowledge plaque, a certificate of merit and a pen. The honorees will be entered into the essay contest for Student of the Year, with the theme selected by the National Exchange Club.
Northampton Borough Council refused to budge from the required $5,070-per-unit sewer tap-in fee that has been in place for more than two decades, following a request from the owner of the former Catholic War Veterans Post 454, 14th Street and Washington Avenue, who sought a reduction in the rate.
Council unanimously rejected, without comment, MGMJ Holding Company’s appeal to lower the sewer tap-in fee at its Feb. 7 meeting.
Northampton Borough Police Department is reaching out to the community to reactivate the crime watch program.
“We want to interact with the residents,” reported Police Chief Bryan Kadingo.
The program gives the public an active role in ensuring their neighborhood and community are safe by working with police. Essentially, residents can act as the eyes and ears of the department.
The borough’s program has been defunct for more than a decade.
Nearly 60 Northampton Area High School juniors and seniors participated in the annual Voice of Democracy program, which embraces the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ national theme “Why My Vote Matters.”
On Jan. 5, Commander Lawrence Schlittler, a representative of Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, honored the top three finalists at a breakfast at Samuel Owens Restaurant, Coplay. Family members were in attendance for the awards reception.
Northampton Borough Council heard a request Jan. 17 regarding required sewer tap-in fees for a recently refurbished Washington Avenue property.
Attorney Ronald Corkery, counsel for MGMJ Holding Company, requested relief from the $35,000 fee already paid for the former Catholic War Veterans Post 454 building. It was recently refurbished to include eight studio apartments. In the past, the building housed a post office, synagogue and day care center.
Northampton Borough Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. has a vision — a three- or four-story parking deck in the heart of the borough’s uptown business district built at the site of the municipal parking lot on Center Street.
“I’m serious,” Lopsonzski Sr. said of the seemingly larger-than-life idea.
The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, 1401 Laubach Ave., rolled out the welcome mat Oct. 26, 2018, as more than 100 men and women associated with the cement industry toured the Northampton-based museum.
The tour capped the IEEE Cement Industry East Coast Subcommittee Technical Conference, held in Allentown. The organization is based in Chicago.