Northampton Press

Monday, June 26, 2017

Council to vote on first ward replacement

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Three submit applications to fill empty seat; decision is expected tonight

Two men and a woman have submitted their names as candidates for the vacant council seat representing Northampton Borough’s first ward. The vacancy results from the resignation last month by Robert Coleman, who left for health reasons.

The three persons who submitted applications for the council seat are Michael Dempsey Jr., Shelby Hall and Kenneth Hall. A requirement for consideration is that persons applying for the position reside in the ward the vacancy exists.

Atlas Cement museum to open this Sunday

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to the cement industry, with over 3,000 artifacts, photographs and hands-on exhibits, will open for the 2017 season this Sunday at 1401 Laubach Ave.

Observing its 21st anniversary, the museum, free to the public, will be open on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, 1-3 p.m., through September.

Farmers market to open May 16

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Shoppers, note new location

Northampton Farmers Market will open for the season May 16, and its new location — Municipal Park, at Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue — will offer the public an expanded market, with entertainment and a shopping experience people will want to return for, according to borough Planner Victor Rodite.

“We will have twice as many vendors as we had last year,” Rodite said, adding he is compiling the list of vendors who agreed to be part of the farmers market.

Applications for Northampton council seat due May 8

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The deadline for persons residing in the Borough of Northampton’s first ward interested in filling the seat of Robert Coleman, who resigned from his council seat April 20, have until this coming Monday, May 8, to file an application.

Council could vote as early as May 18 when it holds the second of its monthly meetings — sooner if a special session is sought, which appears unlikely.

The appointment’s term ends Dec. 31, 2017, when Coleman’s present term would have ended.

Borough to seek funds for street repairs

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

CDBG money would be used to improve 14 roadways

With housing rehabilitation no longer eligible for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and handicapped ramp construction problematic, Northampton Borough is seeking CDBG funds to improve 14 streets in the borough that, if left unattended, may fall into disrepair within three to five years.

Borough council held a special meeting April 20, which was open to the public, for the purpose of coming up with recommendations on how it could spend the CDBG money if a proposal submitted to the Northampton County Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) is approved.

Opening Day

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by AL RECKER in Sports

Northampton Athletic Association honors Deets Guttman by renaming complex

Northampton Athletic Association’s opening day ceremony on Saturday was very special one.

Drawing a large crowd at the NAA complex, hundreds of girls and boys in uniform also paid tribute to a legendary NAA icon, Stephen “Deets” Guttman, whose more than 50 years of service in a myriad of volunteer positions is unprecedented.

The NAA named the baseball and softball complex the Stephen “Deets” Guttman Athletic Complex. The striking sign stands out in bold orange and black colors, below Northampton Athletic Association in small lettering.

Revised Allen Twp. warehouse plan is presented

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

N. Catasauqua residents attend planners meeting to express concerns about light, noise

Plans for a million-square-foot warehouse in Allen Township have been altered to meet Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, resulting in the planning process beginning anew before the Allen Township Planning Commission.

Previous hearings and plans for the project advanced by The Rockefeller Group, a New York City-based real estate development company, are now being modified, township planners were appraised at its meeting April 17.

A number of North Catasauqua residents attended the meeting, as the “Lot 5” property borders on their residential properties.

Coleman resigns from council post

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Robert “Bob” Coleman, a Northampton Borough councilman for the last 12 years, has resigned his office. Borough council members, at their April 20 meeting, accepted Coleman’s resignation, effective immediately, with regrets.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said Coleman submitted a letter notifying the administration and council his resignation is based on medical reasons. The vacancy will be filled by appointment from council.

Councilman Ed Pany expressed regret in Coleman leaving his position — not only as a councilman, but as a friend.

Zoners OK variance for apartments

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Bath developer Thomas Kishbaugh was granted a variance April 13 by the Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board on his plans to convert the long-vacant 19th-century Central School building on Main Street into 12 apartments.

The approval is the first step in obtaining a permit to allow the work to begin.

Kishbaugh, who has already appeared before the planning commission with sketch plans for the project, will later return with more specific plans, after which the commission will give its recommendation to borough council for a vote.