Allen Township Board of Supervisors introduced the proposed $2.1 million budget for 2018 at its Nov. 9 meeting. This would mark the 13th consecutive year that real estate taxes were not increased. While some changes to the proposed budget may occur before the spending plan is adopted in December, the property tax will be retained at five mills.
The budget notes $1.9 million in revenue and $2.1 million in expenditures, along with a sound starting balance.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 hosted a compelling program Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day at the Main Street and Laubach Avenue post.
A highlight of the evening was when Wassyl Hewko, 94, entered the room via a wheelchair and approached the white cloth-covered POW/MIA table to light a candle. The large audience present gave Hewko a standing ovation, breaking the silence in the room.
Hewko, a U.S. Navy sailor, was one of five brothers who served in World War II. Brothers Alex, Navy; Ben, Navy; John, Navy, and Pete, Marines, are deceased.
Willow Brook Farm Trust was granted preliminary conditional approval at the Oct. 11 meeting of Northampton Borough Planning Commission for 11 single homes off Howertown Road. The plans now go before borough council for review and a vote.
Initially, the development was to have 67 homes in the borough, but the project has been scaled back. The majority of the housing development will be in North Catasauqua, with some space in Allen Township.
The present 18-hole golf course would be reduced to nine holes.
There was a buzz Oct. 7 at 21st and Main streets, the busiest intersection in Northampton. The stir was not the result of heavy vehicle traffic, but rather a brightly colored food truck parked in a lot on the southeast corner.
Owners of the food truck, called Randevoo, held a noontime grand opening, but patrons were lined up long before.
The two outer arches of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge will fall to two dynamite blasts the morning of Oct. 11.
The announcement was made Sept. 25 at a briefing for borough representatives from Northampton and Coplay. Attending the briefing were police, public works and elected officials from both boroughs.
The third center arch will fall sometime in early November.
Northampton Borough Council selected veteran borough police Sgt. Bryan Kadingo to head the police department during its meeting Sept. 21. He takes over the reins from Ron Morey, who retired Aug. 1 after more than three decades of borough service.
Kadingo, 51, had been named acting police chief since Morey’s retirement.
Kadingo was tapped as police chief by a unanimous seven votes. Councilman Robert McHale was not present.
Bryan Kadingo, newly appointed police chief for the Borough of Northampton, views the safety of every resident, the community and the department as his priority.
The 51-year-old Kadingo, who has logged 27 years with the borough police department, does not expect to step into his new chief role and make sweeping changes, but rather intends to ensure public safety and continue to earn the trust placed in him to run an efficient and respected department.
When Northampton Borough Councilman Ed Pany and Mayor Thomas Reenock placed a basket of flowers at the Sister City Plaza on Laubach Avenue Sept. 8, in recognition of the bond between the borough and Stegersbach, Austria, the pair expressed concern over the future of the longtime partnership.
For the third consecutive September, with backing from the borough, Pany and Reenock have placed flowers at the monument since the once-annual formal program has not been held.
The proposed 11 single-family homes by Willow Brook Farm Trust took another step toward a decision by Northampton Borough Planning Commission, which gathered Sept. 13 and went through a lengthy list of conditions that have to be met before it passes its findings onto borough council.
A Blessing Box, stocked with a variety of canned and boxed food, along Northampton’s Main Street has attracted the curious as well as individuals and families in need.
Candace and Dave Strain, owners of J’s Steaks & Subs, installed a redwood box with three shelves in front of their eatery, 1830 Main St., as a way for those in the community to donate food to those less fortunate and for those in need to take some food items.
There are no questions asked or forms to be filled out, Candace Strain said.