Several churches in Northampton Borough and the surrounding area are sponsoring a Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 22. They will welcome families, couples and individuals alike to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, free of charge, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Howertown, 22 Atlas Road, Allen Township. The church hall at St. John’s will be open 2-4 p.m. for the dinner.
Everyone is invited to the free meal, according to the sponsors, Queenship of Mary Catholic Church, Grace United Church of Christ, Zion Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and St. John’s.
The Sister Cities partnership — formed in 1976 between the Borough of Northampton and Stegersbach, Austria — forged a strong bond for the two towns separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Events and visits, held years ago, recognizing the bond will be etched in lasting memories.
Northampton Fire Department presented its capital improvement plan to Northampton Borough Council Oct. 17. The plan calls for a more rapid replacement of aging vehicles and equipment and improvements and maintenance for the 4 Lerchenmiller Drive fire station, which will allow the station to be more compatible with modern firefighting needs.
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli pitched the idea for the creation of a town watch or crime watch organization during the Sept. 20 meeting of Northampton Borough Council.
He noted that the communities in Northampton County have strong bonds with their residents.
“The county and state should not tell you how to run the borough,” Morganelli said.
It is his longtime approach that the local people elected to office better understand the needs of their community.
A grant application seeking funding for upgrades to the Northampton Borough Municipal Pool has been submitted to the state for consideration.
At the Oct. 4 council meeting, borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Development application for upgrades to the Laubach Avenue pool was filed Sept. 27, three days ahead of schedule.
“This application is seeking a grant of $445,000 to be distributed from the Monroe County casino funds,” Brobst said.
Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, celebrated its 20th anniversary Oct. 4. The facility officially opened its doors Oct. 4, 1998.
A team of professionals, including nursing and auxiliary personnel, are headed by Gayle Yastrop, executive director; Diane Eck, director of nursing; and Kira Kichline, resident care director. The Sacred Heart team provides the facility’s residents with individual service and care to meet their needs while providing an at-home atmosphere.
Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails Council at the 2018 Cement Belt Friends of Scouting dinner Sept. 26.
The event, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave., raised more than $8,000 for Scouting programs.
Reenock has volunteered with numerous civic and charitable organizations over the years. He has been honored for his unselfish commitment to the community and numerous causes. Northampton Exchange Club has named him as a Golden Deeds recipient.
In celebration of her 100th birthday, Stella Kristofits had three separate parties at Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, where she now resides.
Stella is the third Sacred Heart resident to have reached this milestone.
“I had three days for my birthday,” Stella said.
The official big day was Sept. 20, but she got to celebrate with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren over the course of a few days. Even the Sacred Heart staff and administration joined the festivities.
Northampton Borough Council voted to overturn Mayor Thomas Reenock’s second veto of the rental property ordinance during the Sept. 20 council meeting.
The legislation had a controversial start in the borough. It was originally passed at the May 17 meeting, and Reenock refused to sign the legislation. It was vetoed for the first time June 7, and council members decided to table the matter.
Council and the mayor discussed and adjusted the ordinance over the following months.
Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock indicated he will, for the second time, veto the rental property ordinance at the Sept. 20 borough council meeting.
Reenock initially expressed that he would simply not sign the ordinance that was adopted by Northampton Borough Council Sept. 6.
Reenock mentioned his concerns with the new ordinance have still not been addressed to his satisfaction and that a new ordinance should be drafted to include the corrections he believes need to be made.