Northampton Press

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Potts plans Jan. 12 fundraising event for high school student

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

Potts Doggie Shop, Northampton, is holding a special fundraising day Jan. 12 for Sarah Ramos, a Northampton Area High School student fighting a battle with cancer. All proceeds from the Sarah’s Day at Potts event will benefit Ramos.

Mark and Bob Mazziotta, owners of the 2428 Cherryville Road restaurant, are joining the battle to assist the 17-year-old Moore Township teen, who has been diagnosed with a rare stage-four cancer.

“Sarah owns the restaurant Jan. 12, from when it opens at 10 a.m. until closing at 8 p.m.,” Mark Mazziotta said.

Municipalities to discuss trucks Jan. 13

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by AL RECKER in Local News

A coalition of municipalities impacted by the trucks headed to and from the sprawling FedEx Ground warehouse in Allen Township will meet Jan. 13 to discuss possible solutions to keep the 18-wheelers off nondesignated routes.

Northampton Borough took the lead in confronting the issue after a group of borough residents met with Councilman Robert McHale regarding their concerns, primarily the trucks observed on Howertown Road.

Borough council approves town house development

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Construction of W. 21st St. project is expected to begin in spring 2020

Northampton Borough Council approved the development of 40 proposed town houses at its meeting Dec. 19.

Northampton Residential LLC, of Whitehall, was given the consent by council on the recommendation of the borough planning commission, which met Dec. 11, to proceed with plans to build town houses north of the CVS and Redner’s Quick Shoppe on West 21st Street, at the site of the former Cross Country Clothes garment factory.

There had been similar plans for the site five years ago from Posh Construction, of Bethlehem, but the project never came to fruition.

‘What a wonderful day this is!’

Monday, December 23, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay-Northampton Bridge officially reopened to traffic

A festive crowd braved the cold weather for the Dec. 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the opening of the $33.5 million Coplay-Northampton Bridge.

The event began with the playing of the national anthem. Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 honor guard participated.

In remarks, Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, credited the hard work of Trumbull Construction, Pittsburgh, which finished the bridge construction six months ahead of schedule.

“On budget and ahead of time,” Molchany said.

Big day for bridge

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay-Northampton span ceremony

Anticipation is reaching a feverish pitch on both sides of the Lehigh River ahead of the 2 p.m. Dec. 19 ceremony for the opening of the new $33.5 million Coplay-Northampton Bridge, six months ahead of schedule.

The ribbon-cutting program is expected to draw a large crowd of residents and elected officials who anxiously await the new bridge being open to vehicle traffic.

Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, credited the project contractor, Trumbull Construction, of Pittsburgh, with exemplary work, taking six months off the expected mid-2020 opening.

Big day for bridge

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay-Northampton span ceremony set for Dec. 19

Anticipation is reaching a feverish pitch on both sides of the Lehigh River ahead of the 2 p.m. Dec. 19 ceremony for the opening of the new $33.5 million Coplay-Northampton Bridge, six months ahead of schedule.

The ribbon-cutting program is expected to draw a large crowd of residents and elected officials who anxiously await the new bridge being open to vehicle traffic.

Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, credited the project contractor, Trumbull Construction, of Pittsburgh, with exemplary work, taking six months off the expected mid-2020 opening.

Council expected to vote on town house proposal

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council is expected to vote Dec. 19 on the planning commission’s recommendation that the proposed 40 town house development at 21st and Main streets be approved.

The planning commission, with council members Kenneth Hall and Robert McHale on the board, listened to testimony from Northampton Residential LLC, of Whitehall, seeking approval for the development behind the CVS Pharmacy and Redner’s Quick Shoppe.

Northampton council OKs preliminary 2020 budget

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Plan includes half-mill hike in property taxes, first increase since 2016

At the Dec. 5 meeting, Northampton Borough Council gave preliminary approval for the projected $6.97 million budget for 2020, a spending plan that calls for a half-mill increase in property taxes.

A homeowner with a $50,000 assessment would pay approximately $25 more next year. The hike in property taxes is the first since 2016.

Community caroling is planned for Dec. 15 at Uptown Park

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Mission Possible is sponsoring a community Christmas caroling event 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Uptown Park on Main Street in Northampton. The group consists of members from three Northampton churches — Grace United Church of Christ, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The caroling will be led by a community chorus comprised of volunteers with a passion for singing. Music will be provided.

Anyone interested in providing instrumental accompaniment is encouraged to participate. Instrumentalists are asked to bring their own music.

Madden receives certificate

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by AL RECKER in School

NAHS librarian lauded by Exchange Club

Sally Madden, librarian at Northampton Area High School, was honored by Northampton Exchange Club as the club’s Outstanding NAHS Faculty Member for October.

She was accorded a certificate and a pen by the Exchange Club. The ceremony was held Nov. 6 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

Madden was recognized for her interactions with students and faculty. The nomination for the citation came from her peers.