Northampton Press

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Northampton talks winter weather, bridge plans

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough has agreed to take some responsibility for pedestrian traffic and winter snow and ice removal when a new Cementon-Northampton Bridge is erected and open to the public.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst has confirmed the borough’s public works department will remove snow and ice from the sidewalk, which will be 10 feet in width. He said the borough has a special piece of equipment with an attached snow plow to perform the task.

VFW confirms Post 4714 building sold

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Commander says council, zoning board did ‘injustice’ in rejecting appeal

The historic Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 building, 1204 Main St., has been sold to Abra Development, of Whitehall, for an undisclosed amount.

VFW Post 4714 Commander Larry Schlittler confirmed the property transfer, stating the sale took place two weeks ago.

“The sale of the building at 1204 Main St., Northampton, is completed,” he said. “With the sale, the VFW Home Association of the Post, which owned the site, will dissolve. No canteen operations for its active and social members will continue.”

Paw Prints on the Canal a success

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

More than $10,000 benefits police department K-9 unit

Paw Prints on the Canal organizers Julia and Tom Glick and Candi Lynn attended the June 20 Northampton Borough Council meeting with a check for $10,340.05 to benefit the borough police department’s K-9 unit.

Paw Prints on the Canal was held June 2 at Canal Street Park, Northampton, and reportedly had between 3,000 and 10,000 people attend. Added to this number was the hundreds of dogs in attendance as well.

Paw Prints is among the Community Days and Uptown Street Fair events as premier outdoor events held annually in the borough.

Graver, Gilliard receive award

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by AL RECKER in School

Northampton Exchange Club’s much-anticipated Youths of the Year recognition — chosen from the Boy or Girl Students of the Month from the Northampton Area High School senior class — was accorded to Katelyn Graver and Tyler Gilliard.

During a ceremony held June 19 at Northampton Banquet and Event Center, the graduating NAHS honorees received an engraved Youth of the Year plaque from the National Exchange Club, a $500 scholarship and a standing ovation from club officers and members attending the Service to Youth dinner program.

VFW members confront council

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Post senior vice commander alleges issue was with developer, not sale

Northampton Borough Council was confronted at the June 20 meeting by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 members for sending its solicitor to the June 13 meeting of the borough’s zoning hearing board to oppose variance requests that would allow the post to sell the building at 1204 Main St.

Jonathan Wolfer, VFW Post 4714 senior vice commander, led a contingent of 15 officers and members to voice the VFW’s concerns regarding opposition to the sale of the structure to Abra Development, Whitehall.

Board denies Abra appeal for VFW site

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Developer fails to get enough votes for variance to modify building use

Abra Development, seeking a favorable interpretation of zoning regulations and variances as part of its plan to acquire the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 building, 1204 Main St., Northampton, failed to receive the majority vote June 13 from the Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board.

After two-and-a-half hours of testimony, the appeal vote ended in a 2-2 tie. This resulted in the appeal not being granted.

Council hears of vandalism at park

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Vandalism at Northampton Borough’s Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue, is on the rise. The uptick in the destruction and damage to property and equipment by vandals coincides with the arrival of warmer weather.

“We recently had a picnic table broken in half, and the restroom still seems to be a prime target,” Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst told council at its June 6 meeting. “It may be become necessary to lock the restrooms and only open them up when someone holds a permit for park use.”

Officials gather for borough meeting

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

MECAB representative talks about grant applications

A large number of elected borough officials filled Bath Borough Hall council chambers May 29, including Bath Borough Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito and council members, for a meeting of the Mid Eastern Counties Association of Boroughs (MECAB). The latest in state programs and legislation was the topic.

Variance request for VFW building on board’s agenda

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 building, 1204 Main St., is on the June 13 Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board agenda.

Post 4714 Commander Larry Schlittler confirmed it has a pending agreement of sale with Abra Development, but the sale is contingent on Abra receiving approval from the zoning board.

Schlittler emphasized the VFW remains as the building’s owner.

“We will not sell the building to the developer if it does not get the zoning board’s approval,” he said.

Council hears train complaints

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough residents present petition seeking end to noise, odors

At the June 6 Northampton Borough Council meeting, members heard complaints from a resident regarding train noise and odors.

It was reported locomotives from Horwith Trucks Inc. idle the engines overnight and blow the horns, waking nearby families with the noise and smells. This is the second time this issue has been brought before council.

Brian King, of Barrington Drive, accompanied by residents living in a nearby residential development, went before council seeking relief. King presented a petition signed by 86 residents seeking an end to the noise and odors.