Northampton Press

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Borough adopts rental ordinance

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Mayor says he won’t sign legislation

Northampton Borough Council adopted the contested rental property ordinance at its Sept. 6 meeting, with six members favoring the legislation and two councilmen dissenting.

The ordinance, which covers more than 1,300 rental apartments, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said letters will be sent to landlords notifying them to register their apartments and units with the borough.

Unlike some previous council sessions, last Thursday’s meeting was more tranquil.

Police department receives event check

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Paw Prints on the Canal event, held June 3, raised $8,265 for the benefit of Northampton Police Department’s K-9 unit. In the past 10 years, the event has raised $46,900.

The Aug. 2 borough council meeting began with a check presentation from Paw Prints on the Canal founders and organizers Julie and Tom Glick and Candi Lynn. Police Chief Bryan Kadingo, along with Mayor Thomas Reenock, council President Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. and Councilman Robert McHale, accepted the donation on behalf of the department’s K-9 unit.

Turning the big 100

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Sacred Heart resident will have party with family

Elizabeth Arnold, whose captivating smile and twinkle in her eyes is contagious to staff and residents at Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, will be celebrating her 100th birthday Sept. 1.

Elizabeth said she never gave much thought to reaching this milestone birthday. She kept herself busy enjoying her family, gardening, sewing and cooking.

Television and radio were never interests for her. Instead, she focused on people, whether they pass in the hallway or dining room or meet during an activity.

Council discusses concerns of odor in borough neighborhoods

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Some families downwind from a privately owned Northampton recycling operation have had their outdoor activities, barbecues and family gatherings affected by a stench wafting through their neighborhoods, especially in stretches when the heat and humidity have lingered for days.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst acknowledged Aug. 17 that the borough has received complaints from residents regarding odors allegedly emanating from CAP Glass, a division of Carry All Products, located in the borough’s industrial-zoned area. The company occupies a sizable area on Smith Lane near Horwith Drive.

Good Shepherd Catholic School starts 2018-19 year Aug. 27

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by AL RECKER in School

Enthusiasm abounds as Good Shepherd Catholic School, Northampton, will open its doors Aug. 27 to students for the start of the 2018-19 school year.

The parochial school, at 1300 Newport Ave., offers classes and programs for students from preschool through eighth grade.

A welcome-back program for families will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 23.

Principal John Paul Crescenzo said 205 boys and girls are enrolled for this year. The school is continuing to accept new students.

Rental ordinance tabled till Sept. 6

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough council agrees to post proposal online

Expect the unexpected.

The suggestion became reality Aug. 2 when, instead of voting on the revised apartment ordinance, Northampton Borough Council tabled the decision until September.

The ordinance regarding apartment inspections was first adopted in May with a one-vote margin. It was vetoed in June by Mayor Thomas Reenock, then revised and back before council last week.

The debate and postponement continue, as the issue is now tabled until council’s Sept. 6 meeting. To overturn the veto, the ordinance needs a majority vote plus one.

Revised ordinance on borough agenda

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Public hearing will precede council’s Aug. 2 meeting

A revised draft of the controversial apartment rental ordinance, which, in its original form, sparked spirited debate and discussion by Northampton Borough Council and citizens, comes before borough council this evening, Aug. 2.

The first attempt at passing such legislation was vetoed by Mayor Thomas Reenock June 7. To pass the mayor’s veto this time around, the ordinance needs a majority vote plus one.

The proceedings begin 6:30 p.m. A public hearing regarding the revised legislation will allow residents to give their input on the rental inspections for apartment owners.

Apartment conversion of former school is coming along

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton’s Central School building, located at Main and 14th streets, used to house blackboards and student desks. Soon, it will house new apartments with tenants.

Kishbaugh Construction, Bath, is completing the job, begun months ago, by converting the two-story brick structure into one and two-bedroom units — an endeavor that included modern-day touches while keeping intact its historic appearance.

Council discusses options regarding fireworks law

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Police chief explains difficulty of arresting someone for setting them off

The seemingly never-ending fireworks that rocked neighborhoods all across Northampton Borough over the Independence Day holiday were the hot topic at the July 5 meeting of borough council.

Edward Deichmeister implored borough lawmakers to address the issue with action.

“The fireworks were going off all over,” Deich- meister said.

What really got his attention, though, was when someone, at approximately 2 a.m. July 2, detonated fireworks that “shook the house.”

He said the fireworks came from a field near Howertown Road.