Northampton Press

Friday, October 20, 2017

IRT section to move for bridge work

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The section of Ironton Rail Trail that runs underneath the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, which is set for demolition and a new span built, will now require some minor modification.

Though the trail will not be shut down, Bob Abbott, former IRT Oversight Commission chairman and present board director, said a section will be moved 20 feet west from the closed pier to the trail. Abbott was unable to provide a timeline for the trail will be moved, as it depends on the status of the work going on at the time by the contractor.

Council to review resumes for borough police chief

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Sgt. Bryan Kadingo named to interim post until officials vote on new hire

Six candidates have submitted resumes for the position of Northampton Borough police chief, two of whom are already members of the borough force.

Police Chief Ron Morey retired Aug. 1.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said July 27 council has named police Sgt. Bryan Kadingo as interim police chief until council makes a permanent appointment for the post.

The deadline to submit a resume was July 19. Council members were given copies of the resumes for their review.

Interviews will follow, attended by all council members or just its police committee.

Supervisors hear more on warehouses, trucks

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Allen planning chairman suggests developer study traffic impact on existing roadways

The Allen Township Board of Supervisors meetings have become dominated by matters involving proposed large warehouses. The July 25 session was no exception, as talks centered on the impact the increased truck traffic will have on Howertown Road.

Planning commission Chairman Eugene Clater said he and township Manager Ilene Eckhart met earlier in the day to discuss the warehouse plans and its effect on the township.

Northampton Exchange Club celebrates 90 years

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Members of the Northampton Exchange Club took a stroll down memory lane June 21 during a celebration marking the 90th anniversary of the organization.

Club President Lisa Veiszlemlein welcomed former club presidents and several Golden Deed recipients to the program, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.

Organized in 1927 and then chartered by the National Exchange Club, the borough-based group not only survived World War I, the Great Depression and World War II, but its legacy lives on. Present members and officers continue to add to its service to the community.

Council OKs Central project

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Developer will convert school into apartments

Ranked as one of Northampton’s foremost historic buildings, the Central School building on Main Street was given a new lease for the future when borough council July 20 approved plans for the long-idled two-story brick structure to be converted into 12 apartments.

Bath developer Tom Kishbaugh, of Royal Development Company, was given the green light by council to proceed with plans for the conversion of the structure into one- and two-bedroom units.

Board hears plans for warehouses

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Allen Twp. residents express concerns about traffic, environmental issues

Before the Allen Township Board of Supervisors weighs in on a proposal for six warehouses to be built along Howertown and Seemsville roads, the township’s planning commission will have its say on the project, which has area residents fired up.

Troubling to the crowd, which packed the township municipal building for the July 17 planning commission meeting, were concerns of traffic, safety and environmental issues.

Allen board discusses traffic lights at intersections near FedEx

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

With the huge FedEx Ground distribution hub construction continuing off Willowbrook Road, including widening parts of the once-rural road and adding large berms alongside it, the matter of traffic lights is now being addressed by Allen Township Board of Supervisors.

The five-member board agreed there are three key intersections on Willowbrook Road that will handle a major hike in vehicle traffic, including trucks, once FedEx is operating.

Exchange Club names Employee of the Month recipient

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by AL RECKER in School

Northampton Exchange Club honored Jessica Pretopapa as the Northampton Area High School Employee of the Month for April during a dinner meeting May 10 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center. A 10th-grade English teacher at NAHS, she serves as the National Honor Society adviser.

The Exchange Club initiated the new Northampton Area School District program in September 2016, coinciding with the Service to Youth program, which cites a senior girl and boy for monthly recognition.

Council to review police chief applicants July 20

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The clock is winding down for the July 19 deadline for applicants to file resumes for the position of the Borough of Northampton’s police chief. By last weekend, there were only two persons who had filed their resumes with the borough’s administration office.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst told The Press before the weekend more applicants are expected to come forward with resumes. It is not clear whether any of the 11 officers on the borough police force will seek the police chief’s position.