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Morganelli speaks at counties meeting

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

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli addressed members of the Mid Eastern Counties Association of Boroughs at its February meeting in Northampton, commending them for their work in keeping the residents and their communities safe.

Speaking in council chambers at borough hall. Morganelli said, “You folks are on the front line. I always value that.”

Zoners OK plans for fire training center in borough

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

Northampton Borough Fire Department’s plans for a fire training center on borough-owned property have received a nod from the zoning board, borough Manager LeRoy Brobst confirmed Monday.

The proposal to use a former quarry site off Howertown Road was before borough council at its April 6 meeting. No council member expressed opposition, although one questioned if zoning regulations would be met for such a project.

“Is it allowed?” asked Councilman Robert McHale. “You have residences on both sides.”

Allen Township supervisors approve veterinary clinic

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

Abby Road Veterinary Hospital is expected to open in May on Atlas Road, after being given approval by Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its February meeting.

Abby Gerenser, of Saylorsburg, was granted approval to operate the veterinary clinic, which will provide services for dogs and cats needing surgical procedures and inoculations.

Gerenser, an associate veterinarian at a Saylorsburg animal clinic, can now proceed with the agreement of sale contingent.

At one time, the structure was a two-room schoolhouse.

Students of the Month are recognized

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by AL RECKER in School

Four Northampton Area High School seniors — Alexis Christein, Gabrielle Gallo, Larry Eyre and Zachary Fisher — were added to the Northampton Exchange Club rolls as Students of the Month for the 2016-17 school year.

At a Service to Youth ceremony held April 5 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, the honorees, lauded for their in-class and out-of-class endeavors, were presented with Lamp of Knowledge plaques, certificates and pens.

Assisted living facility is proposed

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Commission to review sketch plans for Northampton Manor on 21st St.

The large tract behind Redner’s Quick Shoppe and CVS on 21st Street — an area that has set idle for decades — is now being eyed as a site for a two-story assisted living facility for seniors.

The borough planning commission will meet April 12 in council chambers at borough hall to review sketch plans and hear details presented by Pennsylvania Venture Capital, Inc., Whitehall Township, on its plans to develop the parcel as Northampton Manor.

The address of the applicant is 823 N. Third St., Fullerton — listed as Whitehall Manor, an Abe Atiyeh facility.

Parking problems in the borough

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Councilman says community lot is filled, but not always with shoppers

Northampton Borough Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr., at the March 16 meeting of borough council, said something needs to be done to free up some parking spaces for business patrons who utilize the community lot on Center Street. The parking lot is filled with vehicles daily, he said, often by people who park their vehicles in the large, blacktopped lot for hours on end.

“We need a program to identify these people,” Lopsonzski said, of vehicles not moved from the spaces during the entire day and evening when businesses need spaces for their customers.

Central School project detailed

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The long-vacant Central School building on Northampton’s Main Street, whose history dates back to the 19th century, including as the town’s first high school, could shortly be converted into apartments — 12 one- and two-bedroom units on the two floors.

Tom Kishbaugh, president of GeorgeAnn Custom Homes Inc., Bath, went before Northampton Borough Planning Commission March 8 with a sketch plan to transform the brick structure into a dozen apartments on its two floors.

Preservation is shown in Willow Brook plans

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

As the words “Willow Brook Preservation Project” flashed on a screen at the March 8 meeting of Northampton Borough Planning Commission, details emerged for plans to build 67 single-family homes on a portion of the adjacent golf course.

Robert J. Dwyer, of LandTrust Properties Inc., led a PowerPoint presentation that offered specifics on the plan, which, in addition to housing, includes shops and the preservation of a historic barn and a mansion.

The property is located just off Howertown Road in the borough’s R-1 residential zoning district.

Wooded patch of land cleared for Nor-Bath, D&L trails link

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

A heavily wooded patch of land in the borough, an area that plays a pivotal role in the plans to link Nor-Bath Trail to the proposed Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor Trail along the Lehigh River has been cleared.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said Feb. 24 that Jaflo Inc., of Allentown, completed the task several weeks before the anticipated project was set to be finished. The area involved is 1-1/2 miles long and 16 to 20 feet wide.

Fire company closes hall kitchen

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Shutdown forces cancellation of Allen Twp. monthly breakfasts, egg hunt

Allen Township Fire Company, which has served countless breakfasts to families Sunday mornings, has shut down its social hall kitchen, surprising many people in the region who looked forward to the touch of Pennsylvania Dutch at the all-you-can-eat events.

The children’s Easter egg hunt, traditionally held Holy Saturday, also has been canceled. And at this time, the Christmas party for children, at which Santa pays an early visit to township children, is in jeopardy.