Northampton Press

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Allen seeks grant for dog park upgrades

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Public response to Allen Township’s dog park on Savage Road has been overwhelming, so much so that the board of supervisors is seeking a second round of grant funding from Northampton County to keep pace with the services provided for its use.

Chairman Larry Oberly said township Manager Ilene Eckhart will work out the details of the application, which will be submitted to the county. He said parking and a proposed pavilion may be the pillars of the proposed grant.

“I am hopeful,” Oberly said of having the grant approved. The project could be undertaken in 2018.

Sniscak receives Employee of the Month award

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by AL RECKER in School

Lauren Sniscak was lauded by Northampton Exchange Club at its June 9 dinner meeting, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, as Northampton Area High School’s Employee of the Month for May — a program initiated in September.

Sniscak, a mathematics teacher at the high school, was presented a framed certificate on being chosen as the outstanding faculty member.

At NAHS, Sniscak, in addition to her math teaching assignment, is the high school’s Student Council adviser. Members of Student Council recently raised $6,620 at their Mini-THON event for Four Diamonds Fund.

Planners chairman reminds developer of early agreement

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Three warehouses proposed at Route 329, Savage Road

At the Aug. 10 meeting of the township board of supervisors, Gene Clater, Allen Township Planning Commission chairman, urged the prospective new owners of three warehouses to abide by verbal agreements reached with the original developer.

Conceding the agreements should have been part of the official documents, Clater said, nevertheless, Liberty Property Trust, of Malvern, should honor the previous unwritten agreement reached with Mark Powell, of Century Commerce Centers.

Young author signs books at market

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Rafael Diaz’s creativity on a myriad of topics — some of worlds and experiences that boggle the mind — explodes on the pages of two books the youngster has written, at an age when many are playing video games or surfing the Internet.

During a recent book signing at Northampton Farmers Market, 11-year-old Rafael spoke of his passion for writing and his tales that come from a vivid imagination — of planets, strange disturbances, aliens villains or any kind of life beyond what we know.

Retirement has its perks

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

Area police departments send Morey out in style

On Aug. 1, friends and colleagues arrived at the borough police station on Smith Lane to bid farewell to retired Northampton Borough Police Chief Ron Morey.

Stories unfolded of his police experiences. Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst stopped by, recalling he has known Morey since he was a youngster. The two later began careers in the borough, with Brobst initially working in the public works department.

Students of the Year awards presented

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by AL RECKER in School

Northampton Exchange Club, at its June 8 dinner meeting, closed the chapter of 2016-17 Service to Youth program, citing Brandy Moser as Girl of the Year and Conlan P. Keefe as Boy of the Year. The club heralds a Northampton Area High School senior boy and girl as the monthly recipient, September through May.

Jovani A. Datis-Cordero was accorded the A.C.E (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) award, excelling after a serious football injury in his junior year and determined to rebound in academics and other sports.

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.