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Thursday, December 11, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay Christmas season in high gear

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town on Sunday. While this parade certainly isn't in the same league as Macy's, the local holiday flavor will not be lost on the children in the borough.

Led by a borough police vehicle and a borough fire truck, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be seated on a sleigh, while music of the season gives a festive air. Hosted by Coplay Sports Inc., the excursion is a tradition going back decades.

Santa will deliver wrapped presents to children whose parents provide them.

Allen considering new fire truck

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Allen Township Board of Supervisors wants the township volunteer fire company to submit financial statements before it considers purchasing a new fire truck.

At the Nov. 13 meeting, the board also questioned whether Supervisor Dale Hassler, active with the fire company and its former fire chief, would be allowed to vote on the issue.

Solicitor B. Lincoln Treadwell was not present at the meeting. Board members said they will ask him to provide a legal opinion regarding Hassler's standing.

Borough police have new contract

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough police officers will soon be working under a new contract.

Council at the Dec. 4 meeting approved a new two-year contract which grants a 2-percent pay hike in 2015 followed by a 2-percent pay increase in 2016.

The contract now also requires that uniformed police officers contribute to their medical insurance coverage.

"As part of the new contract, the police will be co-paying $30 per pay in 2015 and $40 per pay in 2016 toward their medical insurance," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.

Northampton to propose Internet policy

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

The possibility of an Internet use policy affecting Northampton Borough employees was discussed at the Northampton Borough Council meeting Dec. 4.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko reported borough Solicitor William McCarthy and he are presently in the process of putting together a social media policy for nonuniformed borough employees.

The borough police department has a policy already in place.

"The proposed new policy should be ready for review in early January," Zarayko said.

Milander's Market in Coplay now under new ownership

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Milander's Market, a fixture in Coplay that built its reputation on fresh meats, seafood and a bond with its patrons, has new owners.

John and April Milander have turned over the keys to Philip Odenwelder and Judy Novak of Moore Township.

Odenwelder decided to retain the name Milander's Market and keep April Milander, whose baked cakes, pies and cupcakes have created a large following in the township.

"Why change anything if it's not broken?" he said.

Northampton police have new contract

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

After months of negotiations, the Borough of Northampton and its police department have reached a new agreement.

The new pact covers wages and benefits and avoids the prospect of binding arbitration.

Council Vice President Robert McHale, police committee chairman, made the announcement regarding the contract at the Nov. 20 council meeting. Details of the new pact were not made public, pending final ratification and signing.

Council members issued no comments or inquired about the specifics of the agreement.

Coplay column

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by AL RECKER in Columns

Fire department to host Santa

Santa will be in town noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Coplay Fire Department station on Cherry Street.

Each child will receive a present. Parents are invited to take a photograph of their child with Santa. No reservations are required. The program is free.

The event will be held snow, rain or sun.

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Coplay Scholarship Committee and Coplay Town Watch are joining forces for a fund drive, expected to be an annual event.

Coplay column

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by AL RECKER in Columns

Holiday mail volume increasing

The United States Post Office at Coplay reports people are already getting into the holiday spirit, as evidenced by the amount of packages coming and going at the Chestnut Street facility.

Postal patrons are also buying the special holiday stamps in large numbers and then affixing them to greeting cards and other mail.

New this season is that Amazon is aboard.

Deily set to retire

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton to search for new NBMA manager

Jerry Deily, who has guided the Northampton Borough Municipal Authority through some of its most dramatic changes, is retiring.

The 66-year-old soft-spoken Deily is recognized by his peers as the catalyst for many major projects, including the state-of-the-art water treatment plant in North Whitehall Township, just outside of Cementon, and the campus setting of its offices and maintenance operations on Lerchenmiller Drive.

Deily has been with the NBMA since 1997. He will officially step down as the NBMA's principal executive Dec. 31.

Tax hike in the works for borough

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough residents are likely to see a small increase in taxes for 2015.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko released the 2015 proposed budget at the Nov. 20 council meeting. The $6,014,502 spending plan includes a 0.5-mill increase in real estate taxes, bringing the real estate tax levy to 9 mills.

The millage rate is said to rank as the lowest among boroughs in Northampton County, except for Chapmans.

"The tax increase for the average homeowner [$50,000 assessed value] would amount to $25 per year or 48 cents a week," Zarayko noted.