Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is keeping a close watch on the construction progress of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, mainly because the opening of the new bridge over the Lehigh River will trigger the start of the work to erect a new Cementon Bridge.
At the April 19 council meeting, Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said work will commence on the replacement of the deteriorating Cementon-Northampton Bridge, commonly referred to as just the Cementon Bridge, as soon as vehicle traffic is allowed over the new Coplay-Northampton Bridge.
From North Catasauqua to Wilson Borough, Northampton to Freemansburg, representatives and others from local governments met March 28 in the Northampton Borough Municipal Building’s council chambers for the latest briefing of the state’s MS4 permit requirements to reduce pollution in the waterways.
The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum will open at its Northampton site May 13 for the 20th year.
It is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the past and present cement industry with a focus on the once-thriving Atlas Cement Manufacturing Company and others. Since its opening in 2008, thousands of visitors have toured the 1401 Laubach Ave. museum. The building also houses the borough’s administrative offices, council chambers and the police station.
Catherine Marie (Bender) Troxell has made her mark at Sacred Heart Assisted Living by the Creek, Northampton. She turns 100 tomorrow, April 27.
Staff and those around her say her smile is infectious.
Kitty, as she is known to family and friends, hasn’t spent any time over the decades thinking about if she would reach the century mark. She has been too busy raising a family, sewing, knitting, taking photos and collecting stamps and coins.
“I never thought I would reach 100,” Kitty said in a soft voice.
The expected vote on the proposed legislation governing residential rental units in Northampton did not occur during the April 19 meeting of council. The hearing and vote will now be on the agenda for the May 2 meeting.
The May 2 date strays from the traditional Thursday meeting. A hearing will begin 6:30 p.m. The regular meeting remains 7:30 p.m.
At its April 19 meeting, Northampton Borough Council approved a resolution granting the request of Redner’s Warehouse Markets, 101 Held Drive, to sell beer and wine.
The resolution will now go to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for review and action.
Jason Hoff, vice president and general counsel for Redner’s Warehouse Markets Inc., informed council there will be a major upgrade of the market to house the cafe in the area where the produce is currently located.
With May approaching, the construction of the new state-of-the-art Coplay-Northampton Bridge will enter its second year.
A bumpy start in 2017 had the project, anticipated to begin last April, delayed for several weeks. Rick Molchany, director of general services and Lehigh County’s point man for major projects such as the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, was optimistic that the project is back on track and moving forward.
Northampton Area High School seniors Alyssa Chomitzky, Samuel Arnold and Noah Vehafric were honored as Students of the Month by Northampton Exchange Club March 7 at the Service to Youth program held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.
The award recipients each received a framed certificate, pen and Lamp of Knowledge plaque for their outstanding academic achievements and out-of-school activities.
John “Jack” E. Harhart was accorded the Borough of Northampton’s coveted Golden Cement Bag award in recognition of his decades of service as a volunteer in community programs.
Harhart, 72, was the recipient of the prestigious honor at an annual dinner meeting/banquet, held last month at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
The program, which recognizes persons for their unselfish service to the community, was initiated in 2001 by Northampton Borough Council and has since added the names of individuals to the honor roll annually.
The large crowd that packed Northampton Borough Municipal Building council chambers March 10 was treated to a journey down memory lane, as Northampton Area Historical Society (NAHS) held a photo perspective on the town’s early business community.
Larry Oberly, presenter and NAHS vice president, showed the pictures on a large screen and had the audience provide its own commentary to each of the 60 photographs displayed for the first time.
“To me, history has always been a chronicle of change,” Oberly, a retired educator, said in his opening remarks.