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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Northampton Exchange Club at its May 10 Service to Youth program, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, paid tribute to three Northampton Area High School seniors for their outstanding academic/scholastic achievements and in-school and out-of-school service. Cited were Bryanne Horn, Dylan Baird and Kenley Rogers.
The honorees, Students of The Month, were accorded Lamp of Knowledge plaques, certificates and club pens.
The 37th annual Northampton Exchange Club Community Days Fair will be held July 12-15, closing with a spectacular fireworks display.
Hours for the fair — held at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue — are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday.
Theme evenings are making a debut at the community event.
Kids Night, featuring the Little Miss Community Days Pageant, kicks off the fair July 12. Other events include a puppeteer and entertainment by Joe Weber, who will perform in the grove 7:30-10 p.m.
One of the Borough of Northampton’s most recognized iconic structures is the Central School building on Main Street. At its June 14 meeting, Northampton Borough Planning Commission recommended that a proposal to convert the structure into 12 apartments now go before borough council for its review.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said he expects council will vote July 20 on the planners’ recommendation for the project, submitted by Bath developer Tom Kishbaugh of Royal Development Company.
An earlier projection by Fuller Family Trust to erect 67 homes on the Willow Brook Golf Course has been pared to 11 single-family dwellings on large 7,500-square-foot lots, and the new plan went before Northampton Borough Planning Commission June 14.
This scaled-back plan, which would have access off Howertown Road, is part of a more ambitious project that calls for 164 homes to be built in adjoining North Catasauqua — proposed mainly as an active adult, 55-and-older community.