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Central is eyed again for apartment use

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

One of Northampton's historic structures, the century-old Central School building at Main and 14th streets, is being viewed as a possible site for residential apartments, according to a report made during a recent borough council meeting.

The two-story brick structure served as the borough's first high school and is said to be in sound condition.

This is not the first time that apartments have been proposed for the building. A local contractor previously went before borough boards with plans for apartments, but the project never came to fruition.

DA acts on Ballard's execution

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Time limit expires for appeals in 2010 quadruple homicide

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli contends death row inmate Michael Eric Ballard's time has run out on his appeals to bar his execution for a 2010 quadruple homicide in the Borough of Northampton.

Ballard, 41, is in prison for the June 26, 2010, stabbing deaths of his former girlfriend, Denise Merhi; her father, Dennis Marsh; her grandfather, Alvin Marsh Jr.; and a neighbor, Steven Zernhelt, who heard the commotion and tried to help the victims.

Write-in votes create contest in third ward

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough's third ward will see a contested race for a seat on council in the November general election.

Thomas Kohler, the Republican candidate, had no opposition on the GOP ballot, nor was there any candidate on the Democratic ballot in the primary election.

Ed Pany, incumbent third ward councilman, did not file a nominating petition with the Northampton County Election/Voter Registration Office as a candidate. However, he received 15 Democratic write-in votes for the position, thus securing his name on the fall ballot.

Coplay Column

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Pool again offering Aqua Zumba

Aqua Zumba, the popular swimming fitness program, has returned to Coplay's Parkway Pool.

Classes will run every other Friday evening and will start at 6:30 p.m.

Further information is available at the pool.


There are no patriotic happenings scheduled in the borough this Independence Day.

The American flags will continue to fly for the holiday and then be taken down. The flags will again be put up for Veterans Day.

The fireworks display that had been put on for many years will also not take place this year.


Allen Twp. to apply for open space grant to repair park

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its meeting last Thursday gave the go-ahead to township Manager Ilene Eckhart to apply for a Northampton County open space grant.

The funding, if approved, will pay for damage at Howertown Park caused by last winter's weather.

Eckhart reported to the board that the concession stand was damaged, along with other areas of the park. The amount of funding that will be sought in the grant application is not known.

Northampton Exchange Club honors students of the month

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by AL RECKER in School

Northampton Area High School seniors Nathaniel Treichler, Andrew Martuscelli and Michael Rex were recognized by the Northampton Exchange Club Service to Youth Program recently.

The students were honored for academic excellence and extra-curricular activities, as well as their leadership in and out of school.

Treichler was the February Boy of the Month; Martuscelli, the March Boy of the Month; and Rex, the April Boy of the Month. The students were given a Lamp of Knowledge plaque and a framed certificate for their scholastic and out-of-school achievements.

Borough revises ordinance to speed up road restoration

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Borough of Northampton is concerned about the condition of its streets across town resulting from street cuts performed by UGI.

To address the issue, the borough is updating its ordinance so street restoration takes place much sooner.

Council members have been complaining for months that companies retained by UGI have not completed the restoration in a timely fashion. Many streets in the borough were left in what was described as deplorable condition throughout the winter and continuing into spring.

Colonel John Siegfried students graduate from D.A.R.E. program

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by AL RECKER in School

Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano addressed parents and students during the sixth-grade D.A.R.E. graduation program, held April 30 at Colonel John Siegfried Elementary School.

D.A.R.E. is a 10-week course that teaches students to resist drugs and violence, along with tobacco, alcohol and bullying. The program is taught by Patrolman Ryan Konetsky and Chief Ron Morey, who after more than a decade, is turning the reins over to Konetsky.

Social interaction is important, Morey said.

"That's what D.A.R.E. is, we get to know each other," he said.

Coplay Column

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Penn professor to discuss kilns

University of Pennsylvania architecture professor Frank Matero will address borough officials on restoring the Coplay cement kilns at 11 a.m., June 17 in council chambers.

Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, said Matero was invited to the informal session by Spillman Farmer Architects, Bethlehem. Spillman has compiled a 50-page report regarding the possibility of restoring the kilns.


Coplay American Legion Post 426 has sent out a reminder that Sunday, June 14, is Flag Day.

Borough grant money already earmarked

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Fourth St. parking site, portable restroom will be purchased

With federal and state grant funding drying up for municipalities, the Borough of Northampton appears to still be faring well.

The borough recently announced it received two grants, one a Monroe County casino gaming grant and the other a Northampton County open space grant.

Borough Manager Gene Zarayko confirmed the grants, totaling nearly $90,000, are already earmarked for local projects.

The $38,500 Northampton County open space grant will allow the borough to acquire a tract for additional parking at the Fourth Street Playground & Park.