Northampton Borough Municipal Authority's 75th anniversary this year will not be celebrated by the popping of champagne, but rather by a simple toast of water.
And, there will be no banquet, fanfare or any gathering of dignitaries.
The March 30 event is a tribute to the borough fathers who, in 1940, proceeded with the acquisition of the privately owned Clear Springs Water Company, which at the time was providing water to families in the growing area.
Businesses throughout Northampton Borough are being instructed they must install Knox-Box Rapid Entry Systems on their properties.
The boxes specifically permit fire department personnel to gain entry via a special key linked to the Knox Box in the event of a fire or other emergency. The boxes save time and lives and lessen the likelihood of damage to property.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko told borough council at a meeting last month that the administration has received a number of applications for the entry system, scheduled to be implemented this year.
It appears work to demolish and reconstruct the Coplay-Northampton Bridge will not begin until 2016.
Greg Molchany, Lehigh County's director of general services, told The Press, however, that design work for the replacement of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge is continuing.
"The best scenario is [that Lehigh County] go out for bids in August, getting the contract by October," Molchany said.
A notice to proceed with staging and prep work could begin sooner.
Coplay is undergoing a bit of a renaissance, the likes of which hasn't been seen in years.
The Bacon Strip opened last Saturday to a large crowd. The restaurant, on North Second Street, has undergone extensive upgrades. Formerly Bill's Lunch, the eatery is open for breakfast and lunch.
Across from the newly opened restaurant, the former Merchants Bank has begun major renovations after being closed for several years. The colonial-style building reportedly will serve as a a gym. Another business in the building has yet to be named.
The Northampton Fire Department held its annual awards banquet at the Northampton Memorial Community Center to pay tribute to the volunteer firefighters and fire police.
The ceremony recognized Fire Chief Robert Solderich for his three decades as a firefighter and a diver with its water rescue unit.
When Solderich accepted his pin for 30 years of service, he made a surprise announcement.
"It's going to be my last year as chief, I'm retiring," he said.
He will retire at the end of 2015.
After nearly two years of discussion and planning, construction on Northampton Borough's uptown park has begun.
Weather permitting, borough public works personnel could begin work on the park over the next several months.
"The gazebo, along with materials for the retaining wall, has been ordered for the uptown park," Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. said at the Feb. 5 council meeting. "The gazebo should be delivered mid-February."
The park will be located next to Taylor's Coffee House, a few steps south of the Roxy Theatre, and offer a mostly passive type setting.
Northampton Borough Council at its March 5 meeting voted to repeal a portion of an ordinance regulating the discharge and carrying of firearms in town.
Council decided to repeal a section of the law so that it is in compliance with Act 192, enacted November 2014, and signed into law by then Gov. Tom Corbett.
"This is to avoid it going around," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.
The new law has created a firestorm of controversy among municipalities across the state, with some larger communities going to court in an attempt to overturn the law.
The Northampton County Court Administrator's Office recently indicated no decision has been made on the future location of a magisterial district judge office and courtroom.
The new location will consolidate the operations of the district judges that preside in Northampton and Lehigh Township.
A county spokesperson said Feb. 13 the May primary election will list the candidates seeking the district judge post, not the location of the office.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors discussed the timing of the traffic light at Route 329, Weaversville and Howertown roads, at its Feb. 12 meeting.
Supervisor Dale Hassler said he was recently on Weaversville Road and noticed the signal missed a few cycles.
"It skipped a cycle," Hassler said.
Jim Milot of Hanover Engineering said he inspected the traffic light timing changes, noting the issue did not occur when he was present.
The problem surfaced during 8 a.m. commuter traffic.
The bike rodeo sponsored by Coplay Town Watch, which has been held for more than two decades, is in jeopardy.
Tentatively set for Saturday, June 13, at the Coplay Parkway, the event will be canceled unless someone steps up to chair the event. Former chair Beverly Miller has stepped down.
Participating children on tricycles, big wheels and two-wheelers maneuver went through a figure eight while a bicycle police officer was present. New bike helmets are given to each rider and hot dogs and refreshments follow.