The first sign that Uptown Park is materializing has taken place.
A handsome Colonial-style gazebo has been moved to the site, located between a church and a coffee shop.
The white-trimmed gazebo, topped with a decorative steeple, was transported from Lancaster to the Main Street site recently.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko recently said the opening of Uptown Park will depend much on the cooperation of the weather, noting the gazebo's delivery was delayed for some time because of the elements.
The opening of the parkway swimming pool is only a couple of months away.
Borough public works crews are already at the scene with a backloader performing a myriad of tasks.
The laundry list includes cleaning the pool and changing rooms, making pump repairs and chlorine machine adjustments and performing other maintenance.
A bit of good news for pool patrons.
The borough reports there will be no hike in admission rates for the 2015 season.
The pool manager position might again change, however.
The pool's popular deejay parties are expected to return.
Thirty-one businesses in Northampton Borough recently have been mailed an industrial waste survey from the Northampton Waste Water Treatment Plant.
The purpose of the survey is to track sewage usage. A similar survey was conducted in 2005. Councilman Keith Piescienski, public works and sewer chairman, reported at the April 2 council meeting that Scott Gillespie, sewer plant superintendent, also mailed a letter to Allen Township, informing the township the survey must be completed.
Northampton Borough Council has established a municipal park acquisition and development program.
Council was informed of the program at its April 2 meeting. The program seeks a Northampton County grant to further improve one of the borough's recreation sites. Borough community planner Victor Rodite was authorized to prepare an application to the county for an open space initiative grant.
The long-vacant Tama building on Main Street could soon be converted into modern apartments.
Borough Council President John Yurish at council's April 2 meeting said the developer, a New Jersey businessman, presented plans for the use of the structure.
According to borough Manager Gene Zarayko, he met the borough zoning officer two weeks ago, during which time the developer reported he "was supposed to have financing" to fund the project.
Yurish asked if any progress has been made.
"Nothing," Zarayko responded.
State Rep. Daniel McNeill (D-133rd) will team up with State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18th) April 17 to sponsor the annual spring senior fair.
The senior fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at a new location, Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. The event was previously held at the East Side Youth Center, Hanover Avenue, Allentown.
More than 600 seniors along with 60 exhibitors from various governmental organizations, participated at the event in 2014. To date, 75 vendors are committed, with attendance expected to increase even more.
The Northampton Quota Club presented the borough's police department with an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) March 23 during the group's dinner meeting, held at the Northampton Memorial Community Center.
An AED is used in cases where a person suffers a sudden heart attack.
Police Chief Ron Morey accepted the AED. Morey said the borough has two police vehicles on duty 24 hours a day, and the device will be available at all times to assist persons.
Northampton Borough Police Department K-9 Zoro's first day of retirement today has been quiet, uneventful even.
But his retirement will surely be felt by the children and others who came in contact with him during his eight years with the borough's police department.
A Czech Shepherd and specially bred canine, Zoro spent countless hours on patrol with his K-9 officer John Mullner.
Zoro underwent training to sniff out a wide array of illicit drugs, not withstanding the shifts on patrols.
Lehigh Township Magisterial District Judge Robert A. Hawke is running unopposed in this May's primary election.
The Northampton County Voter Registration Office has indicated that Hawke is the only candidate who filed nominating petitions for the magisterial district position.
Hawke submitted petitions signed by registered voters, cross-filing as both a Democrat and Republican in the spring election.
The Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association will hold its community children's Easter egg hunt this Saturday, 1 p.m., on the grounds of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Fifth Street.
The rain date is Monday, April 6.
Children are in for a double treat. They will hunt for and collect 1,200 colorful plastic eggs filled with jelly beans. Also, Roger Rabbit will also greet the children. Pictures will be available.
The siren of a borough police vehicle will mark the start of the egg hunt, with prize eggs in each age group.