"Buns and Guns," an innovative exercise program held at the Northampton Recreation Center is faring so well that it is expanding, council was advised at its Feb. 19 meeting.
Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Jr., building, land and recreation chairman, said recreation center Director Jason Kremus reports the new exercise project has "been going over extremely well," so much so that as soon as the basketball season is over, the exercise program will move from the Deets Goodman Room to a portion of the gymnasium.
The Borough of Northampton coffers got a major boost, borough council was told at a recent meeting.
A check for $152,097 came from RCN, the major TV cable provider for many of the town's families.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko said the hefty check represents RCN's 2014 franchise cable fee and it is $6,234 more than what was received in 2013. Actually it is the residents' money since a franchise fee is added to the monthly bill.
The Borough of Northampton has already spent more for road salt than budgeted in 2015 to keep streets and alleys safe and ice-free.
Borough Council learned $40,000 has been spent for road salt compared to $35,000 allocated.
"We are having another tough winter. The public works department has been out countless hours salting, plowing and picking up snow. As of Feb. 12, we used 600 tons of salt," borough Manager Gene Zarayko reported.
Another 200 tons of road salt are back ordered, but deliveries have been extremely slow, according to Zarayko.
Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano has announced his campaign for reelection to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The announcement took place Feb. 24 at the Northampton Memorial Community Center with more than 600 individuals in attendance.
Giordano is a former solicitor for Northampton Borough Council and serves as keynote speaker annually at the Colonel John Siegfried Elementary School D.A.R.E. graduation program, along with Northampton's holiday dinner program.
Mayor Thomas Reenock referred to Giordano as the towns's "favorite son."
The Borough of Northampton plans to get tough on residents who fail to pay their garbage bills.
Instead of sending delinquent refuse accounts to the magisterial district judge for collection, the borough is expected to retain Portnoff Law Associates, Norristown, to collect unpaid municipal garbage bills and back real estate tax bills.
Council is expected to act favorably on the administration's request to retain Portnoff, which represents over 100 municipalities, school districts and municipal authorities throughout the state, with several in the region.
The Northampton Borough Council approved the purchase of a $14,000 electronic digital message sign at its Feb. 19 meeting.
Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock broke the deadlocked council vote regarding the purchase.
"Go for it," the mayor said.
The sign will be erected in front of the borough recreation center on Lerchenmiller Drive.
The state-of-the-art digital sign is a part of a package of three electronic message boards.
The pairing of bikers and members of the Northampton Exchange Club may seem out of the ordinary to some. But the club and the Bikers Against Child Abuse of Lehigh Valley Inc. share a common goal of fighting child abuse in the region.
Dressed in denim jackets with a biker insignia, the organization's representatives blended well with the borough-based Exchange Club at the Feb. 18 dinner meeting at the Northampton Memorial Community Center where the issue of child abuse was front and center.
Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association will hold the annual children's community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 4, beginning at 1 p.m. As in previous years, it will be held on the spacious grounds at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Fifth Street.
The event is open to borough children through 10 years of age. Roger Rabbit will be the attraction. The association will offer further information closer to the event.
The Northampton Exchange Club at its Feb. 4 Service to Youth dinner at the Northampton Memorial Community Center honored three Northampton Area High School seniors.
Alexandra Beavan, Stephen Druckenmiller and Allison Laubach were honored for their exemplary academic achievements and in- and out-of-school activities.
Dr. Rodger Berg, program chairman and a professor at DeSales University, said the three seniors have exhibited leadership, worthiness, reliability and a positive attitude.
Amanda Miller, 21, of Bath, will appear for her preliminary hearing March 11, 1:30 p.m. in Magisterial District Court, West 21st Street, Northampton, on hit-and-run charges stemming from a Jan. 16 incident.
Northampton Borough Police reported a vehicle she was driving struck a 10-year-old girl. Miller, according to police, fled the scene of the accident.
Miller was placed in Northampton Count Prison initially on $5,000 bail by District Judge Danel Corpora. She is now free on bail, posted by her mother, Tammy Weist of Bath.