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Coplay Column

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Borough crew preparing pool

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.

Businesses receive industrial waste surveys

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Borough will apply for open space grant

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Borough council discusses use of Tama building for apartments

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Senior fair set for April 17

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Quota Club presents AED to police department

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Zoro retires after 8 years as police department K-9

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Hawke running unopposed

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

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.

Coplay Column

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Rec & Welfare group will hold egg hunt

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.

Bike lane planned for Willowbrook, Bullshead

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

A bike lane along Willowbrook and Bullshead roads will soon be a part of the Allen Township landscape.

The board of supervisors at the March 12 meeting moved forward with establishing the bike lane.

The supervisors agreed to cap spending at $5,000 for the pavement markings and signage. The work is planned for later this spring.

According to Vice Chairman Bruce Frack, the bicycle lane will help address the issue relating to vehicles parking along the sides of both roads to watch soccer games and other athletic events at Catasauqua High School.