orough public works personnel completed their final yard waste and leaf pickup on Friday.
Crews are now ready to pickup discarded Christmas trees. Although the trees will be picked up in January, every holiday season there are one or more residents whose trees, surprisingly, are outside, awaiting pickup already on Christmas Day, with some more on Dec. 26.
Whitehall Township police detectives were kept busy in November responding to seven separate bomb threats at Whitehall High School.
In each instance, after a thorough search of the school, authorities determined the calls were false, according to a report to the township board of commissioners and Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. Dec. 8.
Police Chief Linda Kulp said there was also a bomb threat at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.
A family of squirrels that took up residence in the Northampton Canal Park men's restroom have relocated.
At the Nov. 20 council meeting, Councilman Ed Pany said the squirrels were discovered during the installation of a camera system by borough personnel. The squirrels were found living in the ceiling of the men's rest room.
The camera system was installed to curb vandalism.
"Outstanding" was one word heard throughout the Nov. 5 Northampton Exchange Club dinner held at the Northampton Memorial Community Center.
During the evening, four Northampton Area High School seniors were recognized as Youths of the Month, the first program for the 2014-15 school year.
Students recognized include Erika Veiszlemlein, September Girl of the Month; Travis Weghofer, September Boy of the Month; Jolene Steams, October Girl of the Month; and Evan Chuss, October Boy of the Month.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town on Sunday. While this parade certainly isn't in the same league as Macy's, the local holiday flavor will not be lost on the children in the borough.
Led by a borough police vehicle and a borough fire truck, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be seated on a sleigh, while music of the season gives a festive air. Hosted by Coplay Sports Inc., the excursion is a tradition going back decades.
Santa will deliver wrapped presents to children whose parents provide them.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors wants the township volunteer fire company to submit financial statements before it considers purchasing a new fire truck.
At the Nov. 13 meeting, the board also questioned whether Supervisor Dale Hassler, active with the fire company and its former fire chief, would be allowed to vote on the issue.
Solicitor B. Lincoln Treadwell was not present at the meeting. Board members said they will ask him to provide a legal opinion regarding Hassler's standing.
Northampton Borough police officers will soon be working under a new contract.
Council at the Dec. 4 meeting approved a new two-year contract which grants a 2-percent pay hike in 2015 followed by a 2-percent pay increase in 2016.
The contract now also requires that uniformed police officers contribute to their medical insurance coverage.
"As part of the new contract, the police will be co-paying $30 per pay in 2015 and $40 per pay in 2016 toward their medical insurance," borough Manager Gene Zarayko said.
The possibility of an Internet use policy affecting Northampton Borough employees was discussed at the Northampton Borough Council meeting Dec. 4.
Borough Manager Gene Zarayko reported borough Solicitor William McCarthy and he are presently in the process of putting together a social media policy for nonuniformed borough employees.
The borough police department has a policy already in place.
"The proposed new policy should be ready for review in early January," Zarayko said.
Milander's Market, a fixture in Coplay that built its reputation on fresh meats, seafood and a bond with its patrons, has new owners.
John and April Milander have turned over the keys to Philip Odenwelder and Judy Novak of Moore Township.
Odenwelder decided to retain the name Milander's Market and keep April Milander, whose baked cakes, pies and cupcakes have created a large following in the township.
"Why change anything if it's not broken?" he said.
After months of negotiations, the Borough of Northampton and its police department have reached a new agreement.
The new pact covers wages and benefits and avoids the prospect of binding arbitration.
Council Vice President Robert McHale, police committee chairman, made the announcement regarding the contract at the Nov. 20 council meeting. Details of the new pact were not made public, pending final ratification and signing.
Council members issued no comments or inquired about the specifics of the agreement.