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District magistrate office location could change

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Timing of light on Route 329 off

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Coplay column

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Chairman sought for bike rodeo

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.

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Exercise program expanding

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

"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.

Borough receives check for cable fees

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Borough trying to keep up with salt need

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Judge announces candidacy

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Giordano seeks to keep his post on state Supreme Court

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."

Borough gets tough with garbage bills

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Deadlocked vote broken

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Mayor Reenok breaks the tie

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.

Helping the children

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Bikers join Exchange Club in anti-abuse effort

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.