Northampton Press

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Apartment developer seeks fee relief

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Owner of Washington Ave. property asks council to allow lesser amount

Northampton Borough Council heard a request Jan. 17 regarding required sewer tap-in fees for a recently refurbished Washington Avenue property.

Attorney Ronald Corkery, counsel for MGMJ Holding Company, requested relief from the $35,000 fee already paid for the former Catholic War Veterans Post 454 building. It was recently refurbished to include eight studio apartments. In the past, the building housed a post office, synagogue and day care center.

Councilman envisions parking deck in borough

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Lopsonzski Sr. says plan addresses business resurgence on Main, Center

Northampton Borough Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. has a vision — a three- or four-story parking deck in the heart of the borough’s uptown business district built at the site of the municipal parking lot on Center Street.

“I’m serious,” Lopsonzski Sr. said of the seemingly larger-than-life idea.

NBMA offer to acquire Whitehall authority rejected

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Two-thirds of township customers are already served by borough group

Northampton Borough Municipal Authority’s interest in acquiring the Whitehall Township Authority has been flatly rejected by the township.

The acquisition would have resulted in NBMA providing water to all Whitehall residents, businesses and industries.

Stephen Kerbacher, NBMA general manager, confirmed Jan. 4 that Whitehall Township has turned down the request for both entities to sit down and discuss NBMA taking over all WTA assets.

Northampton labels historic buildings

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

There has been a quiet movement throughout Northampton Borough to recognize historic structures.

Most of the buildings serve a new purpose to meet the modern world’s needs, but there are those in the borough who do not want the history forgotten.

The Northampton Area Historical Society houses memorabilia and photos chronicling the borough’s history at Siegfried Station, at West 21st and Canal streets.

Police chief to review borough’s handicapped parking spaces

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Borough Council gave approval for Police Chief Bryan Kadingo to conduct a street-by-street review of handicapped parking spaces throughout the borough during the Dec. 6, 2018, council meeting.

This review is to ensure that these special parking spots are properly marked and valid. In an effort to remove unnecessary signage in the future, Kadingo sought the consent from borough lawmakers for such a survey. Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said he placed the matter on council’s agenda after the solicitor’s recommendation that council take action on the issue.

Borough holds line on taxes

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Council OKs $6.3 million spending plan

Northampton Borough Council unanimously adopted the 2019 budget during its meeting Dec. 20. The $6,311,320 spending plan retains the 10-mill property tax level.

For properties assessed at $50,000, with a $100,000 appraisal, the tax is $500. Properties with a $100,000 assessment, and a $200,000 appraised value, carry a $1,000 real estate tax.

Lopsonzski Sr., Kutzler win award

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. and Gene Kutzler are the recipients of Northampton Borough’s Golden Cement Bag Award for their commitment and service to the community. The honorees were awarded their plaques at the borough’s annual dinner, held Dec. 14 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.

More than 150 borough employees, staff and guests attended the program. The Golden Cement Bag Award was begun years ago to recognize individuals for their service to the community. Jack Harhart, the 2017 recipient, was present at the event.

Students of the Month are named

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by AL RECKER in School

Confidence and leadership are traits four Northampton Area High School seniors possess, as they were cited as Students of the Month by Northampton Exchange Club during its Service to Youth program Dec. 5 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.

Recognized were Jenna Rogers, November Girl of the Month; Tyler Gilliard, November Boy of the Month; Abby Wheeler, December Girl of the Month; and Evan Gillette, December Boy of the Month.

The recipients were given a Lamp of Knowledge plaque, framed certificate and an Exchange Club pen.

Giordano discusses career at meeting

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

In an address at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Middle Eastern Counties Association of Boroughs, Emil Giordano reported his leaving his seat on the Northampton County Court of Common Pleas was to bring his experience to the people.

Giordano said he thought long and hard of what he wanted to do moving forward in his career and decided he wanted to return to being a private attorney to be “close to the people.”