Northampton Borough Council has opted not to vote on adopting a resolution in support of a citizens’ commission for legislative and congressional redistricting.
Linda Smith, of Fair Districts PA, sought backing from the eight-member council by adopting a resolution or signing a letter of support regarding the issue of gerrymandering of legislative and congressional districts in the commonwealth.
Good Shepherd Catholic School opened its doors Aug. 26 for the start of the 2019-20 academic year, with a curriculum that has advanced in meeting the students’ needs.
Susan Parker is the interim principal of the school, located at 1300 Newport Ave., Northampton.
School enrollment is 197 boys and girls, kindergarten through eighth grade, similar to the past school year. The number could go higher with last-minute enrollments.
Starting a new business brings excitement, anticipation and a small dose of risk. Just ask the Mazziotta family, who opened an ice cream shop next to its successful Pott’s Doggie Shop in the Cherry Square Shopping Center, Northampton.
Pott’s owners Mark, Ann and Bob Mazziotta expressed gratitude for the opportunity to provide the community with the ice cream parlor, appropriately named Konkrete Creamery. Bob’s daughter Gina Mazziotta serves as the manager of the shop, the only of its kind in the borough.
“Gina came up with the idea,” Mark said.
Northampton Borough is witnessing a spike in the number of large box trucks on borough streets since the opening of the FedEx Ground warehouse in Allen Township. According to council, there has also been an increase in the number of residents’ complaints.
At the Aug. 15 borough council meeting, a man residing in the area of Howertown Road and Fourth Street appealed to borough lawmakers and administration to take action. He mentioned the trucks pose a danger to the community when they make tight turns on local roads not intended for larger vehicles.
At its Aug. 15 meeting, Northampton Borough Council was unanimously against a proposal by Willowbrook Farms Trust to build three age-qualified units off Howertown Road. A poll taken of the eight council members indicated strong opposition to the proposed development moving forward as presented.
Bob Dwyer, representing Land Trust Properties for the Willowbrook project, said his appearance before council was very preliminary, meant only to gauge council’s receptiveness to the project.
Northampton Borough and Allen Township are expected to reach an agreement on the intermunicipal sewer contract at the Aug. 15 meeting of Northampton Borough Council.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst noted the legal wording for the new contract is being finalized by the solicitors for both entities — Atty. Steven Goudsouzian for the borough and Atty. Lincoln Treadwell for the township.
Both municipalities met more than two weeks ago, during which time most of the issues were resolved.
Northampton Borough has agreed to take some responsibility for pedestrian traffic and winter snow and ice removal when a new Cementon-Northampton Bridge is erected and open to the public.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst has confirmed the borough’s public works department will remove snow and ice from the sidewalk, which will be 10 feet in width. He said the borough has a special piece of equipment with an attached snow plow to perform the task.
The historic Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714 building, 1204 Main St., has been sold to Abra Development, of Whitehall, for an undisclosed amount.
VFW Post 4714 Commander Larry Schlittler confirmed the property transfer, stating the sale took place two weeks ago.
“The sale of the building at 1204 Main St., Northampton, is completed,” he said. “With the sale, the VFW Home Association of the Post, which owned the site, will dissolve. No canteen operations for its active and social members will continue.”
Paw Prints on the Canal organizers Julia and Tom Glick and Candi Lynn attended the June 20 Northampton Borough Council meeting with a check for $10,340.05 to benefit the borough police department’s K-9 unit.
Paw Prints on the Canal was held June 2 at Canal Street Park, Northampton, and reportedly had between 3,000 and 10,000 people attend. Added to this number was the hundreds of dogs in attendance as well.
Paw Prints is among the Community Days and Uptown Street Fair events as premier outdoor events held annually in the borough.
Northampton Exchange Club’s much-anticipated Youths of the Year recognition — chosen from the Boy or Girl Students of the Month from the Northampton Area High School senior class — was accorded to Katelyn Graver and Tyler Gilliard.
During a ceremony held June 19 at Northampton Banquet and Event Center, the graduating NAHS honorees received an engraved Youth of the Year plaque from the National Exchange Club, a $500 scholarship and a standing ovation from club officers and members attending the Service to Youth dinner program.