Northampton Press

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Making progress

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay-Northampton Bridge project is back on track after early work delay

With May approaching, the construction of the new state-of-the-art Coplay-Northampton Bridge will enter its second year.

A bumpy start in 2017 had the project, anticipated to begin last April, delayed for several weeks. Rick Molchany, director of general services and Lehigh County’s point man for major projects such as the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, was optimistic that the project is back on track and moving forward.

Exchange Club honors NAHS Students of the Month

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by AL RECKER in School

Northampton Area High School seniors Alyssa Chomitzky, Samuel Arnold and Noah Vehafric were honored as Students of the Month by Northampton Exchange Club March 7 at the Service to Youth program held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.

The award recipients each received a framed certificate, pen and Lamp of Knowledge plaque for their outstanding academic achievements and out-of-school activities.

Golden Cement Bag

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Harhart recognized for service to borough

John “Jack” E. Harhart was accorded the Borough of Northampton’s coveted Golden Cement Bag award in recognition of his decades of service as a volunteer in community programs.

Harhart, 72, was the recipient of the prestigious honor at an annual dinner meeting/banquet, held last month at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.

The program, which recognizes persons for their unselfish service to the community, was initiated in 2001 by Northampton Borough Council and has since added the names of individuals to the honor roll annually.

Historical society hosts event

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough history featured in photo exhibit

The large crowd that packed Northampton Borough Municipal Building council chambers March 10 was treated to a journey down memory lane, as Northampton Area Historical Society (NAHS) held a photo perspective on the town’s early business community.

Larry Oberly, presenter and NAHS vice president, showed the pictures on a large screen and had the audience provide its own commentary to each of the 60 photographs displayed for the first time.

“To me, history has always been a chronicle of change,” Oberly, a retired educator, said in his opening remarks.

Golden Deeds awards go to fire department, fire police

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton Fire Department and Northampton Fire Police personnel were inducted into the prestigious Hall of Golden Deeds during the Northampton Exchange Club’s annual event, held Oct. 4 at the Northampton Banquet & Event Center.

Golden Deeds awards have been bestowed on individuals and organizations since 1977.

Keith Knoblach, borough fire chief, and Kenneth Hall, fire police captain, accepted the plaques from Wayne Mery, Exchange Club president-elect and master of ceremonies. Knoblach and Hall penned their names and the organizations in the club’s Book of Golden Deeds.

Main Street manager to generate borough business

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Northampton’s uptown business district was given a major boost when the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce decided to have a Main Street manager come aboard to generate new business in its commercial corridor, while also paying attention to those presently in business.

Tony Pristash, president of the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce and a borough councilman, delivered the bold initiative to council, mentioning the person selected for the role will report to both the chamber board and Pristash.

Borough police will monitor parking in Center St. lot

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The heavily used Center Street municipal parking lot that serves patrons of businesses and professional offices in Northampton’s uptown district will now be monitored more closely by police following an action passed Nov. 2 by borough council.

“Police Chief Bryan Kadingo and I have discussed the concern of the uptown business owners and recommended posting one row of parking spaces between Lilac Court and the southern end of the Dollar General Store as two-hour parking,” Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst told council.

Students of Month named

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by AL RECKER in School

Northampton Exchange Club kicked off its 2017-18 Student of the Month program at the Nov. 1 dinner meeting, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center. Four Northampton Area High School seniors were cited as honorees.

The honorees are Nicole Somers, September Girl of the Month; Chase Clapp, September Boy of the Month; Morgan Mullen, October Girl of the Month; and Austin Frey, October Boy of the Month.

New plans for Lyric Commons

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Potential tenants already showing interest

Lyric Commons, an iconic commercial building on Main Street in Northampton’s uptown business district, has been sold for $300,000. The new owner envisions restoring the structure to encourage revitalization in the once-thriving business area.

Dominic Cullen, trading as The Lyric Commons LLC, purchased the property at 2015 Main St. from Carol Simcoe, who has been active in borough civic affairs for years and chaired the borough’s centennial committee.