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Will Willowbrook Road be closed?

Thursday, October 20, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Contractor cites safety of crew, motorists; Allen official suggests night shift

Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 13 meeting heard a request from a contractor who wants Willowbrook Road closed for two months during roadwork associated with the massive Fed- Ex Ground project — a measure, he says, is necessary for the safety of the work crews and the public.

As the lengthy talks on solving the problem continued back and forth at the meeting, Chairman Bruce Frack backed the road’s shutdown, with conditions.

Council discusses Halloween events

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Parade will be held Oct. 20; trick or treat set for Oct. 31

During Northampton Borough Council’s Oct. 6 meeting, members discussed Halloween events and scary antics, including minor changes in the Jack Frost Parade route, Emmaus parade organizers banning candy being tossed by participants and recent reports of individuals dressing as clowns and frightening both children and adults.

The Jack Frost Parade, set for 7 p.m. Oct. 20, will begin in front of Northampton Area High School on Laubach Avenue. It will travel from Laubach Avenue to 19th Street, continuing to Main Street, then to 14th Street and back to Laubach Avenue.

Water rates to increase

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

NBMA gives notice of monthly fee hike

Allen Township Board of Supervisors at the Sept. 27 meeting reported many families in the township will see their water bills rise modestly, as soon as this month, resulting from a notice by Northampton Borough Municipal Authority (NBMA) and not by any action of the township.

Supervisors reported a $2-per-month increase will occur for those residences having 3/4-inch pipes. This increase is expected to affect 1,500 homes receiving NBMA water.

Sister City bond is celebrated in borough

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

More than four decades ago, 1975 to be exact, the Borough of Northampton and the Village of Stegersbach, Austria, agreed to a partnership — a Sister City bond — that, although an ocean apart, has become a tradition celebrated each September.

With an aging Austrian population in the borough, the Sister City observance could become history. This is the third year no program was held at the monument and grounds on Laubach Avenue, which in the past has included raising of the American and Austrian flags, short remarks and polka music, followed by a picnic at nearby Municipal Park.

Main St. bridge to close Monday

Thursday, September 29, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Repairs will begin on span between Laubach Avenue, Lerchenmiller Drive

The bridge in the 1000 block of Main Street, between Laubach Avenue and Lerchenmiller Drive, will be closed beginning Oct. 3 as Northampton County makes extensive repairs to the area.

Some motorists, including even longtime borough residents, may be unaware of the small bridge that crosses the Hokendauqua Creek, which flows into the nearby Lehigh River.

The area will be closed to all traffic — vehicular and pedestrian — until Nov. 30, according to a report from Northampton Borough Police Department.

Planning commission OKs social club proposal

Thursday, September 22, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough council will now review plan for 1464 Washington Ave. site

Northampton Borough Planning Commission at its Sept. 14 meeting approved the proposal of Pennsylvania Venture Capital Inc., Whitehall, to establish a religious-based social club at 1464 Washington Ave., formerly the home of Catholic War Veterans Post 454.

The planning commission’s recommendation now goes to borough council, which will vote on the final approval regarding the plan. The borough zoning hearing board at a July 14 hearing gave its consent to the Whitehall-based company, headed by Abe Atiyeh, to move forward with plans for the club.

Allen approves archery on township-owned tract

Thursday, September 15, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Program made possible by Pa. Game Commission, which will patrol area

Allen Township decided Sept. 8 to open a forested tract it owns along the Lehigh River to archers but will restrict the hunting to township residents only.

The issue was listed on the agenda as the “hunter access program” under unfinished business at the Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting.

Main St. section to close for bridge work

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough officials dismayed by county’s lack of communication on repairs

A section at the lower end of Main Street will be closed to traffic in order for Northampton County to proceed with repairs to the bridge that crosses Hokendauqua Creek. Upsetting to Northampton Borough officials is the county’s lack of information regarding the project.

Since there will have to be detours in place because of the heavy traffic on Main Street, borough Manager Leroy Brobst said he thinks the county should be more forthcoming.

Council member opposes club idea

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

A faith-based social club proposed at the site of the former Catholic War Veterans (CWV) Post 454 has Northampton Borough Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. adamantly opposed to having it approved at the Washington Avenue and 15th Street site.

PA Venture Capital, of Whitehall Township, would like to convert the former CWV building into a social club with religious overtones.

Lopsonzski Sr. said there is a serious parking problem in that area, which would be compounded if the proposed use was permitted.

Borough begins work on 2017 budget

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Borough of Northampton has started putting together its 2017 budget.

This is an earlier start than what is customary for the administration, which provides the tentative spending plan to council. Borough lawmakers will review and act on the plan before the year ends.

Recently appointed borough Manager Leroy Brobst informed council at the Aug. 18 meeting that budget work is underway.

Brobst, previous longtime assistant to the manager, said this is the first budget he is putting together. Retired borough Manager Gene Zarayko handled the job for decades.