Northampton Press

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Police chief applicant list narrowed to two

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough council committee will discuss candidates in executive session

A Northampton Borough Council committee, charged with reviewing applications of candidates to fill the vacant office of police chief, has whittled down the number of finalists to just two.

At an executive meeting tonight, Sept. 7, prior to the public session of council, the final two candidates will be discussed. The committee has met twice already concerning the appointment. Council is permitted under the state Sunshine Law to discuss personnel matters privately.

Both candidates have law enforcement credentials.

Monumental request

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Resident asks that piece of cement history be moved to open, park-like setting

A Northampton resident approached Northampton Borough Council Aug. 17, requesting that a monument be moved from its present site to another nearby location.

Art Brown, a borough optician, said the concrete monument was dedicated decades ago to Dragon Cement Company workers in observance of their safety record. Located behind a fence off Main and 26th streets, the piece of history stands behind a tall fence and is masked by high shrubbery and trees.

“Trees are growing all around it,” Brown said. “There’s got to be a better place.”

Borough waiting on news of CDBG funding application

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Borough of Northampton is awaiting word from Northampton County on whether its grant application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for street improvements will receive the green light.

Borough Planner Victor Rodite informed borough Manager LeRoy Brobst the state had received its CDBG allocation from the federal government.

Council receives required update on Tama project

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Middletown, N.J., developer who plans to make major upgrades to the long-idled Tama Manufacturing building, 1798 Main St., has set an ambitious schedule, telling Northampton Borough Council that substantial progress should be made by spring.

Dan Donnelly, of Windward Pass Holding LLC, has until May 31, 2018, to complete the project, a stipulation from council. He must also provide quarterly updates on the progress of the proposed 22-unit apartment complex.

Allen approves transfer of liquor license

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Willowbrook project moves clubhouse from N. Catasauqua to township

The proposed move of the Willow Brook Golf Course clubhouse from North Catasauqua into Allen Township territory required the approval of a liquor license transfer by the township’s board of supervisors.

After a public hearing — requested by The Fuller Family Trust, owners of the golf course and clubhouse land — township supervisors Aug. 22 unanimously granted the request with five votes. There was no opposition to the request when supervisors Chairman Larry Oberly asked those in the audience if they had any comment regarding the transfer of the liquor license.

Good Shepherd Catholic School students start classes Aug. 28

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by AL RECKER in School

Good Shepherd Catholic School, Newport Avenue, Northampton, will open its door for students Aug. 28 as it begins the 2017-18 school year.

The school has a total enrollment of 267 boys and girls, preschool through eighth grade — a strong emphasis that registrations are continuing, which could bolster the numbers reported.

There are 18 full-time teachers aboard. John-Paul Crescenzo, M.Ed., is the principal.

A new science lab awaits the students, along with computer courses with high-tech devices.

Allen seeks grant for dog park upgrades

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Public response to Allen Township’s dog park on Savage Road has been overwhelming, so much so that the board of supervisors is seeking a second round of grant funding from Northampton County to keep pace with the services provided for its use.

Chairman Larry Oberly said township Manager Ilene Eckhart will work out the details of the application, which will be submitted to the county. He said parking and a proposed pavilion may be the pillars of the proposed grant.

“I am hopeful,” Oberly said of having the grant approved. The project could be undertaken in 2018.

Sniscak receives Employee of the Month award

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by AL RECKER in School

Lauren Sniscak was lauded by Northampton Exchange Club at its June 9 dinner meeting, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, as Northampton Area High School’s Employee of the Month for May — a program initiated in September.

Sniscak, a mathematics teacher at the high school, was presented a framed certificate on being chosen as the outstanding faculty member.

At NAHS, Sniscak, in addition to her math teaching assignment, is the high school’s Student Council adviser. Members of Student Council recently raised $6,620 at their Mini-THON event for Four Diamonds Fund.

Planners chairman reminds developer of early agreement

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Three warehouses proposed at Route 329, Savage Road

At the Aug. 10 meeting of the township board of supervisors, Gene Clater, Allen Township Planning Commission chairman, urged the prospective new owners of three warehouses to abide by verbal agreements reached with the original developer.

Conceding the agreements should have been part of the official documents, Clater said, nevertheless, Liberty Property Trust, of Malvern, should honor the previous unwritten agreement reached with Mark Powell, of Century Commerce Centers.

Young author signs books at market

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Rafael Diaz’s creativity on a myriad of topics — some of worlds and experiences that boggle the mind — explodes on the pages of two books the youngster has written, at an age when many are playing video games or surfing the Internet.

During a recent book signing at Northampton Farmers Market, 11-year-old Rafael spoke of his passion for writing and his tales that come from a vivid imagination — of planets, strange disturbances, aliens villains or any kind of life beyond what we know.