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Good Shepherd has new principal

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by AL RECKER in School

John Paul Crescenzo says

John Paul Crescenzo, newly named principal at Good Shepherd Catholic School, Northampton, brings with him a mix of experience and a fresh approach in his role to provide the elementary students a solid forward-looking curriculum and a strong Catholic environment.

Crescenzo, a youthful 35-year-old educator, was chosen by a school board committee because of his well-rounded background, both professional and personal.

He is the father of two boys, ages 4 and 7.

Trail work progresses

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Grants will help pay

The long-awaited plan to connect the Nor-Bath Trail to the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail is moving along.

Northampton Borough Council, at its Aug. 18 meeting, approved documents detailing the trail design. The paperwork will be forwarded to North Catasauqua Borough Council for its review.

Scott Everett, D&L Trail manager, outlined the progress being made for the proposed trail extension and the next steps.

IRT 10-K is Aug. 27 in Coplay

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

The 15th annual Ironton Rail Trail (IRT) run/walk will be held Aug. 27, with the starting line at Saylor Park — where Coplay Cement Company Kilns are located — across from Coplay Parkway on North Second Street.

Race day registration is from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Walkers start 8:30 a.m., and runners begin 9 a.m.

The IRT 10-K race traverses many historical iron and cement buildings in Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough.

Presented by The Emmaus Run Inn, the event will include post-race awards, ceremonies and snacks for all participants.

Council considers replacing fountain at Uptown Park

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

A fountain at the Borough of Northampton’s Uptown Park is literally “for the birds,” so borough council is considering having a larger fountain take its place, giving the mini-park a more pleasing appearance.

Borough Manager Leroy Brobst, at the council meeting last month, addressed the Uptown Park matter, first noting Northampton County has given the borough until Aug. 31 to complete the Uptown Park project.

A deadline is in place because grant funding was utilized to construct the park on Main Street, just south of the Roxy Theatre.

Residents concerned about water pressure

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Allen Township’s Drexel Heights is serviced by Bethlehem authority

The issue of low water pressure for families residing in the Drexel Heights development, off Route 329 and Howertown Road, was brought to the attention of Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 11 meeting. Several residents were present at the meeting, asking if township officials could help in having the water restored to sufficient levels.

The City of Bethlehem’s authority has provided water for the development since its construction in the 1960s.

“You need to know where the problem is,” Supervisor Al Pierce said.

Vote delayed on social hall

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Resident expresses

Northampton Borough Planning Commission at its Aug. 10 meeting put off a vote on Pennsylvania Venture Capital Inc.’s plans to have one of the town’s iconic structures be transformed into a church-based social hall.

At a July 14 hearing, the borough’s zoning hearing board approved the proposed use of the 1464 Washington Ave. structure, which dates back to 1915. It has been a post office, Sons of Israel Hebrew synagogue, Catholic War Veterans Post 454 and Wonder Kids Day Care Center.

Council approves DECA’s request for use of pavilions

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by AL RECKER in School

Northampton Area High School’s Distributive Education Clubs of America Club (DECA), one of the school’s largest member organizations, was given permission by borough council June 16 to use both pavilions at Municipal Park Sept. 24 for a charity fundraiser.

Olivia Daniels and Tyler Bennett, representing DECA, went before council with the request, asking the two pavilions be reserved for the event from noon to 10 p.m. There will be adult chaperones, the youths said in response to a question from Councilwoman Judy Kutzler.

Rain date is Oct. 1.

Breaking ground

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Gov. Wolf says

History was written Aug. 5 at the groundbreaking ceremony for FedEx Ground’s $335 million packaging plant in Allen Township. It will be the largest-ever such facility FedEx will have in the United States as well as the most major development the township has seen since 1895 when Atlas Cement Company arrived.

With a backdrop of two large FedEx trucks, speakers addressed the crowd of about 100 businessmen and women. Gov. Tom Wolf, elected officials, and FedEx executives and personnel spoke on the importance of the created jobs and commerce FedEx Ground is bringing to the region.

Groundbreaking ceremony planned for FedEx plant

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

An official Allen Township delegation will be present 10 a.m. Aug. 5 at the groundbreaking ceremony for FedEx Ground’s $175 million mega-hub distribution plant off Willowbrook Road.

Bruce Frack, chairman of the township board of supervisors, at the July 26 meeting reported FedEx notified the township of the groundbreaking event, which comes about a month after contractors first began work at the 260-acre site.

Construction will take approximately two years.