Two trails in the Borough of Northampton, the Nor-Bath Trail and the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Trail (D&L), will soon undergo a major upgrade — the kind that has been talked about for decades.
Scott Everett, representing D&L’s nonprofit entity, addressed borough council during a July 7 meeting. He said the Nor-Bath Trail, which ends in the area of Horwith Athletic Fields, will be extended to the D&L, where the Hokendauqua Creek spills into the Lehigh River at a path at Canal Park.
Northampton, Coplay and Whitehall Township’s rich history with the cement industry will continue for generations into the future on the high school sports fields.
‘The Cement Belt Challenge’ will begin this fall with Northampton and Whitehall starting what will be an athletic series competition between the two schools.
Following a successful appeal granted by Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board July 14, a proposal for the iconic structure at 1464 Washington Ave. — proposed as a church-based social club — now goes to the borough’s planning commission for review and recommendation for borough council.
Decades ago, the structure was the borough’s post office. It has since been home to Sons of Israel Hebrew Synagogue, Catholic War Veterans Post 454 and, more recently, Wonder Kids Day Care Center.
Allen Township officials announced at the board of supervisors meeting July 14 that Pennsylvania State Police will patrol Bullshead and Willowbrook roads to ensure bicyclists riding in the lanes designated for their use are safe and the lanes are free of parked vehicles.
Township Manager Ilene Eckhart said she and Supervisors Vice Chairman Dale Hassler sat down with state police in order to come up with a plan that would provide safety for the bicyclists and the motoring public.
The Pennies for Patients assembly at Colonel John Siegfried Elementary School, Northampton, took on the feel of both a pep rally and sell-out concert. More than 900 students attended the May 27 event, which funds research, treatment and programs by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for children afflicted with blood cancer.
The former site of Catholic War Veterans Post 354, Northampton, at 1464 Washington Ave., is being proposed for use as a church-based social club. It is one of three appeals that will be heard by Northampton Borough Zoning Hearing Board.
The zoning board convenes 7 p.m. July 14, in the borough hall council chambers to hear the appeal of PAJ Ventures LP, Whitehall, seeking approval to use the structure as a church-based social club for church group activities, such as Bible study groups, youth groups and church-sponsored activities.
Northampton Exchange Club capped its 2015-16 Service to Youth program June 15, selecting two graduating seniors as Students of the Year, Julia Skrapits and Joseph Fehr, and the ACE (Accepting Challenges for Excellence) Award recipient Tyler Thornton.
Held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, each award honoree received a $500 scholarship and a National Exchange Club plaque.
Northampton Borough Council decided at its June 2 meeting to continue meeting twice a month during July and August, rather than traditionally convening only once each in July and August.
Councilman Robert McHale opposed the suspension of the twice monthly meetings. He said it was too long of a period for citizens to come before council on matters they wanted to present.
Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. said he concurred with McHale’s reasoning, noting citizens should be afforded quicker access to air their concerns.
Farm tractors, which tilled the rich 240 acres in Allen Township for decades, will be replaced July 11 with earth-moving machinery as construction of the FedEx Ground warehouse and logistics hub gets underway.
Allen Township Board of Supervisors at its June 28 meeting released details of the project, not only the largest in the township, but one of the biggest construction projects in the region. It is the largest such hub of 14 the company operates in the United States.
Irene Quigley always embraced a challenge, from an earlier profession as a Philadelphia police officer to a later career as a teacher in a Catholic elementary school and then as a principal in parochial schools in Coplay and Northampton.
As the boys and girls at Good Shepherd Catholic School departed the Newport Avenue school for the summer, for Quigley, it marks the end of a career in education. She retired June 30.