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Nor-Bath, D&L trails connection project is moving forward

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

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.

Zoners approve site for church-based social club

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Firm to present idea for Washington Ave. building to planning commission

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.

Pa. police to help with bike lane issue

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Officers will enforce state vehicle code on Bullshead, Willowbrook roads

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.

Pennies for Patients raises $14,074.23 for cancer society

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by AL RECKER in School

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.

Northampton zoning board to hear three appeals

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

Exchange Club honors Students of the Year, ACE recipient at Service to Youth

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by AL RECKER in School

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.

Council to keep twice monthly meetings

Thursday, July 7, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

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.

FedEx Ground work set to begin July 11

Thursday, July 7, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Allen Twp. warehouse called largest of 14 hubs operated in United States

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.

Good Shepherd Catholic School principal retires

Thursday, July 7, 2016 by AL RECKER in School

Irene Quigley looks forward to spending time with grandchild, volunteering

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.