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Northampton Auto Parts store to close

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Northampton Auto Parts, a fixture on Main Street since the 1960s, is closing its doors.

Located at 1416 Main St., the store will remain open until Jan. 31.

Store personnel confirmed the closing first reported by Northampton Borough Manager Gene Zarayko to council at a December meeting. Zarayko said he has no further information on the future use of the building.

Store management said the economy is the chief culprit leading to its closing. There were no reports of a going-out-of-businesss sale planned for this month.

Engineer reports on stormwater amendment

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

Lehigh Township Engineer Phil Malitsch presented the supervisors with a report on the stormwater management plan at the Dec. 11 meeting.

A question was raised last month as to why the plan was based on lots of 10,000 square feet and how it should be handled in smaller subdivisions.

Act 167 gives counties the authority to develop either countywide or watershed specific regulations. Lehigh County has a combination of the two. In the late 1980s, the county conducted a study looking for 1 cubic foot/second of increase of water from impervious surfaces.

Recognized for their service

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by The Press in Local News

The Borough of Northampton at its annual holiday dinner meeting awarded "Golden Cement Bag" plaques to several individuals for their outstanding volunteer service to the community. Council President John Yurish, second from right, presents the awards to, from left, Candi Lynn, Paw Prints on the Canal; Thomas and Julia Glick, founders and active volunteers with the Paw Prints on the Canal; and Kenneth Hall, borough fire police captain and emergency management coordinator.

Future plans

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Developer interested in Tama building

A once thriving apparel manufacturing company in Northampton could again become a vibrant part of the borough.

Developers have proposed making major renovations to the three-story building that once housed Tama Manufacturing and turning it into apartments.

It has been decades since there were major apparel factories in the community.

When Tama shut down in the borough, it moved its apparel operations to the Race Street Extension in Hanover Township, Lehigh County. Business waned at its new site over the years.

Northampton bridge traffic:

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Council discusses alternative routes

Traffic onto and from the Coplay-Northampton Bridge is backed up daily during the commuter rush hour on weekdays.

Particularly making traffic worse are the turning lanes, but traffic congestion could become greater with the closing of the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge on Main Street in Northampton.

Traffic concerns were raised at the recent meeting of Northampton Borough Council.

Borough resident Donald Szerencits approached borough lawmakers by complimenting council on "doing a great job ... I appreciate that."

Parking lot to get decorative signage

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Now that the municipal parking lot has received a fresh coat of macadam, Northampton Borough Council was told that signs indicating the lot is open to the public will be erected.

The signs will not bear ordinary lettering.

"Victor Rodite [borough planning consultant] is still working in the design of three signs that will be placed at our Center Street parking lot indicating free municipal parking. Thc signs will be extremely decorative, " borough Manager Gene Zarayko recently informed council.