Northampton Borough Council received both good news and bad news regarding its electronic recycling program at its June 6 meeting.
"Our electronic recycling program has been very successful and we have now sent the fourth load to Responsible Recycling Services. It weighed 3,123 pounds. That's the good news," said borough Manager Gene Zarayko.
"The bad news is that they can no longer accept TVs unless we put a $30 fee for portables and $40 for consoles," Zarayko said.
"Currently, we are looking for a new recycling organization to replace Responsible Recycling Services."
Northampton Borough Council will permit the Northampton Area School District to allow its personnel to use the borough's swimming pool lot for parking.
Once the pool shuts down for the summer, however, the larger neighboring Memorial Community Center lot is off limits.
Council at Thursday's meeting acted on a report from borough Manager Gene Zarayko and approved the NASD's parking request, made because of construction of a new middle school.
Joseph "Joey" Stumer II, of Moore Township, recently received his "15 minutes of fame" when a clip from his red belt testing in karate showed up on the television show America's Funniest Home Videos.
In the clip, Stumer, 16, was performing his kata, a choreographed pattern of movements meant to show one's ability, when he accidentally hit himself in the head.
The accident happened Feb. 9. Stumer's father was recording the kata for review later. While the family originally just watched the video among themselves, Joey's father later decided to submit the clip to AFV.
Despite concerns from borough officials, Bath Borough council June 3 approved a proposed Dunkin' Donuts at 107 E. Main St.
Council approved the plans by a vote of 5-1 with Councilwoman Carol Bear-Heckman opposed. Councilwoman Jennifer George abstained.
The Dunkin Donuts includes a seating capacity of 16 people with two employees.
The expected hours of operation are from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
George expressed concern about the fees paid to the escrow account by the property owner.
The gabion project at Willow Road, on the agenda since the old gabion baskets, rusted through by years of being in the creek and washed out by a storm, has finally been completed.
The final payment has been requested from FEMA, reported Engineer Phil Malitsch at the May 14 meeting of the Lehigh Township supervisors.
Specifications are ready for the new well to be constructed on the municipal grounds. The Department of Environmental Protection wants the other two wells abandoned when the new one is complete. The township will advertise for bids.
The Borough of Northampton will seek the grant for construction of handicap curbs and ramps on Laubach Avenue.
At the May 23 borough council meeting, Borough Manager Gene Zarayko told borough lawmakers of the possibility the borough could be in line for the CDBG grant administered by Northampton County. CDBG funding is a federal program through which funds are allocated by the state. Until in recent years, the borough had to apply to the state for the grant, but now Northampton County approves applications.
The Borough of Northampton is pursuing grants to fund the design of a small uptown park on Main Street.
The park, which the borough contends will be a boost to businesses, would offer a place for the public to enjoy a passive outdoor setting, benefiting businesses already in the area including a coffee shop, restaurants, movie theater and jewelry store.
Victor Rodite, longtime community planner, is at the forefront of the project, which will convert a tract purchased with the aid of grant money.
Lily Altomare, 13, a server at the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Northampton, serves up a platter of eggs, sausage and hash browns to her dad, Dave Altomare; grandmother, Nancy Altomare; and brother, Jon, 10, all of Northampton. Diners were recently treated to omelets, french toast and a variety of breakfast food, the last such breakfast offering until September.
Theresa Hutnick, a resident at Sacred Heart Senior Living by the Creek, Northampton, is among the many special guests at the Mother's Day brunch held at the facility recently. She is joined by her son, David Hutnick of Schnecksville, and server Emily Sommer, a Sacred Heart dietary aide.