Northampton Press

Friday, February 22, 2019

Councilman envisions parking deck in borough

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Lopsonzski Sr. says plan addresses business resurgence on Main, Center

Northampton Borough Councilman Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. has a vision — a three- or four-story parking deck in the heart of the borough’s uptown business district built at the site of the municipal parking lot on Center Street.

“I’m serious,” Lopsonzski Sr. said of the seemingly larger-than-life idea.

Continuing the legacy

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Todd Haydt follows in firefighting footsteps of father, grandfather

Many young adults are asked, “What do you want to do with your life?”

For 20-year-old Todd Haydt, of Northampton, the answer was easy.

For four years, Haydt has been a volunteer firefighter, a tradition that runs in his family. His grandfather Sterling Haydt Jr. was a longtime volunteer firefighter. His father, Jeremy Haydt, is also a volunteer.

“My father got his start with my grandfather at the Alliance Fire Company (Northampton Borough) and later with First Ward Fire Company,” Haydt said.

Riding for Robbie

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Motorcycle group gives boy a birthday bash to remember

For anybody who has a birthday around the holidays, the same old question arises: “Do you like having a birthday so close to Christmas?”

Robbie Brensinger, an 11-year-old from Northampton, knows the answer all too well.

“Every year, we try to throw Robbie a birthday party. But it’s three days after Christmas,” Jessica Brensinger, Robbie’s mother, said.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by The Press in Local News



Lehigh Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.


Northampton Area School Board meets 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor board room of the district offices, 2014 Laubach Ave.

Moore Township Farmland Preservation Commission meets, if needed, 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.


East Allen Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m., as needed, in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

Baby names show a trend

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by The Press in Local News


What’s in a name? Well, there’s certainly something about Emma.

For the third year in a row, Emma was the most popular girls name given to 2018’s newborns at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg.

Actually, Emma tied as the most popular name for girls last year with Olivia, but Emma has claimed, or shared the top spot, three straight years.

At press time, the trendsetting name on the boys side among the more than 4,500 babies born at the two hospital campuses in 2018 was Jackson, with various spellings.

NBMA offer to acquire Whitehall authority rejected

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Two-thirds of township customers are already served by borough group

Northampton Borough Municipal Authority’s interest in acquiring the Whitehall Township Authority has been flatly rejected by the township.

The acquisition would have resulted in NBMA providing water to all Whitehall residents, businesses and industries.

Stephen Kerbacher, NBMA general manager, confirmed Jan. 4 that Whitehall Township has turned down the request for both entities to sit down and discuss NBMA taking over all WTA assets.

Northampton labels historic buildings

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

There has been a quiet movement throughout Northampton Borough to recognize historic structures.

Most of the buildings serve a new purpose to meet the modern world’s needs, but there are those in the borough who do not want the history forgotten.

The Northampton Area Historical Society houses memorabilia and photos chronicling the borough’s history at Siegfried Station, at West 21st and Canal streets.