Northampton Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

Police chief applicant list narrowed to two

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough council committee will discuss candidates in executive session

A Northampton Borough Council committee, charged with reviewing applications of candidates to fill the vacant office of police chief, has whittled down the number of finalists to just two.

At an executive meeting tonight, Sept. 7, prior to the public session of council, the final two candidates will be discussed. The committee has met twice already concerning the appointment. Council is permitted under the state Sunshine Law to discuss personnel matters privately.

Both candidates have law enforcement credentials.

Media focus on MDA with death of Jerry Lewis

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

The recent unexpected death of actor and comedian Jerry Lewis, 91, put media focus on the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Lewis, who served as national chairman and hosted the MDA’s annual telethon fundraiser every Labor Day weekend from 1966 to 2010, helped raise more than $2.6 billion for the organization.

The MDA ended the telethon in 2015, transitioning from a 21-and-a-half hour show in 2010, Lewis’ last year, to a six-hour show in 2011, three hours the next year and two hours in both 2013 and 2014.

Monumental request

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Resident asks that piece of cement history be moved to open, park-like setting

A Northampton resident approached Northampton Borough Council Aug. 17, requesting that a monument be moved from its present site to another nearby location.

Art Brown, a borough optician, said the concrete monument was dedicated decades ago to Dragon Cement Company workers in observance of their safety record. Located behind a fence off Main and 26th streets, the piece of history stands behind a tall fence and is masked by high shrubbery and trees.

“Trees are growing all around it,” Brown said. “There’s got to be a better place.”


Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by The Press in Local News



Bath Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 215 E. Main St. A special meeting with Pennsylvania State Police will be held 6-7 p.m.

East Allen Township Municipal Authority meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.

Moore Township Board of Supervisors meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.


East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Board meets 4 p.m. in the township municipal building, 5344 Nor-Bath Blvd.


Borough waiting on news of CDBG funding application

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Borough of Northampton is awaiting word from Northampton County on whether its grant application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for street improvements will receive the green light.

Borough Planner Victor Rodite informed borough Manager LeRoy Brobst the state had received its CDBG allocation from the federal government.

Council receives required update on Tama project

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Middletown, N.J., developer who plans to make major upgrades to the long-idled Tama Manufacturing building, 1798 Main St., has set an ambitious schedule, telling Northampton Borough Council that substantial progress should be made by spring.

Dan Donnelly, of Windward Pass Holding LLC, has until May 31, 2018, to complete the project, a stipulation from council. He must also provide quarterly updates on the progress of the proposed 22-unit apartment complex.

Fireworks amendment approved for Lehigh Twp.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

At the Aug. 8 Lehigh Township Board of Supervisors meeting, Solicitor David Backenstoe said the amendment to the fireworks ordinance discussed in July has been tightened up with care taken to keep it from being unfair to users.

The ordinance now states a state-licensed operator must be on hand and have the paperwork in his possession. The cutoff will be 10 p.m., except for approved special events and national holidays. A $1 million bond is required, a stipulation in the original ordinance.