After weeks of searching and scouring yards all across town, Northampton Borough has found an evergreen to serve as its official Christmas tree, which will be decorated for the holidays at the Main Street and Laubach Avenue triangle.
“We are pleased. We found a real nice tree in a yard of an East Allen Township home,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported Nov. 1. “The family is willing to donate the tree to the borough for its holiday program and give the community the spirit of Christmas.”
When you attend a wedding, many times the bride and groom’s interests shine through. That is very much the case for the wedding of Barbie (Hucaluk) and Shawn Fillman, of Whitehall. The couple had a baseball- and skull-themed wedding. The colors purple and black were used throughout.
Barbie Fillman is originally from Catasauqua. Her son, Jayden, attends Catasauqua Area School District, and her mother, Barbara Hucaluk, recently retired from Northampton Area School District.
Northampton Borough’s proposed 2020 budget was presented at the Nov. 21 Northampton Borough Council meeting. The budget calls for a half-mill increase in property taxes to support nearly $7 million in expenditures and other projects.
Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst, in presenting the projected $6,976,110 in expenditures, said the modest hike in real estate taxes will set the millage at 10.54 mills.
“Unfortunately, it will be necessary to increase taxes by 0.5 percent,” Brobst said. “This is the first increase since 2016.”
With the crisp air around us and crunchy leaves beneath us, it is the time of year we get to enjoy the sweet smell of a brown sugar pumpkin pie. However, it is a time of year much larger than just spicy aromas and warm tones. It is a time where generosity flows furiously through our communities and floods our homes with warmth and kindness.
Borrowing the Boy Scouts motto “Be Prepared,” Bath Borough Council and administration, during a meeting Nov. 4, labored to alleviate the challenges whenever a snow emergency is called.
A snow emergency is called by the mayor of a borough. Usually a snow emergency is called after the mayor consults with the street department leader, police and perhaps the council president for consensus.
Whitehall Mall’s Sears store is expected to close in early 2020, according to a Nov. 7 news release from Transformco, which purchased the store’s assets in February.
This location, at 1259 Whitehall Mall, is one of seven Sears or Kmart stores in Pennsylvania set to close.
The 72nd Bury the Hatchet dinner program for Northampton Area School District and Catasauqua Area School District is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
The event, to prepare for the Thanksgiving Day football classic between the two high school teams, will take on the appearance of a roast as speakers talk of the rivalry in good taste but with a comic twist.
Developer David Jaindl, at the Nov. 13 East Allen Township Board of Supervisors meeting, asked for time to address his approved development along Seemsville Road.
A concern voiced by both East Allen and Allen townships is the expected increase in traffic along Route 329. The highway is already busy. Although the Kopper Penny intersection has been improved, the concern about traffic congestion still exists.