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WillowBrook Farm development plan includes historic preservation, open space

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Editor’s note: This article reflects information presented to the Northampton Borough Planning Commission on land adjacent to the development proposed for the North Catasauqua portion of Willow Brook Farm.

As the words “Willow Brook Preservation Project” flashed on a screen at the March 8 meeting of Northampton Borough Planning Commission, details emerged for plans to build 67 single-family homes on a portion of the adjacent golf course.

Local officials meet for MECAB talk

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Lehigh County Sheriff Joseph Hanna at a meeting of the Mid Eastern Counties Association of Boroughs, held Nov. 30 at the Coplay Municipal Building, addressed a host of topics, such as marijuana use, gun ownership and diversity, along with the duties his staff performs on a daily basis.

Council members and mayors from Bath, Catasauqua, Coplay, Northampton and North Catasauqua were present for the forum, which included a PowerPoint presentation.

IRT 10-K is Aug. 27 in Coplay

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

The 15th annual Ironton Rail Trail (IRT) run/walk will be held Aug. 27, with the starting line at Saylor Park — where Coplay Cement Company Kilns are located — across from Coplay Parkway on North Second Street.

Race day registration is from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Walkers start 8:30 a.m., and runners begin 9 a.m.

The IRT 10-K race traverses many historical iron and cement buildings in Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough.

Presented by The Emmaus Run Inn, the event will include post-race awards, ceremonies and snacks for all participants.

Breaking ground

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Gov. Wolf: mega-hub ‘big deal for all of us’

History was written Aug. 5 at the groundbreaking ceremony for FedEx Ground’s $335 million packaging plant in Allen Township. It will be the largest-ever such facility FedEx will have in the United States as well as the most major development the township has seen since 1895 when Atlas Cement Company arrived.

With a backdrop of two large FedEx trucks, speakers addressed the crowd of about 100 businessmen and women. Gov. Tom Wolf, elected officials, and FedEx executives and personnel spoke on the importance of the created jobs and commerce FedEx Ground is bringing to the region.

Good Shepherd Catholic School hires new principal

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by AL RECKER in School

John Paul Crescenzo, newly named principal at Good Shepherd Catholic School, Northampton, brings with him a mix of experience and a fresh approach in his role to provide the elementary students a solid forward-looking curriculum and a strong Catholic environment.

Crescenzo, a youthful 35-year-old educator, was chosen by a school board committee because of his well-rounded background, both professional and personal.

He is the father of two boys, ages 4 and 7.

Ironton Rail Trail turning 20 June 12 event begins with 5-K walk/run

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Ironton Rail Trail (IRT) will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a ribbon cutting June 12 on its trail that extends into North Whitehall Township. Also featured are a 5-K walk/run and exhibits. The ceremony will follow the race.

Officials from Coplay Borough and Whitehall and North Whitehall townships are expected to participate in the program. State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, and state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, also will attend.

Mayors support new seniors fair

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Beginning with the statement, “I have a major announcement,” at the May 9 Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners President Phillips Armstrong reported a seniors fair is being sponsored by the three mayors in the area — North Catasauqua Mayor Bill Molchany, Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock and Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr.

It will be an event the area has not seen before, Armstrong said.

Dubbed The Great Northern Seniors Fair, the fair will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 5 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave., Northampton.

Cement museum opens May 8

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, Northampton, which enjoys a worldwide reputation and is the only such museum in the United States, opens its doors for the 2016 season May 8. The museum will be open at no cost to the public 1-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays through Sept. 25.

The museum, 1401 Laubach Ave., recognizes present and former cement mills that dotted the region, but the museum’s main focus is on the rich history of the Atlas plant, which closed in 1982, and the thousands of men and women who worked there.

Whitehall commissioner seeks Harhart’s 183rd District seat

Thursday, February 11, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Phillips Armstrong launched his campaign for state representative of the 183rd Legislative District Jan. 28 before an enthusiastic crowd at Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club, Northampton, stating, “If you want to make a difference, you have to make an impact.”

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. introduced Armstrong at the campaign opener.

Armstrong, president of Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by state Rep. Julie Harhart, who announced she will not seek re-election.

McNeill seeks re-election for 133rd District

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

State Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd, surrounded by family and friends announced he is seeking re-election for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a seat he has held for the past two terms. The kick-off was held at Palace Pizza, Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township, Jan. 27.

During his re-election announcement, McNeill said paychecks for legislators should be put on the back burner if a state budget fails to pass by June 30.