The borough office and the public works department are closed Dec. 24 (today) and Dec. 25 and will reopen Dec. 28.
The regular schedule for refuse pickup resumes Dec. 28.
Christmas tree collection begins Dec. 30 and will continue through January.
Postal carriers in town didn’t have their sacks brimming with Christmas cards sent to families and friends across the borough, a trend that has been spiraling downward for years.
The Northampton Borough Municipal Building will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday.
St. John’s Friendly Fifties will meet 1 p.m. Jan. 11 in the church’s social hall, 1343 Newport Ave.
Dale Sine, formerly of the Melody Aces, will entertain.
If Northampton schools are delayed or closed, the meeting is canceled.
Northampton Memorial Community Center, 1601 Laubach Ave., hosts bingo every Monday night.
Doors open 5:30 p.m., and the games begin 7 p.m. The kitchen is open.
Proceeds benefit the recreation center.
• Storytime (for ages 3-5), 10:30 a.m., at Public Library of Catasauqua, 302 Bridge St. Information: 610-264-4151
• Explorer Scouts of Model Railroad Explorer Post 101-sponsored holiday model railroad display, noon-4 p.m., in room 201 at Coplay Borough Hall, 98 S. Fourth St. Free, but donations are welcome. The display is every Saturday and Sunday continuing until Jan. 10. Information: 610-965-2598
Most likely, many people will be attending parties and gatherings throughout this holiday week. Enjoy the festivities and reuniting with friends and relatives you do not get to see through the rest of the year. Remember to select a designated driver and be safe. Happy holidays to all!
Immediately following the holiday, there is sure to be a good amount of shoppers looking for bargains at the mall and elsewhere. Be safe and courteous on the roads, as traffic will still be heavy the next few weeks.
AARP Chapter 3115 will meet noon Jan. 7 at The American Club, 300 Cherry St., Coplay.
Accordion player Steve Kucenski will entertain. New members are welcome.
For more information, call 610-395-2810.
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Today, I am reading the April 24, 1969, edition of the Suburban Free Press, a weekly newspaper.
The newspaper covered events in Northampton, Whitehall, Coplay, Catasauqua and the area. The office was located on 10th Street in Northampton. The paper sold for 10 cents. The 1969 paper was given to me by Mr. Robert Wechsler of Coplay.
Here are some 1969 flashbacks! Do you recall when Catholic War Veterans Post 454 presented minstrel programs over at Northampton Senior High School? The three-day program included numerous presenters and elaborate scenery and drew sell-out crowds.
Laurel Fire Company will be sponsoring Operation Santa 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 19 for residents of the Cementon and North Coplay areas.
Look for the lights and listen for the sirens, as Santa will be bringing presents to children via the fire company’s antique 1940 Diamond T truck.
Parents may drop off gifts for Santa to deliver at the fire hall 4-11 p.m. Dec. 17 or 4 p.m.-midnight Dec. 18. Include the child’s name, age and address on each gift.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, will hold a “longest night” service 4 p.m. Dec. 20. The holiday season can be very difficult for some — whether it is because of a loved one lost, unemployment, broken relationships, illness, etc. This special service welcomes those individuals facing difficulties, as well as anyone who would like to come and hear prayers, scripture and music.
The library will be closed today, Dec. 17, for a window replacement.
We also will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1 for the holidays.
Join us for gift wrapping at Barnes & Noble, Lehigh Valley Mall, 5-9 p.m. tonight, Dec. 17. Let us do your wrapping for you!
The library is holding a holiday 50/50 raffle. For only a small cost per ticket, you could be the lucky winner.
The drawing will be held noon Dec. 22.
Continuing a tradition, Commitment to Family & Community (CFC) will hold a breakfast with Santa Dec. 19 at its Cherry Street hall. Doors open 9 a.m.
Following breakfast, Santa will arrive and will give each boy and girl a surprise. Photos with Santa also will be available.
The model train exhibit on the second floor of borough hall, Fourth and Center streets, will be open to the public noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until Jan. 10.