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Nazareth Borough News
Nazareth Borough will hold an Electronics Recycling Day on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 3pm-6pm For more information please Click HERE

The Nazareth Police Department will be hosting the 2021 National Night Out Event in our Park, Tuesday evening, August 3, 2021 from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. The event has been held annually across America since 1984, and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States. The Nazareth Police Department recognizes that the best way to build a safer community is to know your neighbors and your surroundings and is a proud organizer of the event. National Night Out began simply with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their homes but has since grown into an actual event where police and emergency responders gather with residents and share a sense of community and safety. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back the truest sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Parents and their children will have the opportunity to see squad cars, the life flight helicopter and various emergency response vehicles while learning about a wide variety of safety topics and partaking in numerous interactive family friendly activities. Other Nazareth Emergency Responders will also take part. St. Luke's University Healthcare is a major contributing sponsor of this free event. There will be informational handouts and free hot dogs. The Nazareth Police Department encourages everyone to attend.

Nazareth Day is back at the Nazareth Borough Park with an early Saturday, July 17, 2021 start. Festivities get going with vendors and crafters offering their wares and food offerings early on followed by a noon Pool opening with all admissions for swimmers for the Nazareth Day price of just $1.00. The day concludes with a Fireworks Show at approximately 9:00 pm.

There will be no Pool admission after 4:00 pm and all patrons will need to vacate the Pool at that time on Tuesdays July 6th, July 13th and July 20th due to Blue Eagle Swim Team Meets at the Borough Pool.

Following receipt of the Borough's first half of its proceeds from the recently enacted American Rescue Plan legislation, Borough Council will begin discussions about what it can and cannot do with the funding when it meets on July 5th. A few days ago, $298,411.92 was received by the Borough as Part One of its scheduled funding. Part Two in the same amount should hit Borough coffers before the end of June 2022. Monday evening's meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

Nazareth Borough will officially unveil and dedicate its new Town Clock on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm during a short ceremony. Borough Council encourages all residents and visitors to attend the event to occur at 128 S. Main Street at the eastern end of the Main Street Parking Lot. Several elected and appointed government officials are expected to be in attendance along with Nazareth Borough Council. The Howard Replica/Seth Thomas Clock will be Nazareth Borough's newest downtown landmark. The four-faced timepiece sits atop a twelve foot pedestal and was partially financed through a 2019 Northampton County CIPP Grant.

For more than four decades, the Nazareth Kiwanis Club has done its part with community service and helping our Borough in its time of need. The Club's fingerprints are all over our Borough and its members can be proud of their legacy of volunteerism and all they have contributed. You need look no further than the South New Street Park which bears their name - Kiwanis Park or their years with the cooperative running of the annual June Carnival in the Park which they administered and ran in conjunction with our Fire Department. They were a welcome presence at each Nazareth Day and our annual Halloween Parade, always operating with a sense of community spirit and pride in our town and always giving back. In 2015 when the Borough completed its Pool rebuild and prepared for its grand reopening, the Kiwanis Club stepped up with a $40,000 donation to pay for the water features in the Pool knowing that generations of swimmers would enjoy their contribution. Sadly, their membership rolls have dwindled but their generosity has not. Neil Shook, representing the Club, appeared at the Borough's June 7th Business Meeting to present Council with a $10,000 donation to help with the costs of the new Pool Pavilion plus an additional $1,000 for the electronic scoreboard at Bill Gold Field. Both the Scoreboard and the Pavilion will honor our Kiwanis Club and their decades of benevolence and community service with a memorial plaque attached at each location. How fortunate we, in Nazareth, have all been for this great service organization!

Borough Pool Season Pass Sales Resume But Will End for the Summer Season On June13, 2021 The Nazareth Borough Council Public Property Committee has declared that Season Pool Pass sales will end for the 2021 season at the close of business on June 13, 2021. Swimmers may continue to pay general admission "walk up" rates for daily Pool entry but season pass sales will end on that day due to guidelines for Pool capacity set by the State Department of Health and because of the volume of pre-season and first weekend sales.

Borough Council's Public Property Committee has issued a suspension of Season Pool Pass sales until further notice. Borough residents, with Proof of Residency, may continue to purchase season passes and swimmers may pay general admission rates for Pool entry but season pass sales have been terminated due to guidelines for Pool capacity set by the State Department of Health.

Nazareth Borough Council, at its May 3rd Business Meeting, agreed on 2021 Pool admission and Season Pool Pass rates. Daily admission will be $10 for adults (18-62 years of age) on weekdays and $12 for adults on weekends and holidays. Junior admission for those 4-17 years of age will be $8 on weekdays and $9 for weekends and holidays. Senior Citizens, ages 62 and older will be $7 on all days. Children under 10 years of age are admitted only when accompanied by an adult There is no charge for children under 4 years of age. Active military personnel will be admitted free of charge on July 4, 2021 and all patrons can swim on Nazareth Day, Saturday, July 17, 2021 for $1. There are "no" residency requirements for regular daily admission to the Pool on any day. family Season Pool Passes for a family of four are $230 and $15 for each family member over four. Family member names will be listed on the Pool Pass and are not transferable. Senior season Pool Passes, ages 18 -61 will be $150, Junior season Pool Passes ages 4-17 are $125 and senior Citizen Pool Passes, ages 62 and older are $100. There are "no" residency requirements for the purchase and use of Pool Passes. Pre-Season Pool Pass sales will also be offered as follows but Passes can purchased on any Pool day:

Pre-Season Pool Pass Sales -
"NAZARETH BOROUGH RESIDENTS ONLY" - proof of residency required
Saturday - May 15, 2021 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Pool Entrance

ALL POOL PASS PATRONS - "NO" residency requirement
Sunday - May 16, 2021 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Pool Entrance

ALL POOL PASS PATRONS - "NO" residency requirement
Saturday - May 23, 2021 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Pool Entrance

The Pool will again offer Pool Parties, now in its new Pool Pavilion. Daytime Pool Parties from 1:00 - 3:30 pm for 25 swimmers with private and exclusive use of the "new" Pavilion will be $175 with swimmers over the 25 person limit paying an extra $2 per swimmer. Evening Pool Parties from 6:00 pm till 8:30 pm, to include exclusive use of the "new" Pavilion, will be $225 for 25 swimmers and $2 per swimmer over 25 swimmer limit. Use of the Pool from 6:00 pm till 7:00 pm is shared with regular attendees and is private from 7:00 pm till 8:30 pm. Evening parties of 50 swimmers will be $300 and $2 per swimmer over the 50 swimmer limit. All swimmers will be issued silicone bracelets. A non-refundable $50 charge is necessary to reserve a Pool Party date. Morning swim lessons will also be on the Summer of 2021 Pool Agenda and details of the lessons will follow in the coming weeks.

While the reopening of the Borough Pool has already been approved for Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 12 noon, many other decisions won't be finalized and formally approved until the Borough's May Council Meeting. Council has decided that pre-season Pool Pass sales will occur on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm for Borough Residents only on that day as proof of residency will be required. A day later, Sunday May 16, 2021, and again on Saturday, May 22, 2021 and Sunday, May 23, 2021 from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm on those days, pool pass sales will be open to everyone, regardless of residency. The Pool will be open to all, from any municipality for daily admissions and pool pass holders until Labor Day unless the current public health crises determines otherwise and the Borough is forced to follow those guidelines. Yet to be approved are rates for Pool Passes, daily admission rates, Pool Party rates and limitations and rates and particulars for swim lessons. Council will vote on all of those issues at the Monday, May 3, 2021 6:00 pm meeting. Decisions will be posted here on the Home Page of this website and on the Pool Page of the website

Nazareth Borough Council has extended the Real Estate Tax Deadlines for the payment of 2021 Borough Real Estate Taxes and the initiation of the Installment feature for the payment of these taxes. Mailing delays and missing and undelivered tax bills, not of the Borough's making, have prompted this action which now allows taxes to be paid in their entirety with the discount until April 30, 2021 and the installment feature to be started with the first of three installments now due on or before April 30, 2021. Please visit the Borough Tax Office at 132 S. Main Street or call Tax Collector Carole Bowers at 610-759-1507 with questions or for further details.

Nazareth Borough will be collecting your yard waste curbside during the week of April 15, 2021. Unlimited amounts of yard waste (leaves, branches, twigs, flowers, roots, bushes, garden clippings) will be collected curbside. Place your yard waste in any open top container (clean, no trash and not your automated cart), tie with cotton or hemp twine in bundles no larger than 3ft x 3ft x 3ft and weighing no more than 40 pounds or place in compostable paper bags which are available at most hardware or grocery stores. (NO PLASTIC ROPE, TWINE OR BAGS). No grass clippings, tree stumps, loose soils, sod, any wood or tree limbs over four (4) inches in diameter, human or animal excrement, noxious weeds or soil contaminated with hazardous substances. Questions? Contact Charles Donello - Nazareth Borough Ecology Chairman 484-274-2235

Nazareth Borough Council will conduct business at Council Chambers, 159 West Center Street, for both the 6:00 pm monthly Workshop Meeting on April 1, 2021 and the Monday, April 5, 2021 Business Meeting, also at 6:00 pm. This marks the first in-person Borough meetings since the Borough reverted to GoToMeeting virtual meetings since the suspension of in-person gatherings in November 2020. As always, the public is welcome to attend but attendees are requested to follow all current public health standards and wear a mask.

With Memorial Day just weeks away, the Nazareth Borough Public Property Committee is moving forward with all of the preliminaries for a safe and timely pool opening. Pennsylvania Public Health and the Center for Disease Control guidelines, when they are finalized and published, will be stringently followed after the Borough gets the green light to safely open. With a new Pool Manager in place and a new Pavilion in the works, hopefully completed by the opening week, there's plenty to look for as the process continues. That new Pavilion will be within the Pool enclosed area and will be rentable for parties and other events and should provide relief from the hot summer sun to regular patrons when it is not reserved. Other Pool plans call for a continuation of morning swim lessons and a new vendor should bring a larger and more varied menu to the totally remodeled Refreshment Stand. Further opening details will be posted here on the website along with Pool Pass and daily admission rates, Pavilion, Log Cabin and Gazebo rentals and updated information on the Skate Park, Dog Park and Nazareth Day events. Nazareth Borough Council intends to continue to post updated information as decisions are made.

The Nazareth Borough Skate Park will reopen on Thursday, April 1, 2021 providing there is no remaining or new snow present. As it has done each year since 2008, the Park will remain open until November 30, 2021. The Borough requests that Skate Park rules be followed and that bikes are not allowed inside the enclosed area.

The Nazareth Borough Recycling Center on G W Stoudt Boulevard will reopen for the season on March 30, 2021. The facility's hours of operation are noon to 6:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Saturdays 10:00 am till 6:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am till 4:00 pm. The Yard Waste Center will be closed Mondays and Fridays. Patrons must show proof of residency to drop off yard waste, trees, branches and weeds.

Due to the snow fall on Monday, JP Mascaro's will delay our weekly pickup one day. Please note collection will be Friday, February 26, 2021

Mayor Lance Colondo has called off the Nazareth Borough Snow Emergency, effective Thursday February 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm. Normal parking along Snow Emergency can now resume

Mayor Lance Colondo has declared a Nazareth Borough Snow Emergency for Thursday February 18, 2021 with a starting time of 9:00 am. The Snow Emergency will end at 4:00 pm Friday, February 19, 2021. Residents are advised to move their vehicles from Snow Emergency routes and can move them to the lot at the Nazareth Borough Park or available parking in the lot at Bill Gold Field on South Green Street. There is "NO" available parking at the lot adjacent to the Borough Municipal Building at 134 S. Main Street. Access the General Information tab on the left side of the Website Home Page and click on Snow Emergency for Snow Emergency Route street listings and more information. Violators of the Snow Emergency Policy will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

The February 2021 monthly meeting of the Nazareth Borough Municipal Authority scheduled for Thursday evening, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM has been cancelled due to weather concerns. The next Municipal Authority Meeting will be held on Thursday evening, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM at Council Chambers 159 West Center Street.

Mayor Lance Colondo has declared an extension to the Nazareth Borough Snow Emergency with a new ending time of Tuesday February 2, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Residents are advised to move their vehicles from Snow Emergency routes and can move them to the lot at the Nazareth Borough Park or available parking in the lot at Bill Gold Field on South Green Street. There is "NO" available parking at the lot adjacent to the Borough Municipal Building at 134 S. Main Street. Access the General Information tab on the left side of the Website Home Page and click on Snow Emergency for Snow Emergency Route street listings and more information. Violators of the Snow Emergency policy will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

Mayor Lance Colondo has declared a Nazareth Borough Snow Emergency set to begin at 9:00 am on Monday, February 1, 2021 with a scheduled ending at 10:00 am on Tuesday February 2, 2021. Residents are advised to move their vehicles from Snow Emergency routes and can move them to the lot at the Nazareth Borough Park or available parking in the lot at Bill Gold Field on South Green Street. There is "NO" available parking at the lot adjacent to the Borough Municipal Building at 134 S. Main Street. Access the General Information tab on the left side of the Website Home Page and click on Snow Emergency for Snow Emergency Route street listings and more information. Violators of the Snow Emergency policy will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

The Borough of Nazareth is declaring its February 2021 monthly Workshop Meeting to be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm...to be a "virtual-remote" meeting. The next Nazareth Borough Council Business Meeting will be held on Monday, February 1, 2021 and will begin at 6:00 pm. That Meeting will also be a "virtual-remote" Meeting and details of how to access that Meeting are contained in an ad in the Nazareth Key. Log-on details are also available here on the Borough website, nazarethboroughpa.com and questions can be submitted either by direct Borough Contact by using the Questions-Concerns option on the website, by regular mail to the Borough Office at 134 S. Main Street, Nazareth, PA 18064, by phone call to 610-759-0202, direct e-mail to nazboro@rcn.com or by call-in to the meeting while it is in progress by following the instructions on the website. For more information on how to attend this meeting please click HERE

The Borough of Nazareth is cancelling its January 2021 monthly Workshop Meeting. Normally, the Workshop Meeting would be held on the last Thursday before the first Monday of the month but is cancelled for December 31, 2020 because of the New Year's Eve Holiday. The next Nazareth Borough Council Meeting will be held on Monday, January 4, 2021 and will begin at 6:00 pm. That Meeting will be a "virtual" Remote Meeting and details of how to access that Meeting are contained in an ad in the Nazareth Key. Details are also available here on the Borough website...nazarethboroughpa.com.

Nazareth Borough Council will be conducting online virtual meeting on December 3, 2020. For more information on how to attend this meeting please click HERE

Borough residents can place Christmas trees out for pickup on Thursday, December 31, 2020, Thursday, January 7, 2021 and Thursday, January 14, 2021. Regular curbside pickup will occur on those days. Residents may also take trees to the parking lot on Sage Street adjacent to the Essroc Soccer Fields facility until January 14, 2021 for disposal.

Mayor Lance Colondo has declared an end to the Nazareth Borough Snow Emergency effective at 4:00 pm on Thursday December 17, 2020. All Borough streets are open and passable to include the metered area of the downtown. Normal parking regulations will be in effect after the Thursday, December 17, 2020 4:00 pm conclusion of the Snow Emergency.

Mayor Lance Colondo has declared a Nazareth Borough Snow Emergency set to begin at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 with a scheduled ending at 10:00 pm on Thursday December 17, 2020. Residents are advised to move their vehicles from Snow Emergency routes and can move them to the lot at the Nazareth Borough Park or available parking in the lot at Bill Gold Field on South Green Street. There is "NO" available parking at the lot adjacent to the Borough Municipal Building at 134 S. Main Street. Access the General Information tab on the left side of the Website Home Page and click on Snow Emergency for Snow Emergency Route street listings and more information. Violators of the Snow Emergency policy will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

Mayor Lance Colondo has declared a Nazareth Borough Snow Emergency set to begin at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 with a scheduled ending at 10:00 pm on Thursday December 17, 2020. Residents are advised to move their vehicles from Snow Emergency routes and can move them to the lot at the Nazareth Borough Park or available parking in the lot at Bill Gold Field on South Green Street. There is "NO" available parking at the lot adjacent to the Borough Municipal Building at 134 S. Main Street. Access the General Information tab on the left side of the Website Home Page and click on Snow Emergency for Snow Emergency Route street listings and more information. Violators of the Snow Emergency policy will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

The painful decision to make the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony a virtual event came early on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Following discussions between the Chamber of Commerce and Borough representatives, it was decided that it would be best to hold the event virtually rather than an in-person, closer contact gathering. The Borough immediately sent out a NIXLE alert and phone calls related the new details of both the December 11th Tree Lighting at 7:00 pm and the next day's Christmas in Nazareth downtown event. That event features free parking, vendors in and around the Circle and other outdoor happenings along with an appearance by Santa and carolers. Check back here as further log-on details will be available here on this website.

Mayor Lance Colondo and Councilwoman Laureen Pellegrino together, will officially present the Brodt Family, owners of the Nazareth Music Center on South Main Street, with a Borough resolution as part of a small in-store ceremony on December 11th. A longtime hub in the downtown, the Nazareth Music Center has taught music and the playing of instruments continuously since 1960. The late Ralph Brodt Jr. purchased Zellner's Music from Wilson Zellner, the originator of the Nazareth Youth Band in the 1950's and then renamed it the Nazareth Music Center, following its purchase in 1960. Together with wife Edith, Brodt, who is still active to this day, they continued that work of instruction, added the sales and rental of instruments, sheet music and other supplies as the business grew and flourished. A testament to the Center's success has been the numerous state and regional awards that the Nazareth High School Band and the Junior High School Band have won over the last several decades. Sons Scott and Ralph III and daughter Nora make the business a family affair as a steady flow of accomplished musicians owe their prowess to the Music Center. The Borough is understandably proud of the Nazareth Music Center and the Brodt Family and thanks them for their six decades of downtown success.

Nazareth Borough Council will be conducting online virtual meeting on December 3, 2020. For more information on how to attend this meeting please click HERE

Nazareth Borough Council unanimously passed a "proposed" $5.26 million dollar 2021 Budget which for the second consecutive year, does not contain a tax increase. Residents will see two new outdoor Pavilions, one within the Pool enclosure and a second one at the Essroc Fields Soccer facility. Both will have concrete pads and picnic tables and hopefully can be rented for small parties and gatherings. An additional $125,000 is set aside in the new budget for street repairs and another $80,000 will help with MS4 Storm Water repairs. The Budget also includes $75,000 in improvements for Council Chambers with plans for a new entry door, ceiling fans, an upstairs handicapped bathroom and a handicapped accessible entry ramp to the building. Council intends to hire an additional full time police officer at the start of the year and hopefully another full time officer at midyear. The proposed Budget will be available for inspection at 134 S. Main Street for ten business days beginning on November 13, 2020. The Budget will be proposed for final approval at the Monday, December 7, 2020 Business Meeting and without a tax increase, no objections to the Budget are expected.

Within the next three weeks, a new Message Center with LED lighting, will replace the three-sided kiosk in the Circle. Financed in part by a Lehigh Valley Chamber Main Street Foundation Grant, the Message Center is two-sided and will feature direct LED lighting. Residents, service organizations, clubs and schhol groups can access the new Message Center or either of the two remaining informational kiosks by going to the Borough Municipal Office at 134 S. Main Street, posting their sign or brochure, then returning the key to the office. The Borough maintains a 30 day posting limit and posters are responsible for repeating the process to take down their information. The new grant financed Town Clock has been bid, approved and is being constructed by the Verdin Clock Company. The 4-sided Clock will be placed at the head of the Main Street Parking Lot with a projected Spring 2021 unveiling and dedication ceremony.

The Borough's Public Works Department has begun coming to your streets to pick up leaves. The procedure for leaf removal is the same as it was in previous years and Borough residents should deposit their leaves for curbside pickup. Please note that piles containing grass clippings, yard waste, branches or any debris other than leaves "will not be picked up". Our removal equipment is designed to only pick up leaves and anything other than leaves will damage our equipment and could cause harm and even serious injury to our cleanup crew. Remember that yard waste and clippings can be dropped off at the Borough's Yard Waste Center on G.W. Stoudt Boulevard until it closes for the season on or about November 30, 2020. There is no set schedule for leaf pickup but all parts of the Borough will be taken care of beginning with the eastern most sections of the Borough first. They are currently being serviced and leaves are being collected. Crews will continue to work their way west until everything is cleaned up. The procedure will repeat until all leaves have been collected and the speed at which this is done depends on weather conditions and the amount of leaves to be retrieved. The Borough Public Works Crew thanks you in advance for your cooperation in this yearly cleanup endeavor.

The Borough of Nazareth is accepting applications for the position of Full Time Police Officer. This is a Civil Service position. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 21 years of age and possess a high school diploma or equivalent. As part of the Civil Service process, candidates are required to pass written, oral and polygraph examinations. Candidates must be physically capable of performing the essential functions and tasks of a police officer. Candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background investigation.

Prior to appointment, every applicant must possess a valid PA Driver's License, have successfully completed Act 120 Academy and be capable of MPOETC certification. Application packets can be obtained at the Nazareth Municipal Offices, 134 S. Main Street, Nazareth, PA 18064, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or downloaded from the Borough website - nazarethboroughpa.gov - access the Forms and Documents tab on the Home Page - lower left column.

The Application deadline is Friday, September 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm. There is a non-refundable $35.00 application fee, payable in cash or money order.

Completed applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Nazareth Borough Municipal Offices and include payment of the $35.00 application fee. The Borough of Nazareth will not accept application packets hand-delivered or post marked after the application deadline or which do not include payment of the application fee.

The written examination will be administered by the Borough of Nazareth Civil Service Commission at Borough Council Chambers, 159 W. Center Street, Nazareth, PA 18064 on October 10, 2020 beginning at 9:00 am.

Physical fitness testing standards will be posted on the Borough website - nazarethboroughpa.com. Applicants are advised to regularly check this website for additional information and other requirements. Please refer to the Civil Service page of the website for all of the requirements of the position. They are listed on that page.

Inquiries should be directed to the Civil Service Commission at: civilservice@nazarethboroughpa.gov

The Borough of Nazareth is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Borough of Nazareth
134 S. Main Street
Nazareth, PA 18064
610-759-0202
nazarethboroughpa.gov

The Borough of Nazareth is seeking qualified police officers for part time employment with the Nazareth Police Department. Interested persons must be Act 120 certified. Please apply in person at 134 S. Main Street, lower level (rear). Applications are available on the Borough website. Click on the Forms and Documents tab in the lower left corner of the Home Page to access the applications and hand deliver the completed form to the above address. Business hours are 8:30 am till 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. There is no deadline for applications. Call 610-759-9575 with any questions.

Carl A. Fischl
Chairman, Police Committee
Borough of Nazareth

In an effort to add rentable space for parties and gatherings and some shaded space for days when it is not reserved, the Borough has approved the construction of a small pavilion within the fenced in Pool enclosure. Borough Engineer Albert Kortze has been dispatched to get ideas, designs and costs for a structure of this type and return to Council with a concept that can be approved, constructed and put in place for the 2021 Pool season. Plans call for the facility to be large enough to host pool parties and small gatherings. Council is prepared to consider numerous options but for now, planning is in the very early stages.

Just a reminder to all residents...if you haven't taken the census yet, please do so. Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services. You can view more information on my2020cencus.gov

Following several weeks in which Nazareth Borough Council delayed a final decision on opening its Pool, at its Monday June 1, 2020 Business Meeting it reluctantly voted to close the Pool for the 2020 season. The delay was caused by Governor Wolf's implementation of his reopening plan and the ever changing and almost daily updates and guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Center For Disease Control about safety in Public Pools. Standards in the Governor's plan would make the Pool's operation extremely difficult with limits to how many people could swim, the use of masks, sanitizing of the bathhouse, showers, handrails and bathrooms plus enforceable guidelines for social distancing. Borough Administration will now begin issuing refunds to all who purchased pre-season pool passes. All purchasers will receive their refunds via U.S. mail.

Despite the early Spring warm weather and the bright skies, it just doesn't seem like Spring in our Borough. Instead of children's laughter and kites flying when going to any of the Borough's parks instead you are greeted with a sign that bluntly states "Park Closed Till Further Notice". The hustle and bustle of a busy Main Street is temporarily gone and so is the crack of the bat at the Borough's many baseball fields. Restaurants sport yellow tape and emergency signs which say "Curbside Pickup Only" and other than fitness conscious joggers and lots of seniors taking their nightly walk, the streets show little activity. The doors of the 134 S. Main Street Borough Offices are locked even though the office is technically open and Borough employees are operating on staggered schedules to help with social distancing while wearing masks and other protective clothing when out in the public. Decisions on Borough meetings in May will be made in the next ten days. Meanwhile, residents are urged to honor state guidelines in an effort to curb the pandemic and get us all back to normalcy at some point...a date yet to be determined.

Nazareth Borough Council's number one concern is the good health and safety of its residents. Accordingly, it is encouraging everyone in our Borough to do what our public health officials have deemed critical to minimizing the spread and effects of the virus through frequent hand washing, cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces and by social distancing. Following the deployment of hand sanitizing liquids and dispensers at both the entrance to the Borough Municipal Building at 134 S. Main Street and to its Police Department on the lower rear entrance of the same building, Council is now considering "safe" options for monthly committee meetings and for the end of the month Workshop Meeting and the April 6, 2020 Business Meeting. Pennsylvania's Sunshine Laws have standards for remote meetings and their broadcast and the requirement for recording those proceedings which must be met. Council is currently weighing all options for their feasibility to include postponing April proceedings until a date later in the month when hopefully things will be safer for us all and even cancelling both Meetings all together. With the landscape for this outbreak changing daily and no decisions finalized currently, Borough Council is following the directives of Northampton County Public Health officials and the County's Emergency Management Department. All Council decisions on these matters will be properly and legally advertised so stay tuned.

Nazareth Borough Council is considering passage of a Curfew Ordinance and invites public commentary on the issue through the Questions and Comments portion of the website or the Police Department Facebook page. Council also welcomes additional commentary in person, at the November 26, 2019 Workshop Meeting and/or the December Business Meeting on December 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm both nights at Council Chambers, 159 West Center Street. The ordinance, if passed, would affect minors under the age of 18 and prohibit their presence on the streets and in all public places or in vehicles, within the confines of the Borough, after 11:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and after 12:00 am (midnight) on Fridays and Saturdays and in each case until 5:00 am in the morning. To read more on this proposal Click Here

Nazareth Borough Council has approved the Borough's "limited" enrollment in an attempt to control the number of free-roaming cats. No Nonsense Neutering of Allentown oversees a Trap-Neuter-Release Program which addresses this ever-growing problem. Council approved a motion to purchase thirty vouchers which residents can obtain with "proof of residency" to begin the process. Residents are limited to four vouchers. No Nonsense Neutering agrees to spay/neuter each feral cat, male or female. Each cat receives a rabies vaccination, a distemper vaccine if 1 year or younger, worming, ear mite and flea treatments-all provided under the terms of their contract with the Borough for the balance of 2019. Each feral cat will receive a green tattoo along the incision and will be left ear-tipped as a universal indication that it has been sterilized and vaccinated. Caretakers are responsible for post-operative care and will be provided with verbal and written instructions and a certificate of rabies vaccination. Additional services or vaccinations are available; however, they are the sole financial responsibility of the caretaker. The process begins with the pickup of the voucher, calling of the trapper who will come out and trap the cats and then proceeds through the medical and re-release process. The Borough's involvement is solely with the issuing of the vouchers complete with the instructions on how to proceed and paying No Nonsense Neutering for the service. To date, the Borough has not committed to a number for the amount of vouchers it will purchase and issue in 2020.

As the weather turns colder and the days become shorter the Fall season is upon us. With the change of seasons, comes the annual ritual of falling leaves. Once again, the Borough Public Works Department will be coming around to pick up these leaves. The procedure for leaf pick up is the same as previous years. Borough residents should deposit there leaves curbside for pick up. Piles that contain grass clippings, yard waste, branches or any other debris will not be picked up. The pick up equipment is designed to pick up only leaves, anything other than leaves can cause possible damage to the machine and serious injury to the pick up crew. Yard waste and grass can be dropped off at the designated drop off area at G.W. Stoudt Boulevard. There is no set schedule for pick up, the crew will start at the east end of town and work their way west until everything is picked up. This procedure will repeat until all leaves are collected. How quickly the crew can cross town depends on weather conditions and the amount of leaves to be picked up. The Borough highway crews thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Keith H. Knecht
Public Works Superintendent
Borough of Nazareth

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that has spread throughout Pennsylvania since being discovered in Berks County in 2014. It poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including the grape, tree fruit, hardwood, and nursery industries, and can become a problem pest to homeowners and residents. Stopping the spread is a community effort, and we need your help!

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The Fourth of July weekend is once again upon us, with family BBQ’s and impressive fireworks displays. The Nazareth Police Department wants to remind everyone that fireworks are restricted in areas such as the boro. Here are the Pennsylvania Law and boro ordinances regarding fireworks:

• They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
• They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
• They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
• They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present.
• They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

Fireworks are safety and quality of life issue, and their effects are far from just the area where they are being discharged from. One must be considerate of their neighbors, pets, and community. Members of the Nazareth Police will be out in force responding to such issues and complaints. We ask all out citizens to enjoy this holiday and seek out one of the many 4th of July celebrations occurring in the Lehigh valley that weekend.

Boro Ordinance also states: D. It shall be a violation of this Ordinance for any person to ignite or discharge Consumer Fireworks, or for the owner or tenant of real property within the Borough to permit the ignition or discharge of Consumer Fireworks by another person on or from such property, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m

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Welcome to the Borough of Nazareth website. The borough is named for the Biblical town of Nazareth. William Penn bequeathed this land to his daughter, Letitia, who under colonial law would have had to pay a single red rose each June 24, if so demanded by the trustees. People in Nazareth celebrate this every year on June 11 and 12 by various organizations selling single red roses throughout the town.

The Borough of Nazareth, founded in 1740 by Moravian settlers, is a quaint and charming community situated in central Northampton County just four miles north of Bethlehem and seven miles northwest of Easton. Nazareth can boast of quiet and attractive neighborhoods and easy living and its 5,746 residents enjoy the Borough's great parks, heralded school system, convenient downtown and one hour access to New York City and Philadelphia. Historically, Nazareth was an industrial town with the production of cement, textiles, yarn and fabricated steel at its heart but the town will always be linked with its best known and most popular product, the Martin Guitar.



Thousands of the prized guitars are still produced each year for worldwide distribution and each summer, the town proudly hosts the annual "Martin On Main Street Festival". Serviced by its own Police Department and Vigilance Hose Volunteer Fire Company, Nazareth offers a unique community spirit which manifests itself in several traditional events like Nazareth Day, The Block Party, parades and holiday tours. The Borough can be accessed by Routes 191 which passes through the heart of the downtown and Route 33 which skirts the Borough's eastern borders.



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