As the end of 2015 and the holidays approach, three traditional events headline the Borough's calendar. Thanksgiving morning will see another chapter of the YMCA sponsored Pumpkin Pie 5K Race through the Borough. Over one thousand participants annually do the morning run as a prelude to their Thanksgiving Day festivities. Thursday evening, December 3, 2015 will see the downtown aglow as Santa arrives at the Circle and the Borough's Tree lighting ceremony takes place at 7:00 pm. Finally, Saturday December 12, 2015 will see the Christmas Season's highlight event, Christmas In Nazareth as the day-long festivities of the Moravian Historical Society feature downtown activities, plenty of Christmas Carols and a wonderful holiday atmosphere for all to enjoy.
The November 3, 2015 election saw all seven current Councilmen who were up for re-election retain their spots on Council. In the Borough's First Ward, Michael Kopach won a fifth consecutive four year term while Frank Maurek won a third consecutive term. First term Councilman Brian Regn also retained his seat but for a two year term. In the Borough's Second Ward, Carl Fischl was re-elected to his second term on Council while Larry Stoudt was victorious and will serve his ninth four year term on Council. Council President Daniel Chiavaroli also won for the ninth time while Lance Colondo was re-elected to a two year term. The two year terms of Regn and Colondo are the result of mid-term appointments to Council and those seats will return to four year terms in 2018.
Following a year which seemed to pass at breakneck speed with the Pool Dedication, a summer of fun in our Park and all of the 275th Anniversary hoopla, there's still plenty to do in Nazareth as Fall 2015 marches toward the dark days of winter. All of the Borough's parks and outdoor facilities remain open and at no cost to users. There's plenty of playground equipment at each venue for young and even old to use or try the West End Walking Trails for some healthy outdoor exercise. Our Dog Park remains open and not only offers a great place for your favorite pet to romp and play but the facility is picturesque and offers stunning Fall foliage views from its hilltop location. Our Borough Park on North Broad Street has basketball, tennis and volleyball courts and the Skatepark remains open until its seasonal closing on December 1st. Trick or Treat Night as always falls on October 31st and children can show off their costumes and fill their bags with candy from 6 to 8 pm that evening. Thanksgiving Day offers Nazareth's biggest "in town" Race/Walk, the YMCA's Pumpkin Pie 5K and one week later, on Thursday December 3rd, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in our Circle at 7:00 pm. One of the highlights of the year, Christmas in Nazareth, will be held throughout the downtown, in the Circle and at the Moravian historical sites on December 12, 2015. This immensely successful all day event features displays, Christmas Carolers, and tours of the Borough's downtown and gets everyone into the Christmas spirit. There's plenty to do and see in our Borough even when the cold weather approaches...it's a great time to get out and enjoy all that our town offers.
Senator Mario Scavello was a very welcome guest at the Borough's October 5th Business Meeting. The Senator appeared and presented the Borough with a Senatorial Proclamation congratulating our community on its 275th Anniversary. Scavello was loudly applauded for his remarks about the Borough of Nazareth before reading the Proclamation and receiving an even warmer welcome. President Daniel Chiavaroli accepted on behalf of the Borough and thanked the Senator for his involvement in helping to secure a 2014 Library Grant and for his involvement with the Borough's Economic Development Commission's latest grant for facade restoration in our Downtown.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 will serve as the grand finale for a summer of celebrating Nazareth’s 275th Anniversary and what a summer it was. Things got underway in early May with a kickoff party at the Whitfield House followed by Nazareth Day at an Iron Pigs game later in May. An Ecumenical Service in the Park highlighted the June activities and Historical Tours through the Borough in mid August provided a look at Nazareth's roots and its earlier times. But the real highlight should be the Parade and Birthday Bash over the September 12th weekend when residents, businesses, clubs, bands and schools get to show the Lehigh Valley and expected visitors from across the region, their finest and their love for this wonderful town we all love to call "Home". The Parade starts at Belvidere and Liberty Streets at 2:00 pm and takes the traditional parade route west on Belvidere Street to Main Street then turns north to the circle and right on Center Street. Following the parade's conclusion a Birthday Party will take place at the Whitfield House starting at 4:00 pm. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Who will cut the cake and lead the partiers as they sing "Happy Birthday" to our wonderful hometown? Find out for yourself and be sure to attend.
Saturday, July 18th will be another special day for our Borough as another version of Nazareth Day unfolds in our Park and our Downtown. The activities begin bright and early in the Borough Park with vendors and plenty of activities as the day unfolds. The Downtown too should be jumping as the final day of Sidewalk Sales continues and the Circle serves as the hub for a full slate of things to do and lots to see. The new Pool offers $1 swimming for all patrons on that day before the grand finale, the annual Fireworks Show concludes another memorable Nazareth Day. One thing is for sure...it's the best day of the year in our Borough. Don't miss any of it!
Beginning Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the Pool will be open seven days a week through August 23, 2015, then weekends through Labor Day...noon till 7:00 pm....weather and patronage permitting. Pool Pass rates include $150 per family of four (2 adults and 2 children) and $10 for each family member above the four person limit. Adult Senior Pool Passes...18years old and up... will be $75 and Junior Passes...ages 6 to 18 years of age...will be $60. The Senior Citizen rate...62 years old and older... will be $60 while Children under the age of 6 will be free when accompanied by a paying adult. Daily Pool Rates are $6 for adults and $5 for Juniors and Senior Citizens and Weekend Rates are $7 for Adults and $6 for Juniors and Senior Citizens. Pool and Pool Pass rates are the same for all patrons, regardless of residency. Rental of the Log Cabin will be $65 per day. The Borough will no longer offer individual picnic table rentals but instead will rent the pavilion in quadrants. The Large Pavilion will be rented in four areas with 12 tables in each for $50 per day while the Small Pavilion will be rented in two sectors with 12 tables each for $50 per day. Rental fees apply for all tables every day from Memorial Day thru Labor Day.
The new Nazareth Pool will reopen on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 12 noon again on Sunday, May 24th at noon and on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 at noon. Day and season passes will be sold at the front desk during all open hours. The Pool will open seven days a week following the official closing of Nazareth schools and remain open through Labor Day with weekend swimming only following the opening of school the third week of August. Pool and Park rates for 2015 follow: Pool Pass rates include $150 per family of four (2 adults + 2 children) and $10 for each family member above the four person limit. Adult Senior Pool Passes will be $75 and Junior Passes will be $60. The Senior Citizen rate will be $60 while Children under the age of 5 will be free when accompanied by a paying adult. Daily Pool Rates are $6 for adults and $5 for Juniors and Senior Citizens and Weekend Rates are $7 for Adults and $6 for Juniors and Senior Citizens. Pool and Pool Pass rates are the same for all patrons, regardless of residency. Rental of the Log Cabin will be $65 per day. The Borough will no longer offer individual picnic table rentals but instead will rent the pavilion in quadrants. The Large Pavilion will be rented in four areas with 12 tables in each for $50 per day while the Small Pavilion will be rented in two sectors of 12 tables each for $50 per day. Questions about Pool hours, passes and availability of pavilions can be directed to Pool Manager Dianne Mullen at 610-759-3522 following the opening of the Pool on Memorial Day weekend.
The Nazareth Skate Park reopened on Sunday, May 17, 2015 following months of renovations, repainting and upgrades by a volunteer Skate Park Committee under the leadership of Michael Fauerbach. The volunteer effort began last Fall with the group's formation and culminated on May 17th after finishing touches were applied to the eight year old facility. The May 17th reopening hosted lots of skaters and onlookers.
A new era has begun with the opening of the Borough's $2.3 million Pool at a gala gathering on Sunday May 17, 2015. Advertised for weeks as a "get to know us" event, the proceedings began at 1:00 pm with Master of Ceremonies Richard Anderson welcoming guests and onlookers. Former Councilman Reverend Bill Matz followed with the invocation and the Colonial Regional Police Department Color Guard then began the "patriotic tribute" portion with their presentation of the colors, the National Anthem and concluded with the Pledge of Allegiance. Lots of people contributed to the Pool rebuilding effort and they were honored for their role in the process. The Borough's Pool Focus Group, a citizen led collection of businessmen, retirees, Borough employees and concerned parents fueled the rebuilding process after surveying residents, visiting other local pools and finally deciding on the eventual Pool Architect and Pool Design firms. Also honored was the Nazareth Kiwanis Club for their donation of $42,000 which paid for several of the water features the new Pool sports. A memorial plaque was unveiled and will be mounted on the Bathhouse wall commemorating the Kiwanis contribution. A fireworks salute then signaled the official opening as Mayor Carl Strye and Councilman Brian Regn both used the diving boards to christen the facility and welcome anyone in attendance for a free afternoon of swimming. A Poolside Dance complete with a disc jockey entertained the estimated 600 swimmers who enjoyed a truly memorable afternoon for our Borough...one that few will soon forget.
The wonderful news came on Tax Day, April 15, 2015 in an announcement by the Pennsylvania Borough's Association...the Nazareth website had been voted #1 in Pennsylvania and tops in our state. The prestigious award honors our Borough's site for content, design, accessibility and overall function and rated it "Number One" over 1,700 other Borough municipal websites across our state. The Borough will receive a plaque commemorating this honor at the State Association of Boroughs Annual Conference at the Lancaster Marriott on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The website was designed by New Arrival Studios in conjunction with the Borough Secretary/Treasurer and the Borough Clerk. The Borough's Secretary/Treasurer composed all of the articles and information contained on the site including maps, historical information about the Borough, driving directions to Nazareth and the composites and background information about Borough Officials. Council President Dan Chiavaroli, an avid photographer, provided all of website scenic Borough pictures while Borough Clerk Chris Lilly, the site's "webmaster" posted all of the articles and pictures.
With less than 45 days till the new Pool reopens, Nazareth Borough Council has put plans in place for what promises to be a historic summer. The much ballyhooed "grand reopening" will occur at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 17th and a "poolside dance" will follow with a DJ. Attendees at both events are encouraged to wear their swimwear as all swimming will be free. Season passes will be sold on Saturdays and Sundays on the first two May weekends and during and after the "grand reopening". The Pool will open for regular use on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at noon and will also be open Sunday, May 24th and Memorial Day, Monday May 25th. The Pool will be open weekends until school dismisses in early June.
The Nazareth Skate Park will remain closed until May 1, 2015 as Michael Fauerbach and the members of the Skatepark Commission continue to repair, repaint and upgrade the eight year old facility. Fauerbach's group plans on completing the upgrades by the end of April with the needed work to be done by his volunteer group. Ramps will be redone, some of the other apparatus may be repositioned and fencing and security will be brought up to needed standards.
Mayor Carl R. Strye is readying an invitation to the Borough’s April Business meeting for the Nazareth High School Girls Basketball Team and for the Nazareth wrestlers who were victorious in District, Regional and State competition. Once again, Nazareth can be very proud of its athletes and the success they enjoyed over 2014-2015 season. The Lady Eagles Basketball Team again captured “District Gold” having also won the title in 2013 while Tyson Klump became Nazareth’s 20th state wrestling champion with an exciting last second maneuver which won him the crown. Parents, family and friends, coaches, managers and of course all the players will be guests of honor on the night of April 6, 2015.
With less than 90 days till the official opening of the new Pool, plans are quickly coming together for a gala event that should be memorable and fun for all. Sunday, May 17, 2015 is now officially penciled in as the Pool’s Grand Opening with the festivities set to begin at 1:00 pm. Attendees will be urged to wear their swimsuits to the event as swimming will be free following the ceremony. Later that afternoon, a disc jockey will take center stage for the Pool’s first Pool Dance with everything scheduled to conclude by 7:00 pm. Pool passes will be sold throughout the afternoon and a huge crowd is anticipated for this important day in our Borough’s history.
The Borough of Nazareth is seeking lifeguards for the 2015 Summer Season.
Applicants must have Red Cross Lifesaving, CPR and First Aid certifications A competitive hourly wage will be paid for this seasonal position. Interested candidates can submit applications and certification proofs at the Nazareth Borough Municipal Building, 134 S. Main Street, Nazareth, PA 18064 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am till 4:30 pm or candidates can send their documents to that address. The Borough is also seeking candidates for desk help and the Pool cleanup crew. Please direct all questions to Pool Manager Diane Mullen at 610-905-3329. Deadline for all applications is March 25, 2015.
Mayor Carl Strye has issued a "Snow Emergency" beginning at 4:00 pm, Saturday, February 21, 2015 with a scheduled ending at 9:00 am, Sunday, February 22, 2015. Residents should remove their vehichles from all snow emergency routes within the Borough in advance of the 4:00 pm start for the "emergency". As a reminder, snow emergency parking is available at the Nazareth Borough Park located on N. Broad Street and the lot adjacent to the Kraemer Field on S. Green Street. Violators will be ticketed if their vehicles remain on a snow emergency route during the declared period for the emergency. Please continue to consult the Borough website and WFMZ channel 69 for further updates and changes.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Mayor Carl Strye, Jr.
Nazareth Borough Council unanimously approved rates for admission and for Season Passes at its February 2, 2015 Business Meeting. Pool Pass rates are $150 per family of four and $10 for each family member above the four person limit. Adult Senior Pool Passes will be $75 and Junior Passes will be $60. The Senior Citizen rate (65 Yrs + older) will be $60 while Children under the age of 5 will be free when accompanied by a paying adult. Daily Pool Rates are $6 for adults and $5 for Juniors and Senior Citizens and Weekend Rates are $7 for Adults and $6 for Juniors and Senior Citizens. Pool and Pool Pass rates are the same for all patrons, regardless of residency. Rental of the Log Cabin will be $65 per day. The Borough will no longer offer individual picnic table rentals but instead will rent the pavilion in quadrants. The Large Pavilion will be rented in four areas with approximately 11 tables in each for $50 per day while the Small Pavilion will be rented in two sectors each for $50 per day.
Nazareth Area Midget Baseball Sign Ups will be held at the Nazareth Council Chambers at the following times:
January 31st 12:30 - 3:00
February 7th 12:30 - 3:00
February 8th 7:00 - 8:00
For more information please call 610-759-7746
to download the application.
The Borough's new garbage hauler, J.P. Mascaro + Sons has completed its first collection for 2015 almost without incident on Friday, January 2, 2015. Christmas trees will again be collected on Thursday, January 8, 2015 and Thursday, January 15, 2015 and all future collections will take place on Thursdays except when that conflicts with a holiday. When there is a holiday conflict, refuse and recycling will occur on the following day, Friday. Please call the Borough Office at 610-759-0202 with any questions or to report problems with refuse and recycling collection.
At its January 2015 Business Meeting, Nazareth Borough Council made the following appointments to its Boards and Commissions. Clifford Hess was named to the Planning Commission for a four year term while Anthony Todora was reappointed to the Zoning Hearing Board for a three year term. Council reappointed long time Recreation Commission member Donald Broad to another 5 year term while appointing Harry Smith to the Nazareth Borough Municipal Authority for a five year term. Barbara Fischl will again serve on the Library Board while Michael Macy, Larry Stoudt and Carl Strye Jr. all were reappointed to the Ambulance Board. Council also passed Ordinance #803 which will totally revamp the Borough's Handicapped Parking system.
After more than twenty years as the Borough's trash hauler, Waste Management will be replaced by the low bidder for the service, J. P. Mascaro + Sons on January 1, 2015. Mascaro's first pickup will be Friday, January 2, 2015 due to the New Year's holiday and the weekly pickup day will switch to Thursdays thereafter beginning on January 8, 2015. Quarterly collection fees will go down $5.00 to $75.00 as the new contract brought with it, lower rates for households
Nazareth Borough formalized an agreement with National Penn Bank leasing the parking lot behind its former bank at 76 South Main Street. The Borough will offer 24 hour, off-street reserved parking with the purchase of a permit for a thirty dollar monthly fee. Reserved and numbered parking spots will be sold on a first come first served basis with permits being sold at the Nazareth Police Station, 134 S. Main Street (downstairs) during business hours, 8:30 am till 4:30 pm weekdays. Borough Parking Enforcement Officers will patrol the lot during daytime hours and Nazareth Police will handle overnight duties as violators will be ticketed and eventual towed. For more information please call the Police Administrative Office at 610-759-9575.
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.