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.
Catasauqua Borough has been awarded a $1 million grant for environmental cleanup of the former Crane Iron Works, state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, announced recently.
“I’ve been working with the borough of Catasauqua on this project, and this will help to move this important development forward,” she said. “I’m excited for what is planned at this site, which will be a real asset to the residents of Catasauqua.”
A formal arraignment for Kimberly Race, formerly of Catasauqua and now of Northampton, has been scheduled for Nov. 12.
Kimberly Race, 43, was charged last month with one count of statutory sexual assault, a felony of the first degree — because the juvenile was under age 16, the defendant was more than 11 years older, and they were not married to each other — and one count of corruption of minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree, according to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, announced that $251,884.81 in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted grants were awarded in her district through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools.
“These grants will provide important equipment and program materials to ensure safe schools here in the Lehigh Valley and throughout the commonwealth,” Boscola said. “We have made assisting our school districts in ensuring a safe learning environment for our children and our educators a priority and these grant awards will aid in those efforts.”
The 18th National Take Back Day drug collection event has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26. During that time, Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations at 13 sites in Lehigh County.
County residents can dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications, and liquids.
Syringes or sharps will not be accepted. Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, and no questions will be asked.
Catasauqua Middle School students took part in an assembly Oct. 1, which included Heather Lloyd from Tails of Valor as well as her service dog in training, Dietz.
Lloyd gave students an overview of what her job at Tails of Valor entails. She works to train service dogs to assist our country’s veterans in their health and wellness when they return from serving their country.
She brought along a special guest — her current trainee, Dietz. Dietz was named after Danny Dietz Jr., a U.S. Navy SEAL who died serving this country while he was deployed.
Dante Brady recently received the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony held Sept. 8 at the Wescosville Recreation Center, Hamilton Boulevard.
He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 131, which is sponsored by Bethany United Methodist Church, Wescosville.
Jim Moreno, Democratic candidate for Lehigh County district attorney, has withdrawn from the race.
This decision comes several months after Moreno was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer.
Moreno, who found early support with organizations such as Working Families Party and DSA of Lehigh Valley due to his reformer platform, was a capital defense attorney with the Federal Community Defender Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in its Capital Habeas Unit, until deciding to run for district attorney earlier this year.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Sept. 19 a Catasauqua Borough woman has been charged with statutory sexual assault and a related offense.
Kimberly Race, 42, of 830 Race St., has been charged with one count of statutory sexual assault, a felony of the first degree — because the juvenile was under age 16, the defendant was more than 11 years older and they were not married to each other — and one count of corruption of minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
The Allentown and Bethlehem health bureaus, along with Northampton and Lehigh County state health centers, will once again be providing free naloxone as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Stop Overdoses in PA initiative. The naloxone distribution is scheduled for 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 18 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 25 locally and throughout Pennsylvania, as long as supplies last.
Naloxone is a medication that does not harm the individual it is administered to and is used to reverse an overdose caused by an opioid by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain.