Catasauqua Press

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North Catty council approves replacing aging trees

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

North Catasauqua Borough Council approved the removal of four aging trees surrounding North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park at its April 16 meeting.

The old trees will be replaced by new maple trees that are scheduled to be planted in the upcoming weeks. Funds for the removal of the old trees and planting of the new ones were covered by a surplus from the borough’s snow removal fund.

Kuhar shining for CHS softball

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

At the start of the 2018 season, Catasauqua’s softball roster had 16 players listed. Half of them are freshmen.

With that kind of inexperience at the varsity level, Coach Bobby Thomas knew there would be growing pains and plenty of opportunities for younger players to earn playing time.

“It’s on-the-job training for a lot of them. We have a lot of young kids, they just don’t have a great deal of experience,” Thomas said.

One player that has earned a spot in the lineup in a unique way is freshman Erica Kuhar.

Progress is made on 2nd St. houses

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Weather woes are affecting work timeline

Weather complications and permit delays have slowed the construction timeline at 1020 and 1022 Second St., but North Catasauqua Borough Council is satisfied with the progress that is being shown.

As part of the agreement that was signed at the Feb. 19 council meeting, property owner Hyoungjoon Park vowed to have all structural issues addressed by March 22 and the sinkhole filled by April 1.

Barkley’s number to be retired at WHS

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.

Ali Barkley, that is.

Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.

North Catty couple seeks reimbursement from council

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

A sewer blockage on Howertown Road left one North Catasauqua couple with some damaged goods and a hefty invoice.

Robert and Barbara Shipe attended the March 19 borough council meeting with hopes of seeking reimbursement for ServiceMaster charges that totaled $1,090.07. Water entered the couple’s basement through a floor drain after the sewer line at Howertown Road and Seventh Street became clogged.

Robert Shipe said the couple lost a couple of rugs, including a 10-by-16-foot area rug.

N. Catty partners with Northampton on new paver

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Borough officials estimate cost would be recouped after just 2 projects

North Catasauqua Borough Council voted to approve a proposed agreement with Northampton that would allow the two boroughs to share the use of a new road paver.

At its March 5 meeting, council agreed to send Northampton $60,000 toward the purchase of a new road paver. In exchange, North Catasauqua will be able to use the paver for its own projects within the borough.

The money will be taken from North Catasauqua’s cell tower fund, which had $275,000 marked for road repairs.

Leiner suspends campaign for Congressional seat

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Bill Leiner, the first Democratic candidate to announce a run for the soon-to-be-vacant 7th District Congressional seat, has suspended his campaign.

In a memo sent to his supporters March 1, Leiner said he will endorse Democratic candidate Susan Wild in her attempt to capture the Lehigh Valley’s Congressional seat. Republicans have held the former 15th District, now known as the 7th District, since 1999.

Second Street property plan still in the works

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

North Catasauqua council gives owner deadlines to remedy sinkhole, structural issues

North Catasauqua Borough Council and the owner of the blighted homes at 1020 and 1022 Second St. are continuing to work on a resolution that will save the blighted property from demolition.

At the March 5 council meeting, Hyoungjoon Park and his attorney presented their plan of action for resolving the homes’ structural issues. Park has contracted CJ Construction-Lehigh Valley LLC to dig underneath the property and repour the foundation.

Catty healthy just in time

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Regardless of the sport, whenever a team experiences an extended layoff, the question when they return is always, “Are they rested or are they rusty?”

The Catasauqua boys basketball team showed that the rest was much-needed in their 75-60 win over Northern Lehigh in the District XI 3A quarterfinals.

With two weeks off between their Colonial League playoff defeat to Wilson and their district playoff opener, Coach Eric Snyder got a slew of guys back that he wasn’t expecting to return this season.

Owner attempts to save 2nd St. property

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

North Catty council accepts plan with conditions, calls off demolition

An 11th-hour plea from the owner of 1020 and 1022 Second St., North Catasauqua, has tentatively saved the blighted property from demolition.

Hyoungjoon Park attended the Feb. 19 North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting with his attorney, Alexander Ward, and a plan of action to repair the damaged homes.

Council members voted 6-1 to accept the negotiated course of action to preserve the structure, with Vice President John Yanek voting against it.