Whitehall Township police responded to three vehicle accidents in a span of two hours May 18. One person has died, according to the police report, and multiple people were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries.
The first crash occurred 2:20 p.m. at MacArthur Road and American Street. Two vehicles were involved, according to a report released by Lt. Gregory Bealer, one traveling south on MacArthur Road and the other traveling east on American Street. Two people were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.
Bealer said one person died at the hospital.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced March 13 all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective March 16. Catasauqua Area School District students will not return to the classroom until at least March 30.
“First and foremost, my top priority as governor — and that of our education leaders — must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities,” Wolf said. “As such, I am ordering all schools in the commonwealth to close for the next two weeks.”
The Catasauqua Area School District is closely monitoring information being released on COVID-19, the new strain of the coronavirus, according to a letter sent to parents and guardians of students and posted on the district’s website Feb. 27.
There are no reports of the virus in Lehigh or Northampton counties, as of press time March 11. Fourteen cases have been confirmed in Pennsylvania — one in Delaware County, one in Wayne County, eight in Montgomery County, one in Monroe County, one in Philadelphia County and two presumptive cases in Bucks County.
On Feb. 24, a former Catasauqua foster parent pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a teenager who had been in her care.
According to reports, Kimberly Race, 43, who had resided in the borough and whose last address was Northampton, was charged in October 2019 with statutory sexual assault — a felony of the first degree — because the juvenile was under the age of 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.
A stretch of Route 22 West was closed Sept. 19 after a two-vehicle crash in the area of Airport Road, Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
According to Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, a 56-year-old male from Lansdowne was operating a 2010 GMC box truck, traveling in the left lane of the two-lane highway just before 3:30 a.m. A 40-year-old male from Laurys Station, operating a 2018 McLaren 720S, struck the box truck from behind.
Memorial Day services are planned across the region. The public is invited to attend the programs, organized by local veterans groups to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve and protect our freedoms.
• American Legion Post 215 will travel to various locations in Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs May 27:
10 a.m. — Fairview Cemetery, 2584 Lehigh St., Whitehall
10:15 a.m. — Pine Street Bridge, Catasauqua
10:30 a.m. — North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St.
Work has begun on some roadways in North Catasauqua, thanks to funds set aside from the 2015 sale of a cell tower located on borough property.
According to borough council President Peter Paone, public works Supervisor Travis Brett reported at the April 15 meeting of council that a portion of Cypress Street was repaved last week and work on Sixth and Cherry streets will soon get underway.
North Catasauqua and Catasauqua will join forces April 20 to clean up the boroughs, in observance of Earth Day.
North Catasauqua Borough Council President Peter Paone said at the March 18 meeting of council that focus will be on the area of the Lehigh Canal. Area Boy Scout troops, emergency management personnel and resident volunteers will tackle the work.
This joint river cleanup will be held 9 a.m. to noon. Crews will start at either end of the boroughs and meet in the middle.
North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park is getting some updated playground equipment, thanks to grant funding.
According to North Catasauqua Borough Council President Peter Paone, public works employees will install a new set of swings and a touch tunnel, made especially for those with autism and sensory issues, at the 701 Grove St. park. The good news, Paone said, was shared by public works Supervisor Travis Brett during the March 18 meeting of council.
Construction at the site of the Willow Brook Farm subdivision project is expected to get underway within 30 days.
North Catasauqua Borough Council President Peter Paone announced the developers’ timeline at the March 18 meeting of council.
Paone, borough Solicitor Steve Goudsouzian, Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst and two Keystone Consulting Engineers representatives met with Willow Brook developers earlier this month, learning that clearing the land, installing catch basins for wastewater management and performing utilities work are at the top of the to-do list.