The children who attend North Catasauqua’s Crafts and Laughs summer program are getting some education along with their fun, thanks to a young program aide.
Liam Browne is a North Catasauqua resident and a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College. This is his fifth summer working at the summer program, the second year as a co-teacher. He is the son of Chris and Kellie Browne.
A chemistry major, Liam Browne has a strong background in science, which he is putting to good use this summer.
A sinking twin home at 1022 and 1024 Second St. in North Catasauqua continues to cause concern for neighbors. The structure developed a gaping hole underneath one side last year, and the borough has taken the owner to court, demanding that repairs be made or the structure removed.
Residents of the neighborhood have been attending borough council meetings regularly to express their concerns about safety and to monitor the borough’s progress in addressing the problem.
Thanks to the generosity of some volunteer workers from PPL and to the North Catasauqua Public Works Department personnel who were willing to work evening hours when the PPL volunteers were available to help, assembly of the new playground equipment at the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park was completed on Friday.
Residents who attended Saturday’s yard sale at the North Catasauqua Park could only view the new play area, which was roped off with yellow tape, until final tightening of the connections and application of a ground cover is completed.
Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 6242 earned their Bronze Award by constructing a blessing box and collecting donations to fill the box.
The troop meets at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Mickleys, in Whitehall.
The Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn. Junior Girl Scouts are in grades 4 and 5.
Along with teamwork, the Scouts learned valuable skills including problem solving, using hand and power tools, painting and giving back to their community.
Tears of joy were seen on the faces of graduates and their parents as 103 members of the Catasauqua High School Class of 2017 participated in commencement services Monday in the school gymnasium.
Salutatorian Cody Walker spoke about experiences that class members have shared during early school years, including field trips, plays he said students were “forced to put on” every year and “the sixth-grade fiesta where we had to, unfortunately, dance together.”
North Catasauqua Fire Chief Shawn McGinley concluded the May 23 borough council meeting with a comment that could result in changes for the borough.
“I’d like to look into the possibility of exploring a possible merger with another fire department, depending on the outcome of what happens with the background checks,” he said. I’ve lost two members in the past couple hours. The borough has to provide fire protection one way or the other.”
Voters selected candidates for the November ballot on primary election day May 16.
In Catasauqua, a former borough councilman Al Regits failed in his attempt to regain a seat on the council. Voters selected incumbents Deb Mellish, Vincent Smith and Christine Weaver to fill the Democratic slots on the fall ballot. As they are running unopposed by any Republican candidates, their re-election in November to four-year terms is virtually assured.
With no Republicans on the May 16 primary election ballot for Catasauqua Borough Council, Democratic voters will, essentially, select three of the four candidates to take three open seats for a four-year term. Vincent Smith, Christine Weaver and Deb Mellish are running for re-election. Alfred Regits is seeking a return to a seat on the council.
Each of the candidates was asked to briefly answer this question: Why should residents vote for you? Their responses follow.
Three Democrats — Dennis Pearson, Basilio Bonilla Jr. and Amy Zanelli — are competing for a seat on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, District 3. Voters will choose just one in the primary election May 16.
The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why should residents vote for you?
Their responses follow.
Second Street residents attending the April 25 North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting indicated they were satisfied with the council’s decision regarding a collapsing house on their street.
A hole opened up under one of the attached homes at 1020 and 1022 Second St. three years ago, and neighbors have waited in vain for the homeowner to either make repairs or demolish the building.