The scheduling of Halloween trick-or-treat night for Friday, Oct. 31 is putting some pressure on a number of Catasauqua Area School District families this year.
Junior Councilperson Dakoha Zalinsky pointed out a conflict that has arisen in some families at the Sept. 23 North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
North Catasauqua resident Brenda Dreisbach returned to borough council Sept. 23, hoping to work with its members to revise a draft of a noise ordinance she had proposed at the Aug. 26 meeting.
"I can't stress enough the importance of trying to get our neighbors to get along and giving the police something to fall back on in regards to noise," she said. "It's important so we can teach our children about the values of respect, that children tend to not have anymore."
The North Catasauqua Council will await further information from borough Fire Chief Shawn McGinley before deciding to draft an ordinance requiring the use of Knox Boxes by borough businesses.
The council has a number of decisions to make about the possible enactment of an ordinance about the use of Knox Boxes in the borough. McGinley had proposed requiring the use of the devices to allow easier access to businesses and other buildings by firefighters.
McGinley was not at the meeting Sept. 9 when it was discussed.
North Catasauqua Mayor William Molchany Jr. requested that borough's Civil Service Commission advertise and plan a meeting to begin the process of creating a new list of qualified candidates for the position of police officer in the borough police department.
He made the request at the Aug. 26 borough council meeting.
Molchany did not give a reason for his request. The police department is now fully staffed.
When the borough's Civil Service Commission chair Michael Seng asked Molchany why a list is needed, his reply was brief.
"Just in case," he said.
Among the graduating students honored at the 2014 Donley Awards for Excellence this year were two who attend Catasauqua school.
The two local honorees are Catasauqua High School grad Rachel Sell and Lehigh Valley Christian High School grad Joshua Sell.
A total of 29 outstanding Northampton and Lehigh County students received the Donley Awards, named for Edward Donley, former chairman of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Acting Charotin Hose Company Fire Chief Shawn McGinley had a lot to prove, and he has taken the first six months of 2014 to do just that. While his leadership capability was called into question by some North Catasauqua Borough Council members earlier this year, he seems to have set aside hard feelings and gotten down to the business of managing the borough's fire department.
It was a tall order.
Several North Catasauqua residents attended last week's borough council meeting to find out what they can do to help stop the rash of thefts in their neighborhood.
Brian and Laurie Mott, who reside on Palomino Drive, said they learned there had been 16 vehicle break-ins in one night recently.
They, along with some of their neighbors, wanted to know how residents could help and how they could assist in the apprehension of the individuals responsible for the thefts and how they could be more quickly informed about theft occurrences in their neighborhood.
With the closing of Catasauqua schools for the summer recess, the North Catasauqua Park craft and whiffle ball program is under way.
A director, two head teachers, an art director and four assistants are running the program, which features crafts and other children's activities on weekday mornings at the park's pavilion.
Director Michelle Hazzard and head teachers Cherie Gebhardt and Sarah Forstoffer will be assisted by Liam Browne and Laura Kaepeil during the morning program.
Anthony Brinker and Zack Edwards will be supervising whiffle ball games in the afternoon.
An alley adjacent to Hickory Grove Greenhouse was once again on the agenda at the May 27 meeting of the North Catasauqua Borough Council, as council members continued to discuss what to do about a complaint by borough resident Jim Jones.
Since it was never taken over by the borough, the alley is privately owned by all of the property owners along its length.
Jones had contacted the borough office to complain that the owner of Hickory Grove is using part of the alley, which is unpaved, to stack pallets of greenhouse supplies.
Interim North Catasauqua Fire Chief Shawn McGinley reported the borough's Charotin Hose Company has been granted $13,000 by the state for the purchase of new gear racks at the fire station. They will be mounted on the wall.
McGinley said this will free up some floor space, expected to be needed when the new fire truck arrives.
Also to be purchased with the grant money are a tool for opening locked doors during emergencies to enter buildings and saws to be carried in fire vehicles.