After more than a year of discussion and planning for increased security at the North Catasauqua Borough municipal building and despite thousands of dollars invested in a door-locking system, an unauthorized person gained access to the building not long after the system was installed and activated.
Borough Councilman John Yanek opened the incident for discussion at the May 24 council meeting, referring to the standard operating procedure approved earlier this year by the council for building security.
Travis Brett has been hired by the North Catasauqua Borough Council as a public works department employee for the borough. He replaces Michele Romito, who retired recently.
His employment will begin May 23. His responsibilities will include the operation of heavy equipment.
Councilman Joe Keglovits said the public works committee met April 12 to review the resumes the borough had received for the vacancy and selected three candidates to interview.
Tragedy struck a Hanover Township, Lehigh County, neighborhood Saturday when a 3-year-old child was killed in a motor vehicle accident.
Her mother, who was driving the car, and her 10-month-old sister, seated next to her, were not killed in the collision, which tore the vehicle apart.
The crash occurred as Christeena Williams of Weatherly was traveling south in the 1900 block of Weaversville Road at 4:37 p.m., near the intersection with Colonial Street, at a sharp curve in the road.
The North Catasauqua Borough Council took another shot at devising a plan for borough municipal building security, this time coming up with a standard operating procedure for who will have access and when, once a new security system is installed.
When North Catasauqua Councilman John Yanek presented a proposal for municipal building security to his fellow council members, he knew he would face opposition, and he was not wrong.
The council has been working for many months on coming up with a plan to keep borough employees safe, manage the use of office equipment and to protect sensitive documents in the borough office.
The public works department is undergoing a major staff change this winter, as one longtime employee plans to leave and a new supervisor of the department is hired.
The employment of Alton Steigerwalt as the public works supervisor was approved unanimously by the council Jan. 26, pending acceptance of doctor’s health clearance, 6-0, with Councilwoman Michele Hazzard absent.
Steigerwalt is a resident of Lehighton.
Horticultural expert Art Wolk, quoted on the You Bet Your Garden website, has this to say about daffodils and tulips area residents have been seeing pop up above the ground in January.
“Tell everyone who has greenery up already not to worry, and not to do anything to try and ‘help’ the bulbs,” he says. “They may bloom a month earlier than usual, or they may bloom pretty much on schedule if it takes the soil an especially long time to warm up in the spring, but they should bloom just fine.”
Encouraging and comforting students are a normal part of any fourth-grade teacher’s job, along with teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Since the death of one of her students, Joanne Santoroski is finding ways to build encouragement and comforting into each day’s lessons as she helps the classmates of Darious Condash deal with their loss.
“As a class, we are taking it day by day,” the Sheckler Elementary School teacher told The Press Monday, 10 days after Darious was killed by a hit-and-run driver. “I think it has helped us to be together, and share our emotions.”
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners may finally be taking steps to move forward with ensuring the future of Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.
At their Oct. 14 meeting, the commissioners voted to reserve $300,000 for an architectural and engineering study. The information will be used to compare the costs of rebuilding and renovating the facility.
During the meeting, County Executive Thomas Muller also recommended Bethlehem resident Edwin Keys for appointment to serve as temporary administrator of the nursing home.
A man was killed and 18 students and their bus driver were injured Tuesday when, according to the police report, a sedan ran into the rear of the bus, causing it to flip over onto its roof. The driver of the car was killed.
The accident occurred at 5:51 p.m. in the westbound lanes, near the Schoenersville exit. Pennsylvania State Police and Han-Le-Co Fire Department responded initially.
State police say all Lehigh University students on the bus are reported to have sustained “no injuries at this point.”