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Background checks needed

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

'It's going to kill volunteerism'

A new state regulation is requiring volunteers in school and community organizations to obtain background checks if they have any contact with children.

What was formerly done by organizations on a voluntary basis has now become a state requirement.

Clearances are required for volunteers involved in "the care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children," according to information provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services.

Area church to host concert

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Columns

On Friday, June 5, Calvary Wesleyan Church will present a contemporary worship concert from 7 to 9 p.m. The public is invited.

Welcoming the summer season will be Against The Slate (www.againsttheslate.com) and The Oasis Band (www.fpcoasis.org/theoasisband). A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Kids & Youth Summer Camps.

The church is located at 1414 Pennsylvania Ave., Bethlehem, just over the border from Hanover Township.

Area church to host concert

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Columns

On Friday, June 5, Calvary Wesleyan Church will present a contemporary worship concert from 7 to 9 p.m. The public is invited.

Welcoming the summer season will be Against The Slate (www.againsttheslate.com) and The Oasis Band (www.fpcoasis.org/theoasisband). A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Kids & Youth Summer Camps.

The church is located at 1414 Pennsylvania Ave., Bethlehem, just over the border from Hanover Township.

Background checks needed

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

'It's going to kill volunteerism'

A new state regulation is requiring volunteers in school and community organizations to obtain background checks if they have any contact with children.

What was formerly done by organizations on a voluntary basis has now become a state requirement.

Clearances are required for volunteers involved in "the care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children," according to information provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services.

Training a Charotin priority

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

North Catasauqua volunteer firefighters have been taking on a heavy schedule of training classes recently. Fire Chief Shawn McGinley attended a recent council meeting to update council members on fire department activities.

"We've been really cramming the training in," he said.

He said four new recruits have completed essentials training and nine firefighters have taken a hazardous materials class.

One Charotin member has taken instructors certification training and incident safety officer training.

Local primary elections are uncontested

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

While a number of incumbents and challengers are on the May 19 primary election ballot, there are just enough candidates to fill each open seat on each party's ballot, so voters will not be eliminating anyone from the general election in November.

Running for the Catasauqua Borough Council are three Democrats and two Republicans. In the fall, voters will select four of these candidates to serve four-year terms. They are Democratic incumbents Brian Bartholomew and Jessica Kroope and newcomer Andrew M. Helman and Republican incumbents Eugene H. Schlegel and Brian K. McKittrick.

Betterment group announces 2015 events, fundraisers

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Columns

The first Car Cruise of the season at North Catasauqua's William Albert Park was held Monday. The borough betterment committee is planning to have a car cruise on the first Monday of each month through September, 5:30-8:30 p.m., so mark your calendar. Music will be provided and snack items sold by the We Sing Chorus and there will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Admission is free.

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Troxell Street garage sale is annual tradition, coming May 9

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Columns

When it's Mothers Day weekend, that means it's time for the annual Troxell Street garage sale.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church participates in a big way in this event, which happens in the neighborhood surrounding the church, which is located at 1900 Pennsylvania Ave., off of Catasauqua Road.

Church members will be marketing Mothers Day gifts, sponsoring a basket raffle and offering food, including walking tacos, sausage sandwiches, cabbage and noodles, french fries, a bake sale and an Alex's Lemonade Stand.

It's all happening on Saturday, May 9.

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Shrek!

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

CAST puts lovable ogre on CHS stage

The lovable film character Shrek has moved from the movie screen to the Broadway stage and is now coming to Catasauqua. This tale of the lovable green ogre who falls in love with a princess while on a quest to return exiled storybook characters to their homes in the Kingdom of Duloc is a magical tale whose humor is a delight to children and adults alike.

The undertaking of "Shrek: The Musical" by the Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre has presented challenges completely new to the organization this year, and audiences will not be disappointed with the results.

Does the North Catasauqua park need another restroom facility?

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

North Catasauqua's recent application for a DCED grant to fund the building of a second public restroom building at the borough park may be losing steam.

Councilwoman Cherie Gebhart, who is also a member of the North Catasauqua Recreation Committee, reported to borough council members at their April 14 meeting that when she presented the idea at a recent recreation committee meeting, "members were not totally in favor of this building."

She said the objection was simply that they did not want another building on the park property, taking away from the green space.