After mulling over an offer for a few months and negotiating with the buyer, the North Catasauqua Borough Council has decided to sell a cell tower located on borough property. The decision will bring in enough funding for a substantial road improvement project in the future.
The decision came after a time during which council members wondered why the company, SBA Communications Corporation, would want to own instead of making lease payments for the cell tower. The structure in question is located on the borough's Main Street public works facility.
An Allentown man has been charged following what police say was a hit-and-run collision in the 1700 block of Airport Road Sunday.
A woman was killed and her sister hospitalized. State police say they were struck as they walked along the road in front of the Chess 'N Checkers restaurant just before 9 p.m.
Jose Santiago, 33, was charged with the hit-and-run fatality. He was arraigned Monday by Judge Daniel Trexler, who set bail at $275,000.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church invites the public to enjoy a Lenten fish fry dinner 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the church parish hall.
The hall is on the lower level and is handicap-accessible. The church is located at 1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Allentown, two blocks south of Catasauqua Road. Turn from Pennsylvania Avenue onto Taft Street to enter the parking lot.
In addition to fried fish, the meal will include hush puppies, cole slaw and assorted desserts.
There is a cost. Children under the age of 3 eat free.
As I write this, it's snowing. Again.
For me, that means time spent shoveling the driveway, or stepping in puddles of melted snow deposited on my kitchen floor after my husband has shoveled the driveway. It means delayed workdays, occasional white-knuckle driving and work-at-home days. Like many people in the Lehigh Valley, I long for the arrival of spring.
Other than that, the frequent snowfalls this winter have left me with little to complain about.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Catholic Church is taking orders for kielbasi for Easter. It is being sold by the pound. The deadline to order is Monday, March 16. For information about the cost and to order, call 610-395-5737. Pickup will be 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the church, which is located at 1023 Fifth Street, North Catasauqua.
The North Catasauqua public works crew, normally three employees, was reduced to one recently when part-time employee Jim Englert was out of commission for a scheduled surgery and full-time employee Tom Kish was injured on the job. The remaining crew member, Michele Romito, attended the Feb. 24 council meeting to discuss temporary measures for covering the workload and coverage of pump station alarms when she is not available.
"We cannot expect you to be here 24 hours a day," council President Joe Keglovits said.
Complaints following recent snowfalls posted by North Catasauqua residents using social media have caused a stir among a few borough council members.
Cherie Gebhardt opened a discussion of some Facebook postings at the Feb. 24 borough council meeting.
"It's very irritating," said Gebhardt. Before she could explain further, Council President Joe Keglovits took over what Gebhardt described as her "rant."
Three Catasauqua High School students took home medals at the District 11 SkillsUSA Championships held Feb. 4 in the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds. All of them are also students at Lehigh Career & Technology Institute.
CHS junior Julian Kingsley won first-place honors in the web design competition.
He will go on to compete with other district winners in the 2015 SkillsUSA State Championship April 8-10 in Hershey.
Ninety area public school students were selected to participate in the 2015 Lehigh County Chorus Festival Feb. 7. The concert was held at Whitehall High School this year.
At the county chorus event, a select group of students represents each of the seven participating schools.
From Catasauqua High School, five sopranos, two altos four tenors and two basses performed with the chorus. They were:
· Sopranos: Ashlee Boyko, Krystaglynn Roberts, Vina Aguirre, Marissa Hernandez and Amber Shook
· Altos: Samantha Diaz and Amber Labezius
When the North Catasauqua Emergency Management moved upstairs in the municipal building, EMS personnel found the computer located in the office space they are sharing was not adequate for their needs.
Borough treasurer Annette Englert reported the problem to borough council members at their Jan. 27 meeting.
At an earlier meeting, the EMS team's move from the fire department space to a desk, computer and filing cabinet in the main borough office was approved, as space was getting to be uncomfortabley tight in the fire department offfice.