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First day of school for students set for Aug. 28

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

It’s that time of the year again.

The first day of classes for Catasauqua Area School District students is Aug. 28.

Doors open for Sheckler Elementary School students 8:45 a.m. School begins for the students 8:50 a.m., and dismissal will be 3 p.m.

Catasauqua Middle School students will be permitted to enter the building 7:45 a.m. Classes begin 7:52 a.m., with students dismissed 2:20 p.m.

Catasauqua High School students may enter the building 7:36 a.m. Classes for students begin 7:44 a.m., and dismissal will occur 2:40 p.m.

Board honors trainer who saved player’s life

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catasauqua Area School District athletic trainer John Capozzolo’s service and commitment to young athletes extends beyond the confines of Catasauqua.

The school board recognized Capozzolo at their Aug. 8 meeting for saving the life of a 17-year-old teen from Montvale, N.J., when he collapsed during a Feb. 14 DeSales University lacrosse camp.

Capozzolo immediately sprung into action and performed CPR on the teen. He then asked the DeSales University head lacrosse coach to grab an automated external defibrillator (AED) and instructed another athletic trainer to call 911.

Children: George Taylor House mouse seeks name

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Meet Ben Franklin event set for Aug. 6

Who will name the George Taylor House mouse?

The George Taylor House is currently running a contest in conjunction with its Aug. 6 Meet Ben Franklin event.

The winner will be the child who chooses a name for Taylor’s legendary house mouse.

According to legend, Benjamin Franklin befriended a mouse named Amos back in 1745. Amos was allegedly responsible for nearly all of Franklin’s accomplishments, ranging from his inventions, published works and service as a statesman.

Children: George Taylor House mouse seeks name

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Meet Ben Franklin event set for Aug. 6

Who will name the George Taylor House mouse?

The George Taylor House is currently running a contest in conjunction with its Aug. 6 Meet Ben Franklin event.

The winner will be the child who chooses a name for Taylor’s legendary house mouse.

According to legend, Benjamin Franklin befriended a mouse named Amos back in 1745. Amos was allegedly responsible for nearly all of Franklin’s accomplishments, ranging from his inventions, published works and service as a statesman.

Township man is arrested on child pornography charges

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

A Whitehall Township man has been charged with possession of child pornography and dissemination of photographs, both of which are felonies.

According to a criminal complaint, Fathallah Smaki, of Crest Drive, Fullerton, a former security guard at Lehigh Valley Hospital, 1627 Chew St., Allentown, showed another employee a movie containing child pornography while at work Dec. 24, 2015.

The employee told Allentown Police Sgt. Thomas Anderson the video, which contained images of sexual acts between an adult African-American woman and an African-American boy.

GUEST VIEW

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Columns

Unknowns of radiation made easier by local therapy dog

I wasn’t sure what to think or ultimately expect, despite the radiation oncologist doctor and other medical professionals explaining the process to me.

My first radiation appointment two weeks ago at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest consisted of meeting with the doctor and going over the goals of treatment and its side effects.

DA rules police shooting of Coplay man is justified

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin ruled July 7 the shooting of a man May 21 by four Allentown City Police Department Officers was “entirely justified.”

The officer-involved shooting of Joseph M. Hodgin, of Coplay, North Whitehall, occurred near North 19th and Green streets, Allentown, resulting in Hodgin’s death.

According to a July 7 report released by Martin, the officers’ use of deadly force was justified on the basis of a reasonable belief Hodgin posed an imminent risk to the officers and others.

School district is keeping a watchful eye

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Innovative Arts Academy Charter School practices are being evaluated

Catasauqua Area School District has decided to take the necessary steps to ensure the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, 330 Howertown Road, is following proper protocol.

Charter school payments continue to result in financial pressure to the district and taxpayers, with payments in the 2017-18 budget increasing to over $1.6 million.

District Superintendent Robert Spengler recently reached out to The Press regarding the current status of the charter school.

Board approves positions, retirements, summer help

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

A number of extracurricular positions, appointments, retirements and student summer custodial helpers were approved by Catasauqua Area School Board April 11.

The board unanimously approved Catasauqua High School students Rebecca James, Nyomi Gonzalez-Evans, Xavier Fryslin, Joseph Prevoznik, Bradshaw Henning, Steven Ritter and Gavin Phillips to serve as custodian summer helpers.