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Range Road to close Sept. 7 for accident reconstruction

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Whitehall Township police will close Range Road between Eberhart Road and the rear entrance to Whitehall Commons (Walmart) at 7 a.m. Sept. 7 so officers can follow up with accident reconstruction for the fatal vehicle crash that occurred Sept. 1. The closure is expected to last less than three hours.

Township officers will be assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police, who will be bringing a laser mapping system to speed the process.

Catty man charged with sexual assault

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Inappropriate contact with Scouts alleged between 2010 and 2015

A 50-year-old Catasauqua Boy Scout leader has been charged with exposing himself to Scouts in his care and supervision.

Stephen Piller, of 214 E. Wood St., was arraigned Aug. 24 before District Judge Michael D’Amore. Piller was charged with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and five counts of indecent assault.

According to the criminal complaint, Lehigh County Detective Andrew Millen received information March 17 that a sexual assault may have taken place in Catasauqua.

Article By: MARK RECCEK Special to The Press

Friday, August 25, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catty scoutmaster charged with sexual assault

A 50-year-old Catasauqua Boy Scout leader has been charged with exposing himself to Scouts in his care and supervision.

Stephen Piller, of 214 E. Wood St., was arraigned Thursday morning before District Judge Michael D’Amore. Piller was charged with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and five counts of indecent assault.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Lehigh County Detective Andrew Millen received information March 17 that a sexual assault may have taken place in Catasauqua.

Guest view

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Opinion

The final bell rings

Although the radiation doctor said the side effects would ramp up as treatments progressed, I raised my head and shoulders and pushed forward to the finish line.

My final radiation treatment was Aug. 15 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. After six weeks of receiving treatments, Monday through Friday, I can officially say I am finished with this stage of cancer treatment.

My final day consisted of a tradition shared by all who complete their course of cancer treatment: I rang a bell signifying the end of radiation.

Catty man is ready for Allentown fair

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Quietly tucked away at the end of Sherman Street in Catasauqua is a treasure of a residential lot that produces award-winning, colorful and sweet-smelling flowers and a wide variety of vegetables.

The homeowner, Joseph Veshinfsky, tends to a large garden that produces award-winning entries at The Great Allentown Fair.

Veshinfsky said he has been submitting fair entries the past 10 to 15 years. On average, Veshinfsky said, he has won up to 50 ribbons yearly.

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.