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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.

School board approves proposed budget

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Baccalaureate ceremony set for June 4; commencement to be held June 5

Catasauqua Area School Board unanimously approved the proposed 2017-18 budget at its May 9 meeting.

The proposed final budget estimates general fund expenditures of $29.9 million, while balancing anticipated revenues and expenditures. The budget remains within the Pennsylvania Act 1 Index of 3.2 percent.

The real estate tax rate for Lehigh County homeowners is anticipated at 14.4072 mills and 56.3513 mills for Northampton County residents, which amounts to a millage rate increase.

The average tax increase is expected to be $74.05.

Sheckler’s new playground

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Picnic table is dedicated in memory of Darious Condash

It was a time of celebration and somber reflection May 3 as Sheckler Elementary School officially dedicated its new playground.

A picnic table also was dedicated in memory of former student Darious Condash, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident Nov. 6, 2015.

Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman told the students sitting outside in front of the playground they should take ownership of and responsibility for the new addition. The new playground, he said, very well might be a memory the fourth-grade class refers to years from now.