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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.

School board OKs LCCC, CLIU 21, LCTI budgets

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

The Catasauqua Area School Board recently approved the 2017-18 Lehigh Carbon Community College, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 and Lehigh Career & Technical Institute budgets.

The approvals occurred at the board’s April 11 meeting. The CLIU 21 and LCTI budgets were unanimously approved. However, the LCCC budget was approved by a vote of 8-1, with board President Penny Hahn casting the dissenting vote.

Whitehall Township police apprehend wanted man

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Whitehall Township police on April 13 responded to a report of a wanted man in the 1200 block of North Lehigh Avenue.

According to a news release provided by township Chief of Police Michael J. Marks, police received a call around noon regarding the unwanted man. Upon arrival, police determined Angel Leon Jr. was inside a residence on North Lehigh Avenue, the release said.

The release also said Leon was taken into custody 4 p.m. without incident and was transported to Lehigh County Central Booking.

Leon is wanted on multiple warrants in Berks County, the release noted.

Lehigh County discusses additional $5 fee for vehicle registration

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Residents of Lehigh County may soon be required to pay an additional $5 for each nonexempt vehicle registration.

The board of commissioners, at its April 12 meeting, discussed a motion authorizing the fee. Included in the approved motion is the establishment of a Municipal Transportation Infrastructure Program. The board will vote on the bill at the April 26 meeting.

Commissioner Dan Hartzell, co-sponsor for the bill, along with Commissioner Percy Dougherty, lauded the motion.