Catasauqua Press

Sunday, April 23, 2017

School board appoints two new members

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Catasauqua Area School Board has welcomed two new board members, Jason Bashaw, of North Catasauqua, and Dale Hein, of Catasauqua.

Bashaw and Hein were approved at the board’s Jan. 17 meeting.

The new appointees replace former board member Dawn Berrigan, who resigned in December, and Carol McCarthy, whose letter of resignation was approved in January. Both terms run until Dec. 31.

CHS Student Forum takes on childhood cancer challenge

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

A group of Catasauqua High School students has taken on a project to raise awareness and focus on childhood cancer.

CHS students and members of the school student forum, Britni Elekes, Alexis Bernard and Rose Dietrich, have partnered with the Angel 34 Foundation to pursue the endeavor.

Angel 34 is led by Executive Director Doug Sheriff, who created the foundation after his daughter, Nicole, a Northampton Area High School athlete, died in 2004 from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The foundation aims to help battle cancer.

Catty teachers get new contract, pay increases

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catasauqua Area School District teachers are now working under a new five-year contract.

The Catasauqua Area School Board approved the new contract by a vote of 7-0 at their Jan. 17 meeting. The new contract runs from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2022. Newly appointed board members Jason Bashaw and Dale Hein abstained from the vote.

Highlights of the new contract include all salary schedules increasing by $1,000 in the first and second years, $1,100 in the third and fourth years and $1,200 in the fifth year.

Appointments approved

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners appointed and reappointed five individuals to serve on boards and authorities at its Jan. 25 meeting.

Lynne Hanna was appointed to aging and adult services, and Dilia Coppedge was appointed to serve on the county’s children and youth advisory board.

Additionally, Dean Browning and John Hayes were reappointed to serve on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, and Sally Schoffstall received a reappointment to the aging and adult services board.

Board votes to keep taxes below index

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Catasauqua Area School Board has again committed itself to not raising taxes beyond the Act 1 state tax index.

The board unanimously approved a resolution at the Jan. 17 meeting to not exceed the 2017-18 state tax index of 3.2 percent. Last year’s index was 3.1 percent.

The index is based on relative wealth, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Students use teamwork to escape from room

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Sheckler Elementary School students recently exercised their academic and team collaboration skills and tried their hand at escaping out of one of the school’s rooms.

Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman came up with the idea for the escape room, with the help of fourth-grade classroom, expressive arts and gifted teachers.

According to Dauberman, the escape room is an elementary version of similar rooms created for adults that have surfaced in the country.

Commissioners OK $500,000 grant to Treatment Trends

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners held its first meeting of the new year Jan. 11, under the helm of newly appointed chairman Marty Nothstein.

During the meeting, the board unanimously voted to approve a subrecipient grant in the amount of $500,000 to Treatment Trends Inc., Allentown. The funding specifically comes from the state office of mental health and substance abuse services.

Commissioner Geoff Brace, sponsor of the bill, explained the purpose of the grant.

According to Brace, the grant is part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Centers for Public Excellence initiative.

Intruder enters Catty charter school

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Catasauqua Borough Police were called to the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, 330 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, early Tuesday morning in response to a report of a man, brandishing a screwdriver, who entered the facility without authorization.

According to a borough police news release, the incident occurred around 8 a.m.

Police say before entering the building, Rafael J. Maldonado, 37, of 212 Second St., Catasauqua, ran up the street to the entrance of the school gym. Although school security restrained him, Maldonado eventually broke free and entered the gym.

Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka dies just 12 days after dismissal of case

Thursday, January 19, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Lehigh Co. judge declared former pro wrestler incompetent to stand trial for 1983 murder

Various local and national media outlets have reported former professional wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka died Sunday in Florida. He was 73.

Snuka was reportedly battling both stomach cancer and dementia.

Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kelly Banach Jan. 3 dismissed a case against Snuka, declaring him incompetent to stand trial in the May 1983 death of his then-23-year-old girlfriend Nancy Argentino, of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a Whitehall Township motel.

CMS student advances to regional spelling bee

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Seventh-grader Hannah Kurczeski spells the word ‘castellated’ for the win

Before you read it here, could you have spelled the word ‘castellated?’

Catasauqua Middle School seventh-grade student Hannah Kurczeski successfully did so at this year’s CMS Skripps National Spelling Bee Jan. 10.

That was the winning word for Hannah at the annual competition.

Jeane Matthew Doria was this year’s runner-up.

“I was shocked,” Hannah said of winning. “I really didn’t expect it, but I was really happy. I couldn’t believe it was happening.”