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School tax increase is on the horizon

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

Catasauqua Area School District homeowners likely will see an increase in their real estate taxes next year.

District Superintendent Robert Spengler discussed with the school board April 11 the proposed 2017-18 budget.

The 1.12-percent increase amounts to a balanced budget of $29.9 million and remains within the Pennsylvania Act 1 index of 3.2 percent.

Included in the budget is a millage rate increase to 17.4073 mills for Lehigh County residents and 56.4681 mills for Northampton County residents.

Cedarbrook plans reviewed by Lehigh County Commissioners

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners now have an idea of potential design plans and upgrades to the Cedarbrook Nursing Home.

The board, at its March 22 meeting, was presented drafts of six options by the architectural firm Roth Marz Partnership, PC.

According to Rick Molchany, county director of general services, the study covers construction and the costs for building a variety of choices for Cedarbrook.

Options presented include:

• $8.5 million in upgrades to infrastructure, excluding rooms;

Twp. police respond to assault

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

Whitehall Township police responded to a report of assault April 3 at 980 Fairmont Ave.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Magistrate Robert Halal’s office, police received a call 11:45 p.m. of a man in the south parking lot at 980 Fairmont Ave. causing a disturbance. When police arrived, they found Jean Pierre D’ Meza Nunez, 22, with blood on both hands.

Grandmother inspires Catasauqua boy

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Nathan Scholl grows and donates his hair for cancer patient wigs

Nathan Scholl, 9, of Catasauqua, wanted to do something special to honor the memory of his grandmother, Janet Armao, who passed away from advanced-stage lung cancer April 26, 2015.

So, the Sheckler Elementary School student decided to grow his hair out and have his long, flowing blond tresses donated to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients.

Armao had lived in Catasauqua with Nathan, his mother, Renee, father, Robert, and sister, Gileon, during the last three years of her life while she was battling cancer.

CHS reading, math, writing SAT scores have increased

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has released the 2016 SAT results, and the statistics show Catasauqua High School students exceeded scores from the previous year.

According to results posted online, the average score for CHS students taking the test in 2015 was 1505.

The average for 2014 had been 1474.

The reading average for CHS students was 507, an increase from a 489 average in 2014.

The math average was 510, which reflects an increase of one point from 2014.

Also, the writing average was 488, which is an increase from a 476 average in 2014.

N.Y. man charged with rape of young girl in Hanover Twp.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

A 33-year-old man has been accused of raping an 11-year-old girl in hotels in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

According to a Pennsylvania State Police report, Sandro Gustavo Zhinin, of Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., has been charged with five felony offenses: the rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contract with a minor, corruption of minors and criminal use of a communication facility.

The report said Zhinin and the minor met through the Internet. Zhinin then traveled from New York to Pennsylvania to meet the girl.

Resolution benefits Cedarbrook

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution March 8 transferring $10.6 million from the county stabilization fund to the intergovernmental transfer fund, which will go directly to Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

The bill provides for the transfer of funds to the Department of Human Services, the nonfederal share of Medical Assistance payments to nursing homes.

LCTI student elected to DECA state executive council

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Catasauqua High School and Lehigh Career & Technical Institute student Dylan Gino was recently elected to serve on the Distributive Education Clubs of America state executive council.

Being elected to the council, Dylan said, was an overwhelming experience.

“When they announced my name I couldn’t believe it, as tears were running down my face,” he said. “I went over to my adviser [Cydnee Barkley] to hug her and thank her for helping me make this all possible,” he said. “It felt so good to have put all my time and effort into this campaign and for it to pay off.”

Snow brings three days off Catasauqua school calendar not affected

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Last week’s winter storm Stella shut down schools in the Catasauqua Area School District Tuesday through Thursday.

By 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Lehigh Valley International Airport recorded 13.7 inches of snow on the ground.

District Superintendent Robert Spengler told The Press, as of last Thursday, the district has used four snow days, with two snow days built in.

Spengler said March 17 he conducted a review and verification to determine if the district has enough instructional minutes to compensate for the two snow days built in.

Bullying prevention program is presented

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

Shelley Keffer, coordinator of student services for the Catasauqua Area School District, presented to the school board the districtwide bullying prevention program at the board’s February meeting.

Keffer told the board the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program was implemented by the district in 2006. The program is a research-based intervention program used with kindergarten through eighth-grade students.