Joseph Brennan, D-133rd, said Wednesday he is removing his name from the November ballot and will not seek re-election.
The announcement came following Tuesday's news conference by Republican candidate David Molony, held in Catasauqua, regarding the Aug. 15 arrest of Brennan, who was charged with assaulting his wife and driving while intoxicated. (See Brennan's statement on page 2.)
Welcome back students! After a restful and enjoyable summer, school is back in swing for Catasauqua Middle School students.
I am the new columnist for CMS News. I have been covering school board meetings and other district-related news the past two and a half years and have also photographed school district and community events.
Please send announcements about Catasauqua Middle School-related events to my email address for inclusion in this column.
The two new school board representatives for Catasauqua High School are active in a number of school sports and leadership programs.
Selena Contreras is a member of the CHS girls basketball and girls soccer teams. She is also a member of Varsity C Club and the student council.
Zachary Labeziu is a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams and is active as a Varsity C Club member and a senior class officer.
Contreras plans to attend Cedar Crest College and major in biology upon graduating. Labeziu said he hopes to major in criminal justice.
Catasauqua High School Assistant Principal David Domchek explained to board members during the Aug. 1 policy committee meeting careful precautions are taken before he and other high school administrators and teachers search a student's locker or personal effects.
Domchek's explanation came in response to an inquiry by board member Christine Naegel regarding the school's search and seizure power as codified in the proposed 2012-13 high school student handbook.
Catasauqua Area School District Athletic Director Thomas Moll told school board members during Tuesday's workshop meeting the baseline and concussion tests performed with the assistance of ImPACT Applications Inc. software have been helpful in assessing sports-related head injuries.
The board is expected to approve a contract with ImPACT Applications Inc. at Monday's board meeting.
Students who participate in sports programs within the district are required to undergo a baseline test.
It was a fitting tribute for a man who touched countless lives in and out of the Catasauqua area. On Saturday morning, the Catasauqua High School auditorium filled with family and friends to celebrate the life of Dale H. Edwards, who died peacefully June 22 at his home in North Catasauqua.
The memorial celebration began with a piano solo of "Amazing Grace." As the calming music reached every corner of the auditorium, tears slowly streamed down cheeks of many of the hundreds of people in attendance and heads bowed in reflection and prayer.
When Sheckler Elementary School students return to school later this month, they will have the use of a brand new, technologically advanced computer lab.
A partnership between the parent supported Home and School Association and the school district made the lab, which was completed in the spring, possible.
School board Vice President Carol Cunningham defended the Catasauqua Area School District's policy on the selection of textbooks when two board members questioned the process being used.
Discussion of the textbook selection policy took place at last Wednesday's academics and education and policy committee meetings.
School board member Carol McCarthy expressed concern with the world history book recommended by the administration for advanced-placement Catasauqua High School students.
It's not every 7-year-old who has a cupcake created and sold in her honor, but Catasauqua bakery Blondies has done just that for Laela Moyer. The Whitehall girl is the reigning winner of a pageant in Piscataway, N.J., called Pieces of Me.
Rebecca Zukowski, owner of the Catasauqua cupcake shop, worked with Laela to create a new cupcake called Laela's Pageant Princess.
The new cupcake was unveiled at the Front Street cupcake bakery and restaurant July 20.