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.
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.
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.
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.”
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners met Jan. 3 to reorganize.
Marty Nothstein, of Lowhill Township, was elected by board members to serve as chair of the board, and Amanda Holt, of Upper Macungie Township, will serve as vice chairwoman.
Nothstein replaces Commissioner Brad Osborne, and Holt replaces Michael Schware.
In an email to The Press Jan. 6, Nothstein said he is excited to serve as chair and lead the nine-member board.
Catasauqua Middle School teachers, staff and students recently came together to support sixth-grade student Julian “Butter” Saleh, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November.
According to CMS teacher Vickie Mac- Laughlin, the sixth-grade team of teachers decided to come up with a way to raise money for Julian’s family.
The idea soon materialized into the school creating “Team Butter” shirts, which are currently on sale for $20.
Initially, the sale was only directed to CMS students, family members, teachers and staff. It’s now been opened to the community.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a new social workers’ union contract.
“It’s been a long time coming, but I’m very supportive of the outcome,” Commissioner Percy Dougherty said at the board’s Dec. 21, 2016, meeting.
The Catasauqua Area School Board unanimously accepted the resignation of school board member Dawn Berrigan, effective immediately, at its Dec. 6 meeting.
Berrigan resigned from the board because she moving to Virginia with her husband.
The school board has 30 days to appoint a new board member to fill the vacancy, to serve until Dec. 4, 2017.
Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about the Love Haiti’s Children orphanage.
Revolution Church Bishop Jim McIver felt he had to do something to address the plight of children living without homes and in poverty on the island of Haiti.
The sight of children wandering around the streets, hopeless, starving and barely clothed, after the 2011 earthquake, ultimately led McIver to take action.
With a heavy heart, McIver, with the help of Catasauqua’s Revolution Church, opened up Love Haiti’s Children (LHC), an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, in 2011.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the appointments of Michelle Julian as director and Justin Cumello as assistant director of nursing, respectively, for Cedarbrook Nursing Home at its Nov. 22 meeting.
Both Julian and Cumello addressed the board.
“It is really a privilege for me to serve in this capacity,” Julian said to the board. “I thank you for the opportunity, and I am really grateful.”