Catasauqua Press

Friday, March 22, 2019

Go fish! Hanover OKs catch, release in Catasauqua Lake

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Township Council approved fishing in Catasauqua Lake during its meeting March 6.

The lake is in Canal Park and has been part of an ongoing effort by the township to make the park a top-rated outdoor venue. The township drained the lake in 2012 and reworked the bed to make it more conducive for aquatic life — not just fish, but turtles and all manner of flora.

Unfortunately, some sinkholes developed in the following years. The sinkholes were filled and the lake rejuvenated.

Catty enjoys Celtic music, food

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., Catasauqua, hosted a Celtic festival March 10 featuring Irish songs by local band Celtic Adventure.

“It’s something we wanted to try,” said Vicki Bartholomew, who manages Gas House Dance Hall and the adjacent coffeehouse, Blockers. “This year, we did it on a Sunday, but I think it’s better to have it on Saturday. We wanted to do it before St. Patrick’s Day, so we would not conflict with other parties.”

The party featured Dave Jones with his Uilleann bagpipes.

Bridge Street restaurant wants eatery to be part of community

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hills restaurant started in 1955 and moved to Bridge Street in 1965. The local establishment closed abruptly in 2015.

“The place sat idle for well over a year, and then we made an offer to run the restaurant,” according to Manuel Castaneda.

At the renamed Bridge Street Family Restaurant, Castaneda runs the kitchen. If the name looks familiar, Manuel and Tony at Tony’s Top Cat Bar and Grill are brothers.

Hanover joins multimunicipal comprehensive plan

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council also discusses waived refuse fees, rumors of airport hotel project

Hanover Township Manager Christopher Garges proposed updating the township’s comprehensive plan during the Feb. 20 council meeting. According to him, the plan is due for an update.

“I have talked with Catasauqua and North Catasauqua, who are also looking at updates to their plans,” Garges said. “We agreed that it would be beneficial to have a multimunicipal plan that incorporates all the municipalities.”

Property sales agreements in question

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough to bid former municipal building; solicitor to review East End pact

Resolutions to sell borough property gained the spotlight at Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting March 4.

The first resolution involved the sale of the former municipal building, classified as the Catasauqua Municipal Center Condominium, at 118 Bridge St. The sale, discussed at an earlier meeting of council, was understood as complete. But life during real estate negotiations is seldom easy. The understanding was that the property would be sold to the Housing Authority of Lehigh County because it was the highest bidder and owns other units in the building.

Community joins cause

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Fundraiser helps local business owner

Slovak Center Social Club, North Catasauqua, held a cash bingo and basket raffle fundraiser March 2 for Dave Kline, from Kline’s Auto Service Center, 806 Race St., Catasauqua.

Kline is battling cancer and needed help to cover health care expenses. His friends turned out to support him. Ruthi Stanley, who is the steward at the center, said the crowd reached the maximum 100-person seating capacity.

Catasauqua shares soup with police

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish met with the public Feb. 21 at the borough’s ongoing monthly police meet-and-greet events. The latest event, Soup with the Smokies, was held at Bridge Street Family Restaurant, 215 Bridge St.

The genesis of the idea to meet with police officers came from Pastor Brian Riedy of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church.

“We are always looking for ways to have the community involved, and having residents get to know the police better is a good idea. I heard about a similar program in Las Vegas and adopted it for the borough,” Riedy said.

Catasauqua business closing its doors

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Owner of Julia’s 4 Seasons says she’s looking at options for new location

Melissa Jacobs, owner of Julia’s 4 Seasons, 327 Front St., Catasauqua, has announced her consignment store would close at the end of March.

“We have no plans on where to move next, but we are looking for options,” she said.

According to Jacobs, she was unable to negotiate an acceptable lease arrangement with her landlord.

“This was a tribute store. I named it in honor of my mother and a dear friend whose name was also Julia,” Jacobs said.

Borough to appoint building code official

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Iron Works project update also on Catasauqua council’s March 4 agenda

Catasauqua Borough Council ran through a gauntlet of items at its workshop session Feb. 25. Subjects for action at the next regular meeting, set for March 4, include appointing a building code official and an update to the Iron Works project from Chad Helmer, of Taggart Associates.