With Allen Township ready to give a certificate of occupancy to FedEx Ground, Hanover Township asked Rockefeller Group for an update at its meeting Aug. 1.
Johanna Chervak brought her staff to the meeting to present a detailed plan. The delay in the Willowbrook Road and Race Street area is primarily because utility work added complications.
Some areas had weak subsoils.
Melissa Jacobs, the proprietor of Julia’s Four Seasons, Catasauqua, opened up the front yard of the consignment shop to a group of artists July 28.
“This was just a fun time. There were no setup fees because these are new artists looking for ways to get their art out to the public,” Jacobs said.
Lakisha Williams kept the group in stitches as the roving comedian.
No one even knew the empty grave site in the back of Calvary Cemetery in North Catasauqua belonged to Pavol Hudak.
Then Mary Valek, a great-granddaughter, took a trip to Slovakia in 2007.
“I was asking the people of our little village in Lendak where some of the relatives were buried. They said that Pavol was buried in Pennsylvania,” Valek said.
That started a search that ran through Ellis Island, Ancestry.com and finally Harrisburg, where she found his death certificate.
With yet another delay posted at the Race Street bridge, the latest notice stalls the bridge closing until Aug. 8. Borough Manager Stephen Travers addressed some of the concerns at Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session July 30.
The original concept was to keep traffic moving along Race Street during construction. The plan closed one side of the bridge to make repairs and then addressed the other side. The timeline was to complete the bridge in March 2019.
A couple of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation engineers began closely examining the details.
On July 15, Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St., Catasauqua, put on one of its three fundraisers for Peaceable Kingdom, Whitehall, and Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab (FURR), Stewartsville, N.J. The bikini bike wash is traditionally well attended, but this year, a passing storm poured rain into the parking lot before the event.
“I wasn’t too worried; it’s a good cause, and I said a few prayers,” said Jacki Hartford, who owns the popular club with her husband, Carl.
The skies turned blue at the opening bell, and bikers rolled into the parking lot.
Douglas Kish, chief of Catasauqua Police Department; the Rev. Brian Riedy, pastor of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church; and John Landi, owner of Pie’s On Pizzeria, teamed up for another community session — this time, a Pizza with Police event — with the police department July 18. Participants gathered at the Catasauqua restaurant, located at Front and Pine streets.
“Each time we do this, we get more people interested in what we do,” Kish said. “It’s so much better to meet people like this. We normally only see citizens when something is going wrong.”
Catasauqua native and longtime resident Steve Spesak brought his collection of Catasauqua memorabilia to the Biery House, 8 Race St., Catasauqua, in time for the July 4 celebration at the George Taylor House.
“There are probably 200 or more items of interest to Catasauqua that I collected over the past years,” he said.
His collection included school banners, one with Catasauqua in Northampton school colors, and trinkets from memorable events. The pieces included specialty china with unique and local descriptions.
The first sign went up July 16. The closing became official July 23. The bridge replacement is now delayed until July 30.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, after promising a new bridge over Catasauqua Creek, came in with a crew that can get it done.
The project is in three phases, starting with utility replacement and then moving to the eastbound lane. The span is closed between Pineapple and 10th streets.
Catasauqua Emergency Management Agency warns drivers to expect delays and use caution in the area.
Karen Frisch, of Chestnut Grove, addressed Hanover Township Council July 18 with her complaints about fireworks. Reading from a prepared statement, she said she wants to see the state representatives who voted in favor of the measure to be called on the carpet.
“They should not be in a position to make decisions for the welfare of the people of Pennsylvania,” she said.
According to Frisch, fireworks were set off continuously during the week of July 4.
“I heard them, and the following morning, cars in the area were covered with debris,” she said.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting July 9, Arlana Corrocher asked council to address a problem she sees on Walnut Street.
“There are no four-way stop signs on Third and Fourth streets at Walnut Street. It’s hard to see because of the parked cars, and most drivers roll through the stop signs. It causes a lot of near misses,” she said.
Janice Lathrop gave her support to the problem, adding that a similar situation exists at Second and Pine streets.
Borough Manager Stephen Travers proposed adding a sign indicating that cross street traffic does not stop.