Blocker’s Coffeehouse, 309 Front St., Catasauqua, hosted its first-time Coffee with a Cop event May 9.
“We had someone, who prefers to remain anonymous, who wanted to try an informal setting where residents could talk with local police. We thought it was a good idea,” Police Chief Douglas Kish said.
The anonymous donor paid for the coffee for attendees, and various officers from the force, in addition to the police chief, stopped in to talk with them.
The idea is to continue the coffee shop talk in the future.
At Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting May 2, township Manager Christopher Garges gave an evaluation on the status of traffic from the FedEx Ground development on Willowbrook Road.
There are rumors that FedEx would like to open the warehouse early even if the road improvements are not completed, Garges said.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting May 7, council appointed borough Manager Stephen Travers as borough secretary.
The borough secretary is responsible for the information provided to council members and records the voting records. It is customary that the borough manager and borough secretary are the same person.
Council reaffirmed that Eugene Goldfeder would continue as zoning officer.
Newly appointed Catasauqua Borough Manager Stephen Travers took time from his busy day recently to talk about his new job.
“Everyone keeps asking me what my vision is,” he said. “My job is to implement what council wants to do. Residents elect the members of council.”
Travers praised the borough council members.
“I spent four hours interviewing with them, and we went on at length in different questions. One thing I came away with is that everyone on council is doing what is best for the borough. They disagree on how we get there, but that is to be expected,” he said.
Barry Lovelace, voted five times as the Lehigh Valley’s best personal trainer, is on the move. He opened his first facility in Catasauqua and then moved to Coplay.
He plans to move back to Catasauqua.
Lovelace got his start training girls’ high school volleyball teams.
“I still do team training, but that is done at their facilities. I go to them; they don’t come to my place,” he said.
Lovelace’s techniques are unique.
Robert Bastian, chairman of Catasauqua’s Shade Tree Commission, welcomed honorees and guests to an Arbor Day celebration April 28 at the borough’s new municipal complex.
This is the first year the celebration was held at the 90 Bridge St. building. According to Mayor Barbara Schlegel, this is, however, the 19th annual borough celebration of Arbor Day.
“It’s important that we continue to beautify the borough with our long-standing commitment to planting trees. It is a way to beautify the community and to honor those who have served the borough well,” she said.
Jackie Harford’s tavern, Fossil’s Last Stand, sponsored a benefit for the animal rescue organizations Feline Urban Rescue and Rehabilitation (FURR) and Peaceable Kingdom April 7.
“We do three fundraisers a year. Nancy Green talked to me about fundraising for these organizations five years ago, and we have been doing it ever since,” Harford said.
The chili cook-off, held in November, and the chowder cook-off have the same format. Amateur chefs bring in their prepared recipes, and everyone gets to vote for their favorite creation.
A proposal rumbling around in the planning and zoning committee was discussed at Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session April 30. The ordinance would institute a program that allows designated borough officials to issue tickets for minor property violations.
The proposal has received a lukewarm reception. Christine Weaver, committee chair, wants to add a few items, one of which is a warning.
At its regular meeting April 4, Hanover Township Council passed a resolution proclaiming May 2 as Pennsylvania State Police Day in the township. The beginning of May is celebrated as the birthday of the state police. The township honors the police with recognition and contributes a memorial plaque at the annual event.
“They do a good job for our township,” Chairman Bruce Paulus said.
The township has no official police force and relies on the state police for enforcement.
Saturday at noon, Ben and Candace Winkler broke out the snacks, bags, gloves and hot dogs to start the annual canal cleanup project in Catasauqua. The project started years ago and makes a dent in some of the trash that accumulates in and along the canal.
“Everything from Front Street and probably further up washes down into the canal,” said Candace Winkler, who took over organizing the project a few years ago.