Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure and Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, along with state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, and Michael Dee, chief of staff for state Rep. Jeanne McNeil, D-133rd, gathered at Fellowship Community, Whitehall, Sept. 12 to present their thoughts on the state of the counties to Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce.
McClure emphasized the crossroads he sees in the future.
“In the next decade, we need to decide if we are going to be the home of fulfillment centers or if we can balance economic development and land protection,” he said.
At its annual meeting Oct. 4 at Blue Grillhouse, Bethlehem, the Greater Valley YMCA celebrated with the partners and volunteers who keep the Y focused on its mission.
The Suburban North branch selected Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church in Catasauqua for the Community Partner Award and Joan Miller for the Volunteer Award.
The stack of bingo cards will cost you $20, but prizes are worth $640 — making it a good way to spend an evening with your friends at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua.
The church hosts a regular bingo party. Pastor Scott Paradise calls the numbers.
There are tricky tray offerings at $1 per ticket. Food is also available for purchase.
The biggest excitement of the night is the big coverall bet at the end.
During an Oct. 2 presentation, Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish welcomed Brian Hedeen, president of Viridian, a weapon technology company, to introduce the FACT Duty™ weapon-mounted camera that is being deployed by the borough’s police force.
Catasauqua Police Department is the first force in Pennsylvania to deploy the technology.
As Hedeen explained, the product is an outgrowth of several controversial shootings.
“I first thought about it with the shooting in Ferguson. I thought we could put our technology to use to get a better view of what happened,” he said.
The traffic signal at Pine and Front streets needs to be upgraded to account for the two-way traffic on Front Street and the signal’s proximity to the fire station.
Catasauqua Borough Council acted at its meeting Oct. 1 to get the process moving. Borough Manager Stephen Travers will submit the application to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which controls all traffic signals, even those placed on local roads.
Blocker’s Coffeehouse, Catasauqua’s premier traditional coffee spot, celebrated its anniversary at the beginning of September.
“We are happy to be in business for this first year and want to thank everyone in the community who has patronized our business,” said Vicki Bartholomew, who owns the shop, located at 309 Front St.
Blocker’s is next to Gas House Dance Hall, so the celebration included entertainment from Jet Weston and the Atomic Ranch Hands.
Sophie, from Henna Chakra, was there to spice things up with a few temporary tattoos.
An ongoing discussion on the condition of road repairs on Troxell Avenue and surrounding streets continued at Hanover Township Council’s meeting Oct. 3.
The township experienced some major problems with leaking water lines that damaged sections of roadways. The area is served by the Bethlehem Water Authority, which repaired the leaking supply lines. They covered up the trenches and sealed the roadway. The repair was not up to code or to expected standards.
Murat Guzel, who heads the Lehigh Valley Democratic Progressive Coalition (LVDPC), held a political rally, billed as Harmony Fest, at the American Club of Coplay pavilion Aug. 9.
“This is a local organization. Every local Democrat Party organization and all the Democratic elected officials joined us and are a part of this group,” he said.
Guzel had a two-page list of everyone who supports his organization. Celeste Dee is the executive director of LVDPC and set up the event. She has an extensive resume of working for Democratic Party executives.
John Landi, the owner of Pie’s On Pizzeria, went before Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board Sept. 18 to ask for a variance for a property at 413 Second St. The property, once used as a gas station, sits in the middle of a mixed-use, predominantly residential area.
The board unanimously approved the request.
Landi plans to use the area for limited storage for his pizza business and to store classic cars that he and his father acquired.
Tunes from the late 1960s chased kids out of North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park when members of Catasauqua High School’s Class of 1966 — the school’s largest class — celebrated their 70th birthdays Sept. 15.
Brenda (Schenkel) Henning is the organizer for these special class events.
“We had a party for our 50th anniversary, and we celebrated when everyone turned 66,” she said.
Henning thinks this is the most active CHS class. Some of the other classes of the high school jump into the celebration.