When locals Nelson and Nicole Rodriguez received the cancer diagnosis, they were devastated.
Nelson, the family’s sole breadwinner, was diagnosed with nonseminoma cancer. This particular cancer attacks men specifically. If diagnosed early, there is a high cure rate.
The important thing for Nelson was to get the proper treatment — and soon. Unfortunately, with him out of work, they had some trouble keeping up with their bills.
“We started this at the old Ben Franklin store on Front Street,” said Joe Tognoli about Catasauqua Lions Club’s annual Christmas shopping spree Dec. 15. Catasauqua Area School District selects some deserving elementary school youngsters, who get whisked off to the Walgreens on Schoenersville Road to pick out gifts — courtesy of the Lions Club.
Ken Jones, Walgreens’ store manager, helps with the program every year. The group of 18 kids takes over the store for about an hour.
Joe Tognoli and Jeanine Craver welcomed Todd Brosky and his son Scott to Catasauqua Community Food Bank Dec. 14. Todd and Scott, of Brosky Insurance Agency Inc., presented a check for $12,500 to the food bank.
“Every year, Erie Insurance has a charity golf tournament. We all chip in to play. This year, we won the tournament, and one of the players was closest to the pin. He missed a hole-in-one by 3 inches,” Todd Brosky said.
Todd and Scott are the first to admit that if the food bank had to rely on their golfing skills, there would be a lot of hungry people.
At its last meeting of the year, Dec. 19, Hanover Township Council passed an ordinance to give the township manager the authority to transfer deeds and property associated with Willowbrook Road to the state.
Willowbrook Road was a point of contention early in the FedEx Ground project. Hanover objected to the amount of traffic generated by the warehouse, and township officials threatened to use its powers to block the project.
Main Streets holds a quarterly meeting for all its member businesses. For the last quarter of 2018, the business association decided to meet Dec. 6 at Taylor House Brewing Company, 76 Lehigh St. Most everyone attended the fest with food provided by Pies On Pizzeria, Fossil’s Last Stand, Tony’s Top Cat Bar and Grill, Bridge Street Family Restaurant and Catty Corner.
“It’s nice that we can get together and share ideas. All of us are trying to attract customers in Catasauqua and keep them here,” said Jacki Hartford of Fossil’s.
Every year on the first Saturday in December — this year, Dec. 1 — Catasauqua Lions Club hosts a luncheon for Catasauqua and North Catasauqua seniors.
“This is our 30th year doing the dinner. People come here from all over and enjoy lunch,” said Joseph Tognoli after the luncheon, held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Howertown Road, Catasauqua.
Any senior living in the area is invited to the event. This year, nearly 100 seniors attended, and the Lions delivered 55 dinners to shut-ins.
When Mark Reccek was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, he began his treatment in the oncology department at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem. The Marine was a fighter and wrote regularly for The Press newspapers.
While he was undergoing treatment, he was being cared for by his sister, Donna Kukor, of Bath. During his stints in the hospital, Reccek continued to write columns on the experiences he had during his treatment.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Dec. 10, Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker indicated the borough is close to an agreement with the lone developer interested in pursuing the Iron Works project.
“We have been in five negotiation sessions, and we are close to the final agreement,” he said.
The plan is to release the final draft of the document to council at a private session scheduled for Jan. 28, 2019.
At Hanover Council’s regular meeting Dec. 5, township Manager Christopher Garges asked council to move forward with a proposal to install an alarm system at the township’s municipal building.
“There have been several instances where municipal employees were attacked in municipal buildings. It is a cause for concern,” he said.
1882 – Bryden Horseshoe Company is established in Catasauqua.
1914 – Bryden has 300 employees producing 50 tons of horseshoes for British and Russian armies.
1928 – Phoenix Manufacturing Company acquires Bryden Horseshoe Company.
1939 – Phoenix begins production of commercial forgings and flanges and changes name to Phoenix Forging.
1953 – Phoenix supplies forgings for atomic-age industries.
1957 – Phoenix is acquired by Union Tank Car Company.
1981 – Phoenix facility is acquired by The Marmon Group.
1985 – Phoenix reverts to private ownership.