“We received a call from the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission asking for us to attend the meeting,” said Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder. The borough applied for a Transportation Alternative Project (TAP) grant. “There are a lot of municipalities competing for these dollars, and I think we made a good case for our project,” Goldfeder said. Since the 1990s, over $20 million has been awarded locally to more than 50 TAP projects.
It might seem like cats are having a tough time in and around Catasauqua lately. “It wasn’t really about cats at all,” said Catasauqua’s Zoning Officer Eugene Goldfeder. “We were notified that there was a business in operation on Prospect Street, and I went to investigate.” What Goldfeder found was a business that the proprietor claimed was a charitable business that houses and supports cats. Catherine McCulloch has been running Feline Finish Line Rescue since 2009.
Every year a group of hardy souls braves the unpredictable weather at the end of April and, donning their work clothes, they head out to pick up trash.
Candace Winkler, who has a blog on things happening in Catasauqua, coordinated this year’s effort.
“We have gloves and orange bibs donated,” she said. “Then Blondie’s stepped in and offered half-priced lunches with a free cupcake.”
At its regular meeting April 4, Catasauqua Borough Council settled a couple of outstanding property issues.
Council finalized the sale of borough-owned property on Pearl Street to Ben Hoffman of Greenwood Builders. The property was sold by sealed bid auction. Greenwood was the highest bidder. The property was originally purchased by the borough’s water department for potential use as site for a water tower. Revenues from the sale are sent back to the water department.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session April 25, Robert Zakos asked why a drug treatment center was allowed to open in the center of town.
“I realize I am a little late in voicing my opposition, but it doesn’t seem appropriate,” he said.
Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder explained the situation from a zoning perspective.
“This is not a court-order rehab facility. It is geared to voluntary rehabilitation — more like a Betty Ford Center where people go to recover,” he said.
May 1 is rapidly approaching, and the festivities to celebrate George Taylor’s 300th birthday begin with a parade.
The parade starts at Front and Union streets.
“Everyone is assembling at the blacksmith shop at Biery Port. We can assemble the marching order for the parade. The calliope will lead us over to the George Taylor House,” said Chris Opresko, the new blacksmith for the Biery House.
Local fire police and ambulance vehicles will join in the parade.
No one needs to have a registration to be a part of the parade.
Staff at Northampton Community College’s (NCC) Institutional Advancement Department headed over to the George Taylor House (GTH) April 9 to help with some spring cleaning.
“This is our second annual Day of Service,” said Shannon Sigafoos, assistant director of marketing and publications at NCC. “We have staff at nursing homes, libraries, senior centers — anywhere that we can offer assistance. This is our first year at the George Taylor House.”
Emily Zacharda, the borough’s curator for GTH, invited the staff over.
Ever since Egyptian times, women have been accentuating their eyes by adding color to their eyelashes.
“Long eyelashes are a sign of beauty in every culture,” said Ming Ming Molony, the owner of Qi Spa in Catasauqua.
In 1879, John McCabe suggested in a book on fashion that eyelashes could be lengthened by cutting the longest ends. False eyelashes were first used in a silent movie, “Intolerance,” when Director D.W. Griffin put them on his lead actress Seena Owen in 1916. A Canadian, Anna Taylor patented false eyelashes just a few years earlier in 1911.
Captain Thomas Verenna put out a call for recruits for his School of the Soldier, conducted on the lawn of Catasauqua’s George Taylor House April 16.
“We want to get more people involved in understanding the role of the militia in the Revolutionary War,” Verenna said during a break in the training.
This was the first of many drills planned for the summer.
Emily Zacharda coordinates activities at the historic house on Lehigh Street.
“We want to have local members ready for our opening ceremony on May 1,” she said.
Verenna added to the discussion.
At its regular meeting April 6, Hanover Township Council introduced changes to its ordinance to allow the township to restrict the use of truck brake retarders on Race Street and Airport Road.
Over the past three months, township Engineer Albert Kortze has studied the issue and prepared a report to council. The procedure requires that the engineer ensure there are no major grade elevations that would cause a safety hazard if the restrictions were enacted.