Everardo Hernandez and his family took over the vacant historical building on the corner of Race and Lehigh streets.
“We always wanted to open a restaurant. I wanted to do a food truck, but Dad wanted a traditional restaurant. This came up. We talked to the previous owners, so we have a good idea of what we are getting into,” he said.
And the name?
“We always had great respect for our grandfather. They called him El Camacho. He didn’t have much money, but he developed all the recipes we have. The translation is ‘the inheritance of El Camacho,’” he said.
A Catasauqua Borough police vehicle was involved in a crash Jan. 13 at Second and Pine streets.
According to Police Chief Douglas Kish, a Jeep traveling southbound on Second Street pulled abruptly out onto Pine Street. The driver may have missed the stop sign at the intersection, Kish said, adding the police car had nowhere to go.
Kish indicated any accident involving a police vehicle is investigated by Pennsylvania State Police.
Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel opened borough council’s reorganization meeting Jan. 2. Reorganization meetings are held after an election cycle to allow council to review its officers and committee assignments.
Although most council assignments are renewed if the principals are re-elected, there was an attempt to install a new president. Council nominated Vincent Smith and Brian Bartholomew for council president. After a round of voting, Smith won the ballot with Councilmen Bartholomew and Eugene Schlegel voting no. Smith was the incumbent president of council.
A serious head-on collision occurred just before 5 a.m. Jan. 8 on Airport Road. The accident occurred on the bridge overpass between Hanoverville Road and Colony Drive in East Allen Township.
Medical helicopters were seen circling the area shortly after the accident.
Local reports indicated three people were seriously injured, but it was not confirmed by Pennsylvania State Police. The vehicles at the scene appeared to be a Ford pickup truck and a car.
A portion of Airport Road was closed until around noon.
Hanover Township announced Jan. 8 that township Manager Sandra Pudliner tendered her retirement papers. Her retirement was effective Dec. 21, 2017.
“She has served the township for 30 years as a manager,” Chairman Bruce Paulus said. “I have not known anyone else as manager since I have been on council.
“She served this township with distinction, and she will be missed,” he added.
Pudliner joined the township administration in 1981 and was promoted to manager in 1987. She also served as the township’s zoning officer.
The ever-creative David Berkner opened an exhibit at Bridge Street Studio & Gallery, 121 Bridge St., Catasauqua, Dec. 1, 2017, to exhibit his concept of refrigerator door art. What it is not is a collection of your kids’ elementary school drawings held up with magnets on the fridge door.
You might remember the quirky artist put a life-size version of Washington Crossing the Delaware at one of the tennis courts last year.
Back in 2013, when the idea of a municipal building was still just a glimmer, one driving force was to have an updated police department along with a co-located fire department.
“We are not looking for a gilded palace, but we do need some enhancements to the layout,” Police Chief Douglas Kish said then.
Catasauqua Borough Council passed a $5.5 million budget for 2018 at its last session for the year held Dec. 20, 2017.
The new budget allocates expected revenues into categories.
Catasauqua’s American Legion Post 215 held its Christmas craft fair Dec. 2, 2017. Vendors were set up in the banquet room of Legion Hall and were a mix of independent business marketing companies and homemade products. Valerie Geissenhainer served as the manager of the program hosted by the ladies auxiliary.
Sheena Valero, of Catasauqua, was the Tupperware representative. You can see her products at sheenav.my.tupperware.com. She can get anything in the catalog and deliver it.
Sharon Kratzer has a line of scarves.
When John Landi completed his expansion of Pie’s On Pizzeria, he had a prime real estate corner available at Pine and Front streets, Catasauqua. Landi looked into a host of options before turning to the safest choice. Running a successful business is tough work. He did not need a new set of problems.
John talked to his son about the opportunity of having a breakfast venue in the borough.
Pie’s On Breakfast Bistro and Market had a soft opening June 17. The new eatery is operated by Francesco (Frank) Landi.