Tony Castaneda and his wife, Maria, opened the doors to their remodeled Tony’s Top Cat Bar & Grill the day before Thanksgiving.
“We had a quiet opening to see how everything was working,” Tony Castaneda told The Press recently. “We did most of the work ourselves, so it took a little longer than I planned.”
Local historian Debra Mellish tossed out a little history on the 607 Front St., Catasauqua, business.
“This is the oldest commercial tavern in the borough,” she said. “McCarty’s is the oldest family-owned place.”
A Hanover Township property continues to vex officials.
Township Manager Sandra Pudliner told Hanover Township Council members the former LukOil gas station just off Race Street continues to be a problem.
“This has been going on for years,” she said. “At our last go-around, the owner declared that the mobile home on the site was a storage shed. We asked that he close the unit up.”
He has done some of the things we asked, but we still have more that needs to be done from the original agreement.” Pudliner made the comments at the Nov. 16 council meeting.
The Rev. Scott Paradise and Robert Bastion of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, presented checks to Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel recently. The money came from fundraisers the church had conducted.
“When we have fundraisers for the church, we always keep 5 percent for worthy causes in our community,” Bastion said. This year, the church selected the Catasauqua Police Department K-9 Unit and the borough fire department as recipients of their community donation.
Catasauqua K-9 Police Officer John Wiseman introduced Zora to Catasauqua Borough Nov. 15.
“She is about a year younger than Jack was when he started,” Wiseman said. “She still has quite a bit of puppy in her, but this is only her second day. She will be fine.”
Wiseman has been training with Zora for the past eight weeks at Progressive Canine. This is the same group that trained Jack, the K-9 who recently died. Wiseman is happy with the results. At one time, Wiseman indicated that he might switch to a different breed.
Santa Claus stopped at the George Taylor House for Catasauqua’s tree lighting Dec. 4. This is the first time the borough has used the George Taylor House property for the annual tree lighting ceremony.
“We decided to plant a real tree and use it for the tree lighting,” said Jeffrey Miller, the borough’s director of pools and parks. “We probably should have done it years ago. It’s close to the road, so people can see it.”
Miller lit up the tree as Santa Claus rounded the bend atop a fire truck.
The event was well attended.
High on Catasauqua Borough Council’s agenda for their meeting Dec. 5 was to vote on whether or not to override Mayor Barbara Schlegel’s veto of an ordinance to allow two-way traffic on Front Street. The mayor argued unsuccessfully that the change should be made gradually and with a little more planning.
The 5-2 override was widely anticipated. Only two councilmen, Brian Bartholomew and Eugene Schlegel, are opposed to making the change to two-way traffic on Front Street. Schlegel said she is not opposed to the Iron Works project or to the prospect of a two-way Front Street.
Editor’s note: Correspondent Paul Cmil spoke with Candace Winkler about her recent participation in the North Dakota pipeline protest. Since her return home, the Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit to construct the protested segment of the pipeline under the direction of President Barrack Obama. However, it is understood President-Elect Donald Trump could reverse that decision when he takes office in January. Cmil’s interview took place before the permit was denied.
At Monday’s Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting, Mayor Barbara Schlegel announced she intends to veto the ordinance passed by council Nov. 7 to allow two-way traffic on Front Street.
“I am not opposed to the Iron Works project, but I believe council must look further into the decision on traffic and parking,” she said in an interview before the workshop.
In a list of reasons she presented to council members, Schlegel had a number of issues for council to consider.
According to Schlegel, the parking issue has not been properly addressed.
Catasauqua Youth Cheerleading Association members were honored at the Nov. 7 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting for their public service.
Borough Mayor Barbara Schlegel explained.
“Every year we go out to the community to ask for funds to support our Halloween parade,” she said. “It is always a challenge for us to get money to put on this event that everyone seems to enjoy.”
The mayor recounted her concerns as the date for the Halloween parade approached.
At its Nov. 7 meeting, the Catasauqua Borough Council reviewed a memorandum of understanding from FL Smidth for an old railway spur along the Lehigh River. The former rail line had been used by FL Smidth for transportation within their property but was abandoned decades ago.
Council President Vincent Smith had asked about the line during borough negotiations for purchasing the Iron Works site, and at that time, FL Smidth officials had indicated a willingness to give the property to the borough.