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Catty zoners OK request for apartment conversion

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Homeowner sought permission for three units; board approved only two

The Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board listened to a request April 16 from Renet Bruehl to turn her single-family home at 120 Second St. into a three-unit apartment. The board considered five variances before rendering its decision.

The property was a two-unit apartment when Bruehl purchased the home in 2001. Her husband sent a letter to the borough in 2003 asking to convert the property into a single-family residence. That request was granted.

Soggy start to boroughs’ cleanup efforts

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs had great plans to hit the D&L trail for a cleanup April 20 as part of Earth Day.

Catasauqua has had an ongoing ritual to clean up the canal area and the D&L trail for years, and the effort this year was coordinated with North Catasauqua. The two boroughs are working closely together to complete the unfinished section on the D&L trail as part of THE LINK Trail Network. Once complete, the trail will give hikers and bike riders unimpeded access from White Haven to Philadelphia, a 163-mile span along the Lehigh River.

Church provides Easter meals

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

In an effort to give back to the community, Revolution Church, 5 Race St., Catasauqua, focused its efforts to support the seniors living at Catasauqua Towers, 534 Third St.

Girlfriends Unlimited, a church-sponsored women’s group, asked parishioners to donate $10 to sponsor a senior. These donations went toward the purchase of food for Easter meals.

“This is part of our blessed week, and it’s all about compassion, unity and service,” said the Rev. Mary McIver, who coordinated the program.

Church provides Easter meals

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

In an effort to give back to the community, Revolution Church, 5 Race St., Catasauqua, focused its efforts to support the seniors living at Catasauqua Towers, 534 Third St.

Girlfriends Unlimited, a church-sponsored women’s group, asked parishioners to donate $10 to sponsor a senior. These donations went toward the purchase of food for Easter meals.

“This is part of our blessed week, and it’s all about compassion, unity and service,” said the Rev. Mary McIver, who coordinated the program.

Hunting for eggs

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Firefighters hold annual holiday event

Under a near-perfect blue sky, Catasauqua Fire Department blocked off St. John Street in front of Catasauqua Park & Playground for its annual Easter egg hunt April 13.

Joe Carl coordinated the event, and he had a bit of help. April Murray, of EXP Realty, brought along her staff to help keep the group under control. EXP Realty works with Caliber Home Loans, so they joined the team, too. The two companies contributed some of the big prizes.

Donna Gewertz snapped pictures of the participants for parents.

Council allows fire station sale

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

After Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting April 1, council members met in closed session to discuss the sale of the East End Fire Station. The building became obsolete with the new municipal building and was in a poor state of repair.

The borough bid the building and awarded it to council President Vincent Smith. Several council members thought the transaction may have irregularities and postponed the final approval at council’s January meeting.

Hanover hears development plan from Goodman Properties

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At its meeting April 3, Hanover Council heard from Goodman Properties, the developer of Airport Center Mall.

After completing the mall, Goodman acquired vacant land at the corner of Airport Road and American Parkway. For seven years, the group has worked to come up with a development plan for the parcel. As Adam Goodman, partner at the development firm, stated in previous appearances before council, the developer thought the success of Airport Center would transfer down the road to the new property.

Sophie Patchinka celebrates 100th birthday

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Family, friends get together for North Catasauqua party

Marty Hacker opened up his North Catasauqua home March 31 for a birthday party for his mother-in-law, Sophie Patchinka, and all the family members.

“It’s what you do when someone turns 100,” said Roxane Guzie, one of Sophie’s daughters.

Sophie spent her life as a homemaker, with the exception of a stint at a blouse factory. She was the best baker, her family said, and she prepared dinners for the family fresh from her garden.

She and her husband built their own house, and their family moved close by.

Police, residents discuss traffic, Race Street bridge work

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

On March 28, Pie’s On Pizzeria, 102 Pine St., opened its doors to a monthly community meeting with the police. Catasauqua Borough, along with Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, sponsors the events, each with its own clever name, at various locales. The latest meeting was titled Pizza with Police. This is the second time that Pie’s On Pizzeria hosted the event.

“We enjoy being able to meet with local residents and get an idea of their concerns,” said Police Chief Douglas Kish.