With nearly a thousand dollars in the donation pot, Pastors Brian Riedy and Scott Paradise declared their first annual chili cook-off a success.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, joined forces Feb. 3 to set up the fundraising event to benefit the Catasauqua Food Bank. The event was held at St. Paul’s.
Over the past few months, Hanover Township Council has expressed its concern over truck parking on Postal Road. Tractor-trailers waiting to load or unload at the airport warehouse have nowhere to park and have taken up waiting on a gravel strip along Postal Road.
At the Jan. 17 council meeting, Chairman Bruce Paulus reported he met with officials from the airport and state police about the problem.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Feb. 5, Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich presented council with a package to organize a not-for-profit group designated as the George Taylor Association. The new organization would replace the existing, informal Friends of George that has been supporting events at the George Taylor House for almost 10 years.
Volunteers who work the fundraising events asked for the change.
“This process will clarify the relationship between the volunteers and the borough,” Dimmich said.
George Paxos, owner of Primo, and his attorney Matt Longenberger requested approval for a warehouse expansion at 2100 Hoover Ave. during Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting Feb. 7.
Primo has been a long-term tenant in the building. Hanover’s planning commission and zoning hearing board reviewed the application and recommended approval.
Part of the new Catasauqua Municipal Complex was designed to host community functions, and the opportunity presented itself Jan. 16.
“We did not have any strict use definition, but this was a good offer,” borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder said.
Howard Lieberman, who has worked extensively with private businesses and public entities, offered to host the first meeting — a local conference on the recent tax law initiative, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Are you “In the Mood” for a little ’40s swing music? Want to test your skills at the Charleston?
Get acquainted with the Gas House Dance Hall on Front Street and its “Dixieland 1920s” revue.
Called one of the Lehigh Valley’s premier dance clubs, the Gas House hosted a special dance Jan. 27. Host Vickie Bartholomew counted at least 40 dancers in the crowd. Some voyeurs were there, only to be amazed by the dancing and music.
Everything was grins and giggles Jan. 28 as St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, opened the kitchen just after noon, so approximately 100 bingo players could get some snacks. When the clock struck 2 p.m. and Bob Bastion took the stage to call bingo, the serious business began.
The room echoed with only an occasional “Bingo!” as the players got to work. The gifts were $25 gift cards from various merchants, as well as cash prizes.
“We have a committee that goes around to merchants looking for donations,” June Hahn said.
Prior to Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop meeting Jan. 29, Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker opened a public hearing on a proposal to change the local ordinance on craft beverages to allow for a tasting room.
The details of the proposal have been discussed for months. The change is designed to accommodate a proposal from Annette and Fred Pompa for a tasting room in a building across from the George Taylor House.
North Catasauqua held a celebration luncheon Jan. 19 to honor 30-year veteran Corporal Thomas Slapinsky.
Those in attendance at the event, held at the municipal building, agreed Slapinsky leaves the borough with a legacy of service and dedication to the residents of North Catasauqua.
A 1969 graduate of Freedom High School, Slapinsky celebrated his 30-year anniversary with the department Nov. 23, 2017.
On Jan. 16, when a Catasauqua police officer pulled over Melissa Sweeney, 32, based on an outstanding warrant, things turned out to be less than routine.
The officer making the stop noticed a child in the back of the car and alerted borough Police Chief Douglas Kish. The officer told the driver she could not drive any further on her suspended license.
Kish said as he arrived at the Second Street location and approached Sweeney’s car, she stepped on the accelerator and sped south on Second Street, narrowly missing the chief.