Catasauqua Borough has announced that it is now accepting online payments for bills.
The long-promised electronic payment event has cleared its first hurdle. If you need technical assistance, a prominent heading on the borough’s website, catasauqua.org. takes you through the process. It is possible to pay water, sewer, refuse and per capita bills, permit fees and tickets.
So far, it appears as if you will be able to set up your account without taking a survey. Mary Beth, in the borough office, is available to handle complicated questions.
David Johnsen and Sharkan Supply owner Jose Abud came before the Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board Nov. 29, 2018, to request an expanded use for the company’s building products center.
The company’s location on Weaversville Road was downsized when most of the employees moved to the Pennsylvania Perlite Corporation facility on Mauch Chunk Road, Bethlehem. Both companies are owned by Abud.
The last community and police gathering for 2018 was Cookies and Cocoa with the Cops, held Dec. 20, 2018, in the community room of the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
These sessions with the police are sponsored by Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
The community events are designed to get members of the community to meet police officers on an informal basis. Police Chief Douglas Kish persuaded Santa Claus and one of his “elves” to come to the party.
Attorney Thomas Schlegel coordinated a request before Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board at its meeting Nov. 29, 2018.
His client, Able Equipment Rental, moved into a commercial property formerly leased by Ransome Rents. Both companies rent specialty equipment. Able rents high-end sky lifts, some of which are used to install glass wall windows in high-rise buildings.
When locals Nelson and Nicole Rodriguez received the cancer diagnosis, they were devastated.
Nelson, the family’s sole breadwinner, was diagnosed with nonseminoma cancer. This particular cancer attacks men specifically. If diagnosed early, there is a high cure rate.
The important thing for Nelson was to get the proper treatment — and soon. Unfortunately, with him out of work, they had some trouble keeping up with their bills.
“We started this at the old Ben Franklin store on Front Street,” said Joe Tognoli about Catasauqua Lions Club’s annual Christmas shopping spree Dec. 15. Catasauqua Area School District selects some deserving elementary school youngsters, who get whisked off to the Walgreens on Schoenersville Road to pick out gifts — courtesy of the Lions Club.
Ken Jones, Walgreens’ store manager, helps with the program every year. The group of 18 kids takes over the store for about an hour.
Joe Tognoli and Jeanine Craver welcomed Todd Brosky and his son Scott to Catasauqua Community Food Bank Dec. 14. Todd and Scott, of Brosky Insurance Agency Inc., presented a check for $12,500 to the food bank.
“Every year, Erie Insurance has a charity golf tournament. We all chip in to play. This year, we won the tournament, and one of the players was closest to the pin. He missed a hole-in-one by 3 inches,” Todd Brosky said.
Todd and Scott are the first to admit that if the food bank had to rely on their golfing skills, there would be a lot of hungry people.
At its last meeting of the year, Dec. 19, Hanover Township Council passed an ordinance to give the township manager the authority to transfer deeds and property associated with Willowbrook Road to the state.
Willowbrook Road was a point of contention early in the FedEx Ground project. Hanover objected to the amount of traffic generated by the warehouse, and township officials threatened to use its powers to block the project.
Main Streets holds a quarterly meeting for all its member businesses. For the last quarter of 2018, the business association decided to meet Dec. 6 at Taylor House Brewing Company, 76 Lehigh St. Most everyone attended the fest with food provided by Pies On Pizzeria, Fossil’s Last Stand, Tony’s Top Cat Bar and Grill, Bridge Street Family Restaurant and Catty Corner.
“It’s nice that we can get together and share ideas. All of us are trying to attract customers in Catasauqua and keep them here,” said Jacki Hartford of Fossil’s.
Every year on the first Saturday in December — this year, Dec. 1 — Catasauqua Lions Club hosts a luncheon for Catasauqua and North Catasauqua seniors.
“This is our 30th year doing the dinner. People come here from all over and enjoy lunch,” said Joseph Tognoli after the luncheon, held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Howertown Road, Catasauqua.
Any senior living in the area is invited to the event. This year, nearly 100 seniors attended, and the Lions delivered 55 dinners to shut-ins.