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Two-way Front Street traffic trial is proposed by mayor

Thursday, April 7, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the March 28 Catasauqua Borough Council workshop, addressing the controversial topic of Front Street traffic flow was on the agenda.

While Councilwoman Christine Weaver promoted the idea of planning streets and traffic flow around the Iron Works property, including converting Front Street to two-way traffic, Mayor Barbara Schlegel asked for a trial period.

The proposed change to two-way traffic on Front Street would require the elimination of on-street parking along one side of the street.

Summertime at the George Taylor House

Thursday, April 7, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

With a committee of 20, Emily Zacharda is coordinating a summer of activities for the George Taylor House.

“We are planning opening day celebrations on May 1 with marching bands and special flags in our parade,” Zacharda told The Press. The newest addition to opening day is a steam calliope.

“You’re going to be able to hear that one all over town,” she said. Opening day is George Taylor’s 300th birthday, so, naturally, cake and ice cream are on the menu.

Improvements at Sherwood Park taking shape

Thursday, March 31, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

During the March 16 meeting of Hanover Township Council, Jeffry Mouer, director of public works for the township, discussed a request to install soccer nets at Sherwood Park.

Residents had approached Mouer, requesting the soccer nets.

“About the only place we have to put the nets is in the baseball field,” he said.

The nets would interfere with the baseball schedule if placed there on a permanent basis.

Mobile nets are an option, but the council asked for a permanent solution.

Revision of jammed intersection scheduled

Thursday, March 31, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop meeting Monday, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder noted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is scheduling meetings for its rapid bridge replacement program.

The Race Street bridge over Catasauqua Creek is one of four area bridges scheduled for replacement in 2017.

The project contractor is Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP). The company’s project team is holding a public meeting 6-9 p.m. April 11, at which time its members will give a presentation on the project.

Revision of jammed intersection scheduled

Thursday, March 31, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop meeting Monday, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder noted the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is scheduling meetings for its rapid bridge replacement program.

The Race Street bridge over Catasauqua Creek is one of four area bridges scheduled for replacement in 2017.

The project contractor is Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP). The company’s project team is holding a public meeting 6-9 p.m. April 11, at which time its members will give a presentation on the project.

New rule: No gas grills allowed at Catasauqua park

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

New rules for use of the Catasauqua Park & Playground were approved March 7, as the borough council passed an ordinance that addresses complaints from residents about behavior at the park.

The biggest change is that guests at the park can no longer bring a portable charcoal or gas grill for a picnic on the grass. Grilling may occur only on the charcoal grills provided by the park.

Complaints initiating the change came from residents who see those who live outside the borough using the park as an extension of their backyard, with park personnel responsible for cleanup.

Can the YMCA make Catty’s pool viable?

Thursday, March 17, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The director of the Suburban North YMCA is pitching an idea that may save the public pool at Catasauqua Park & Playground.

Melissa Brown spent a few hours before and during the March 7 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting sharing her idea with borough officials.

In a recreation committee meeting, Brown explained her concept. She proposed that the Y take over managing the Catasauqua Municipal Pool.

Town hall meeting

Thursday, March 17, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Local residents get details

State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd, called a town hall meeting Feb. 24 to highlight the increased levels of heroin addiction in the Lehigh Valley. Two hundred-plus interested residents attended the meeting, held at Whitehall High School.

A host of speakers presented brief speeches on their role in combating the epidemic of heroin abuse.

“Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no one in the county jail who is there because of his addiction,” Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said. “Our goal is to get those with an addiction into a rehab facility.”

Fire destroys two buildings on Front Street

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

A fire that broke out on Front Street Feb. 27 destroyed two apartment buildings.

“We responded to the alarm at 3:16 a.m.,” Deputy Fire Chief Brian Williams told The Press that morning. “We escalated it to a three-alarm.”

There were no injuries.

“Most of the apartments were vacant, so that helped us,” Williams said.

He and Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel were discussing the situation while on the street near the site.