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Catty zoners remain undecided about fence on Bridge Street

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

A fence on a Bridge Street property was the topic of discussion at a July 12 hearing of the Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board.

At the hearing, Pennsylvania Venture Capital Inc., owners of two buildings on Bridge Street now occupied by the Malvern Institute, made a plea to keep a fence on the properties.

In the application to renovate the buildings, no fence was included in the plans. Once Malvern became the tenant, its officials had special concerns – its patients needed privacy.

Resident complains after loss of evergreen trees

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the regular meeting of Hanover council on July 20, township homeowner Robin Yoder residing in Chestnut Grove, complained to council members about the loss of a line of arborvitae trees along his property.

The tree line had blocked the view of the backside of the Days Inn Motel on Airport Road. The trees were recently removed when a sewer line was repaired. Plans did not call for the trees to be replaced.

Zoners confirm Silver Manor agreement

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

On July 12, Fred Silver and his attorney, Joseph Piperato, attended a hearing of the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board with an agreement in hand. The agreement ended a long-standing disagreement over the status of Silver Manor, located on the corner of Race and Front streets.

Borough Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker had hashed out the agreement over a series of meetings, and the borough council had agreed to the terms. Because the original complaint was initiated with the zoning board, the matter had to come before the board to legally close the record.

Catty council passes new park rules

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At its meeting July 18, Catasauqua Council passed a new set of park rules that included new general park rules and some new changes for pavilion rentals.

One of the policies is banning portable grills in the park.

Another is that enforcing the rules can now be done by anyone appointed by the borough. In the past, regulations required a police officer to enforce rules.

The new appointee will have the power to issue citations to those who refuse to obey the rules.

Hanover program on heroin problem set

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Township seeks information on breaking the cycle of addiction

Hanover Township Councilman Bob Heimbecker suggested at a recent council meeting that the township ask the local state police barracks to plan a conference on heroin abuse in the area.

“We need to get some facts, Heimbacker said at the July 6 council meeting.

“Much of the rhetoric around now is politically motivated,” he said. “We are interested in the facts and what is being done.”

The state police had visions of a program to keep the community informed, so Captain Brian Tobin accelerated his program after hearing of the township’s interest.

Hanover program on heroin problem set

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Township seeks information on breaking the cycle of addiction

Hanover Township Councilman Bob Heimbecker suggested at a recent council meeting that the township ask the local state police barracks to plan a conference on heroin abuse in the area.

“We need to get some facts, Heimbacker said at the July 6 council meeting.

“Much of the rhetoric around now is politically motivated,” he said. “We are interested in the facts and what is being done.”

The state police had visions of a program to keep the community informed, so Captain Brian Tobin accelerated his program after hearing of the township’s interest.

Steve Brosky draws a crowd in Catty

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Steve Brosky’s Big Lil’ Band presented fans with a variety of sets on the green at the George Taylor House June 18. The band was once the favored band at Catasauqua’s heralded Mother’s Apron Bar and Grill.

“This is like a step back in time,” said Chris Clugston, who coordinates entertainment at the historic house. Most of those attending had seen Brosky perform in in earlier years at the bar.

Brosky’s unique sound blends local lore into his music. Backup players for the band are Jimmy Meyer, Wayne “Paco” Maura on drums, and Suavak Zaniesienko.

Actors bring history to life

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

With rain spoiling the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the George Taylor House in recent years, sunny skies attracted a great crowd this year. The format for this July 4 celebration also changes this year.

Leah and Ron Covert brought breakfast and a lunch snack for those who were hungry. Need just a coffee and a muffin? Had those on hand, too.

Christopher Black of the Bachman Players and a horde of people portraying colonists anxious to hear the news from Philadelphia interrupted the breakfast goings-on.