The Catasauqua Club, 226 Pine St., hosted a bingo and chicken dinner fundraiser March 30 for the Erik Hirner Memorial Scholarship Fund. Hirner was a 1998 honors graduate of Catasauqua High School and went on to graduate with honors from Muhlenberg College with a degree in biology in 2002. He joined the Reading Fire Department in 2007 and simultaneously served as a volunteer for Charotin Hose Company No. 1.
Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish has released official information on a March 31 domestic assault case in the borough.
In his report, Kish said police were called around 10 a.m. to 141 Railroad St., near the intersection with Mulberry Street, for a reported assault.
Myrelis Leon-Santiago had allegedly been severely beaten by her companion, James Connelly, Kish said. Officers responded to the report and called an ambulance, which transported her to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill, where she underwent multiple rounds of surgery.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., Catasauqua, had a knockout hit with its meatloaf dinner fundraiser March 2. The meal was followed by an ensemble from the Whitehall Chorale.
“If you haven’t heard the choral group, they are outstanding. I’ve been to some of their theater productions, and they are very good,” said Sue Christman, mother of Salem UCC Pastor Michael Smith.
Closing the Race Street bridge has proved to be a challenge. To alleviate some of the congestion, Catasauqua Borough Mayor Barbara Schlegel issued an emergency proclamation, effective for seven days, regarding truck traffic. Council met in a special session March 25 to extend the emergency proclamation for an additional 30 days.
At Hanover Township Council’s meeting March 20, Jeffry Mouer, director of public works, outlined the township’s programs for 2019.
“Street cleaning will start in April, so residents need to be aware of parking restrictions. Signs are posted in each neighborhood along with the times. The schedule is posted on the website,” he said.
Hanover Township Council approved fishing in Catasauqua Lake during its meeting March 6.
The lake is in Canal Park and has been part of an ongoing effort by the township to make the park a top-rated outdoor venue. The township drained the lake in 2012 and reworked the bed to make it more conducive for aquatic life — not just fish, but turtles and all manner of flora.
Unfortunately, some sinkholes developed in the following years. The sinkholes were filled and the lake rejuvenated.
Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., Catasauqua, hosted a Celtic festival March 10 featuring Irish songs by local band Celtic Adventure.
“It’s something we wanted to try,” said Vicki Bartholomew, who manages Gas House Dance Hall and the adjacent coffeehouse, Blockers. “This year, we did it on a Sunday, but I think it’s better to have it on Saturday. We wanted to do it before St. Patrick’s Day, so we would not conflict with other parties.”
The party featured Dave Jones with his Uilleann bagpipes.
Hills restaurant started in 1955 and moved to Bridge Street in 1965. The local establishment closed abruptly in 2015.
“The place sat idle for well over a year, and then we made an offer to run the restaurant,” according to Manuel Castaneda.
At the renamed Bridge Street Family Restaurant, Castaneda runs the kitchen. If the name looks familiar, Manuel and Tony at Tony’s Top Cat Bar and Grill are brothers.
Hanover Township Manager Christopher Garges proposed updating the township’s comprehensive plan during the Feb. 20 council meeting. According to him, the plan is due for an update.
“I have talked with Catasauqua and North Catasauqua, who are also looking at updates to their plans,” Garges said. “We agreed that it would be beneficial to have a multimunicipal plan that incorporates all the municipalities.”
Resolutions to sell borough property gained the spotlight at Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting March 4.
The first resolution involved the sale of the former municipal building, classified as the Catasauqua Municipal Center Condominium, at 118 Bridge St. The sale, discussed at an earlier meeting of council, was understood as complete. But life during real estate negotiations is seldom easy. The understanding was that the property would be sold to the Housing Authority of Lehigh County because it was the highest bidder and owns other units in the building.