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.
Hanover Township held its annual reorganization meeting Jan. 8 as stipulated by the Home Rule Charter. Three incumbents were sworn in by acting township Manager Vicky Roth. The elected incumbents are Bruce Paulus, Curtis Wegfahrt and Robert Heimbecker.
Once the new members were seated, council voted for officers. Bruce Paulus was returned as chairman, and Michael Woolley was elected as vice chairman. These positions are unchanged from last year.
Everardo Hernandez and his family took over the vacant historical building on the corner of Race and Lehigh streets.
“We always wanted to open a restaurant. I wanted to do a food truck, but Dad wanted a traditional restaurant. This came up. We talked to the previous owners, so we have a good idea of what we are getting into,” he said.
And the name?
“We always had great respect for our grandfather. They called him El Camacho. He didn’t have much money, but he developed all the recipes we have. The translation is ‘the inheritance of El Camacho,’” he said.
A Catasauqua Borough police vehicle was involved in a crash Jan. 13 at Second and Pine streets.
According to Police Chief Douglas Kish, a Jeep traveling southbound on Second Street pulled abruptly out onto Pine Street. The driver may have missed the stop sign at the intersection, Kish said, adding the police car had nowhere to go.
Kish indicated any accident involving a police vehicle is investigated by Pennsylvania State Police.
Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel opened borough council’s reorganization meeting Jan. 2. Reorganization meetings are held after an election cycle to allow council to review its officers and committee assignments.
Although most council assignments are renewed if the principals are re-elected, there was an attempt to install a new president. Council nominated Vincent Smith and Brian Bartholomew for council president. After a round of voting, Smith won the ballot with Councilmen Bartholomew and Eugene Schlegel voting no. Smith was the incumbent president of council.
A serious head-on collision occurred just before 5 a.m. Jan. 8 on Airport Road. The accident occurred on the bridge overpass between Hanoverville Road and Colony Drive in East Allen Township.
Medical helicopters were seen circling the area shortly after the accident.
Local reports indicated three people were seriously injured, but it was not confirmed by Pennsylvania State Police. The vehicles at the scene appeared to be a Ford pickup truck and a car.
A portion of Airport Road was closed until around noon.
Hanover Township announced Jan. 8 that township Manager Sandra Pudliner tendered her retirement papers. Her retirement was effective Dec. 21, 2017.
“She has served the township for 30 years as a manager,” Chairman Bruce Paulus said. “I have not known anyone else as manager since I have been on council.
“She served this township with distinction, and she will be missed,” he added.
Pudliner joined the township administration in 1981 and was promoted to manager in 1987. She also served as the township’s zoning officer.
The ever-creative David Berkner opened an exhibit at Bridge Street Studio & Gallery, 121 Bridge St., Catasauqua, Dec. 1, 2017, to exhibit his concept of refrigerator door art. What it is not is a collection of your kids’ elementary school drawings held up with magnets on the fridge door.
You might remember the quirky artist put a life-size version of Washington Crossing the Delaware at one of the tennis courts last year.
Back in 2013, when the idea of a municipal building was still just a glimmer, one driving force was to have an updated police department along with a co-located fire department.
“We are not looking for a gilded palace, but we do need some enhancements to the layout,” Police Chief Douglas Kish said then.
Catasauqua Borough Council passed a $5.5 million budget for 2018 at its last session for the year held Dec. 20, 2017.
The new budget allocates expected revenues into categories.