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Hanover council reviews enterprise software

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Hanover Township had an open session with KDI Office Technology Sept. 20 to discuss the township’s data needs. Councilmen Curtis Wegfahrt and Bob Heimbecker asked for the session. The objective of any future changes in the structure and role of data information is to provide enterprise software solutions.

The objective of enterprise software is to have all data, present and historical, accessible and searchable by any authorized user. Options abound, and separate modules can be added to the system as needs dictate.

Coffee culture in Catasauqua

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

New Front St. shop offers fair-trade beans, loose-leaf teas

There’s a new shop in town, and it’s serving up some hot drinks.

Vicki Bartholomew has set up a local coffee shop — Blocker’s Coffee Shop on Front Street in Catasauqua Borough. Customers can get good coffee to go or sit around and socialize.

“We have loose-leaf tea that we brew, too,” she said.

The grand opening of Blocker’s Coffee Shop Oct. 14 coincided with a performance by April Mae and the June Bugs at the adjacent Gas House Dance Hall.

“We want to continue with swing dancing on the second Saturday,” she said.

Bartholomew also manages the Gas House.

Council passes parking ordinances

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Spots added on two-way Front St.; official requests longer-term spaces

With the new municipal building now in full operation, Catasauqua Borough Council took time at its meeting Oct. 2 to pass ordinances regarding parking on streets around the building.

Parking was nixed along Front Street during the construction phase. The borough has restored parking between Bridge Street and Pine Street.

With two-way Front Street fully implemented, parking remains about the same — with a few spots added.

Borghesani pleads guilty to corruption of minors charge

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

Former Whitehall High School teacher David Andrew Borghesani appeared before Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach Oct. 9 and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors. It was a culmination of an investigative process that began last October with allegations from parents of the teacher’s misbehavior.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30.

Fest O’ Fall kicks off season with some family fun

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

With an unprecedented run of late-summer weather, Catasauqua held its October Fest O’ Fall celebration Saturday under sunny skies with shorts and short-sleeve Ts the dominant attire. The family-oriented festival is put on by Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association and is a prelude to exciting events that culminate with trick or treat Oct. 27.

The borough’s Halloween parade is included in the holiday mix Oct. 18, along with St. Mary’s Oktoberfest Oct. 21.

Hanover awaiting response on Saylor stormwater problem

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Hanover Council’s regular meeting Oct. 4, township Engineer Albert Kortze updated council on a complaint of stormwater problems at Saylor Mobile Home Park. The park has had problems with stormwater for several years, but the problem has escalated in the past few months.

The issue appears to be an increase in stormwater directed to a repository near the mobile home park and a parking lot expansion by FL Smidth that changed the character of the detention pond.

Insurance agency tourney winnings given to food bank

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Brosky golfers take second place, donate $6,000 prize

Todd Brosky, of Brosky Insurance Agency, presented a $6,000 check to the Catasauqua Food Bank Sept. 28.

Food bank volunteers Joe Tognoli and Jeanine Craver welcomed Brosky, Cheryl Butler and her son Brett. Brosky told them, “Every year, Erie (Insurance) has a charity golf tournament. We all chip in to play. This year, we came in second place.”

The insurance agency donated its winnings from the tournament to the food bank.

Borough in search of artifacts

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Public display at Catasauqua’s new municipal building is in the works

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Sept. 25, Councilman Brian Bartholomew suggested the borough take an inventory of artifacts to help tell the history of Catasauqua.

“I have plenty of things that I think would be something of interest,” he said.

According to Councilwoman Christine Weaver, the borough plans to have an exhibit at the new municipal building where historic items can be displayed.

“The idea is to have the items in a display case so that visitors to the municipal building could view them,” she said.

Zoners say yes to tasting room

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

On Sept. 19, Fred and Annette Pompa came to the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board a second time concerning their proposal for opening a tasting room on Lehigh Street.

This time, the zoners granted permission, including an OK to sell craft beers not brewed on-site.

The borough is not opposed to craft breweries or associated tasting rooms. In fact these uses are actively encouraged.

As the Pompas explained at the June hearing, they want to sell craft brews other than those brewed on-site.

Township points to FL Smidth for runoff problems

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

A Hanover Township official is blaming decisions made by the City of Bethlehem for causing water problems in a township neighborhood.

At the Sept. 20 meeting of the Hanover Township Council, town- ship Engineer Robert Kortze updated council on his investigation into stormwater runoff problems that have plagued properties in the Saylor’s Mobile Home Park.

“Our first course of action is to contact the City of Bethlehem because the stormwater originates there,” he said.