The recreation committee has been on the forefront of an effort to create a summer program for teens. The new program was announced at the borough meeting June 3.
“We wanted to have something for teens particularly for the younger set. Some of the older students have summer jobs,” said Jessica Kroope, recreation committee chairwoman. “Deb Mellish is on the committee. She developed and will teach two of the programs.”
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church held a taco and baked potato bar fundraiser for the Public Library of Catasauqua May 18 at its fellowship hall, 604 Fourth St.
“All the money we collected, we donated to the library,” Pastor Brian Riedy said.
The event had a bigger-than-expected crowd.
Rebecca Gillespie from Blondies prepared specialty desserts and her famous cupcakes.
The baked potato bar included all the expected toppings.
Tacos started out as hard shell and then went to soft shell as the evening wore on.
No one went away hungry.
Every year in May, Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel holds a yard sale to benefit the borough’s K-9 unit. This year, the event was held May 18.
“The weather was perfect,” she said, “and we had about 26 vendors at Fireman’s Field.”
And vendors were moving product in steady fashion.
Catasauqua resident Yasmine Ramos had everything marked at a dollar, including size 4 boys’ clothes.
“We have big sizes for boys, too,” she said.
Marianne Brodman said she has been coming to all the K-9 events for years.
Part of the discussion at the May 30 meeting of Main Streets, Catasauqua Borough’s business owners association, was the inconsistent application of building code violations.
“What we have seen is that the code enforcement officers go after minor violations and ignore larger problems,” association President Kimberly Brubaker said.
The meeting was held at Tony’s Top Cat, 607 Front St., Catasauqua, and owner Tony Castaneda had a situation to emphasize the point right next door.
The property at 605 Front St. is abandoned.
Catasauqua Borough community leaders met May 13 at Blocker’s Coffeehouse as part of their quarterly community meeting.
Two members of the committee, Pastors Doug Cronce and Scott Paradise, have moved out of Catasauqua.
Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler briefed everyone on the two school resource officers in the district. The district received a $400,000 grant to fund the officers and mental health services for two years. Students and families can use the health services over the summer. The police officers will be on patrol in the borough.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting June 3, borough Engineer Ron Gawlik announced the bids for the Front Street rehabilitation project. The project is designed to improve the look of sidewalks along two blocks of Front Street.
The borough received a $300,000 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grant for the project four years back. The grant was predicated on the borough providing matching funds at 30 percent. The estimated cost for the project was $400,000.
Fast forward to the present — the new bid came in at $650,000.
June 2 was the last service conducted at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, as the congregation closed the church with a 167-year history of serving Catasauqua.
Closing services were conducted by Bishop Rev. Samuel Zeiser, who presides over the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod. Pastor Brian Riedy, of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, was the officiate for the service. The Rev. Walter Wagner was the preaching pastor.
Deb Mellish, Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association’s crafting guru, held an evening session for HCPA volunteers and supporters May 10 at the Biery House, 8 Race St., Catasauqua. The session, billed as Petals and Pearls, opened the creative juices for everyone to design their own earrings and walk off with a tea cup vase of fresh, arranged flowers.
Mellish supplied the beads from her extensive collection and flowers from her flower beds.
Catasauqua Borough Councilwoman Christine Weaver resigned from council last week. She was in the second year of her second term.
“When I ran the first time, I only expected to be on council for one term,” Weaver said. “I initially ran to work with the group interested in developing the brownfield site that we now call Iron Works. The first phase of the project is completed with the new municipal building.
Herve Rousseau, owner of the Dery mansion, 520 Fifth St., Catasauqua, held an open house for developers and Catasauqua residents interested in the 25,000-square-foot grand property, billed as the largest residential property in Lehigh County.
The troubled property has been through several developers trying to bring it back to its glorious elegance. Rousseau’s experience with successful stylish nightclubs was to be Dery’s next iteration.
Unfortunately, the restoration costs are overwhelming.