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CASD rezoning request approved

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Change allows for housing, trail on land across from Sheckler Elementary

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Feb. 4, Catasauqua Area School District received good news about the land it owns on 14th Street, across from Sheckler Elementary School.

The district wants to sell the land and has interested developers. The land is zoned as a conservation district, which requires 1 acre of land per family unit. The school board asked for rezoning to accommodate higher density. The zoning will allow family units similar to what is already in place along 14th Street.

The change was passed unanimously by council members.

Catasauqua council hears presentation on new trail system

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Christine Weaver presented a PowerPoint presentation on hiking and biking trails in and around Catasauqua during the Jan. 7 borough council meeting. The program was spearheaded by North Catasauqua Council President Peter Paone. This project is properly named THE LINK Trail Network.

The crux of Paone’s presentation was a look at the residential development at Willowbrook that cuts the size of the golf course in half and adds 150 new homes.

“This is the last development in North Catasauqua,” Paone said.

Coffee with the Cops group talks about snow emergencies

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Blocker’s Coffeehouse hosted Coffee with the Cops Jan. 24 at the 309 Front St., Catasauqua, location. The event is sponsored by Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua.

At the event, a discussion came up about snow emergencies and street parking.

One of the guests, Diane Czar, almost got caught violating the mayor’s snow emergency during a recent snowstorm. Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church had a chili cook-off planned, which was canceled.

Super Bowl brew gets rave reviews

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Porter, coffee blend offered for one day at Taylor House

Last week, a select group of taste-testers put together a concoction for a special craft beer to be served at Taylor House Brewing Company over the Super Bowl weekend. The beer was released Feb. 2.

The brew was limited to a single keg — and when the keg was empty, the beer was gone.

The taste-testers selected a Peruvian coffee from Blocker’s Coffeehouse and mixed it with a secret porter recipe.

They dubbed it Biery’s Port Porter.

What’s the verdict? Put it on the craft brew list!

Request for path added to rezoning ordinance

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

District superintendent seeks change for land across from Sheckler

Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler addressed Catasauqua Borough Council at its workshop meeting Jan. 28.

Spengler and Councilwoman Christine Weaver have had discussions about the 14-acre parcel across from Sheckler Elementary School. Council is putting together an ordinance to change the zoning on the land to allow for compact town- homes, or attached dwellings. The present zoning requires homes to be on one-acre lots.

Taylor House creates Super Bowl beer

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Blend of Biery’s Porter, Blocker’s coffee available Feb. 2

Taylor House Brewing Company has a plan in the works for Feb. 2, the day before the big game.

“Most people watch the Super Bowl at house parties,” said owner Annette Pompa. “And we will be closed by the time it starts. So, we came up with this.”

Master brewer Mike Lessa is brewing one keg of a special beer in honor of the game — Super Bowl Biery’s Porter.

“It’s one keg, and then it’s gone,” he said.

So get to the Taylor establishment, 76 Lehigh St., Saturday.

The unique concoction is brewed special for dark beer lovers.

Pie’s On owner, volunteers serve holiday dinners

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

600 meals prepared this past Christmas to residents of Catasauqua and beyond

Every year on Christmas Day, John Landi opens the Pie’s On Pizzeria kitchen to prepare a full-blown Christmas dinner, including turkey, ham, potatoes and a vegetable, for those who are celebrating alone or cannot make it out anywhere. He and his crew deliver or serve meals to anyone in need who asks.

“We did about 600 meals [in 2018],” Landi said.

This number is higher than the previous year and a far cry from when this tradition started.

“We started with people around Catty, but word quickly spread, and now we have quite a list of people,” he said.

Blocker’s treats airport workers

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Vicky Bartholomew, owner of Blocker’s Coffeehouse, decided to reward Transportation Security Administration workers at Lehigh Valley International Airport Jan. 25.

Many government employees had been working without a paycheck during the 30-plus-day government shutdown.

“We decided to run coffee and pastries up to them around 8 in the morning,” Bartholomew said. “That’s when the shifts change.”

TSA agents were thrilled.

Bartholomew said it was a goodwill gesture.

“Maybe some of them will taste some good coffee and stop by our place,” she said.

Hanover again names Paulus as chairman

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council members discuss, suggest revisions to township’s new website

As required by its charter, Hanover Township holds an annual reorganization meeting on the second Monday of the new year.

At the meeting Jan. 14, township Manager Christopher Garges called the meeting to order to elect chairman and vice chairman of council. As expected, Bruce Paulus was nominated and elected as chairman, and Michael Woolley was elected vice chairman. There were no other nominations.