Under a near-perfect blue sky, Catasauqua Fire Department blocked off St. John Street in front of Catasauqua Park & Playground for its annual Easter egg hunt April 13.
Joe Carl coordinated the event, and he had a bit of help. April Murray, of EXP Realty, brought along her staff to help keep the group under control. EXP Realty works with Caliber Home Loans, so they joined the team, too. The two companies contributed some of the big prizes.
Donna Gewertz snapped pictures of the participants for parents.
After Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting April 1, council members met in closed session to discuss the sale of the East End Fire Station. The building became obsolete with the new municipal building and was in a poor state of repair.
The borough bid the building and awarded it to council President Vincent Smith. Several council members thought the transaction may have irregularities and postponed the final approval at council’s January meeting.
At its meeting April 3, Hanover Council heard from Goodman Properties, the developer of Airport Center Mall.
After completing the mall, Goodman acquired vacant land at the corner of Airport Road and American Parkway. For seven years, the group has worked to come up with a development plan for the parcel. As Adam Goodman, partner at the development firm, stated in previous appearances before council, the developer thought the success of Airport Center would transfer down the road to the new property.
Marty Hacker opened up his North Catasauqua home March 31 for a birthday party for his mother-in-law, Sophie Patchinka, and all the family members.
“It’s what you do when someone turns 100,” said Roxane Guzie, one of Sophie’s daughters.
Sophie spent her life as a homemaker, with the exception of a stint at a blouse factory. She was the best baker, her family said, and she prepared dinners for the family fresh from her garden.
She and her husband built their own house, and their family moved close by.
On March 28, Pie’s On Pizzeria, 102 Pine St., opened its doors to a monthly community meeting with the police. Catasauqua Borough, along with Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, sponsors the events, each with its own clever name, at various locales. The latest meeting was titled Pizza with Police. This is the second time that Pie’s On Pizzeria hosted the event.
“We enjoy being able to meet with local residents and get an idea of their concerns,” said Police Chief Douglas Kish.
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.