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.
Catasauqua’s American Legion Post 215 held its Christmas craft fair Dec. 2, 2017. Vendors were set up in the banquet room of Legion Hall and were a mix of independent business marketing companies and homemade products. Valerie Geissenhainer served as the manager of the program hosted by the ladies auxiliary.
Sheena Valero, of Catasauqua, was the Tupperware representative. You can see her products at sheenav.my.tupperware.com. She can get anything in the catalog and deliver it.
Sharon Kratzer has a line of scarves.
When John Landi completed his expansion of Pie’s On Pizzeria, he had a prime real estate corner available at Pine and Front streets, Catasauqua. Landi looked into a host of options before turning to the safest choice. Running a successful business is tough work. He did not need a new set of problems.
John talked to his son about the opportunity of having a breakfast venue in the borough.
Pie’s On Breakfast Bistro and Market had a soft opening June 17. The new eatery is operated by Francesco (Frank) Landi.
On Dec. 5, Catasauqua Borough Council called the code hearing board into session to clarify code issues on the Dery Mansion. The new owner asked for clarifications in code changes that took place during the past couple of decades.
A code hearing is different from the more frequent zoning hearing. A code hearing is necessary when there is a violation of the building code. It is rare the board ever meets.
Pie’s On Pizzeria owner John Landi continued his tradition of providing a free meal on Christmas to anyone who would ask. Landi had a room full of elves making sure 500 meals were delivered or served Christmas Day. The party began before noon and lasted until around 3 p.m.
“This is such a great event. It does show the Christmas spirit,” Stacey Delong said.
Pie’s On Pizzeria, 102 Pine St., offers sign-up sheets on the days leading up to Christmas.
“It helps us get a handle on how many meals we need to make,” one of the elves said.
Hanover Township set up its budget for 2018 with few changes. Council is set to have a meeting by the end of December to approve all remaining bills and approve the budget.
One concern voiced during the summer was a request by two councilmen, Curtis Wegfahrt and Robert Heimbecker, to send the insurance contract to bid. The township has a long-standing business relationship with Brosky Insurance. The company has a local office in the township.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s end-of-year meeting Dec. 20, Mayor Barbara Schlegel vetoed a business registration ordinance passed by council at its last session.
In her letter to council explaining the veto, Schlegel said most of the information requested in the ordinance is already available. The major concerns are security and privacy.
“Anyone can get the information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA.) Some businesses might have proprietary processes. The floor plans could be used by people intent on doing harm to the business,” she said.
Debra Mellish has become the go-to expert on Catasauqua’s early Iron Age. She conducts a walking tour of the borough, pointing out historical structures and where some landmarks once stood. Self-conducted tours are available at the Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association. She presented a detailed genealogy of the first families of the Iron Age and how their legacy persisted well into the 1900s at the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill Nov. 28. The grist mill is preserved by the Whitehall Historical Preservation Society.