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Catty council passes new park rules

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At its meeting July 18, Catasauqua Council passed a new set of park rules that included new general park rules and some new changes for pavilion rentals.

One of the policies is banning portable grills in the park.

Another is that enforcing the rules can now be done by anyone appointed by the borough. In the past, regulations required a police officer to enforce rules.

The new appointee will have the power to issue citations to those who refuse to obey the rules.

Hanover program on heroin problem set

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Township seeks information on breaking the cycle of addiction

Hanover Township Councilman Bob Heimbecker suggested at a recent council meeting that the township ask the local state police barracks to plan a conference on heroin abuse in the area.

“We need to get some facts, Heimbacker said at the July 6 council meeting.

“Much of the rhetoric around now is politically motivated,” he said. “We are interested in the facts and what is being done.”

The state police had visions of a program to keep the community informed, so Captain Brian Tobin accelerated his program after hearing of the township’s interest.

Hanover program on heroin problem set

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Township seeks information on breaking the cycle of addiction

Hanover Township Councilman Bob Heimbecker suggested at a recent council meeting that the township ask the local state police barracks to plan a conference on heroin abuse in the area.

“We need to get some facts, Heimbacker said at the July 6 council meeting.

“Much of the rhetoric around now is politically motivated,” he said. “We are interested in the facts and what is being done.”

The state police had visions of a program to keep the community informed, so Captain Brian Tobin accelerated his program after hearing of the township’s interest.

Steve Brosky draws a crowd in Catty

Thursday, July 21, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Steve Brosky’s Big Lil’ Band presented fans with a variety of sets on the green at the George Taylor House June 18. The band was once the favored band at Catasauqua’s heralded Mother’s Apron Bar and Grill.

“This is like a step back in time,” said Chris Clugston, who coordinates entertainment at the historic house. Most of those attending had seen Brosky perform in in earlier years at the bar.

Brosky’s unique sound blends local lore into his music. Backup players for the band are Jimmy Meyer, Wayne “Paco” Maura on drums, and Suavak Zaniesienko.

Actors bring history to life

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

With rain spoiling the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the George Taylor House in recent years, sunny skies attracted a great crowd this year. The format for this July 4 celebration also changes this year.

Leah and Ron Covert brought breakfast and a lunch snack for those who were hungry. Need just a coffee and a muffin? Had those on hand, too.

Christopher Black of the Bachman Players and a horde of people portraying colonists anxious to hear the news from Philadelphia interrupted the breakfast goings-on.

Owner offers to donate land to borough

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Catasauqua Borough’s June council meeting, the owners of property at 223 and 225 Front St., offered to donate the property to the borough. Solicitor Jeffery Dimmich will do a property and title search. The donation is contingent on the borough accepting the property “as is.” The present condition includes a pile of rubble that accumulated when the buildings were taken down for safety reasons. The borough is eying the property as a parking spot.

Catty municipal building construction to begin

Thursday, July 7, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At a special meeting June 28, Catasauqua took a long-awaited step toward construction of a new municipal building. The meeting opened with council unanimously approving an ordinance that authorizes the borough to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not exceeding $11,500,000.

Kevin Reid, of King Spry Hermand Freund & Faul, LLC, the borough’s bond counsel, presented council with a bond in the amount of $11,210,000.

Mayor Barbara Schlegel, borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder, and council President Vincent Smith signed the paperwork.

Fire damages two Race Street homes Monday

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The cause of a fire that left two homes on Race Street damaged early Monday morning is still under investigation.

“My dogs woke me up around 3:45 in the morning,” said Jessica Crammer, the property owner at 416 Race St. “I got the kids out of their rooms. The fire came through the attic to my house.”

Crammer’s fiancé was at work when the fire occurred Monday. The property at 412 Race St., where the fire started and the bulk of the damage occurred, was vacant at the time.