The owner of Hartzell’s Pharmacy presented an appeal for a zoning ordinance variance before the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board Jan. 18. Robert Hartzell Jr.’s request for approval was for the addition of a specimen collection facility to his pharmacy, located at 300 American St.
“This is not anything unusual in the (independently owned) pharmacy business,” he said. “This is a well-established plan to keep local pharmacies viable and able to serve the community.”
Every year on the first Monday after the New Year’s Day celebration, the Hanover Township Council meets in a special session to elect officers and reaffirm contracts.
“We are a home rule charter township,” said council Chairman Bruce Paulus at the reorganization meeting. “This special meeting allows us to evaluate how we are doing at the start of the year.”
At the Jan. 9 meeting, the council voted to re-elect Bruce Paulus as chairman and Bob Heimbecker as vice chairman. Both of the officers served full terms during 2016.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s last meeting, council members tabled discussion about ordinances banning parking on Limestone and Crane streets. The measures came to the fore during council’s meeting Jan. 9 when residents attending the meeting offered their input.
Catasauqua residents Tony Chickilly and Mike Bottazzi made several arguments against the ban.
The fire department is making the request to remove parking spaces because clearance is tight when a fire truck is dispatched on either of these streets.
Joyce Marin, executive director of RenewLV, asked Catasauqua Council President Vincent Smith to present an overview of the borough’s Iron Works project at the organization’s group meeting Dec. 9, 2016.
RenewLV is a group of business and government leaders covering a range of projects that keep the Lehigh Valley moving forward using smart growth principles and promoting regional collaboration. The meeting featured a number of speakers.
Kim Brubaker opened her Bridge Street Art Studio to the Main Streets business organization for its annual wreath-making event.
“We usually do this outdoors, but we thought it better to get everyone inside and out of the weather,” Brubaker said. “Working inside, we attracted some different people to the event.”
Brubaker is president of Main Streets, Catasauqua’s local business organization. One of the group’s missions is to revitalize and beautify the downtown business district.
At Hanover Township’s last official 2016 meeting Dec. 21, council, based on analysis by the solicitor, voted to reject all the bids received for its 2017 refuse contract.
According to Solicitor Jackson Eaton, all the bids were deficient in some manner.
“The majority of the problems were insurance and references,” said Councilman Bob Heimbecker after the meeting. He went on to explain that the latest request for bids was a little different than previous years.
Tony Castaneda and his wife, Maria, opened the doors to their remodeled Tony’s Top Cat Bar & Grill the day before Thanksgiving.
“We had a quiet opening to see how everything was working,” Tony Castaneda told The Press recently. “We did most of the work ourselves, so it took a little longer than I planned.”
Local historian Debra Mellish tossed out a little history on the 607 Front St., Catasauqua, business.
“This is the oldest commercial tavern in the borough,” she said. “McCarty’s is the oldest family-owned place.”
A Hanover Township property continues to vex officials.
Township Manager Sandra Pudliner told Hanover Township Council members the former LukOil gas station just off Race Street continues to be a problem.
“This has been going on for years,” she said. “At our last go-around, the owner declared that the mobile home on the site was a storage shed. We asked that he close the unit up.”
He has done some of the things we asked, but we still have more that needs to be done from the original agreement.” Pudliner made the comments at the Nov. 16 council meeting.
The Rev. Scott Paradise and Robert Bastion of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, presented checks to Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel recently. The money came from fundraisers the church had conducted.
“When we have fundraisers for the church, we always keep 5 percent for worthy causes in our community,” Bastion said. This year, the church selected the Catasauqua Police Department K-9 Unit and the borough fire department as recipients of their community donation.
Catasauqua K-9 Police Officer John Wiseman introduced Zora to Catasauqua Borough Nov. 15.
“She is about a year younger than Jack was when he started,” Wiseman said. “She still has quite a bit of puppy in her, but this is only her second day. She will be fine.”
Wiseman has been training with Zora for the past eight weeks at Progressive Canine. This is the same group that trained Jack, the K-9 who recently died. Wiseman is happy with the results. At one time, Wiseman indicated that he might switch to a different breed.