Rick Daugherty opened his Congressional campaign Feb. 23 with a gathering of supporters at Pie’s On Pizzeria in Catasauqua.
Daugherty is no stranger to the area. He lived in Catasauqua and graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1978. Daugherty was chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee from 2006 to 2010. He was a district administrator for Congressman Paul McHale in 1994 and 1995. He ran for office twice against Charlie Dent.
Daugherty is seeking election to what is proposed as the 7th Congressional District.
At its regular meeting Feb. 5, Catasauqua Borough Council continued to discuss safety concerns at the senior high-rise building on Third Street.
At Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting Feb. 21, acting township Manager Vicky Roth announced new software was implemented for residents who use Bethlehem’s water.
“Implementing the new software took some time,” she said. “We received calls from residents and business owners who were expecting a sewer bill in January. That billing was delayed, and the new bills are now out.”
The new software is an improvement, Roth said, adding bills are expected to be on the normal billing cycle starting with the second quarter.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua, has a sign designating a handicapped space for selected parishioners that is effective only on Sunday during services. This and another request from a local church for something similar are being rejected.
“The handicapped law we have is for residential parking. We cannot designate a space for a commercial property on a public street,” Police Chief Douglas Kish said during the Feb. 5 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting.
Elaine Jacksits organizes the Ladies of the Legion Home Association Post 215 breakfast that has been going on for 30 years.
“We work pretty closely together. Most everyone has been working here for a few years, so everything is well coordinated,” she said. “What we’re seeing is a lot more competition. A couple of places also picked the last Sunday to have breakfast buffets.”
Jacksits promises the best buffet and fresh — not frozen — home fries.
She cleared up a point that newcomers often ask.
With nearly a thousand dollars in the donation pot, Pastors Brian Riedy and Scott Paradise declared their first annual chili cook-off a success.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, joined forces Feb. 3 to set up the fundraising event to benefit the Catasauqua Food Bank. The event was held at St. Paul’s.
Over the past few months, Hanover Township Council has expressed its concern over truck parking on Postal Road. Tractor-trailers waiting to load or unload at the airport warehouse have nowhere to park and have taken up waiting on a gravel strip along Postal Road.
At the Jan. 17 council meeting, Chairman Bruce Paulus reported he met with officials from the airport and state police about the problem.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Feb. 5, Solicitor Jeffrey Dimmich presented council with a package to organize a not-for-profit group designated as the George Taylor Association. The new organization would replace the existing, informal Friends of George that has been supporting events at the George Taylor House for almost 10 years.
Volunteers who work the fundraising events asked for the change.
“This process will clarify the relationship between the volunteers and the borough,” Dimmich said.
George Paxos, owner of Primo, and his attorney Matt Longenberger requested approval for a warehouse expansion at 2100 Hoover Ave. during Hanover Township Council’s regular meeting Feb. 7.
Primo has been a long-term tenant in the building. Hanover’s planning commission and zoning hearing board reviewed the application and recommended approval.
Part of the new Catasauqua Municipal Complex was designed to host community functions, and the opportunity presented itself Jan. 16.
“We did not have any strict use definition, but this was a good offer,” borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder said.
Howard Lieberman, who has worked extensively with private businesses and public entities, offered to host the first meeting — a local conference on the recent tax law initiative, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.