In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, organizations have been forced to cancel events and gatherings across the country and around the world. Unfortunately, Catasauqua is no exception to the rule, and Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre has decided to postpone its production of “Cinderella” until 2021.
As the situation with the virus progressed, time- tables changed drastically and CAST’s plan quickly shifted from pushing the show back to June to postponing it at least a full year.
Representatives from numerous municipalities met March 3 in North Catasauqua to continue an ongoing effort to address truck traffic in the region.
The concerned townships and boroughs were joined by state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd; representatives from the office of state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th; and Becky Bradley, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, making this the most heavily attended meeting yet.
As the developing COVID-19 pandemic made its entrance into Pennsylvania and eventually Northampton County, the borough of North Catasauqua decided to close borough hall and North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, in addition to making strategic changes to police protocol.
The borough announced March 12 borough hall will be closed to the public until further notice. The borough council meeting planned for March 16 has been canceled. Mayor William Molchany Jr. expects the next council meeting, scheduled for April 6, will also be canceled.
During the March 2 meeting, North Catasauqua Borough Council discussed the community response to last month’s removal of several trees at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park.
Early last month, the borough was offered a reportedly incredible price to have six aging sycamore trees removed from the park. Rather than wait any longer and risk losing the price, council voted to have the trees removed.
Some borough residents took to the Internet to express their disappointment with the loss of the trees, so council took time to publicly address the concerns.
Catasauqua Area Lions Club hosted an open house Jan. 23 at Jednota Slovak Center Social Club, North Catasauqua, in the hopes of spreading awareness about the organization and attracting new members.
Lions Clubs around the country and beyond are made up of charitably minded men and women who volunteer their time to serve in their communities. Catasauqua Area Lions Club, in particular, has lent its support to countless projects in both Catasauqua and North Catasauqua since its creation in 1972.
At the Feb. 17 North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, council President Peter Paone provided an update on the Main Street storm drain reconstruction project.
To pay for the project, Paone said, the borough is applying for several grants, as well as a loan through PENNVEST, a state organization that specifically funds sewer, stormwater and drinking water projects.
Public Library of Catasauqua held a fundraiser Feb. 12 for WIRES, an Australian wildlife rescue organization based in New South Wales.
After the horrible destruction from recent wildfires in Australia, WIRES has been faced with an unprecedented series of emergencies. More than 12 million acres of land were burned in the fires, displacing over 800 million animals in New South Wales alone.
An estimated one billion animals were affected throughout the entire country.
During the Feb. 3 North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, public works Supervisor Travis Brett discussed the two sycamore trees removed at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park last month by Snowscapes.
After the job, the company offered to remove six more old trees from the park for an additional $6,000. Because Brett considered the price point to be exceptional, he urged council to approve the action, knowing the six trees in question will have to be removed at some point this year.
North Catasauqua Borough Council unanimously approved the promotion of Cpl. Chris Wolfer to chief of police during its Feb. 3 meeting.
Wolfer had served as interim chief since July 2019, when Kim Moyer died at the age of 68. Moyer was nearing his 40-year anniversary as the borough’s chief of police.
Borough staff agree they have been impressed with Wolfer’s drive to improve the department, as well as his ability to handle the stresses and responsibilities of being chief, especially in the wake of such a tragedy.
Representatives from Catasauqua Borough, North Catasauqua Borough, East Allen Township, Northampton Borough and the office of state Rep. Zach Mako, R-183rd, met Jan. 13 at the Catasauqua Municipal Complex to continue their pursuit to redirect FedEx Ground truck traffic in the area.
Ever since the opening of the massive FedEx Ground shipping center on Willowbrook Road in November 2018, unwelcomed truck traffic has surged, causing public disturbances, consistent traffic delays and recurring damage to municipal property, it has been reported.