Catasauqua Press

Sunday, November 17, 2019

N. Catty council OKs LED streetlight replacement

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Preliminary budget, truck traffic, stormwater drainage also discussed

North Catasauqua Borough Council, at its meeting Nov. 4, approved a modified plan for LED streetlight replacement.

Borough secretary Tasha Jandrisovitz presented council with updated figures on the cost of LED streetlight replacement from PPL. Earlier this year, the borough was told that replacing all of its streetlights with LEDs would come with a fee, plus a slight increase in monthly power payments after the switch.

With those numbers in mind, council had previously decided to hold off on following Catasauqua’s recent switch to LED.

N. Catty council explores ideas to quell flooding

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Paone says D&L plans could reroute stormwater

North Catasauqua Borough Council, during its Oct. 21 meeting, was visited again by Keystone Engineering’s Dave Kutzor, who gave an update on the plans for the re-engineering of the borough’s stormwater drainage system.

Residents have complained for years about inadequate drainage that leads to flooding, particularly at the intersections of Main and Green streets and Fourth and Cypress streets. Kutzor addressed Keystone’s analysis of the 87 acres that collect at Fourth and Cypress streets, which is referred to as part two.

Catty barber shop giving back to community for holiday

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Romero’s House of Style, 417 Front St., Catasauqua, is giving back to the community this holiday season with a special Thanksgiving giveaway.

From Oct. 20 to Nov. 20, $5 from every service done by Romero’s will go toward the purchase of Thanksgiving dinners for families in need in the community.

Owner Zack Romero is organizing the giveaway with his wife and business partner, Brittney Conrad, and their new barber, Mark Silvius. The dinners will include everything needed for your perfect Thanksgiving — stuffing, corn, potatoes, turkey and more.

N. Catty increase in DUI arrests due to more educated officers

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Police Officer Antonio Tramonte gave a presentation at the North Catasauqua Borough Council meeting Oct. 7 about the department’s increase in DUI arrests since 2017.

He cited numerous officer training programs that he and acting Chief Chris Wolfer have taken, as well as his background in drug enforcement, as the primary cause. He noted he became a full-time officer in 2017.

DUI arrests in North Catasauqua — which include the influence of both drugs and alcohol — numbered in the single digits until 2017. They have numbered in the dozens every year since then.

Dogs with the Defenders a hit

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

On Sept. 19, Catasauqua Police Department held its monthly community outreach event. This time, Catasauqua residents were invited to enjoy hot dogs at Blondies, 333 Front St., Catasauqua, for Dogs with the Defenders.

For the past year and a half, the police department has been organizing these gatherings at local restaurants or other venues, with the hope of making a stronger bond with the community it serves.

Events like this provide a friendly environment where everyone can come together without the stress that usually accompanies a visit from the police.

Salem UCC to celebrate 150 years

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Congregation invites community to attend Oct. 5 anniversary event

Oct. 5 will mark the 150th anniversary of Salem United Church of Christ, located at 615 Third St. on the corner of Walnut Street in Catasauqua Borough. While the congregation may be older, at 167 years, the building itself celebrates its sesquicentennial this year.

A year after separating from St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1868, the congregation of Salem UCC laid the cornerstone for the new building 2 p.m. Oct. 5, 1869. They purchased the land, which was then on the far edge of town, from the esteemed Judge and Sen. Joseph Laubach.

Engineering studies presented to council

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Retaining walls could add usable space to North Catty municipal land

A representative from Keystone Engineering Group appeared before North Catasauqua Borough Council Sept. 16 to explain the results of two studies conducted in the borough.

First, the group mapped out the possibility of building retaining walls at the 1460 Main St. municipal complex, which houses the public works facility. Presently, several hills at that site make much of the land unusable. With a few retaining walls, there would be enough flat ground for the construction of a new greenway, a wider sidewalk on Main Street and additional municipal structures needed in the future.

Engineering studies presented to council

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Retaining walls could add usable space to North Catty municipal land

A representative from Keystone Engineering Group appeared before North Catasauqua Borough Council Sept. 16 to explain the results of two studies conducted in the borough.

First, the group mapped out the possibility of building retaining walls at the 1460 Main St. municipal complex, which houses the public works facility. Presently, several hills at that site make much of the land unusable. With a few retaining walls, there would be enough flat ground for the construction of a new greenway, a wider sidewalk on Main Street and additional municipal structures needed in the future.

Crowing rooster causes concern in N. Catty

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

No ordinance in place; borough will check into state, federal guidelines

A borough resident appeared before North Catasauqua Borough Council Sept. 3 to register a complaint about a rooster that has been heard in the area of American Street and Howertown Road. The resident is frequently awakened in the early hours of the morning by the crowing. The rooster has not yet been seen, the resident said.

Community remembers late chief

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Service is held for Moyer

The borough of North Catasauqua hosted a public memorial service Aug. 22 for the late Kim Moyer, the borough’s police chief who died suddenly and unexpectedly July 13 at the age of 68.

A large crowd of family, friends and police officers from neighboring municipalities gathered at Catasauqua High School to honor the life and memory of Moyer. The departments of North Catasauqua, Catasauqua, Northampton and Coplay were also joined by the Bethlehem Mounted Police, as well as honor guards from Allentown and Bethlehem departments.