Catasauqua Press

Friday, November 24, 2017

Catasauqua: St. Paul’s to hold Nov. 25 craft fair

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, will hold its annual Holly Craft Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 25. The presence of crafters and vendors promises to be just what the shopper ordered!

In addition to the craft fair, there will be lots of homemade baked goods, plus a tricky tray, where one can bid on donated goods from the crafters and vendors.

The kitchen will also be open for good food and drinks.

There will be plenty of free parking.

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Catasauqua police

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

NOV. 6

At St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 Howertown Road, a fire alarm sounded.

A reportable motor vehicle accident occurred in the 200 block of North 14th Street. A vehicle hit a tree, and the drive was entrapped.

A suspicious person in the 600 block of Railroad Street was reported.

Police checked on the welfare of a person on the Pine Street Bridge.

A vehicle was damaged at Whittier Place Apartments, 895 Walnut St., the department said.

Northampton: Borough tree lighting set for Sunday

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

The borough’s annual tree lighting will be held 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Main Street and Laubach Avenue. Santa will arrive 6 p.m. aboard a Northampton Fire Department truck.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, located just across Main Street from the tree lighting, will open its doors after the event, serving hot chocolate and cookies.

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Northampton Liederkranz, 402 E. Ninth St., will hold a holiday vendor bazaar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2.

Food will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 610-704-2390.

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North Catasauqua police

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

NOV. 12

The department responded to a parking complaint in the 1100 block of Howertown Road.

NOV. 13

A traffic stop in the 1400 block of Main Street resulted in DUI and drug offenses.

A general complaint in the 700 block of Grove Street brought officers to the scene.

Police were involved with a pursuit in the 1200 block of Howertown Road.

NOV. 14

Officers assisted Catasauqua police with a report of a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Front Street.

another view

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Snapchat — fun or dangerous?

Snapchat is a quickly growing social media platform that allows people to send pictures or short videos, called snaps, to friends. The most popular feature is that these snaps only last a few seconds and then disappear. It’s great for people like me who insist their pets are the cutest but don’t want to inundate Facebook and Instagram with cat pictures for fear of being a bother. Instead, I just take a quick photo of my kittens, send it to a few interested friends — and then it’s gone.

Coplay: Wishing Al Recker a speedy recovery

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Editor’s note: Press writer Al Recker was involved in a car accident Nov. 16 in the borough. He sustained multiple injuries and underwent surgery. He will soon be moved out of ICU and into a standard hospital room.

Many have reached out to our office asking for an address to send well wishes. Cards may be sent to 17 N. Fourth St., Coplay, 18037.

Al’s son, Matt, reports that Al is eager to get back to work. In the meantime, please send information for this column to TinaMarie Martin at heavenscent68@yahoo.com.

We wish Al a full and speedy recovery.

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Whitehall Police

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

NOV. 13

Officers investigated a bomb threat in the 3700 block of Lehigh Street.

The department received a report of a reckless driver on MacArthur Road.

Fires on Municipal and Alta drives brought police to the scenes.

Police investigated an attempted burglary in the 3100 block of North Front Street.

Reports of identity thefts on Schadt Avenue and MacArthur Road were received.

Reportable motor vehicle accidents occurred on Main Street and on Fairmont Avenue.

NOV. 14

Carl A. Gross Sr.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Northampton

Carl A. Gross Sr., 78, of Palmerton and formerly of Northampton, died Nov. 11, 2017, at Tranquil Living, Palmerton. He was the husband of Victory G. (D’Arconte) Gross for 54 years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of the late Raymond and Mildred (Heil) Gross.

He was an EMP3 in the U.S. Navy from 1956 until 1958.

He was a laborer for 33 years at Alvin H. Butz Inc. until he retired in 2000.

Cecelia Hutter Spesak

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

102 years old

Cecelia “Cele” Hutter Spesak, 102, formerly of Catasauqua, died Nov. 17, 2017. She was the wife of the late Charles “Chuck” Spesak.

Born in Stiles, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Cecelia (Fiedler) Hutter.

She attended St. Mary’s parochial school and completed a commercial school program in 1931.

Starting in 1932, she worked as a nanny in New York City for many years. She worked at the former Western Electric for more than 29 years until she retired in 1978.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church of the Annunciation BVM.

Giuseppa Balletta

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church member

Giuseppa Balletta, 92, of Whitehall, died Nov. 15, 2017, in Lehigh Valley Hospice. She was the wife of the late Pietro Balletta for 48 years.

Born in Teano, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Luigi and Letizia (DeSpirito) Gaeta.

She was a hand seamstress for Phoenix Clothes, then Greif Company until retiring.

She was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church.