Catasauqua Press

Thursday, March 30, 2017

April 7 event to be held at Westgate Mall

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


State Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd, and state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, will hold their annual Spring Senior Fair April 7 at Westgate Mall.

“Every year, this event has gotten bigger and better, with close to 100 vendors and more than 500 seniors attending last year,” McNeill said. “We are looking forward to another great turnout.”

The free event will be held 9 a.m.-noon at 2285 Schoenersville Road.

There will be door prizes and free refreshments.

No RSVP is necessary to attend.

Northampton: Last call for crabcakes at Grace UCC

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Grace United Church of Christ, 902 Lincoln Ave., will hold a Lenten crabcake dinner 5-7 p.m. March 31. Chicken finger dinners also are available.

There is a cost.

Take-outs can be purchased.

For more information, call 610-262-7186.


St Paul’s United Church of Christ, 19th Street and Lincoln Avenue, will hold a spaghetti dinner, 4-7 p.m. April 1.

The fundraiser benefits Boy Scout Troop 93.

There is a cost; however, those age 6 and under eat for free.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


A report of suspicious activity summoned police to Dewey Street.

Officers responded to a report of a disturbance on MacArthur Road.

Police investigated a report of a reckless driver on Fifth Street.

A report of a parking complaint brought officers to Mickley Road.

Police were called to MacArthur Road for a report of retail theft.

A sounding alarm summoned officers to Grape Street.


A report of an unwanted guest brought police to Redbud Drive West.

For well-being, make right move

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

I am a person who doesn’t like change.

In our fast-changing world, that’s not a good way to be, I guess — but it’s the way I am. Usually, I don’t think about the subject much, but this past weekend, three things happened that put the focus on change and got my attention.

A friend in New Jersey told me she is selling her home and car and moving to a continuing-care retirement community.

Another friend, who, for financial reasons, had moved to a senior high-rise apartment and hated his new living arrangements, died.

Too much, too little, too soon

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “overindulged children”? I always thought of kids who had a lot of stuff and opportunities. You know — the kind of kids who rarely hear the word “no” and seem to get everything they want. The kind who act bratty and entitled.

But a recent read of a book called “How Much Is Too Much?” by Jean Illsley Clark, Ph.D., expanded my perception of what overindulgence really is. And to my surprise, my score on a questionnaire I completed in the back of the book classified me as one who unintentionally overindulges my kids a bit.

Xiu-Fang Ling

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

L.V. Chinese Christian Church member

Xiu-Fang Ling, 87, of Catasauqua and formerly of the Peoples Republic of China, died March 16, 2017. She was the wife of Hui-Xiang Pan of Catasauqua for 63 years.

Born in Zheng Jiang, China, she was a daughter of the late Jun-Shing Ling and Zhang-Shi Ling.

While living in China, she was an elementary school teacher until she retired.

She was a member of the Lehigh Valley Chinese Christian Church, Whitehall, where she enjoyed singing in the church choir.

Thomas F. Proscia

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

of Fellowship Community

Thomas F. Proscia, 93, of Whiting, N.J., and currently a resident of Fellowship Community, Whitehall, died March 24, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest, Allentown. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of the late Alexander and Santina (Scianimeo) Proscia.

He was a private first class in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. John’s University.

He was a chemical salesman for SCM Chemical Company for many years until he retired.

Catasauqua: Thrift shop to hold bag sale April 3-8

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Catasauqua Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., is having a bag sale April 3-8. Everything in the store is included in the sale, unless marked otherwise.

Store hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Donations of good, used clean clothing are gratefully accepted during store hours.

Proceeds from the thrift shop are returned to the community through contributions that support youth and adult programs and services.