Many of us were glued to the television, Internet and radio this past week, as we followed the Boston Marathon bombings and the apprehension of one suspect and the death of his brother.
These events have caused me to ask of myself how and why man desires to harm other humans.
Thomas Hobbes argued in "Leviathan" man in a state of nature was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short."
There is no question about it, more than 300 years later, man still has a predilection for nastiness and a sick bent to harm his fellow man, by word and deed.
North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.
· Police responded to a report of a suspicious activity in the 1000 block of Second Street.
· Officers assisted the Catasauqua Police Department in the 100 block of Mulberry Street.
· A report of a theft brought police to the 1200 block of Third Street.
· Officers assisted EMS in the 700 block of Willow Drive.
· A report of harassment brought police to the 1000 block of Howertown Road.
Vincent Smith has announced his intention to run for re-election to the Catasauqua Borough Council.
"My eight years as a proactive borough councilman, including two as council president and four as the LVIA liaison, 27 years as the owner of Biery's Port Bodyworks, 27 years as a part-time historical home renovator, and 14 years as a landlord give me valuable experience to draw from," he says.
State Police Troop M Bethlehem will be conducting its 29th Camp Cadet June 16-21 at Camp Fowler, Orefield.
This year 90 Cadets will be selected to have a first-hand opportunity to experience what it takes to become a law enforcement officer.
To be eligible for Camp Cadet, a boy and girl must be at least 12 years old but not older than 14 by May 1, be a resident of either Lehigh or Northampton counties and in good physical condition.
Catasauqua Borough Council holds a workshop meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
The Catasauqua Borough General Government committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.
Police respond to harassment
Police were called Friday afternoon to a residence in the 1100 block of Center Street.
The resident told police two individuals he knows from Northampton drove by his house and threw a bottle on his lawn, police said.
The offender left the area before police arrived.
Police said the issue is an ongoing problem and advised the Coplay resident of his legal options.
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The Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.
· A report of harassment brought officers to the 3000 block of North Fourth Street.
· Police responded to a motor vehicle crash on South Church Street.
· Officers were called to Rite Aid, 2108 MacArthur Road, to investigate a report of an overdose.
· A domestic call brought police to the 700 block of Woodbury Lane.
· Officers assisted EMS in the 3000 block of Coplay Lane.
· Police responded to a disturbance on Fullerton Avenue.
State police on March 19 were called to Denny's Restaurant, 1871 Catasauqua Road, Hanover Township, Lehigh County, to investigate a report of damage done to the men's bathroom.
Police said an unknown person used a black permanent marker to write graffiti on the bathroom stall and changing table.
The theft of a teacher's cell phone brought state police to Catasauqua High School, 2500 West Bullshead Road, East Allen Township, April 8.
Catasauqua High School students volunteered to clean up the Catasauqua Park.
In last week's issue, in an article about the April 2 school board meeting, it was incorrectly reported that an advanced placement course offered to a high school student is the equivalent of a two-semester college course. In fact, an AP course is the equivilent to one college-level course, generally completed in one semester.