To the Editor:
I was astonished when I picked up my local paper June 11 and read how the Whitehall(-Coplay) School Board voted to increase property taxes 4.5 percent.
During a time with record unemployed and families struggling to pay bills, the board voted to increase taxes again to the homeowners. While other school districts are holding the line or implementing zero increases and another with no teacher salary increase, Whitehall(-Coplay School Board) just can’t help themselves and passed this budget.
The images of crowds gathered, shoulder to shoulder and few masks in sight, haunt me.
There are people who would suggest to me that the decision to do this belongs to those in attendance and if I don’t agree, I should steer clear.
Maybe they are right. And I do stay away.
(Please note that, although municipal buildings are beginning to reopen to the public, some meetings may still be held via teleconference.)
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
Catasauqua Borough General Government Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Council holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Garden Club has canceled its July 1 meeting.
Sue Kittick was scheduled to discuss cooking with herbs.
Catasauqua Borough Manager Steve Travers would like to commend the participants, Catasauqua High School students and community members on the borough’s recent Black Lives Matter march June 5.
Travers described the event as a safe environment. He said the borough and police department were prepared in case the march turned violent, as was seen in many towns across the country. This was not the case in Catasauqua.
Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.
A child custody case was investigated in the 1000 block of Main Street.
A report of tree limbs and leaves dumped on private property in the 300 block of Main Street was investigated.
Officers checked on the welfare of a male in the 1800 block of Canal Street.
In the 1000 block of Main Street, a disturbance occurred.
Police investigated a noise complaint in the 1600 block of Newport Avenue.
North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park is now open. Please be aware that COVID-19 is still a risk.
The use of the playground equipment and restroom facilities is at your own risk.
Stay safe by practicing social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing.
Catty Seniors Plus did not meet this week due to COVID-19 guidelines. The officers are not sure what month meetings will resume.
Members will be contacted by an officer with updated information.
Casino trips will resume when the casino begins accepting buses again.
Theresia K. Stubits, 96, of Whitehall, died June 15, 2020.
Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Samu) Stubits.
She was in the U.S. Army during World War II and in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict.
She was a practical nurse at the former Hoff Hospital, Northampton.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Marie Stubits; and nieces and nephews and their extended families.
John D. Matis, of Whitehall, died June 13, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
He was a son of the late John and Teresa (Kerbacher) Matis.
He was in the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam War veteran.
He was self-employed for many years in California.
He spent many years enjoying the musical heritage and friendships at the Coplay Saengerbund.
He is survived by two sisters, Sylvia De Luca of Lititz and Lori Verzino of Aquashicola; a partner, Marge Billheimer of Allentown; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and close friends.
John Joseph Zolomij, 72, of Whitehall, died June 14, 2020. He was the husband of Caroline (Mikitka) Zolomij for 42 years.
Raised in Bridgeport, he was a son of John and Anna (Makowiak) Zolomij.
He was a 1965 graduate of Bridgeport High School. He earned degrees in history, anthropology and social sciences from Clarion University.
Gerd “Jerry” August Jurgensen, 79, of Northampton, died June 5, 2020. He was the husband of Hilde (Hahn Dagrosa) Jurgensen.
Born in Westerholz, Germany, he was a son of the late Gustav and Erna (Petersen) Juergensen and the family later immigrated to Hankins, N.Y.
He graduated from Delaware Valley Central School, Callicoon, N.Y.
He later purchased a farm of his own in Damascus and sold hay for decades. He also worked in maintenance with Sullivan County Parks.