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School district welcomes its first resource officer

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Dumansky-Potak chosen for her ability to connect with people, especially youth

The Catasauqua Area School District family gained an important new member for the 2018-19 school year. Officer Jenna Dumansky-Potak has joined the district as the School Resource Officer (SRO).

Superintendent of Schools Robert Spengler and Police Chief Douglas Kish were both excited about the partnership.

“It is a win-win for both the school district and the borough,” Kish said.

“Chief Kish has been a pleasure to work with on this project, and I look forward to continuing and expanding our relationship,” Spengler said.

Sheckler a Title 1 top-performing school

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

During the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Oct. 9, Dr. Christina Lutz-Doemling, director of curriculum and assessment, announced Sheckler Elementary School was named a Title 1 Distinguished School from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Title 1 is a federally funded supplemental education program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to improve learning opportunities among students. Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors the top-performing Title 1 schools in Pennsylvania.

Northampton man killed in Whitehall Twp. collision

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Police Log

A Northampton man was killed Oct. 11 in a two-vehicle crash in Whitehall Township.

According to Whitehall police, the motor vehicle accident occurred approximately 3:30 p.m. on Ruchsville Road, between South Church and Bridge streets.

Brock Weiss, 28, was the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead just after 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the scene, Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Raymond Anthony said.

Anthony ruled the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death as an accident.

Ready for some fall fun?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Activities aplenty throughout month in Catty, N. Catty

Fall is finally here — and both Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs are ready to celebrate.

Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association is sponsoring the 13th annual Fest O’ Fall celebration noon-5 p.m. Oct. 6, with a rain date of noon-5 p.m. Oct. 7.

Activities will be held at Biery House, 8 Race St., and George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets.

Change on Main opens its doors

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Northampton center helps those recovering from addiction

Northampton County’s newest recovery center opened Aug. 24. Change on Main, 1830 Main St., Northampton, seeks to offer a safe and pressure-free environment for those in recovery to find their own community and avoid external stressors.

“Here at Change on Main, that’s what we’re going to offer — hope and love. That’s the foundation of what people in recovery need,” Brian Sabo, the center’s program director, said.

School board OKs comprehensive plan

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

AP calculus course will be added for Catasauqua High School students

At the Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education meeting Sept. 11, the board voted on the final plan of the school district’s comprehensive plan for 2019-22. Director of Curriculum and Assessment Dr. Christina Lutz-Doemling said this plan meets all the state’s Department of Education requirements and has been a work in progress over the past few years. It was unanimously approved.

Catasauqua boy inspired to donate hair for those with cancer

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

When Nathan Scholl’s grandmother asked him for some of his hair as a lighthearted joke during her cancer treatments, no one realized the impact this request would have on the boy.

After she passed away, Nathan wanted to do something to help others in his grandmother’s position and took her appeal to heart. The young Catasauqua resident decided to overcome his hatred of hair cuts and donate his hair. This started a tradition for the boy, and this July marked his second donation.

Catasauqua Area School District focusing on long-term goals

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education got down to business Aug. 14 in preparation for the new school year.

Superintendent Robert Spengler took the board through his overall plan for the future, looking at long-term goals. He emphasized leadership recognized a need for a change, so it is going to seek input from stakeholders, including community and family members.

“I think we’re all tired of not enhancing our programming. I’m tired of not addressing our needs,” Spengler said.

Parents say current dress code at middle school shames girls

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

At the Catasauqua Area School Board meeting Aug. 14, Justina Beck, the mother of a third- and fifth-grader, raised concerns about the dress code at Catasauqua Middle School.

According to Beck, many of the parents were displeased with the inconsistencies and double standards they perceived in the dress code. She raised a plea for a common-sense dress code at the middle school.