State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola, D-18th, and state Reps. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and Peter Schweyer, D-22nd, announced the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has awarded a total of $190,000 to Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and Bethlehem City in recreation and conservation grants through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2), specifically for trail projects.
At a meeting held Dec. 2, North Catasauqua Borough Council continued a discussion about updating security systems at borough hall and at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park.
New surveillance cameras will provide the borough with a 360-degree view of the park. Borough hall and the police department will also be thoroughly covered by cameras and new lock systems.
Jessica O’Donnell, executive vice president of affiliated chambers, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, kicked off the Small Business Saturday celebration Nov. 30 in Catasauqua.
The local event featured businesses from around the borough and centered on Front Street as the hub of activity. Catasauqua Main Streets, the borough’s business organization, and the Chamber are working to revamp the area and bring fresh life to the community.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Catasauqua, North Catasauqua and Whitehall fire departments responded to a call around noon Nov. 26 at Daku Auto Body Shop, 1135 Howertown Road, North Catasauqua.
Tradesmen were digging trenches along Howertown Road and reported feeling ground turbulence. Smoke was seen coming out the back window of the shop.
Firefighters poured water into the wall cavity, and firefighters investigated the second-floor rooms. As of press time, police and firefighters are not sharing details.
Brandon Larkin had an idea to help out his dad, SFC Peter Larkin, whose unit is stationed overseas for Christmas. He got his mom, Julia, and the congregation at First Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine St., involved.
The congregation started the Love to Our Soldiers program to send gift boxes with basic necessities, goodies and toiletries. St Luke’s Hospital joined the effort and had message pads printed with the unit logo for the 77th Liberty Warriors.
The Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting Nov. 25 began with budget talks. A planned discussion of upcoming ordinances quickly jumped to the 2020 budget.
Borough Manager Steven Travers reported he has the final 2020 budget prepared and ready for distribution to council. Council President Vincent Smith asked that the final budget be distributed as soon as possible as he expects a vote on the budget at the Dec. 2 council meeting.
Travers noted the current tax hike is 0.5 mill. For a home assessed at $100,000, this is a $50 tax increase.
In the days of yore when people went shopping downtown, Black Friday was an industry term for the period when retailers made enough money to pay all the bills. The rest of the year’s sales were profit. That day usually occurred at Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, the goal was to bring in shoppers to bump up the profits.
With changes in shopping habits, Black Friday now means time to get deals for Christmas. The goal is still the same, but there is no guarantee the store will be open after Christmas.