Catasauqua Press

Friday, July 20, 2018

Ticketing ordinance is voted down

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Mayor breaks tie on Catasauqua’s proposed property cleanup legislation

John Corello took the podium at Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting July 9 to complain about maintenance on a property at 901 Bridge St. He may have inadvertently pointed out a weakness that opponents of the proposed ticketing ordinance were looking for.

Corello teamed up with his neighbor to report that the long-tenured owners of the Bridge Street property moved to a house they inherited and, after trying to sell, moved a family member into the 901 house. Since the change, the property has not been well-maintained, Corello said.

County board hears from worker opposed to union dues withdrawal

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

It’s not often U.S. Supreme Court decisions are cited in the chambers of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, but county employee Francisco Molina did exactly that June 27 when he addressed the board during the public comment portion of the agenda.

Molina, who has worked for the county since 2004 and for the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth since 2006, said he does not want the county to provide his banking information to Service Employees International Union for automatic withdrawals of union dues from his bank account.

Having fun at the pub crawl

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

What event brings in the most people to Catasauqua — Christmas celebration? July 4? It could possibly be the annual borough pub crawl.

Usually held on a weekend near July 4, the event started as an offshoot of Old Home Week. Organizer Joni Elekes keeps the tradition alive with growing numbers every year.

Local taverns love it.

“The first year, we didn’t really know what was going to happen,” said Jacki Hartford, the owner of Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St. “Now, we are ready. We have the Steel Valley Motorcycle Club checking IDs, so we can get everyone served.”

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by The Press in Local News



Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets 9 a.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.


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.


Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.

Catasauqua Borough Civil Service Commission meets 7 p.m. in the borough hall community room, 90 Bridge St.

Volunteers are needed for July 21 D&L cleanup

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Trail Tenders to lead North Catty effort to remove trash, brush from area

The public is invited to join the D&L Trail Tenders for a July 21 cleanup gathering at the North Catasauqua trailhead.

Once a month, Trail Tenders from across the 165-mile path gather at a select portion of the trail to remove trash and brush. North Catasauqua’s trailhead was chosen for July’s cleanup.

The event is scheduled to take place 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to park behind the North Catasauqua Public Works Department, 1460 Main St., and to bring water, work gloves and hand tools.

Craziest mini-golf tournament raises money for charities

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Putt U Miniature Golf, 5201 Route 309, Center Valley, held the “Craziest Mini-Golf Tournament Ever” July 14 and donated a total of $6,000 to local charities.

In this special tournament, golfers played 18 holes with anything but a regular putter. No golf clubs were allowed, so players were encouraged to bring the most creative and outrageous gadget they could to putt with.

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Michael J. Jablonski

Mr. Michael Jablonski was reared in Reading and attended St. Peter’s Elementary School, later graduating from Holy Name High School in 1984. He especially remembered Mr. Reardon and Mr. John Gallagher, former teachers who influenced him. Michael also played baseball at the high school.

He recalled, “Computers were in their infancy, so I decided to enroll in a Reading computer-technical school to learn the basics of programming. I felt there was opportunity in this relatively new technology.”