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North Catty holds first virtual meeting

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Council wants to coordinate park reopenings with other municipalities

On April 20, North Catasauqua Borough Council held its first virtual meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began last month.

Essential borough staff like Police Chief Chris Wolfer, Fire Chief Shawn McGinley and Emergency Management Director Roger Scheirer called in from borough hall, while council and other officials stayed at home and joined the meeting through a video chat.

Council President Peter Paone, however, called from Southern California, where he has been on an essential work trip for the past three weeks.

All creatures great and small

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Veterinarians conduct appointments with some changes

As a result of Pennsylvania’s order to shut down all nonessential businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, owners and operators of everything from restaurants to hair salons have had to deal with the impact on their employees and customers.

Establishments that offer both essential and nonessential services, such as Christmas City Veterinarian Hospital on West Broad Street in Bethlehem, face the challenge of finding creative ways to meet essential needs without jeopardizing public health and safety.

Dentists delay appointments

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

With COVID-19 now thoroughly spread into the United States, the American Dental Association has recommended dentists across the country postpone all elective procedures and appointments for at least a few more weeks.

In a statement released March 16, ADA President Chad P. Gehani said, “The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team.”

CASD students begin online instruction

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Governor announces Pa. schools closed through end of academic year

Continuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced April 9 all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

Wolf made the decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera.

Teachers and administration in the Catasauqua Area School District have been working to prepare for long-term virtual learning.

Full-time online instruction began April 14.

CASD students begin online instruction

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Governor announces Pa. schools closed through end of academic year

Continuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced April 9 all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

Wolf made the decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera.

Teachers and administration in the Catasauqua Area School District have been working to prepare for long-term virtual learning.

Full-time online instruction began April 14.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by The Press in Local News

APRIL

(Please note that, as many municipal buildings are closed to the public at this time, these meetings may be available via teleconference.)

MONDAY 20

North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.

WEDNESDAY 22

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.

THURSDAY 23

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

Health secretary says cases beginning to plateau

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by The Press in Local News

COVID-19 COUNT

Pennsylvania Department of Health officials have reported a state total of 25,345 COVID-19 cases and 584 deaths, as of April 14.

In Lehigh County, 1,803 cases and 23 deaths have been reported.

In Northampton County, 1,176 cases and 25 deaths have been reported.

According to Dr. Rachel Levine, state health secretary, Pennsylvania cases are beginning to plateau. However, she, along with Gov. Tom Wolf, stressed residents should continue to follow stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines.

The three saints who walked among us

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by MARTHA CAPWELL FOX in Local News

Toth, Tikhon, Neumann helped to build religious foundations in boroughs

PART 2 OF 2

(Editor’s note: This is the conclusion of Capwell Fox’s feature on some of the famous and important visitors to and residents of Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs. Last week’s edition highlighted Bishop John Neupomocine Neumann, who was responsible for establishing the German Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary — better known as St. Mary’s — and the Irish St. Lawrence.)

Catasauqua council holds first livestreamed, virtual meeting

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

In a historic meeting, Catasauqua Borough Council held its first livestreamed meeting April 6.

A total of 17 people attended the meeting remotely.

Borough Manager Steven Travers and two staff members were present in the borough complex to handle the meeting’s technical aspects.

Council President Vincent Smith called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. The principle reason of the meeting was to renew Mayor Barbara Schlegel’s emergency declaration called in March.