Concerns about students having a line of communication to the outside world were raised at the Catasauqua Area Board of Education meeting March 13.
Michelle Stillo, the mother of a sixth-grader, took the floor to discuss her apprehension with the current school policy regarding cellphones in the classrooms. Students are not permitted to carry their cellphones during school. However, as a family rule, Stillo requires her son to always have his phone with him, though turned off while at school, in case of an emergency.
Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Works Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.
Bill Leiner, the first Democratic candidate to announce a run for the soon-to-be-vacant 7th District Congressional seat, has suspended his campaign.
In a memo sent to his supporters March 1, Leiner said he will endorse Democratic candidate Susan Wild in her attempt to capture the Lehigh Valley’s Congressional seat. Republicans have held the former 15th District, now known as the 7th District, since 1999.
“Please know that I am so very humbled that the voters trusted me to manage our county over the next four years,” said new Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, addressing a crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests Feb. 22 during his State of Lehigh County address.
Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees that he and his administration are interested in putting progress over politics.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting March 5, Debbie Smale took her turn at the podium to discuss an ongoing problem with a Hartzell’s Plumbing box truck that is parked outside her house.
Smale had a few pertinent questions.
The truck has been parked outside her house since late summer, she said. The police served a complaint on the owner of Hartzell’s, she continued, adding the owner assumed the complaint was lodged by Smale. Smale said she did not make the complaint.
Catasauqua Borough Recreation Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Area School Board meets 7 p.m. in the administration office board room, 251 N. 14th 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.
North Catasauqua Borough Council and the owner of the blighted homes at 1020 and 1022 Second St. are continuing to work on a resolution that will save the blighted property from demolition.
At the March 5 council meeting, Hyoungjoon Park and his attorney presented their plan of action for resolving the homes’ structural issues. Park has contracted CJ Construction-Lehigh Valley LLC to dig underneath the property and repour the foundation.
At Catasauqua Borough’s regular meeting March 5, council discussed an issue at the municipal pool. The Catasauqua Creek wall along the pool has failed and needs to be rebuilt. Public works Director Jeff MacHose estimated costs for the rebuild at $175,000.
The borough does not have the money for the capital improvement. There are potential Community Development Block Grant funds for the deck, but an unsupported deck is of questionable value.
MacHose made a suggestion that the borough close the pool and use the ongoing maintenance costs to fund the wall.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., held a dinner Feb. 10 to benefit the choir.
According to Judy Morgan, choir director, this event is the premier fundraiser for the choir.
“For $10, you can get in here at 4 p.m. and have all the soup, salad and sweets you can handle,” she said.
The salad is there so you have something to do while waitresses bring the soup.
“The soup is the star of the show,” Morgan said.
This is not your regular reheated soup.
“Everything is homemade by one of the
parishioners,” Morgan said.