Pastor Brian Riedy and his congregation at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church have been stalwarts in feeding people in the community, and their efforts have now opened the door for other members of the community to help out.
“The congregation has been working with local restaurant owners to keep food available for the people in our community. We have been successful in meeting the needs,” he said. “Our job in the community is to show the way and then others can follow our lead.”
(Please note that, although municipal buildings are beginning to reopen to the public, some meetings may still be held via teleconference.)
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.
At the June 11 Catasauqua Area School Board meeting, board members voted to approve the final adoption of the 2020-21 budget.
Superintendent Robert Spengler noted since the school district straddles two counties, the administration has to do a rebalancing. This rebalancing results in an approximate millage hike of 1.8 percent for Lehigh County residents, about $39 per household, and an approximate 5.3-percent decrease for Northampton County residents, about $139 in savings.
“All said and done, I think it is a responsible budget,” Spengler said.
At North Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting June 15, Councilwoman Cherie Gebhardt asked Police Chief Chris Wolfer about the use of fireworks in the borough. She said she had gotten numerous complaints about the loud mortars and firecrackers that are set off around Catasauqua and North Catasauqua boroughs on a regular basis.
Fire Chief Shawn McGinley pointed out setting off fireworks is only allowed on private property if there is at least 150 feet of space from another property.
Catasauqua Community Food Bank will receive a grant in its efforts to fight hunger.
The Wolf administration will be awarding more than $9 million to nonprofit entities for projects to fight hunger and prevent food waste. The awards come from the expanded Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant program announced in April.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported, as of June 16, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 79,483.
There are 523,609 patients who have tested negative to date.
In Lehigh County, 3,973 positive cases and 19,124 negative cases have been reported.
In Northampton County, 3,250 positive cases and 18,565 negative cases have been reported.
Hickory Grove Greenhouses, 1096 Milton St., North Catasauqua, announced the 103-year-old business will close later this year, as reported in a June 3 Facebook post.
Hickory Grove was hit by tragedy in November 2019 when owner James Eline died at age 66, and over the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the prospect of being able to stay in business very uncertain.
In announcing Hickory Grove will close, Eline’s widow, Jann, said these compounded hardships made her “more convinced than ever that I am doing the right thing.”
Republican Lisa Scheller is the winner in the primary race for the U.S. 7th Congressional District, according to unofficial Lehigh County tallies.
Scheller beat fellow Republican Dean Browning in the June 2 race.
She will face incumbent Democrat Susan Wild in the November general election.
Republican Ann Flood is the winner in the primary race for Pennsylvania’s 138th Legislative District, according to unofficial Northampton County tallies.
Flood beat fellow Republican Tony Tarsi in the June 2 race.
In a display of solidarity, Catasauqua High School students and other community members joined together in a march June 5 from Catasauqua Park and Playground to the borough offices on Bridge Street to support calls for action following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn.
Police Chief Douglas Kish asked Bishop Jim McIver of Revolution Church to join the march for racial equality.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported, as of June 9, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 76,436.
There are 459,248 patients who have tested negative to date. The statewide number of deaths is 6,014.
In Lehigh County, 3,890 positive cases and 17,048 negative cases have been reported.
In Northampton County, 3,175 positive cases and 16,563 negative cases have been reported.