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‘We are experiencing trying times’

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Free virtual yoga classes offered on Thursday nights

Rebecca Zukowski-Gillespie, owner of Blondies Cupcakes in Catasauqua, has been practicing yoga and meditation for 25 years and teaching it for more than five.

To help others deal with the stress and uncertainty caused by COVID-19, Zukowski-Gillespie is offering free virtual yoga and meditation sessions online Thursdays, while the health crisis continues or while there is a need for it. The class can be accessed from her personal Facebook page, and she starts the livestream 6:50 p.m., with class beginning 7 p.m.

State of emergency declared in Lehigh

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong declared a state of emergency for Lehigh County effective March 16.

Armstrong made the official announcement 1 p.m. at the front of the county government building accompanied by Edward Hozza Jr., director of administration; John Kalynych, director of Lehigh County’s Emergency Services Department; and Richard Molchany, director of general services.

Task force discusses new Route 22 signage for trucks

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Representatives from numerous municipalities met March 3 in North Catasauqua to continue an ongoing effort to address truck traffic in the region.

The concerned townships and boroughs were joined by state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd; representatives from the office of state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th; and Becky Bradley, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, making this the most heavily attended meeting yet.

PPL plan focuses on service, assistance

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

As the coronavirus pandemic deepens, PPL Electric Utilities issued a statement March 16 saying it wants customers to know it is well prepared to maintain reliable electric service.

“Those we serve in central and eastern Pennsylvania depend on us, and we’ll continue to deliver for them,” PPL Electric Utilities President Greg Dudkin said. “Efforts over the past decade to develop a more reliant, resilient and smarter grid, coupled with effective pandemic planning and emergency management, will help us weather this health crisis. We have the backs of our customers and communities.”

Lehigh County issued stay-at-home order

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips M. Armstrong, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, has placed Lehigh County on a stay-at-home order, urging residents to shelter in place for their health and safety.

The state-at-home order was announced by Armstrong approximately 11:45 a.m. via Facebook Live.

The stay-at-home order begins 8 p.m. March 25 and will continue until April 6.

Wolf ordered a stay-at-home command for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe and Montgomery counties March 23. Lehigh County is the latest addition to the list.

Municipal mandate: Catasauqua Borough

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Because of COVID-19, Catasauqua Borough officials announced all council and committee meetings are canceled until further notice. Catasauqua Municipal Complex, 90 Bridge St., is closed to visitors until further notice.

Borough staff will be at work to answer phone calls and respond to emails. The borough office phone number is 610-264-0571.

The police and fire departments are operating and continue normal operations, but the police department is closed to visitors. Any tickets/fines can be paid online or by placing payments into the drop box at the municipal complex.