James and Florence Williams of 617 Front St. appealed to the Catasauqua Zoning Hearing Board Aug. 21 for permission to subdivide their property, allowing a back building to be sold.
"I have lived in this house all my life," said Williams who inherited the house from her mother. "I need to be able to sell the back building to get money to keep us going."
Williams tried to rent the unit but was unable to attract the right kind of tenant.
The building Williams wishes to sell fronts Railroad Street, a narrow alley.
Residents of Allendale Apartments and Irving Street turned out in full force for the Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board Aug. 23 to protest a proposal by the Airport Center mall to add a pylon sign on the corner of Airport Center Road and Irving Street.
Attorney Lisa Pereira represented the mall owners. Charles Unangst of Hanover Engineering Associates presented engineering details associated with the sign indicating that the sign for the Irving Street intersection was the same sign now located on Airport Road.
The Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua hosted a basket bingo and Chinese auction event Aug. 17.
Catasauqua Area School Board Vice President Carol Cunningham defended school district Director of Curriculum and Assessment Christina Lutz-Doemling and the teachers and staff who construct and design the curriculum and recommend textbooks at the Aug. 13 board meeting.
During the meeting, board members Christina Naegel and Sally Reiss voted against the Catasauqua High School advanced placement honors-level planned course of study for world history, as well as the AP world history textbook.
The course of study and the textbook was approved by the board by a vote of 4-2.
Over the years, area residents have turned out by the hundreds to attend the annual spring Broadway musical performances by the Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre. CAST organizers are hoping that some of those community members will be willing to support the production efforts by stepping behind the curtain into the backstage areas to assist with this season's performance of the musical "Annie."
Director Bill Nothstein says there is an urgent need for volunteers to cover numerous behind-the-scenes tasks necessary for staging a major musical production.
Hanover Township Council unanimously approved a five-year capital program for 2013-17 during its Aug. 15 meeting. Major projects contemplated in the program include repairing two deteriorating culverts under Postal Road, maintaining the streets improvement fund at $1 million and contributing $200,000 for improvements to the Allentown water systems that serve a portion of the township.
North Catasauqua's Charotin Hose Company responded to the following calls recently.
July 25, 2:53 p.m.
North Catasauqua firefighters responded to the 700 block of Willow Drive for an appliance fire in a dwelling. The caller had reported an odor of something burning and smoke coming from the washing machine.
Firefighters arrived to find the washing machine belt overheated due to a suspected overloaded machine. Smoke was ventilated with a fan and firefighters left the scene shortly.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School was held Aug. 6-10. This year's program was entitled "Come to the Island."
Catasauqua Area School District Solicitor David Knerr advised school board members during the board's Aug. 13 meeting that if the Medical Academy Charter School, located at 330 Howertown Road, and scheduled to open Sept. 4, does not fulfill certain stipulations, the school board may commence revocation proceedings against the school.
At the meeting, CASD Superintendent Robert Spengler presented the future principal of the charter school, Joanna Hughes, with a list of areas the school is currently deficient in and in violation of.
Joseph Brennan, D-133rd, said Wednesday he is removing his name from the November ballot and will not seek re-election.
The announcement came following Tuesday's news conference by Republican candidate David Molony, held in Catasauqua, regarding the Aug. 15 arrest of Brennan, who was charged with assaulting his wife and driving while intoxicated. (See Brennan's statement on page 2.)