The Dec. 15 Newtown, Conn., shooting which tragically took the lives of 20 children and six adults devastated the nation. The deadly shooting left many Americans with a myriad of questions concerning the safety of their schools, students, teachers and staff.
The Catasauqua Area School District has in place a crisis response plan in the event the district is confronted with an emergency situation.
A Catasauqua High School student was pronounced dead Saturday, Dec. 29, at the intersection of Race and Railroad streets.
Jaenis Delossantos, 18 and a senior at CHS, was a passenger in a vehicle operated by Thomas R. Bono, according to a news release issued by Chief Douglas Kish of the Catasauqua Police Department.
The vehicle, Kish reported, was traveling west on Race Street when Bono lost control of the automobile and struck a utility pole at 6:15 a.m. at the 100 block of Race Street.
Catasauqua residents observed an annual tradition at the Dec. 2 tree lighting event.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.
Catasauqua Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Area School Board meets at 7 p.m. in the administration office board room at 251 N. 14th Street.
Catasauqua Area School Board members Dawn Berrigan and Christian Naegel reinforced to the school board they want more transparency when it comes to the approval of course outlines and planned courses of study.
Both members voted against approving the planned course of study for the Catasauqua High School course entitled "The Russian World" for grades 11 and 12.
Berrigan asked if additional material, other than the course outline, was available to review for the course.
"It's just too open-ended for me for my comfort level," Berrigan said.
A pictorial look back at some of the top local news stories of 2012 for Catasauqua, North Catasauqua and Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
Although Catasauqua's year end meeting is annually scheduled to approve the budget, the decision on how the borough would proceed on developing the FL Smidth property along Front Street overshadowed budget considerations.
In addition to approving a plan to develop the property on Front Street, the council also had a vote on the 2013 budget on the agenda.
Annette Englert, right, waits on a customer at the baked goods table at the Homemade Holiday sale, held for the second year at the home of John and Rose Marhefka. The sale, in its second year, doubled the profits of the first year, according to organizer Bill Nothstein. Craft sales totaled $8,500 and and baked goods brought in $3,500, he said. The proceeds benefit the local charity, Mrs. Nothstein's Helping Hands.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners tabled a bill that would have given $1.06 million to local park improvement projects at its Dec. 12 meeting. The Green Futures Fund Program, which was approved by voters in a non-binding referendum in 2002, would have given $324,693 to Allentown for the Martin Luther King Trail, $238,000 to Lower Macungie and $231,888 to Upper Saucon Township for the Saucon Rail Trail.