In the old telephone building on Second Street in Catasauqua, next to the fire station, is the headquarters for Bridgeway Academy. But no school buses pull up to the curb there in the morning.
"We aren't a charter school, we don't get money from the state," said the academy's vice president of operations, Cara Rutledge. "We are a private academy for home-schooled students and their parents."
Parents pay tuition.
"We are a private school, but without the constraints of a classroom," she said.
The school was fully accredited in 2010.
A macadam access roadway, located across from Hardcore Ink on Front Street, was the subject of a Catasauqua Borough Council public hearing held at the borough municipal complex Sept. 10.
The council considered whether to take over the roadway and place the 80-foot-long strip on the official borough map. The roadway was once used to access the main gate at the old Fuller Plant.
Attorney Daniel McCarthy represented FL Smidth at the hearing. No other property owners with an interest in the roadway appeared at the hearing and there were no objections.
Are Sheckler Elementary fourth-grade students prepared, both academically and psychologically, for attending Catasauqua Middle School?
Kim Jarrah, a Catasauqua resident and mother of a CMS student, shared her concerns with the Catasauqua School Board at the worshop meeting Tuesday. She described the difficulties her daughter has encountered due to transition from Sheckler to the middle school, which includes students in fifth through eighth grades.
If the closing of the Catasauqua swimming pool means the end of summer, then the borough's Fest-o'-Fall has to be on the calendar.
The scheduled date for the Catasauqua's annual fall kickoff is Saturday, Sept. 29, from noon to 5 p.m.
Each year, Fest-o'-Fall gets better and bigger.
Fun and games are planned for the Biery House on Race Street.
There, children will get to test their skills on games from the 1880s, including jacks and a wet-ball launch.
Bids were opened by Lehigh County Sept. 13, for the construction of the new Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge. The work is to include demolition of the steel grate bridge and two small connecting bridges. The lowest bid presented was for $11.8 million.
The low bidder was HRI Contracting Co., State College, the same company hired to do work on the Route 22 and MacArthur Road Bridge.
County engineering and administration officials are reviewing whether all specifications by HRI were presented for the Hokendauqua Bridge. The contract is expected to be awarded in October.
The content of movies presented in a Catasauqua High School History of American Movies course was questioned during the Sept. 10 Catasauqua Area School Board meeting.
"We are picking things that would be inappropriate for children when there are options that offer quality," said school board member Christina Naegel.
She said her concerns lie with the explicit nature of a sampling of the movies. A few of the movies, she said, are R-rated.
Everyone is invited to the 2013 Season Kick-Off for the Relay for Life of Whitehall.
The event takes place 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the lower-level auditorium of Fellowship Community, Whitehall.
All residents and business owners from the areas within the Whitehall-Coplay, Northampton, and Catasauqua school districts are encouraged to get involved.
The relay is a big undertaking. It takes nine months to plan and is done 100 percent by volunteers. A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers because we could not have a successful relay without them.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
Catasauqua Borough Council meets at 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Area School Board holds a workshop meeting at 7 p.m. in the administration office board room at 251 N. 14th Street.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.