Business hit a speed bump Feb. 27 when Lehigh County Board of Commissioners attempted to approve a couple of professional services contracts. Commissioner Amy Zanelli objected to the boilerplate anti-discrimination provisions of two proposed agreements — one with Election IQ LLC and another with Alfred Yacoub, Esq., for professional services with the county.
Zanelli, elected in 2017 to represent District 3, noted the proposed contracts did not contain language that protects “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability.”
Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association (HCPA) held a unique fundraiser at the Biery House, Catasauqua, March 9. Although HCPA boasts a varied member list, this event was for women only.
The event centered around Bunco, a game that Google and at least one attendee confirmed requires no skill.
Bunco originally started as a confidence game in the 18th century and moved to a parlor game after the Civil War. The game’s popularity peaked in the ’80s, but it is still played frequently by women.
Concerns about students having a line of communication to the outside world were raised at the Catasauqua Area Board of Education meeting March 13.
Michelle Stillo, the mother of a sixth-grader, took the floor to discuss her apprehension with the current school policy regarding cellphones in the classrooms. Students are not permitted to carry their cellphones during school. However, as a family rule, Stillo requires her son to always have his phone with him, though turned off while at school, in case of an emergency.
Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets 6 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Works Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.
Bill Leiner, the first Democratic candidate to announce a run for the soon-to-be-vacant 7th District Congressional seat, has suspended his campaign.
In a memo sent to his supporters March 1, Leiner said he will endorse Democratic candidate Susan Wild in her attempt to capture the Lehigh Valley’s Congressional seat. Republicans have held the former 15th District, now known as the 7th District, since 1999.
“Please know that I am so very humbled that the voters trusted me to manage our county over the next four years,” said new Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong, addressing a crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests Feb. 22 during his State of Lehigh County address.
Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees that he and his administration are interested in putting progress over politics.
At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting March 5, Debbie Smale took her turn at the podium to discuss an ongoing problem with a Hartzell’s Plumbing box truck that is parked outside her house.
Smale had a few pertinent questions.
The truck has been parked outside her house since late summer, she said. The police served a complaint on the owner of Hartzell’s, she continued, adding the owner assumed the complaint was lodged by Smale. Smale said she did not make the complaint.