David Molony, of Catasauqua, was unanimously selected as the Republican nominee to run for the state representative seat in the 133rd Legislative District. The selection was announced Oct. 11 by the Republican Committee of Lehigh County.
The seat was left vacant by the Sept. 8 death of state Rep. Dan McNeill.
A special election will be held Dec. 5. Molony will face McNeill’s widow, Jeanne, who is the Democratic nominee.
Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council have honored Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with a 2017 EMS Agency of the Year Award during the state EMS conference.
The award honors a Pennsylvania EMS agency for its contribution to the development and growth of quality prehospital care within the community while complying with the rules and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
There’s a new shop in town, and it’s serving up some hot drinks.
Vicki Bartholomew has set up a local coffee shop — Blocker’s Coffee Shop on Front Street in Catasauqua Borough. Customers can get good coffee to go or sit around and socialize.
“We have loose-leaf tea that we brew, too,” she said.
The grand opening of Blocker’s Coffee Shop Oct. 14 coincided with a performance by April Mae and the June Bugs at the adjacent Gas House Dance Hall.
“We want to continue with swing dancing on the second Saturday,” she said.
Bartholomew also manages the Gas House.
With the new municipal building now in full operation, Catasauqua Borough Council took time at its meeting Oct. 2 to pass ordinances regarding parking on streets around the building.
Parking was nixed along Front Street during the construction phase. The borough has restored parking between Bridge Street and Pine Street.
With two-way Front Street fully implemented, parking remains about the same — with a few spots added.
North Catasauqua Borough Council meets 7 p.m. in the borough building, 1066 Fourth St.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.
North Catasauqua Borough Council members Oct. 10 said they will be reviewing the blight ordinance for the sinking homes at 1022 and 1024 Second St. during their Oct. 24 meeting. Drafted by Solicitor Steve Goudsouzian, the blight ordinance will assist in protecting the borough from litigation if it is determined the property needs to be demolished.
Both properties have recently sold, and Goudsouzian has attempted to contact each new owner to inform them of the borough’s intentions. 1024 Second St. was sold via sheriff’s sale a few months ago to a corporation.
With an unprecedented run of late-summer weather, Catasauqua held its October Fest O’ Fall celebration Saturday under sunny skies with shorts and short-sleeve Ts the dominant attire. The family-oriented festival is put on by Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association and is a prelude to exciting events that culminate with trick or treat Oct. 27.
The borough’s Halloween parade is included in the holiday mix Oct. 18, along with St. Mary’s Oktoberfest Oct. 21.
At Hanover Council’s regular meeting Oct. 4, township Engineer Albert Kortze updated council on a complaint of stormwater problems at Saylor Mobile Home Park. The park has had problems with stormwater for several years, but the problem has escalated in the past few months.
The issue appears to be an increase in stormwater directed to a repository near the mobile home park and a parking lot expansion by FL Smidth that changed the character of the detention pond.
As part of ongoing security enhancements, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has updated the design and enhanced the security features of its driver’s licenses and identification card products.
PennDOT entered a new contract with MorphoTrust USA in August of 2015 for the design and issuance of licenses and identification cards. This update is unrelated to the REAL ID Act.