Catasauqua Press

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Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by The Press in Local News

MARCH

TUESDAY 21

Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal complex, 118 Bridge St.

Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. in the township building, 2202 Grove Road.

WEDNESDAY 22

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.

THURSDAY 23

Hanover Township (Lehigh County) Zoning Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2202 Grove Road.

Three ordinances on N. Catasauqua agenda

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

An ordinance has been adopted to regulate wireless communication towers and antennae. The zoning ordinance revision was suggested by borough Solicitor Steven Goudsouzian in order to address newer technology in wireless industries now being used. It was adopted unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, at the council’s Feb. 28 meeting, with Councilmen John Yanek and Billy Duch absent.

Bullying prevention program is presented

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Shelley Keffer, coordinator of student services for the Catasauqua Area School District, presented to the school board the districtwide bullying prevention program at the board’s February meeting.

Keffer told the board the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program was implemented by the district in 2006. The program is a research-based intervention program used with kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

Fire crews douse fire

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

A two-alarm attic fire brought North Catasauqua and Catasauqua fire departments to the 1100 block of Third Street Sunday morning.

North Catasauqua Fire Chief Shawn McGinley told The Press Monday the department received a call around 11:15 a.m. for an attic fire at 1140 Third St.

The fire, McGinley said, was contained within 20 minutes.

“We got it under control pretty quickly,” he said.

Royce Atkins to serve a minimum of four years

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Judge Michael Koury calls hit-and-run driver a ‘heartless human being’

Following a four-day trial, a Northampton County jury found Royce Atkins, 23, guilty in November 2016 in a fatal hit and run that killed 9-year-old Darious Condash. The accident had occurred almost exactly one year before when Darious, accompanied by an older friend and cousin, crossed busy Schoenersville Road, a five-lane highway, at night.

Atkins hit and killed Darious but failed to stop. He said nothing, waiting for police to find him.

But after his arrest, in phone conversations from jail to his father and girlfriend, he said too much.

Champagne bar owner shows interest in Catasauqua’s historic Dery mansion

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Herve Rousseau has indicated an interest in purchasing the Dery mansion in Catasauqua.

“I really don’t want to talk too much about what we want to do because we are figuring out what we can offer,” Rousseau told The Press. “I have partners that work with me, and we want to offer the area a good product and not over-promise.”

According to Catasauqua Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder, the property has an approved plan on file with the borough to convert it to 13 condominiums. A previous owner had submitted the plan but did not follow through with it.

Commissioners support redistricting reform bill

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at the Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to an independent citizens’ commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania secretary of state would elect the members.

Commissioner Amanda Holt voted in opposition.