Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Better communication is needed

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Borough, volunteers hit bumps in the road to an agreement

Amy Capewell took the floor at Catasauqua Borough Council’s meeting Aug. 7 to express her dissatisfaction with the way the George Taylor House has been administered. Capewell is a volunteer and has worked in various capacities during events at the historic property.

Since purchasing the historic house from Lehigh County in 2009, the borough has attempted to get the historic property to pay for itself. The latest organizational structure, with events at the house being planned by an overall manager and a group of steady volunteers, has been the most successful.

Board honors trainer who saved player’s life

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Catasauqua Area School District athletic trainer John Capozzolo’s service and commitment to young athletes extends beyond the confines of Catasauqua.

The school board recognized Capozzolo at their Aug. 8 meeting for saving the life of a 17-year-old teen from Montvale, N.J., when he collapsed during a Feb. 14 DeSales University lacrosse camp.

Capozzolo immediately sprung into action and performed CPR on the teen. He then asked the DeSales University head lacrosse coach to grab an automated external defibrillator (AED) and instructed another athletic trainer to call 911.

Council holds first meeting at new site

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Borough Council opened its first meeting in the new municipal building at 90 Bridge St. Aug. 7. Visitors who attended were greeted with comfortable chairs, a spacious seating area, nice lighting and a comfortable environment.

The sound system was still in boxes, waiting for an installer.

At the meeting, Chad Helmer of Taggert Associates presented a proposal for the sale of the Iron Works property adjacent to the municipal building lot.

Borough Solicitor Thomas Dinkelacker explained how the borough carved out a parcel for the municipal building.

L.V. celebrates advances made in ending veteran homelessness

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Task Force has been recognized for effectively ending veteran homelessness across the Lehigh Valley.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski accepted the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, announced in June 2014 by then-First Lady Michelle Obama in the fall of 2014.

Pawlowski approached Director of the Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs Thomas Applebach to spearhead the challenge.

Applebach organized the first meeting of the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Task Force in February 2015.

Commissioner wants to review Cedarbrook report

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne expressed frustration at what he sees as slow progress on decisions concerning the 370-bed Cedarbrook Nursing Homes. According to Osborne, an operational analysis for Cedarbrook, two years in the making, was delivered to Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller July 21. However, Osborne said, Muller sent commissioners an email indicating that he does not plan to forward the report until the Aug. 23 board meeting. Osborne would like to see it sooner.

Bridge to link trail to N. Catasauqua

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The next leg toward completion of the Delaware & Lehigh Trail (D&L) in Northampton is the construction of the Dry Run Creek Pedestrian Bridge, which presently has gone out for bids from contractors. The bridge and extended trail is a major link to bring the trail into North Catasauqua. Northampton Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said recently he has no idea how much the Dry Run Creek Bridge will cost.

“It will be expensive though,” Brobst said.

D&L will pay for the project with federal grant funding.

K-9 provides comfort at county courthouse

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

There is a new top dog in the Lehigh County Courthouse, and her name is Ramona.

District Attorney Jim Martin announced the addition of the courthouse companion dog, Ramona, July 27 during a press conference in the county courthouse, Allentown.

“Ramona is the newest member of my staff,” Martin said. “Courthouse companion dogs provide emotional or comfort support to victims of crime when dealing with stressers of the judicial system.”

Ramona arrived at the courthouse July 26 and will be working in conjunction with the Victim-Witness Program.

Cooking with Emeril Lagasse

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

It was like watching one of his more than 2,000 television cooking shows on Food Network, but this time, Emeril Lagasse was up close and personal. The owner of three restaurants at the Sands Casino Resort in South Bethlehem, Lagasse was the star attraction at the start of the 2017 Food and Wine Festival, an annual fundraiser held at the Sands event center for Northampton Community College’s culinary arts program.