Several hundred well-wishers crowded into the Hotel Bethlehem Oct. 6 to help the landmark celebrate its 97th birthday and its recent selection as the third best historic hotel in the country by readers of USA Today.
The birthday bash included free food and hors d’oeuvres, cupcakes, tours, musical entertainment and presentations on the history of the hotel. Guests were greeted by hospitality girls in white knee-high boots, a flashback to 1968.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, announced that $251,884.81 in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted grants were awarded in her district through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools.
“These grants will provide important equipment and program materials to ensure safe schools here in the Lehigh Valley and throughout the commonwealth,” Boscola said. “We have made assisting our school districts in ensuring a safe learning environment for our children and our educators a priority and these grant awards will aid in those efforts.”
North Catasauqua Borough Council, during its Oct. 21 meeting, was visited again by Keystone Engineering’s Dave Kutzor, who gave an update on the plans for the re-engineering of the borough’s stormwater drainage system.
Residents have complained for years about inadequate drainage that leads to flooding, particularly at the intersections of Main and Green streets and Fourth and Cypress streets. Kutzor addressed Keystone’s analysis of the 87 acres that collect at Fourth and Cypress streets, which is referred to as part two.
Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education held a special meeting Oct. 9 to discuss the proposed renovation of Alumni Field, 855 Walnut St.
The meeting was held in the library at Catasauqua Middle School with representatives from D’Huy Engineering — James Lynch, principal, and Lori Deutsch, director of business development — who explained the results of the feasibility study so far. Deutsch is a graduate of Catasauqua High School, Class of 1991.
One of the popular food trucks that gets invited to Taylor House Brewing Company, 76 Lehigh St., Catasauqua, is Buck’s BBQ.
“We always get good reviews when we invite them to set up,” said Annette Pompa, co-owner of the business.
Buck’s returned the compliment by holding a wing-eating contest Sept. 28.
“They have some pretty big wings,” said second-place finisher Jarred Barno.
Catasauqua Borough Public Utilities Committee meets 9 a.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
Catasauqua Borough Public Safety Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.
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.
Romero’s House of Style, 417 Front St., Catasauqua, is giving back to the community this holiday season with a special Thanksgiving giveaway.
From Oct. 20 to Nov. 20, $5 from every service done by Romero’s will go toward the purchase of Thanksgiving dinners for families in need in the community.
Owner Zack Romero is organizing the giveaway with his wife and business partner, Brittney Conrad, and their new barber, Mark Silvius. The dinners will include everything needed for your perfect Thanksgiving — stuffing, corn, potatoes, turkey and more.