Sam and Nina Patel, owners of DnD Market, 252 Race St., Catasauqua, have been keeping the shelves stocked for their local clientele.
Most stores have you waiting in line to get in, then waiting in more lines to pay. There is no line at DnD. Simply walk in, wearing your mask, of course, and shop.
The shelves are stocked with important items, including toilet paper.
“The people I have working for me have done an excellent job keeping everything stocked. We work around the clock to keep things in stock,” Sam Patel said.
During its virtual meeting May 4, North Catasauqua Borough Council approved a new ordinance that made some changes to parking and traffic practices in the borough.
The new ordinance, which has been discussed at borough council meetings for the past several months, updates and compiles several existing parking and traffic ordinances that have been on the books for years. Putting it all under one ordinance will make it easier for residents to track down parking laws in the public record.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, sent a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf May 8 requesting Northampton and Lehigh counties be moved to the yellow phase of reopening.
“This request comes on the heels of two separate conversations I had with the infectious disease doctors at both St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network,” Boscola said in the letter.
Most people seem to be staying indoors, which is right in line with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order. Another reason could be the rains and recent drop in temperature, complete with a May snow flurry this past weekend.
The wet weather has impacted the numerous chalk messages in the borough. The message telling us to “Stay Strong” had been fading in recent weeks, but it was redone in vibrant chalk colors just a few days ago.
A new mural reminding everyone to wash their hands has appeared on Front Street, courtesy of Dave Berkner.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, drug and alcohol services have shifted to best assist Lehigh County residents while maintaining safety during the health crisis. There are resources and more information available on the Lehigh County website under the human services heading.
Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit will continue to meet the needs of the clients in need of drug and alcohol assessments and provide recovery support services using telehealth services.
Walk-in evaluations may be scheduled by calling 610-923-0394 and are being conducted via telehealth.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church has taken a lead on responding to the needs of the borough during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The church held food giveaways at the 604 Fourth St., Catasauqua, church April 2, 8 and 16 and May 1 and 7.
The giveaways feature frozen meals made by the church parishioners. Pastor Brian Riedy asked church council to release some funds to help feed those in the community.
“This has been a great help to us,” said residents Margaret Meckley and Brian Wilson.
Most of the people who came by expressed their gratitude for the church’s effort.
Keep an eye out around Catasauqua Borough for young Jace Reed and his new set of wheels.
The Catasauqua resident suffers from cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairment, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and left-sided hemiparesis after a car accident when he was 6 months old.
His grandmother and primary caregiver, Dena Reed, embarked on a quest to get Jace a new bike utilizing Friendship Circle’s Great Bike Giveaway contest.
After the surge of people at the April 19 mask giveaway, the volunteers at American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., Catasauqua, showed up with 600 masks for the April 26 mask giveaway event.
The crowds were not as large, influenced by the cold, rainy weather. But the Legion still gave away 450 more masks.
“I think we have pretty well satisfied the need for those that were not able to get masks,” said Michelle Loughran who, along with her parents, was part of the crew that made masks.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported, as of May 12, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 57,991.
There are 237,989 patients who have tested negative to date. The statewide number of deaths is 3,806.
In Lehigh County, 3,286 positive cases, 9,255 negative cases and 123 deaths have been reported.
In Northampton County, 2,499 positive cases, 8,301 negative cases and 161 deaths have been reported.