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CASD rezoning request approved

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Change allows for housing, trail on land across from Sheckler Elementary

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Feb. 4, Catasauqua Area School District received good news about the land it owns on 14th Street, across from Sheckler Elementary School.

The district wants to sell the land and has interested developers. The land is zoned as a conservation district, which requires 1 acre of land per family unit. The school board asked for rezoning to accommodate higher density. The zoning will allow family units similar to what is already in place along 14th Street.

The change was passed unanimously by council members.

Capehart announces candidacy for judge

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Thomas Capehart has announced his candidacy for judge of Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

Capehart, a registered Republican, said he is running as a further extension of his longtime commitment to community service.

“My active involvement in our community, coupled with my nearly 30 years of experience across a broad spectrum of the law, makes me uniquely qualified to effectively deal with the issues that come before the court,” he said.

Catasauqua council hears presentation on new trail system

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Christine Weaver presented a PowerPoint presentation on hiking and biking trails in and around Catasauqua during the Jan. 7 borough council meeting. The program was spearheaded by North Catasauqua Council President Peter Paone. This project is properly named THE LINK Trail Network.

The crux of Paone’s presentation was a look at the residential development at Willowbrook that cuts the size of the golf course in half and adds 150 new homes.

“This is the last development in North Catasauqua,” Paone said.

Morffi Marks will run for judge seat

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Lehigh County Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks has announced she will run for judge in the county’s Court of Common Pleas.

“I have been blessed to have spent a large portion of my career being the voice for child victims,” Morffi Marks said in a news release. “I want to take my courtroom experience as a prosecutor in handling the toughest cases while staying fair and impartial and provide a court where justice is both served and the rights of all are protected.”

Coffee with the Cops group talks about snow emergencies

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Blocker’s Coffeehouse hosted Coffee with the Cops Jan. 24 at the 309 Front St., Catasauqua, location. The event is sponsored by Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Catasauqua.

At the event, a discussion came up about snow emergencies and street parking.

One of the guests, Diane Czar, almost got caught violating the mayor’s snow emergency during a recent snowstorm. Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church had a chili cook-off planned, which was canceled.

Retiring deputy controller recognized for service

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners commemorated the long service of Deputy Controller John A. Falk, who is retiring after almost 31 years.

“I will still stay busy,” Falk said following the board’s Jan. 23 meeting.

Commissioners expressed high regard and admiration for Falk and his service to the county.

Falk also teaches at DeSales University.

“I always found you willing to teach,” Commissioner Brad Osborne told him.

Commissioner Marc Grammes also gave kudos to Falk.

“You have always been a man of integrity and professionalism,” he said.

Super Bowl brew gets rave reviews

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Porter, coffee blend offered for one day at Taylor House

Last week, a select group of taste-testers put together a concoction for a special craft beer to be served at Taylor House Brewing Company over the Super Bowl weekend. The beer was released Feb. 2.

The brew was limited to a single keg — and when the keg was empty, the beer was gone.

The taste-testers selected a Peruvian coffee from Blocker’s Coffeehouse and mixed it with a secret porter recipe.

They dubbed it Biery’s Port Porter.

What’s the verdict? Put it on the craft brew list!

N. Catty council OKs internship requests

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Individuals to help in borough office, on grounds during summer months

The Borough of North Catasauqua has been approached by Lafayette College and Workforce Board of the Lehigh Valley about internship opportunities for young adults this summer.

Lafayette College is seeking clerical and engineering positions for students who want professional experience before entering the real world. This would be an eight-week-long, part-time program ranging anywhere from unpaid to $10 to 15 an hour.

Lehigh County DA to run for re-election

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin announced Jan. 3 he will run for re-election. He will seek the nomination of the Republican Party at the primary election in May.

Martin has been Lehigh County District Attorney since January 1998 when he was appointed by the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners to succeed Judge Robert L. Steinberg. He was elected to four-year terms in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 and is the longest-serving district attorney in county history.