Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Monday, January 21, 2019 by The Press in Columns

JAN. 21

• Beading Club meeting, 1:30 p.m., in the reference area of Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339

• Bingo, 7 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.), at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave. Bingo is played every Monday.

• Open mic and jam night, 6:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339

• Coplay Lions Club meeting, 7:15 p.m., at Coplay...

Former borough municipal building sold

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s regular meeting Jan. 7, council approved an ordinance to sell the former municipal building at 118 Bridge St.

The upper floors of the building had been used by Lehigh County Housing Authority for low-income tenants. The building was transferred to the housing authority to allow the current and any future residents to continue in rent-subsidized apartments. The ordinance confirming the sale offered no projection on the future use of the space once...

Race St. bridge work scheduled for March

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Replacement of the long-delayed Race Street bridge has a new start date of March.

According to Catasauqua Borough Engineer Ronald Gawlik, the span was originally scheduled for replacement in 2017 by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The project was to start in the spring and be completed by fall to accommodate the life cycle of the fish in the creek. The project was postponed.

The bridge work was then scheduled for late spring 2018. The start of the project saw “Bridge...

Students thank board members

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

January is School Board Recognition Month, and Catasauqua Area School District Superintendent Robert Spengler had a new idea of how to honor the board of education members at the Jan. 8 meeting.

He wanted the board members to hear from the students and be able to see the results of their hard work. Each principal took a different approach on how best to show the students’ appreciation to the school board. Sheckler Elementary School Principal Eric Dauberman presented each board member...

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Mr. Michael Fink, as a youth, lived in a company home in Evansville. The former house is now the site of the Lehigh Heidelberg office. He was born while his father, Dennis, was serving the nation in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

He recalled, “After Dad returned home, we moved to Fleetwood. Soon, all the old company homes were gone; only a few old steps remain as a reminder of the past.”

Michael graduated from Fleetwood High School in 1988. A month later, he joined his grandfather...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

DEC. 21

Police responded to a theft from a vehicle in the 1600 block of Olympic Circle North.

Reports of harassment on Mechanicsville Road and South Fifth Avenue and at Lehigh Valley Mall were investigated.

Officers responded to reports of two disturbances at Lehigh Valley Mall.

A fire alarm in the 5500 block of Roosevelt Street brought police to the scene.

Police addressed a report of a...

Coplay: Anniversary meeting is Jan. 17

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Columns

With the borough’s 150th anniversary this year, the committee is busy planning the finishing touches for the celebration. The committee meets 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in council chambers at borough hall, 98 S. Fourth St.

There is an opening banquet scheduled in April to kick off the celebration. Other events are being planned to commemorate the borough’s anniversary.


The final day for Christmas tree pickup is Jan. 18.


Commitment to Family and Community has an...


Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Dear reader:

I am concerned about Lily.

Last month, Sesame Street, the beloved children’s program responsible for lessons on topics such as numbers, letters and rubber duckies, revealed to online viewers one of its cast members, a deep fuchsia plush muppet with long hair named Lily, was dealing with homelessness.

Lily, who is described as about 7 years old, and her family lost their apartment and moved in with Lily’s teacher and friend Miss Sofia.

In several...

CMS News: Marking period to end Friday for CMS students

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in School

The end of the second marking period is Jan. 18.

Report cards will be issued Jan. 25.


Schools will be closed Jan. 21 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


Don’t forget the Catasauqua Middle School Student Forum food drive runs until Feb. 1.

Students may contribute nonperishable food items to benefit the Catasauqua Community Cares Program and the Catasauqua Community Food Bank. No glass will be accepted.


In case of...

North Catasauqua police

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

DEC. 30

Officers responded to an animal complaint at Third and Oliver streets.

Police assisted the fire department in the 1100 block of Howertown Road.

Lost property in the 1000 block of Howertown Road was reported.

A parking complaint in the 100 block of Clover Street was addressed.

DEC. 31

The department assisted Catasauqua police with a domestic issue in the 400 block of...