Catasauqua Press

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Coffee with a Cop

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Blocker’s Coffeehouse, 309 Front St., Catasauqua, hosted its first-time Coffee with a Cop event May 9.

“We had someone, who prefers to remain anonymous, who wanted to try an informal setting where residents could talk with local police. We thought it was a good idea,” Police Chief Douglas Kish said.

The anonymous donor paid for the coffee for attendees, and various officers from the force, in addition to the police chief, stopped in to talk with them.

The idea is to...

School board fills empty seat, approves new district hires

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education filled its final seat during the May 8 meeting. Following a round of interviews with three candidates, the board members elected Lauren Cieslak to join their ranks.

The other hopefuls were William Nothstein and Mike Henning.

Robert Spengler, CASD superintendent, asked the candidates questions regarding how they would handle budgetary problems and address important, pressing decisions as well as what interested them in joining...

More questions on proposed ticketing ordinance

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Christine Weaver is working to get Catasauqua council members to agree on a ticketing ordinance.

Council has enough votes to pass the measure by a 4 to 3 vote. A veto by Mayor Barbara Schlegel would, however, put the measure out of reach. Council President Vincent Smith would like to see a more convincing vote from council.

The ticketing ordinance is designed to give the borough an effective way to motivate residents to keep up with maintenance items that may...

County extension on offensive to curb Spotted Lanternfly threat

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

At one stage of its life, the Spotted Lanternfly looks like a red and black creature from a scary monster movie.

However, the Spotted Lanternfly threat is real and not some fictional movie plot.

Even so, true to a Hollywood creature feature, the government is ready to do battle.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $17.5 million to halt the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania.

The Lehigh Valley is at the epicenter of the battle to stop the...

North Catasauqua: Catty seniors to meet May 23

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Sherri Bell will speak on the benefits of exercise and maintaining functional ability at the May 23 meeting of Catty Seniors Plus.

The organization meets at the Slovak Center Social Club, 1223 Fifth St. Doors open noon, and the meeting begins 1 p.m.

Those planning to attend are asked to bring an item for the Catasauqua Food Bank.

Coffee and dessert will be served, and bingo will be played.

The group is also hosting a July 10 bus trip to see the musical “Jesus” at...

Catasauqua lunch menus

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in School

Thursday, May 17: Elem. — Whole-grain grilled cheese sandwich, assorted fresh fruit, side salad, baby carrots, milk. M.S. — Whole-grain grilled cheese sandwich, Tater Tots, assorted fresh fruit, baby carrots, milk. H.S. — Whole-grain grilled cheese, Tater Tots, assorted fresh fruit, baby carrots, side salad, milk.

Friday, May 18: Elem. — Whole-grain pizza, green beans, assorted fresh fruit, baby carrots, milk. M.S. — Whole-grain buffalo chicken subs, steamed peas, assorted fresh fruit...

County facility’s ratings improve during 2018 quarterly quality assessments

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Cedarbrook Nursing Home

The Center for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) has released its 2018 quarterly evaluation of nursing homes. Cedarbrook Nursing Home received five out of five stars for overall quality.

In addition, it saw its staff rating increase from three stars to four stars and received four stars for nurse staffing.

“We are pleased with the latest results from CMS. They are an indicator of our continued commitment to providing high-quality care to...

Bills and invoices of the past

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

A few years ago, I visited my friend Mrs. Grace Bonser in Moore Township. Grace had a long career in banking and was very active with the Northampton High School Band Boosters. Besides being a banker, she is an excellent seamstress and made many uniforms for band members.

She had a wealth of historical information, which she has graciously shared with me over the years. As I am interested in everything, she had a treasure of old bills and invoices, giving us a picture of a bygone era...

Northampton police

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.


A domestic dispute between a male and female occurred in the 1400 block of Newport Avenue.

Suspicious activity in the 1600 block of Lincoln Avenue was reported. Police said the side door of a residence was damaged.


In the 1200 block of Main Street, officers investigated a domestic dispute between a male and female.

An intoxicated male in the 1200 block of Franklin Street was...

Coplay: Street sweeping starts today

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by The Press in Columns

A street sweeper will come through the borough today, May 17, and tomorrow, May 18, to sweep all the streets. No alleys will be swept.

Signs prohibiting parking are posted along the route. Violators risk a ticket or towing if the vehicles are not moved during the street-sweeping hours.

The May 17 schedule includes Front, Third, Fifth, Cherry, Seventh, Ninth, 11th, 13th, Chestnut, Keefer, Maple, Oak and Center streets and Center Circle.

The May 18 schedule includes Second...