Catasauqua Press

Monday, May 22, 2017

Township police checking for seatbelt use this afternoon

Monday, May 22, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall Township police will conduct a “Border to Border” seatbelt enforcement event 4-8 p.m. today.

The township department has partnered with 315 municipal law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania and 24 other states to send a zero-tolerance message to motorists that driving or riding without a seatbelt will result in a ticket, no matter the state.

To increase safety on Pennsylvania’s roadways, state and municipal police will conduct traffic enforcement zones and roving...


Monday, May 22, 2017 by The Press in Columns

MAY 22

• Scrabble night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351

MAY 23

• Moms in Prayer group meeting, 9:45-11 a.m., at Whitehall Bible Fellowship Church, 3300 Seventh St., Hokendauqua. Information: or Fawn at 610-262-0519

• Adult coloring club meeting (18 and older), 11 a.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339

• What Are You Reading Now? book club...

School board approves proposed budget

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

Catasauqua Area School Board unanimously approved the proposed 2017-18 budget at its May 9 meeting.

The proposed final budget estimates general fund expenditures of $29.9 million, while balancing anticipated revenues and expenditures. The budget remains within the Pennsylvania Act 1 Index of 3.2 percent.

The real estate tax rate for Lehigh County homeowners is anticipated at 14.4072 mills and 56.3513 mills for Northampton County residents, which amounts to a millage rate...

Catasauqua celebrates Arbor Day

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua celebrated its 18th year as a Tree City with a celebration April 22.

Robert Bastion, chairman of Catasauqua Shade Tree Commission, opened the ceremonies with an invocation from the Rev. George Spieker. Mayor Barbara Schlegel proclaimed April 22 as Arbor Day in Catasauqua.

This year’s ceremony included several trees dedicated by residents in memory of loved ones. Eugene Schlegel, vice chairman of the commission, introduced each dedication, adding reminiscences.


Council to clarify cell tower ruling

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Solicitor Jackson Eaton reported to Hanover Township Council at its meeting May 3 that a recent ruling by Pennsylvania courts took cell towers out of the utility category. The township was looking for changes in its zoning laws to restrict cell towers.

“Before the ruling, there was a possibility that cell towers could be put anywhere because they had priority,” Eaton said. “With the new ruling, we might be better able to control where they go using the existing regulations.”



Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua Borough police responded to these and other calls recently.


A report of a theft brought officers to the 400 block of Second Street.

Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the unit block of 13th Street.

Officers charged Joseph Tapia, of 137 Front St., with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, harassment and terrorist threats.


A domestic issue brought police to the 500 block of Fourth Street.


Edugaming workshop in June

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by The Press in School


Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, Lehigh Carbon Community College will offer a five-day Edugaming 2017 workshop for teachers June 19-22, with an additional workshop date of Nov. 4.

Successful applicants will learn to design effective, immersive learning games. Through hands-on activities and presentations from educators and industry experts, participants will learn a variety of game design approaches that remove the “quiz” aspect of educational games...

Elementary school: Congratulations, Kailynn Rivera!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by The Press in School

Sheckler held its yearbook design contest, and five finalists were selected. A total of 334 Sheckler votes, as well as Facebook likes, were tallied.

The winner is Kailynn Rivera. Congrats to her, as well as to the other finalists Maxine Kovacs, Khriz Medina, Jada Keys-Pujols and Amanda Tedesco, for such artistic entries.


Seuss-Perb Fun Days will be held at Sheckler during their gym classes. Grades 1-4 will get to enjoy traveling around to numerous stations that will...

Letter to the editor:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

To the Editor:

Many years ago, when I was a Scoutmaster of a troop, I could not get any help. So I asked if I could have some willing Den mothers from the Cub Scout pack to help with the Boy Scout troop.

I was told that Boy Scouts was for men and boys only.

Well, after a few years, we all know how that turned out. With the way so many in America feel about equality, I think we should just have Scouting — boys and girls together learning the same skills for the most part...