Catasauqua Press

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mayor: no support for two-way Front St.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Before the Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting Monday, the council held a special meeting about Ordinance 1346. Borough Manager Eugene Goldfeder explained the situation in his opening remarks.

“At the last regular meeting, we passed an ordinance that postponed turning Front Street into a two-way street until June 15,” he said. “The delay was predicated on information we had about the ability of everyone to meet our expected standards. The mayor has the right to sign the...

WillowBrook Farm development plan includes historic preservation, open space

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Editor’s note: This article reflects information presented to the Northampton Borough Planning Commission on land adjacent to the development proposed for the North Catasauqua portion of Willow Brook Farm.

As the words “Willow Brook Preservation Project” flashed on a screen at the March 8 meeting of Northampton Borough Planning Commission, details emerged for plans to build 67 single-family homes on a portion of the adjacent golf course.

Robert J. Dwyer, of Landtrust Properties...

YMCA to manage pool again

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Jessica Kroope reported to the Catasauqua Borough Council that the borough negotiated a contract with Suburban North Y to manage the pool at the Catasauqua Park & Playground in 2017.

“We are waiting for their signature and as long as there are no changes, we will go ahead with it,” she said at the council’s March 6 meeting.

The borough turned the management of the pool over to the Y last year. The fiscal results were good, although there were startup concerns...

More delays on making Front St. two way

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Councilwoman Christine Weaver dropped a bombshell on Catasauqua Borough Council at its workshop session Monday when she proposed a further delay of converting Front Street to two-way traffic. The workshop session had been preceded by a special meeting to ensure that the project to convert Front Street to two way was delayed to June 15, but Weaver proposed the project be further delayed until Aug. 17.

“We have three options on how we can handle parking on Front Street,” she said. “The...

EDITOR’S VIEW

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

I remember the commercial from my childhood: a Native American standing roadside, a tear rolling down his cheek as he sees the beauty of the landscape stripped away by litter.

That public service announcement, part of the Keep America Beautiful campaign, first aired in 1971.

Its message is as poignant now as it was then. Yet, despite a visual that is difficult for me to watch — of the Native American’s horse walking in water past an old tire and other floating trash — it hasn’t...

For well-being, make right move

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

I am a person who doesn’t like change.

In our fast-changing world, that’s not a good way to be, I guess — but it’s the way I am. Usually, I don’t think about the subject much, but this past weekend, three things happened that put the focus on change and got my attention.

A friend in New Jersey told me she is selling her home and car and moving to a continuing-care retirement community.

Another friend, who, for financial reasons, had moved to a senior high-rise apartment...

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

MARCH 6

An attempted theft from a vehicle occurred in the 400 block of Pine Street.

In the 500 block of Second Street, a dispute between a mother and son occurred, police said.

MARCH 7

Suspicious activity in the 600 block of South 14th Street was reported to police. The case was forwarded to the auto theft task force.

In the 600 block of Third Street, police investigated a theft report....

BRIEFLY

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

PENNDOT/DEP

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, continuing through May 31.

The cleanup is sponsored each year by Penn- DOT, DEP, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and other partners. Groups participating in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup....

COPLAY POLICE

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.

MARCH 20

A report of a traffic stop brought officers to the unit block of South Second Street.

Officers responded to a report of a theft of a planter in the unit block of North Fifth Street.

Police were called to Giant Food Stores, 202 Chestnut St., to investigate a report of retail theft.

A parking complaint brought officers to the unit block of North Third Street.

Officers assisted the...

WHITEHALL POLICE

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

MARCH 3

A report of suspicious activity summoned police to Dewey Street.

Officers responded to a report of a disturbance on MacArthur Road.

Police investigated a report of a reckless driver on Fifth Street.

A report of a parking complaint brought officers to Mickley Road.

Police were called to MacArthur Road for a report of retail theft.

A sounding alarm summoned officers to Grape...