Catasauqua Press

Monday, August 19, 2019

Court allows county seal to be displayed

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

In a court decision Aug. 8, Lehigh County is free to continue displaying its 70-year-old seal, including an image of a Latin cross.

In a news release issued by Becket, the law firm representing the county in FFRF v. Lehigh County, “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruled 3-0 that after the Supreme Court upheld the Bladensburg Cross war memorial as a historic monument, Lehigh County can maintain its seal as a symbol that ‘has become part of the community...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


Police were on the scene of a reported assault in the 400 block of Kansas Avenue.

The department handled a report of officer injuries on North Hobson and Lehigh streets.

A mental health call in the 3000 block of North Hobson Street brought out police.

Officers provided a protection-from-abuse service on North Front Street and Eisenhower Circle.

Burglaries on First and Fifth streets...

Letter to the editor

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

To the Editor:

Well, it seems our little country townships have become a magnet for warehouses. Everybody and their brother are looking to build along our two-lane major highways and our cow paths with absolutely no regard to the residents who live here. So now, we are looking at major traffic problems, noise (beep-beep-beep), bright lights, maintenance of our roads and bridges ($$), only to name a few.

But did anyone think about the problems we will incur with the many...

House fire prompts neighbor evacuation

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

As dawn broke Aug. 6, Catasauqua Fire Department raced to a reported fire in the 100 block of Howertown Road.

Firefighters woke up neighbors and asked them to evacuate. Neighbors reported seeing smoke but no flames.

The home is occupied by a family of seven who had the property remodeled about six years ago. The second and third floors of the home were deemed uninhabitable.

The Red Cross and local assistance teams were on the scene to take care of the family.


Another View

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Once again, Americans are grieving and on edge in the wake of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

According to media reports, on the morning of Aug. 3, Patrick Wood Crusius, 21, allegedly drove 650 miles from his home in Allen, Texas, to an El Paso Walmart, where he killed 22 people and injured 24 others.

Less than 24 hours later, Connor Stephen Betts, 24, of Bellbrook, Ohio, allegedly killed nine people, including his 22-year-old sister, Megan, and...

CMS News: New student orientation is Aug. 21 at middle school

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by The Press in School

Fifth-grade and new student orientation is scheduled for 8:30-10 a.m. Aug. 21. Students will meet their teachers and learn more about Catasauqua Middle School.

Transportation will be provided for bus students on this day.


Reminder: The fifth-grade locker night will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 20.

Students will practice opening their lockers and take an informal tour of the building via a scavenger hunt.


The first day of school for students is...

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


Traffic citations were issued in the 200 blocks of North 14th and Race streets and on Poplar Street.

Written traffic warnings were issued in the 200 blocks of Race and Lehigh streets.

Police sought information regarding a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of Race Street.


At Whittier Place Apartments, an issue between a landlord and tenant took place.

An animal...

On the Homefront: The power of simplicity for children

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing children learn a plethora of critical life skills in less than an hour’s time. I spent part of my morning volunteering at the summer breakfast camp in Coplay.

This free program is open to any child residing in Whitehall or Coplay, and it is fully staffed by volunteers. Individuals, organizations, businesses and faith communities come each day from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to interact with children in small- and large-group activities that...