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Board votes Christy Onkotz Cooper as new member

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

At the May 12 meeting, Catasauqua Area School District Board of Education members unanimously voted Christy Onkotz Cooper to join their ranks.

Shortly before the vote, the resignation of Stephen Becker from the position of school board director was approved. Cooper, who was nominated by board member Lauren Cieslak, will now fill Becker’s empty seat.

Also approved was Donald Panto to fill the role of board treasurer, Jason Bashaw as board secretary and Dale Hein as assistant...

President Trump visits Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Local News

President Donald Trump made his first visit to the Lehigh Valley as president May 14 to tour the Owens & Minor Inc. medical supply distribution center, 7437 Industrial Blvd., Upper Macungie Township.

During a livestream video on the White House Web page, Trump discussed increasing the Strategic National Stockpile, coronavirus testing and state reopening plans.

Trump addressed an audience of several dozen employees, all sitting at least 6 feet apart and wearing masks. Trump...

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


Police conducted a welfare check in the 400 block of Poplar Street.

The department investigated a report of a fraudulent charge on a bank/credit card in the 100 block of Milton Street.

On Chapel Street, officers assisted North Catasauqua police during a DUI investigation.

Abandoned vehicles on 403 Wood St. were reported.

A parking ticket was issued in the 200 block of Front...

COVID-19 forces changes to Memorial Day services

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News


As of press time, there was no information available regarding Catasauqua American Legion Post 215’s plans for Memorial Day services.


• Fullerton American Legion Post 367 has canceled its Memorial Day service due to COVID-19.

• Jones-Quigg American Legion Post 739, Hokendauqua, is doing private services to honor those veterans who lost their lives in service to the country. Due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, Post members are not...

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by The Press in Local News


(Please note that, as many municipal buildings are closed to the public at this time, these meetings may be available via teleconference.)


Catasauqua Borough Council holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. in the municipal complex, 90 Bridge St.


Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.


Hanover Township (...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers performed a welfare check in the 1200 block of Midway Road.

Police responded to mental health calls on Mickley Run and Mechanicsville Road.

A report of identity theft in the 1300 block of Athens Drive was investigated.


Police were on the scene of an unattended death in the 5100 block of Stone Terrace Drive.

Reports of domestic offenses on Third and Center...

Catasauqua: Donations accepted at the food bank

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Remember to give generously to Catasauqua Community Food Bank if you can. There have been many more families affected since the quarantine.

Call 610-264-8366 for hours or with any questions.


Due to COVID-19, many area Memorial Day services and celebrations had to be canceled.

However, a “Time to Remember” memorial ceremony will take place 3 p.m. May 25 on the Bethlehem SteelStacks Facebook page. The event will include the singing of the national anthem and “...

Hanover parks are closed

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The May 6 Hanover Township Council meeting was held via teleconference. The numbers were published on the website to call in.

According to township Manager Melissa Wehr, all township parks are closed, and no reservations are available. No date has been set for the parks to reopen. No one should be using the parks, it was mentioned.

Wehr announced Airport Road construction was scheduled to start this week. The expected completion date is January 2022. Before you mark your...

Three crashes in two hours; one person has died

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Police Log

Whitehall Township police responded to three vehicle accidents in a span of two hours May 18. One person has died, according to the police report, and multiple people were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries.

The first crash occurred 2:20 p.m. at MacArthur Road and American Street. Two vehicles were involved, according to a report released by Lt. Gregory Bealer, one traveling south on MacArthur Road and the other traveling east on American Street. Two people were...


Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

The state Health Department is coming under increased criticism for its bungled handling of the COVID-19 pandemic at nursing homes.

Nearly 70 percent of all deaths in the state attributed to the coronavirus have occurred at these and other elder-care facilities.

Legislators and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro are weighing in, too. The situation has become so alarming that last week Shapiro announced his office has opened criminal investigations into several long-term...