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Community support alive in Catasauqua

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

There has been a large outpouring of community support among Catasauqua Borough businesses and organizations.

Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., continues to be a valuable resource for families in need. The church served hundreds in its food giveaway April 8.

According to Pastor Brian Riedy, the need gets greater as the lockdown continues.

“Most people living paycheck to paycheck are starting to run out of money for basics,” he said.

The church...

Catasauqua: Borough meetings are canceled

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by The Press in Columns

All borough meetings are canceled until further notice.

The April 6 borough council meeting was livestreamed, and you can view the recording.

Please note the online transcription does not serve as the official record. The minutes, when approved, will be the official record of the meeting.

Office staff is working and available to answer phone calls at 610-264-0571.


Arbor Day events are canceled in the borough.

The J4 Celebration has been postponed...

Letter to the editor

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

To the Editor:

As with any crisis that involves fear and uncertainty, scammers and fraudsters are coming out of the ground like night crawler worms on a rainy night. A number of scams, including false cures for the coronavirus, have been promoted during this pandemic.

Former discredited TV evangelist Jim Bakker was recently sued by the state of Missouri for huckstering a phony cure for COVID-19. He refers to the cure as Silver Solution that costs $80 a bottle.

You may...

Dentists delay appointments

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

With COVID-19 now thoroughly spread into the United States, the American Dental Association has recommended dentists across the country postpone all elective procedures and appointments for at least a few more weeks.

In a statement released March 16, ADA President Chad P. Gehani said, “The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team.”

Given that timelines with this virus seem to change on an almost-daily basis, it is unclear if that...

Fighter Hunger: Meals on Wheels service available for those who qualify


In talking with Victoria Coyle, chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley, more and more seniors who have had family members or friends shop for them are falling into a void now because people are afraid to go out.

MOW has fresh meals that will be made available to people in need. First priority will be people who are homebound due to age or a health condition.

If someone qualifies for its service, MOW can add him to the delivery route.


Positive cases near 35,000; negatives more than 132,000

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by The Press in Local News


Pennsylvania Department of Health officials have reported a state total of 34,528 COVID-19 cases and 1,564 deaths, as of April 21.

A statewide total of 132,323 negative cases has also been reported.

In Lehigh County, 2,295 cases and 49 deaths have been reported. A countywide total of 5,883 negative cases has also been reported.

In Northampton County, 1,544 cases and 43 deaths have been reported. A countywide total of 5,004 negative cases has also...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


A reported sex offense in the 1500 block of MacArthur Road was investigated.

Police were on the scene of a reported domestic offense against family in the 1100 block of Lehigh Avenue.

Officers responded to a mental health call in the 2800 block of Pecan Drive.

Suspicious activity on MacArthur Road was reported.

The department investigated a theft in the 1500 block of MacArthur...

Catasauqua resident makes 400-plus masks

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by STACEY KOCH in Local News

One could say Brenda Kline Burger is an expert sewer. The Catasauqua Borough resident admits, with a chuckle, to having seven machines.

A previous software engineer, she now calls herself a crafter. Kline Burger learned this art from her mother when she was very young. She said she started at the age of 4 or 5.

“I have been a crafter for a long time. By trade, I’m a software engineer, and I became disabled nine years ago,” Kline Burger said. “I’ve always done some kind of craft...

Care for pets during COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

As a pet owner, I have wondered about any risks to my cat Moxie getting the coronavirus from me, or vice versa. I was relieved to find some of the answers on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website.

To begin with, the site said nonporous surfaces, such as countertops and doorknobs, transmit viruses better than porous materials, such as pet fur. That’s because porous, especially fibrous, materials absorb and traps the virus. That makes it harder to contract by simply...