Catasauqua Press

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Happenings

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: momsinprayer.org 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...

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.

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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.”

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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...

Editor’s View

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Many things in life are like a double-edged sword.

A mother’s love can be warm and nurturing. That same “love” can be smothering and controlling.

Fathers and others who coach youth sports teams can draw out the best from young players, or they can be overbearing tyrants more interested in winning than teaching skills that can be used throughout life.

Water and fire are necessary for life. They also can be devastating and deadly.

America’s development of the A-bomb...

COPLAY POLICE

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

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.

MAY 8

A parking complaint brought officers to the 900 block of Catherine Drive.

Police were called to the unit block of South Front Street to check on the status of a parked vehicle.

A fire alarm summoned officers to the unit block of North Third Street.

MAY 9

Officers checked on the welfare of an individual in the Coplay Parkway, 2 Keefer St.

A report of an assault brought police to...

NORTH CATASAUQUA POLICE

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

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

MAY 7

Police conducted a traffic stop at Main and Fourth streets.

A report of suspicious activity brought officers to the 1300 block of Third Street.

Officers responded to a 911 hang-up call in the 600 block of Walnut Street.

MAY 8

Police were called to the 1000 block of Howertown Road to investigate a report of an abandoned vehicle.

Suspicious activity brought officers to...

Curb cut bids high

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

At the April 24 workshop meeting of Catasauqua Borough Council, Manager Eugene Goldfeder reported on the bid opening for the borough’s 2017 curb cut program.

“The low bidder was Barker and Barker with a bid of $78,000,” he said. “That is higher than our allocated cost of $43,000.”

Goldfeder will review the bid to see if there are any anomalies. The funds for the project come from the county’s Community Development Block Grant money. According to Goldfeder, there may be an...