Catasauqua Press

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Race St. bridge work delayed again

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

With yet another delay posted at the Race Street bridge, the latest notice stalls the bridge closing until Aug. 8. Borough Manager Stephen Travers addressed some of the concerns at Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session July 30.

The original concept was to keep traffic moving along Race Street during construction. The plan closed one side of the bridge to make repairs and then addressed the other side. The timeline was to complete the bridge in March 2019.

A couple of...

Staying behind bars

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A hit-and-run driver, whose car struck and killed a 9-year-old boy in 2015 as he crossed Schoenersville Road, will stay behind bars for at least four years.

A three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court July 20 affirmed a four- to 10-year sentence imposed by President Judge Michael Koury Jr. against Royce Atkins, now 25, for failing to stop after his blue 2007 MazdaSpeed struck Darious Condash, a fourth-grade student at Sheckler Elementary School.

Testimony in this...

Police chief chats with Catty community

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Douglas Kish, chief of Catasauqua Police Department; the Rev. Brian Riedy, pastor of Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church; and John Landi, owner of Pie’s On Pizzeria, teamed up for another community session — this time, a Pizza with Police event — with the police department July 18. Participants gathered at the Catasauqua restaurant, located at Front and Pine streets.

“Each time we do this, we get more people interested in what we do,” Kish said. “It’s so much better to meet people...

Coplay police

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers investigated a juvenile complaint in the unit block of North Front Street.

A bicycle was found and returned to the owner in the unit block of South Fourth Street.

The department handled parking complaints on Chestnut Street and Schreiber Avenue.


An open door in the 500 block of Chestnut Street was investigated.

Police responded to a report of suspicious...

Bike wash at Fossil’s benefits local animal rescue groups

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

On July 15, Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St., Catasauqua, put on one of its three fundraisers for Peaceable Kingdom, Whitehall, and Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab (FURR), Stewartsville, N.J. The bikini bike wash is traditionally well attended, but this year, a passing storm poured rain into the parking lot before the event.

“I wasn’t too worried; it’s a good cause, and I said a few prayers,” said Jacki Hartford, who owns the popular club with her husband, Carl.

The skies turned...


Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to a Northampton Press article in the July 26 edition titled “Council discusses options regarding fireworks laws.”

I voted against Act 43 of 2017, which expanded the types of fireworks Pennsylvania residents could purchase and use. The article implied I voted for the law, which is not correct.

While this law contained several new tax provisions, one of the main reasons I opposed it was due to the fireworks expansion. My office...

Longtime teachers retire from Catasauqua Area School District

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Two of the recently retired teachers, DiAnne Galm and David Burker, from the Catasauqua Area School District can boast long careers with the district.

Galm has been a fitness and wellness teacher in the district for 20 years.

She started at Sheckler Elementary School, moved to Catasauqua Middle School and finished her career at Catasauqua High School.

“The bonus to this is how I followed amazing groups of students through their journey from elementary school through high...

North Catasauqua police

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


Police responded to a report of loud music in the 700 block of Grove Street.

A traffic stop was conducted at Second and Arch streets.


A person driving under the influence at Front and Second streets brought police to the scene.

Officers investigated the theft of scrap metal in the 1000 block of Buttonwood Street.

Police responded to a suspicious person report...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


Police investigated a report of criminal mischief in the 3300 block of East Columbia Street.

Suspicious activity on MacArthur Road, Jefferson Street and Lehnert Road was reported.

Hazardous conditions on Mechanicsville and Coplay roads were addressed.

Officers responded to animal complaints on Sixth Avenue and at Lehigh Valley Mall Lifestyle Center.

Police were on the scene of a...

Public Library of Catasauqua: Catasauqua Borough has a rich, proud history

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Everywhere we look in Catasauqua, there is a reminder of our town’s proud history.

Here at the Public Library of Catasauqua, a dedicated and very knowledgeable group of volunteers has been systematically sorting and cataloging all manner of documents that have everything to do with the town’s history. At the turn of the 20th century, there were more millionaires in Catasauqua than in any other town in the country. Those fortunes were made in the 19th century during Catasauqua’s golden...