Catasauqua Press

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sheckler’s new playground

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in School

It was a time of celebration and somber reflection May 3 as Sheckler Elementary School officially dedicated its new playground.

A picnic table also was dedicated in memory of former student Darious Condash, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident Nov. 6, 2015.

Sheckler Principal Eric Dauberman told the students sitting outside in front of the playground they should take ownership of and responsibility for the new addition. The new playground, he said,...

4 vie for 3 spots on Democratic ballot

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

With no Republicans on the May 16 primary election ballot for Catasauqua Borough Council, Democratic voters will, essentially, select three of the four candidates to take three open seats for a four-year term. Vincent Smith, Christine Weaver and Deb Mellish are running for re-election. Alfred Regits is seeking a return to a seat on the council.

Each of the candidates was asked to briefly answer this question: Why should residents vote for you? Their responses follow.


Parking still open issue in Catty

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Borough Council opened its meeting May 1 with ordinances for parking on Union Street and delaying two-way Front Street. The delay to change Front Street to two way was pushed back to Aug. 17.

As discussed in the workshop session last week, changes needed for the traffic light at Pine Street and Front Street necessitated the change. Pidcock Engineering is requesting the changes to allow time to comply with PennDOT regulations.

Council passed the ordinance unanimously...

3 in race for seat on county board

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by LINDA WOJCIECHOWSKI in Local News

Three Democrats — Dennis Pearson, Basilio Bonilla Jr. and Amy Zanelli — are competing for a seat on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, District 3. Voters will choose just one in the primary election May 16.

The Press asked the candidates the following question: Why should residents vote for you?

Their responses follow.

Dennis Pearson

Born and raised in Allentown and Lehigh County, I welcome the opportunity to become your Lehigh County commissioner of...

Summer breakfast program set to begin June 19

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

When school lets out in June, those students who rely on the free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch program provided by school districts really do need our community’s help to alleviate childhood hunger throughout the summer. You have all seen the billboards and ads from Feeding America’s No Kid Hungry program, which reports that one in five kids go hungry over the summer.

That is true right here in Whitehall and Coplay.

Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative is committed to...

Stamp Out Hunger food drive taking place this Saturday

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in Local News

This Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the largest one-day food drive in the nation. Local members of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will Stamp Out Hunger May 13 and collect nonperishable food donations along their regular postal routes and deliver them to Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania and its network of member agencies. Food then will be distributed to the families who need it most.

Letter carriers will be aided by...

Two Republicans face off in county executive race

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

There is a contest in the Republican race for Lehigh County executive. Voters will choose one of two candidates in the primary election May 16.

Democrat Phillips Armstrong, of Whitehall Township, is unopposed in the primary. He will face the successful Republican candidate.

Republicans Glenn Eckhart, of Salisbury Township, and Brad Osborne, of South Whitehall Township, are seeking the Lehigh County executive seat.

We asked each Republican candidate the following question...


Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.


A report of a nonreportable motor vehicle accident brought officers to the 2100 block of Main Street.

Police responded to a nonreportable motor vehicle accident in the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Officers were called to the 1600 block of Lincoln Avenue to investigate a nonreportable motor vehicle accident.


Police responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 300 block of...

Middle school: Achievement night set for this evening

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in School

Catasauqua Middle School will hold its achievement night 7-8:30 p.m. tonight, May 11, at the school. The annual event gives students the opportunity to showcase projects worked on during the year.


The school’s Parent Teacher Forum is scheduled to meet 7 p.m. May 16 in the library.


Algebra I Keystone Exams will be administered to students May 16 and 17.


If you have any school news you would like to share, email me the information at...

Catasauqua: Catasauqua Garden Club’s annual plant sale May 13 at library

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in Columns

On May 13, the annual Catasauqua Garden Club’s plant sale is back! It will be held at the Public Library of Catasauqua, 302 Bridge St. The sale starts 9 a.m. and may last until noon, if plants are still available.

In addition to an interesting array of plants, Penn State soil test kits also will be available.

Proceeds from the sale help the program efforts for a scholarship for a Catasauqua High School senior and the library.

New friends and old friends are invited to...