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Catasauqua police

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


An abandoned vehicle was tagged in the 300 block of High Street. The owner will remove the vehicle, the department said.

In the 700 block of Race Street, a dog was found then reunited with its owner.

Police assisted at the scene of a minor chlorine exposure in the 300 block of Bridge Street.

Metal was reported stolen in the 100 block of Union Street.

Officers assisted North...

Northampton County commissioners approve contract for jail health care

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

During the July 18 meeting, Northampton County Board of Commissioners, by a 7-1 vote, approved a new contract for health care at the jail. The contract is with Primecare, which has spent 19 years with the county. The contract amount is $24 million over seven years, with options to extend it to 10 years for $36 million.

“The seven years struck me as a very long time,” said board member John Cusick, who cast the sole no vote.

The jail’s public safety director, Ken Kraft, said,...

Catasauqua: The Cherry Bombs will perform July 26

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by The Press in Columns

The Cherry Bombs will be performing 7-10 p.m. July 26 at the amphitheater at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.

Don’t forget your chairs, blankets and snacks!


Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., will hold its next free community lunch 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 27.


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Coplay: Splash and dance now July 25

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by The Press in Columns

The family splash and dance night at Coplay’s Parkway Pool, originally scheduled for July 18 but canceled because of weather, is now set for 6:30-9 p.m. July 25.

Freddie Fredericks Jr. will provide the music, games and prizes.


Coplay Garden Club meets 7 p.m. July 25 at St. John’s Lutheran Church social hall, 18 S. Third St.


Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association is launching its annual fund drive, which will run through August.

While not...

North Catasauqua: Recycling event scheduled for July 27

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by The Press in Columns

North Catasauqua will hold an electronic recycling event 9 a.m.-noon July 27 at the North Catasauqua public works building, 1460 Main St. This event is only open to North Catasauqua Borough residents. Only cash or check will be accepted.


The Clap will perform 7-10 p.m. Aug. 2 at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St.

The concert is part of the North Catasauqua Recreation Committee 2019 summer concert series.


The Little Free...

Groups receive trust funds

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, at its July 10 meeting, approved the disbursal of affordable housing trust funds to the following recipients:

• Allentown Housing Authority for redevelopment of 671 Lawrence Court, $75,000

• Catholic Charities for case management with emergency rent and mortgage assistance, $30,000

• Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley for homeownership counseling and mortgage counseling and mitigation, $33,302.15

• Lehigh County...

Northampton police

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.


A male harassing a female reportedly took place in the unit block of West 10th Street.

An unwanted female in the 100 block of Lilac Court was reported.


Police investigated a hit-and-run accident in the 300 block of East 10th Street. A legally parked vehicle was struck, damaging the rear driver-side fender, tire and rim.

In the 1300 block of Main Street, a domestic dispute...

Catasauqua awards refuse contract; cost to increase

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Catasauqua Borough’s existing refuse contract with J.P. Mascaro & Sons was scheduled to expire July 31, and council put out a request for bids earlier in the month. There allegedly were complaints among other waste haulers that they were not given time to review the bid parameters or prepare a proper bid.

The borough received only one bid — from J.P. Mascaro. The borough was happy with the contract, and it met all the criteria established.

The cost to each homeowner will...

Local man wins on JEOPARDY!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Ryan Bilger, of Macungie, is bringing pride to the area with his recent run of wins on JEOPARDY!.

The 21-year-old Eagle Scout graduated from Emmaus High School in 2015, Gettysburg College this past spring and will attend West Virginia University in the two-year graduate program to study public history. Bilger is the son of Cathy and Kurt and older brother of Kaitlin.

For five days, starting July 4, viewers got to see the Lehigh Valley native compete on JEOPARDY!.