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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Board overturns county budget veto

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

In a party-line 6-3 vote Nov. 14, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners overturned county Executive Phillips Armstrong’s Oct. 31 veto of the 2019 budget.

Democrats Dan Hartzell, Amy Zanelli and Geoff Brace voted against the amendment, which would have reduced the tax rate for county residents.

The Nov. 14 action effectively put to rest the disagreement about what the millage rate will be next year. Commissioners approved a 3.64-millage rate marked down from 3.79 mills Armstrong...

CMS News: Field trip is Dec. 4

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in School

Fifth-grade students will go on a field trip Dec. 4 to Civic Theater, Allentown, to see a production of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.


Reminder: Catasauqua Middle School will be closed Dec. 3 for a teacher in-service day.


The CMS winter band concert is scheduled for 7-8 p.m. Dec. 12.


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Coplay police

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.

NOV. 19

Police assisted a citizen with an eviction issue in the unit block of North Third Street.

Officers assisted a citizen with a parking issue in the unit block of North Second Street.

The department addressed parking complaints in the unit blocks of North Second and North Front streets.

NOV. 20

A reckless driver in the unit block of North Second Street was investigated.


Cookie sale is set for Dec. 15

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

St. Andrew’s

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1900 Pennsylvania Ave., Allentown, is hosting a Christmas cookie and baked goods sale 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 15.

The sale will be held in the Harry Large common room and will feature a variety of homemade sweets.

Bring a friend and get some homemade treats just in time for the holidays.

The church is on the border between Allentown and Bethlehem, just two blocks south of Catasauqua Road. Turn from Pennsylvania Avenue onto Taft...

Front St. property owners to face citations for missed deadline

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

North Catasauqua Borough Council members met Nov. 19 and discussed the property located at 1151 Front St., North Catasauqua, which has had tarps on the roofs of structures there for quite some time. These tarps are shredding and showering blue pieces of plastic around the neighborhood.

The building, a former warehouse, is used as a repair and resale site for electronic equipment.

As of July 6, the property owners were informed they had 120 days to complete a roofing project....

Borough reviews year-end ordinances

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At Catasauqua Borough Council’s workshop session Nov. 26, council reviewed a list of ordinances that will be passed at its regular meeting Dec. 10.

At that meeting, council will vote on the 2019 budget, fix the tax rate at 6.10 mills, approve the township manager’s salary and set the criteria for senior discounts for garbage collection.

Council reviewed a preliminary Civil Service Commission list for police officer candidates. The goal is to hire at least two officers from the...

Catasauqua lunch menus

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in School

Thursday, Nov. 29: Elem. — Whole-grain chicken and cheese quesadilla, assorted fresh fruit, refried beans, baby carrots, milk choice; M.S. — Whole-grain ham and cheese pretzelwich, Tater Tots, assorted fresh fruit, baby carrots, milk choice; H.S. — Whole-grain ham and cheese pretzelwich, green beans, side salad, assorted fresh fruit, baby carrots, milk choice

Friday, Nov. 30: Elem. — Whole-grain pizza, steamed green beans, assorted fresh fruit, baby carrots, milk choice; M.S. — Cheese...

Resident turns self in after 2017 robbery

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Lehigh Township

Steven Poliquin, 29, of Lehigh Township, has been arrested for a 2017 armed robbery at Turkey Hill in Cherryville.

Lehigh Township Police Department said Poliquin contacted Lehigh Township police to turn himself in for the armed robbery that occurred approximately 10 p.m. Dec. 17, 2017, at the market, located at the intersection of Blue Mountain Drive and Lehigh Drive.

The initial police report stated a male subject wearing a mask and brandishing a...

Railroad memories

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

We recently wrote a five-part series on railroad memories, which resulted in a number of people sharing their own railroad experiences with us. So I called my friend Mike Bednar, a former railroad engineer and author of a number of railroad books, requesting more information. He graciously agreed.

Mike and his friend Ken Bealer authored the book “Trackside Around the Pennsylvania Cement District” in 2010. They write that seven railroads at one time served the area.

Do our older...


Monday, November 26, 2018 by The Press in Columns

NOV. 26

• Deadline to order nut rolls (apricot, lekvar, nut, poppy seed, red raspberry and pumpkin cheese), to be picked up 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 8 at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1301 Newport Ave., Northampton. Information, cost and orders: Marty at 610-682-4458, Helen at 610-261-4575 or Linda at 610-262-0265

• Game night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351

• Writing space provided for writers to work on...