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Geraldine (Gerri) Stracqualursi

Thursday, July 4, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

Born in Bethlehem

Geraldine "Gerri" Christine Fella Stracqualursi, 66, of Westport, Mass., died June 15, 2013. She was the wife of the late Loreto J. Stracqualursi for four years.

Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late Martin P. Fella and Caroline (Kovalchik) Fella.

She graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from Kutztown College and a master's degree from Lehigh University.

She was a teacher for 18 years and later worked as a Realtor.

She volunteered with the Dartmouth Council on Aging and The American Red Cross.

Quality of life can make or break a community

Thursday, July 4, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

What qualities should Allentown's next police chief possess?

That interesting question recently was put to city residents by Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who will choose a new top cop in the fall.

My husband and I attended the mayor's information-gathering meeting and were disappointed with the relatively sparse turnout.

The attitude of folks who didn't plan to attend seemed to be, as one neighbor put it, "It makes no difference who's in charge. Nothing will change."

I disagree.

Whitehall Township police

Thursday, July 4, 2013 by The Press in Police Log

Police investigating report of gunshots

A report of shots fired brought Whitehall Township and Allentown police to the area of North Sixth Street and Sumner Avenue near the Taqueria Restaurant 7 p.m. June 25.

Officers arrived to find no serious injuries reported in connection with the incident. However, one juvenile male sustained cutting injuries, police said.

Police are currently investigating the incident.

Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to contact the Whitehall Township Police at 610-437-3042.

Catasauqua police

Thursday, July 4, 2013 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


· A domestic dispute brought officers to the 100 block of Railroad Street.

· Police responded to a report of an intoxicated person in the unit block of Second Street.

· Officers were called to the 100 block of Howertown Road to investigate a report of a threat.


· A report of two men engaged in a water gunbattle brought police to the 100 block of Front Street.

· Officers responded to a theft from a vehicle in the 900 block of Bridge Court.


Thursday, July 4, 2013 by The Press in Local News


· Reading of Declaration of Independence – 10 a.m., George Taylor House, Front Street, Catasauqua.

· Duplicate bridge, invitational – 12:30 p.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown. For players with 0-199 master points. Information: 610-437-3700.


· Bill Murray and the Crossover Band performance – 7 p.m., Catasauqua Park.

· Bath Farmers Market – 3-7 p.m., Keystone Park, Bath. Information: Fiona Adamsky at or 484-602-4353.

Karline M. (Marsh) Hontz

Thursday, July 4, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

Hope Lutheran Church member

Karline M. (Marsh) Hontz, 85, of Palmerton, died June 19, 2013, at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehab Center, Mahoning Township. She was the wife of the late Otto Hontz for 66 years.

Born in Laurys Station, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Mabel (Beil) Marsh.

She was a sewing machine operator at Scotty's Fashions until she retired in 1978.

She was a member of Hope Lutheran church, Cherryille.


Thursday, July 4, 2013 by The Press in News Briefs

Lutz-Franklin set for July 13

An old-fashioned rain or shine schoolhouse picnic is scheduled for 1 p.m. to dark July 13 at the Lutz-Franklin schoolhouse, 4216 Countryside Lane, Bethlehem.

Bring a covered dish and a yard chairs. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks will be provided.

The event will be held rain or shine. For information, visit www