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Bridge builders to meet June 16 over delays

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Lehigh County, PennDOT officials will discuss if firm should be assessed fines

Construction on the new Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge has accelerated over the past couple of months as workers scramble to finish the project.

Lehigh County Director of General Services Rick Molchany said June 5 that a meeting will be held June 16 at the PennDOT offices in Allentown, at which HRI Construction, the company building the bridge, will meet with county and PennDOT officials.

Officer calls for Palagonia's resignation

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Van Note alleges commissioner violated township Code of Ethics

Whitehall Township Police Officer Leah Van Note, in a blistering address Monday evening, admonished Commissioner Gerard Palagonia for making her an unwitting part of his primary election campaign for mayor.

Van Note spoke of an incident regarding Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. sanding an area in the municipal building's basement that allegedly contained asbestos.

Board approves zoning appeal waiver

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

St. John's wants to add more parking for increased membership

The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at the May 11 meeting voted unanimously to grant St. John's United Church of Christ, Fullerton, a waiver to file a zoning appeal with the township's zoning hearing board.

The $1,000 fee was waived by the six commissioners. Commissioner Dennis Hower was not present.

Members of the Grape Street church informed the commissioners it expects its membership to increase dramatically this summer by more than 100 individuals. The church was also looking for the commissioners to help develop its Field of Dreams.

Board acts on pedestrian crossing concerns

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

St. John's UCC seeks flashing sign at Grape Street parking lot

The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its workshop Monday moved forward a proposed ordinance allowing Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. to accept a deed easement necessary to install a pedestrian crossing sign at St. John's United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., Fullerton.

A flashing sign will likely be placed on the south side of Grape Street, which is heavily traveled. Church-goers must cross Grape Street to get from the parking lot to the church.

During discussions, church and township officials said the measure is important for safety.

Hozza enjoys landslide primary victory

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Four incumbent commissioners also retain seats in election

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. rolled to a convincing, lopsided victory in the May 19 primary election, defeating challenger Gerard Palagonia, a township commissioner and retired police officer, by slightly more than a two-to-one margin.

Township residents cast 2,003 votes collectively in the race for mayor. The unofficial tally reports Hozza with 1,348 votes and Palagonia with 655. Both candidates were on the Democratic ballot.

Parkview Pool will open

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Parkview Pool in Hokendauqua will open for the summer.

The extensive repairs to the pool are now slated to take place after the pool is closed for the season in mid-August.

Children and adults were relieved after learning from Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. at the board of commissioners' May 11 meeting that the pool will open, along with the other two pools, Cementon and Jefferson, on Saturday, June 20.

Fire chief honored

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Training site is dedicated to Bob Benner

Whitehall Township Fire Chief Bob Benner, heralded for being on the front lines of countless fires, was recognized Saturday for the role he has played in the township.

The Whitehall Township Fire Department, consisting of five stations and well over a hundred volunteer firefighters, held an open house for the public at its training facility off Water Street, next to the Fairview Cemetery, during which the training building was officially named the Robert L. Benner Fire Training Facility.

Group speaks out on POW-MIA flag lowering

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Veterans say it was disrespectful; mayor apologizes for action

An overflow crowd of mostly veterans appeared at Monday evening's Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting to voice their opposition to Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr.'s decision to replace the POW-MIA flag at the municipal building with the Syrian flag.

The purpose of the flag raising was to allow the the Lehigh Valley's Christian Syrian community to celebrate its independence day April 18. More than 300 people attended the ceremony.

WHS students to run township on Monday

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by AL RECKER in School

Whitehall Township on Monday will be run by a group of Whitehall High School seniors, who will occupy the offices of the mayor, board of commissioners, solicitor, police chief, fire chief and other department heads.

The daylong Student Government Day will have students serving as commissioners to tackle several hot-button issues, with votes cast in mock fashion.

Commissioner Phillips Armstrong, a retired WHS teacher who chaired the social studies department, is responsible for bringing the event to the township.