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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.

St. John's asks for waiver of zoning fee

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

With membership climbing, church envisions Field of Dreams

With St. John's United Church of Christ, Fullerton, expecting its membership to increase dramatically this summer by more than 100 persons, it is looking to the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners to help develop the church's Field of Dreams.

Board President Linda Snyder, at the board's workshop meeting Monday, released information that St. John's UCC, Grape Street, has requested a $1,000 fee waiver so it can file a zoning appeal with the township's Zoning Hearing Board.

Commissioner hopefuls tout abilities

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Six candidates for Whitehall Township commissioner in the May 19 primary election took to the stage at a forum sponsored by the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce April 28 at the Zentz Community Room on the Fellowship Community campus.

Candidates Edwin L. Kutz Jr., Ann M. Freyman, Jeffrey L. Dutt, Philip J. Ginder, Phillips Armstrong and Dennis Hower addressed the large crowd.

Ginder, Armstrong and Hower presently serve on the board of commissioners.

There are four commissioner seats open on the ballot.

Atlas museum to open Sunday

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, the only such museum in the United States renowned for its collection of artifacts that tell the story of cement manufacturing in Northampton and the region, will open its 2015 season this Sunday.

Located at 1401 Laubach Ave., in a wing of borough hall, Curator Ed Pany said the Atlas museum will be open to the public the second and fourth Sundays of the month, 1-3 p.m., through September. Admission is free.

Repairs could delay pool opening

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Initial estimate for Parkview work is listed at $115,000

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. disclosed at the township board of commissioners meeting on Monday that Parkview Pool, Hokendauqua, requires emergency repairs before it opens for the summer.

Reporting that tile at the pool is falling off, Hozza said grouting and expansion joints will have to be repaired and the entire pool will need to be hydroblasted.

The repair work could cost as much as $115,230.

Candidates gather at Chamber forum

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Hozza, Palagonia present mayoral ideas, plans

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. and Commissioner Gerard Palagonia, at a candidates forum April 28, touted economic development as the engine that creates jobs and keeps property taxes from spiraling out of control.

The Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the program, held in the Zentz Community Room on the Fellowship Community campus.

Palagonia said the idled 23-acre Lehigh Valley Dairy property is a development priority.

"My feeling is we need a hotel in Whitehall," he said.

Beams arrive at bridge site

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Massive concrete beams arrived last week at the construction site of the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge as work on the new bridge ramps up.

"There is a lot of work going on," Rick Molchany, Lehigh County's director of general services, said.

The projected opening for the bridge, which spans the Lehigh River, is expected sometime in December.

The bridge was scheduled to open last November, but its opening was pushed back to April.