West Coplay Maennerchor commemorated its 100th anniversary Sunday. The festivities began with an honorary member dinner and program paying tribute to those with 25 or more years of service. And it was held in the original hall where it all began in 1915. Most of the 77 honorary members were present for the event.
The Maennerchor was organized May 5, 1915, by a group of men with German and Austrian roots "to further the uplift of the workers through song."
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners has created the Whitehall Area Development Authority.
The commissioners formally took the steps necessary to create the authority at their April 13 meeting.
The authority will be tasked with sparking an interest among developers in the revitalization of blighted or deteriorated properties across the township, including the Lehigh Valley Dairy parcel.
Just as the April 13 meeting of the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting was drawing to a close, Commissioner Gerard Palagonia addressed the issue of Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. sanding the Emergency Operations Center basement floor earlier in the month in the municipal building.
Palagonia also criticized Hozza for any possible action being considered against the police officer who responded to the activated fire alarm.
Karen and Mike Evans, whose residence is near the proposed Clear Channel Park, made it clear Monday evening at the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting that they oppose the project that could create grounds for soccer and field hockey in the area of South Church and Columbia streets.
"My question is, can this grant be utilized for other parks?" Karen Evans asked. "Not all three fields have to be in one park."
Whitehall Township Commissioner Clair Hunsberger, active in township government and community programs for more than five decades, has announced he is seeking a fifth term in office.
At 83, Hunsberger said he believes he still has much to contribute to the township and its residents.
Hunsberger served on the township's Home Rule Commission in 1976, helping the commission play a major role in establishing the home rule government practiced in Whitehall today.
Hunsberger said he is proud to be part of the group that brought home rule government to the township.
State Rep. Daniel McNeill (D-133rd) will team up with State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18th) April 17 to sponsor the annual spring senior fair.
The senior fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at a new location, Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. The event was previously held at the East Side Youth Center, Hanover Avenue, Allentown.
More than 600 seniors along with 60 exhibitors from various governmental organizations, participated at the event in 2014. To date, 75 vendors are committed, with attendance expected to increase even more.
Whitehall Township Commissioners Philip Ginder, Phillips Armstrong and Dennis Hower on March 27 launched their campaign for commissioner on the front porch of Armstrong's home.
Ginder, Hower and Armstrong then took their campaign message to the Schadt Avenue Park & Playground building, where they were greeted by a large crowd, including former commissioners Kyle Kern and Richard Fahringer.
The three candidates hope to reinforce the message that neighbors matter and the township's villages and housing developments are valuable neighborhoods.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. confirmed on Monday the police department has begun an internal investigation into the release of a workers' compensation form filed by a police officer.
The report relates to the officer being exposed to asbestos while responding to a fire alarm at the municipal building March 14.
A woman appeared before the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners Monday evening objecting to the proposed Clear Channel Park off South Church Street.
"I have no problem with its development," said the woman, who resides near the site. "My concern is the maintenance and proximity where it is."
The board this coming Monday, April 13, will vote on a resolution authorizing Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. to proceed with an application for a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources for park funding.
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners were recently appraised by Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. that the township is in the process of defending itself again three civil suits in which it has been named a party, including one case set for trial in June, involving injury to a child.
"A child was injured playing on a gate used to restrict access to the grounds," Hozza said in a report to the board March 9.