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Potholes a winter concern in township

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township Public Works Department crews are dealing with potholes along with snow and ice this winter.

Potholes have formed on roads throughout the township.

John Rackus, township public works director, said crews have been able to stay on top of the snow and ice, mentioning some of the light snowfalls can pose just as many problems as a larger storm because of putting the plows into action.

The cold weather takes its toll, requiring use of road salt and anti-skid materials.

Commissioners repeal gun ordinance

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners repealed legislation concerning an ordinance regulating the discharge of firearms within the township to comply with Act 192.

The commissioners unanimously voted to repeal the ordinance.

Act 192 was adopted by the Pennsylvania State Legislature last fall and signed into law by then Gov. Tom Corbett.

Many municipalities, including Northampton, revised their ordinances involving firearms in order to avoid litigation and hefty legal expenses.

The controversial state law has caused a firestorm among local governments.

St. John's to hold pork and sauerkraut dinner

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Borough Police Chief Vince Genovese said last week's snow and ice storm had policed tow one vehicle and another seven ticketed. During the winter, police have ticketed more than 20 vehicles. When snow emergencies are declared vehicles must be moved on such streets so that borough public works personnel manning snow plows can do their job.

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St. John's Lutheran Church will have a pork and sauerkraut dinner Saturday, March 21, 4-6 p.m., at the church's social hall on South Third Street. The dinner is open to the public. Family game night follows the dinner.

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Coplay bids farewell to longtime public works employee Danny Pavelko

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whether Daniel "Danny" Pavelko, a longtime Borough of Coplay public works employee was in the cockpit of a propeller airplane in the blue skies over the Lehigh Valley, or behind the wheel of a borough pickup truck, he was always focused and grounded while serving the community.

Pavelko's passing March 3 has left a void in the town of 3,000.

The number of people attending Pavelko's funeral was something the borough has not seen in years.

Hozza kicks off campaign

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. has officially announced his candidacy for re-election.

The announcement took place Feb. 26 at Egypt Memorial Park Community Building.

Hozza, who is wrapping up his eighth year as mayor, said the May primary is the most important election of our time.

"There are outside influences trying to take over our township," said Hozza, flanked by his wife, Denise, and children, Elise and Michael, at the gathering of more than 80 people.

Park, rec board may change focus

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township Commissioner Phillips Armstrong at Monday's Board of Commissioners workshop proposed the township's park and recreation board change its focus.

The board traditionally has focused on youth baseball, softball, basketball, soccer and football programs. Armstrong would like to see it do more to meet the needs of seniors and high school students.

"It is not to put down what they are doing," Armstrong said.

One idea is to expand membership to include a senior who could provide thoughts on recreational programs aimed at that age group.

Bridge likely to be delayed Opening date pushed back to Dec.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Construction on the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge has hit a snag and the $18 million bridge project may not be completed until December.

Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of capital projects, confirmed Feb. 28 the tentative new bridge construction timetable from contractor HRI Construction, based in central Pennsylvania.

"It's a setback of 185 days," Molchany said.

Consultants, engineers, inspectors and others are studying HRI's request for the 185-day delay.

"We should have an answer in about two weeks," Molchany noted.

Township receives block grant

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township is receiving a $85,000 in a Community Development Block Grant for 2015.

Lee Rackus, township director of planning, development and zoning confirmed the township has been successful in its grant application to Lehigh County. The grant will be applied to the road reconstruction project for a section of 14th Street in Fullerton.

Rackus said the township looks at projects that include handicap curb work. The CDBG program is a United States Housing, Urban & Development (HUD) program that has strict stipulations.

Restroom coming to Hokey park

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

A second restroom will be built at the Hokendauqua Park & Playground.

Construction will start in late spring or early summer.

The restroom will be erected near the double basketball courts on the west side of the park.

Materials for the project are estimated to cost $32,768. The township's public works personnel will perform most of the construction work. There is a restroom at the pavilion site, east of the ball fields.

Hearing set in hit-and-run

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by AL RECKER in Police Log

Amanda Miller, 21, of Bath, will appear for her preliminary hearing March 11, 1:30 p.m. in Magisterial District Court, West 21st Street, Northampton, on hit-and-run charges stemming from a Jan. 16 incident.

Northampton Borough Police reported a vehicle she was driving struck a 10-year-old girl. Miller, according to police, fled the scene of the accident.

Miller was placed in Northampton Count Prison initially on $5,000 bail by District Judge Danel Corpora. She is now free on bail, posted by her mother, Tammy Weist of Bath.