Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Two weekends of festive fall fun in the township

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township plans two back-to-back weekends filled with fun and enjoyment for the public — its annual Halloween parade Oct. 9 followed by the fall festival Oct. 15.

With parade entries being booked as the deadline approached, the township’s recreation director, Greg Mooney, said Whitehall High School Marching Zephyr Band will lead the parade. Freedom High School’s Bethlehem Fife and Drum Corps and Allentown Hobo “Almost” Marching Band are among the musical organizations also in the line of march.

Zoners OK housing plan in Egypt

Thursday, September 29, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Developer proposes construction of nearly 40 residences on 7.5-acre tract

Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board at its Sept. 20 meeting made a recommendation for an Allentown developer to move forward with plans for a residential complex at Eagle Point, off Routes 145 and 329, Egypt.

This is the first in a series of steps Elysium Acquisitions LLC needs to take before any construction can occur.

Board OKs clean fill dumping in Reliance St. quarry

Thursday, September 22, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 12 meeting unanimously approved a conditional use plan of DVS Enterprises Inc., Whitehall, to dump clean fill in a long-idled quarry where decades ago a cement mill had operated.

After testimony was heard and a recommendation was made by the planning commission for the plant to be approved, based on meeting specific conditions, the board voted in favor of company owner David V. Scheuermann’s proposal.

There were no residents present opposing DVS Enterprises Inc.’s project at 4239 Reliance St.

Township names new fire chief

Thursday, September 15, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Nelson had served with station in Egypt

David Nelson, who has more than 28 years of experience in firefighting and ambulance service, was confirmed Monday night as Whitehall Township’s fire chief.

The board of commissioners approved the hire during its regular meeting. Nelson will be administered the oath of office Sept. 19, his first official day in taking the command of the township’s five stations and volunteer personnel.

“The decision was a difficult one in that many of the candidates had exemplary resumes and work history,” Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said.

Township to roll out next phase of refuse collection

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township will begin the second phase of its revamped refuse/recycling program later this fall when more than 8,000 toter carts will be delivered to property owners across the township for garbage collection.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. told The Press Sept. 1 he expects to make a formal announcement regarding changes involving refuse collection in the next month or so.

The carts, which are free to property owners, will be delivered in the fall to property owners. The carts used for recycling items will continue for such use.

Another sinkhole discovered

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Owners of Tate Meadows property will be responsible for correcting problem

For the third time this summer, a sinkhole has developed in the Coplay Creek, Hokendauqua, the second on the privately owned Tate Meadows.

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. last week said that the property owners have been notified, adding it is their responsibility to take measures to have the sinkhole filled and the problem corrected.

The sinkhole is close to the township-owned Mickley-Prydun Farm and the Hokendauqua Park & Playground.

“The creek is dry,” Hozza said of the water loss in the area of the sinkhole.

Stroll on the Parkway is set for Sept. 25 at Hokey Park, IRT

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Stroll on the Parkway will be held Sept. 25 at Hokendauqua Park & Playground (HPP) and along Ironton Rail Trail (IRT).

A highlight of the event will be a duck race on Coplay Creek as it meanders through Hokendauqua Park. Committee member Joe Ebner said he estimates 100 plastic ducks in various colors will be entered into the race by individuals who made a donation to the cause.

Proceeds will benefit the Whitehall Township Public Library and its purchase of a closed-circuit television system to assist people with low vision.

Rooming house off commissioners’ agenda

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Evolve Sober Living withdraws request; for sale sign placed on property

Evolve Sober Living LLC has withdrawn its request for a rooming house in Fullerton for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners were to vote this coming Monday on granting permission for the project.

The latest development gave rise on whether the proposed rooming house at 855 Third St. has been abandoned. There is a for sale sign in front of the property.

When asked by The Press if Evolve Sober Living LLC is now no longer a matter the board is considering, commissioners President Phillips Armstrong answered, “No comment.”

St. Elizabeth’s welcomes new principal

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by AL RECKER in School

Linda Schiller has taken over as principal at St. Elizabeth Regional School, Pershing Boulevard, Fullerton. In some ways, she is coming back home, for decades ago, she was a student at the Catholic elementary school.

In another noteworthy development, Schiller is the first layperson to be selected as principal at the school, succeeding retiring Principal Sister Bonita.

Board will review quarry, housing issues Sept. 12

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

At its Sept. 12 meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners will hear an appeal from DVS Enterprises Inc., which is seeking approval for conditional use of property it owns on West Coplay Road that would allow clean fill to be dumped at a former quarry.

Located in an OS-2, Open Space Limited Industrial Zoning District, the company will seek the commissioners’ approval to reclaim the property, which was previously used for quarrying activities.