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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Pennsylvania residents are now permitted to vote by mail

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is encouraging Pennsylvanians to apply for a mail-in ballot for the upcoming presidential primary election June 2.

Just last year, Wolf signed Act 77 of 2019 into the law, giving Pennsylvanians the option to mail in their ballots without the need for any excuse. The act also extended deadlines for voter registration and returning mail-in and absentee ballots.

The deadline to register to vote is May 18.

Board authorizes purchase of fire vehicle

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Commissioners also conditionally approve Lehigh St. warehouse project

The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, during a virtual meeting over video chat May 11, passed several ordinances by vote, including one that authorized the fire department to purchase a Rosenbauer aerial custom ladder truck.

Due to the Home Rule Charter, the fire department must receive authorization by ordinance from the board to make any purchase greater than $25,000. Board President Philip Ginder thanked Fire Chief David Nelson for satisfactorily answering the board’s questions about the cost of the truck.

Bluebird houses installed on IRT

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ironton Rail Trail has remained a popular spot for recreation in Whitehall, Coplay and surrounding areas. Many residents have followed the governor’s stay-at-home guidelines and have taken to daily walks as a relaxing means for some much-needed fresh air.

Volunteers from the community, like Dave Sentiwany, of Whitehall, have fortunately been able to continue with planned renovations and improvements to the trail to keep it in shape for use.

Construction can resume May 1

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Strict guidelines in place to mitigate COVID-19 spread

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced April 24 that construction projects in the state will be allowed to resume May 1, one week earlier than his administration had previously announced.

The governor’s announcement came with strict guidelines on how construction work can be conducted safely to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.

WHS junior wins Rotary Club Four-Way Test speech contest

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by PAUL FOX in School

Whitehall Area Rotary Club held its third annual Four-Way Test speech contest March 11 at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.

The five Whitehall High School students who competed for the $250 scholarship are enrolled in a special speech class offered as a dual-enrollment through Lehigh Carbon Community College. The class is designed to teach students how to effectively research, write and present speeches to a live audience, so they were a perfect fit for the Rotary Club’s contest.

Dentists delay appointments

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

With COVID-19 now thoroughly spread into the United States, the American Dental Association has recommended dentists across the country postpone all elective procedures and appointments for at least a few more weeks.

In a statement released March 16, ADA President Chad P. Gehani said, “The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team.”

Board gets down to business via video

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Township extends real estate tax discount period, garbage collection fees

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners held a virtual meeting April 13 using a video conferencing service called WebEx.

The commissioners, along with Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. and other township staff, called in through web cameras on their computers so they could vote on a number of motions and resolutions.

The meeting was publicized on the township’s website with a URL that could be followed to the WebEx site, as well as a means to email in any public comment. It did not appear, however, that the meeting had any public audience.

Home buying, selling on hold

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

The latest COVID-19 shutdown from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has closed all nonessential business that cannot be conducted remotely, and unfortunately for hopeful homeowners and sellers, that includes real estate.

Whitehall-based Realtor Shari Noctor described how social distancing and closures for real estate agents and other adjacent businesses has brought the market to a standstill in the Lehigh Valley.