At the Nov. 11 meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners heard updates on two high-profile retail projects in the township.
“Keystone Harley is on its way in the near future,” Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said.
Keystone Harley-Davidson, which is located in Carbon County at 770 State Road, Parryville, has been looking to move to a location in the Lehigh Valley for several years. In October, the dealership bought 3 acres at 2800 Eberhart Road, where it plans to build a new 25,000-square-foot building.
A Whitehall Township woman who left her infant son with a LANTA bus driver is no longer facing charges in that matter.
Ashley Leann Walters, 26, was charged with reckless endangerment after leaving her 32-day-old baby with a bus driver at the Guetter Street, Bethlehem, stop Oct. 26. But Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli has directed the charges be dismissed. Instead of a jail cell, Walters’ mental state is being evaluated at a local hospital.
Whitehall-Coplay School Board meets 7 p.m. at the school district administration building, 2940 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Coplay Borough Council meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Whitehall Township Legal and Legislative Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners met quickly during the Nov. 4 workshop meeting to prepare for the Nov. 11 regular meeting.
Lisa Pereira, an attorney representing Belmont Glen Condominium Association, once again addressed commissioners about a fence on the Egypt property.
The township required the split-rail fence when the development was built to keep pedestrians from wandering into an overflow swale. However, over the years, the fence has deteriorated, and members of the condominium association want it removed.
At the board’s meeting Oct. 17, Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority Chairman John Schreiner announced the solar project for the Eberhart Road pumping station has been canceled.
The project started out with great anticipation and a projected 20-year payback. It was billed as an environmentally friendly solution to aid in reducing harmful gas.
It has since encountered design issues, questions on projected energy that would be produced and foundation problems.
“When we did the analysis with all the data and the costs, there is not a payback ever,” Schreiner said.
Stations 35 and 38 were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 2998 MacArthur Road.
A combustible liquid spill brought Station 39 to MacArthur Road.
Station 36 responded to a gas leak at 1515 Mauch Chunk Road.
An unintentional smoke detector activation brought Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3501 to 223 Rising Hill Road.
Stations 35 and 36 handled a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 22.
Whitehall Township resident Ricky Menendez was honored for his efforts during the Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania’s 13th annual Pennsylvania Stars of Life event Sept. 7 at Northern Valley EMS, Coplay.
Menendez, 38, works for Cetronia Ambulance Corps. His passion for the emergency medical services industry came when he was working in construction in Brooklyn, N.Y. A co-worker had a side job as a medic. Menendez attended EMT school in New York and hasn’t turned back since.
Mary Kay McMahon likes to be challenged. She doesn’t mind the feeling of unease that comes with leaping into something new and pushing herself to achieve more.
This commitment to the uncomfortable has been a driving force in McMahon’s career that has taken her from a nurse to president and chief executive officer of Fellowship Community in Whitehall.
“I love to learn new things and situations that force me to be a little uncomfortable,” she said. “I am perfectly fine with putting myself out there. I know I’m not going to sink.”
Mrs. Fiori was born in Lock Haven. The family later moved to Skippack, where she attended and graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in 1971. Answering a newspaper ad, Judy was hired at the Keystone sales office in King of Prussia as a secretary clerk at a salary of $7,000. Keystone later had an office in Allentown before moving to Airport Road in East Allen Township.
Judy recalled, “Our office had 15 employees, and we were responsible for all cement sales. Our president was Gary Pechota, and vice president for sales was Bob Aichele.”
Four Democratic candidates, four Republican candidates and one Liberty party candidate, are on the Nov. 5 ballot for Lehigh County commissioner at-large. This is a four-year term. Vote for no more than four.
We asked the candidates the following question:
How do you plan on advocating for our senior citizen population if you are elected?
Their responses follow.
• Bob Elbich, Weisenberg Township