· Station 35 fire police recalled for police assist with traffic control at MacArthur Road and Schadt Avenue, 12:13 p.m.
· A motor vehicle accident with injuries and spill on Schadt Avenue at Somerset Road brought out Stations 35 and 37, 3:53 p.m.
· A motor vehicle accident with a spill on MacArthur Road at Jordan Parkway brought out Stations 35 and 36, 3:53 p.m.
· Stations 35, 36 and 37 responded to a reported corner light fixture on fire at Mickley Run Apartments near the 200 building, 8:52 p.m.
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, by a razor thin 4-3 vote, approved increasing the annual salary for the township treasurer, effective in 2014 and running through 2017.
The present annual salary for the treasurer is $35,215. The person in the position of treasurer following the November election will receive a 2-percent pay increase in 2014, 1 percent in 2015, 2 percent in 2016 and 1 percent in 2017.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said 18 property owners in the township have submitted appeals to Lehigh County Court. These appeals to the county's recent real estate reassessments could impact the township's revenue base, Hozza told the township commissioners at their meeting last Monday.
The 18 owners, according to Hozza, involve 32 properties.
"At risk is about $20,032,380 in assessed value, which equates to $56,091 in tax revenue," Hozza said.
It is evident Whitehall artist Bradley M. Boyer loves painting and simply adores the impressionist style.
The walls of his home are covered with his own artwork. The detail and the colors of each piece are brilliant.
He places his artwork in the category of the American impressionist tradition and, more specifically, he considers himself a Pennsylvania impressionist painter.
Boyer said his art studio is not located inside a physical structure, but rather out in nature. He will hike to his desired destination with his backpack, easel and art supplies and set up shop.
The Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority is asking the City of Allentown to let voters decide whether the city should lease its water and sewer operations.
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has proposed a lease in order to raise funds for pension obligations.
At its meeting Jan. 17, the seven-member CWSA board unanimously approved a resolution supporting a group of Allentown residents who want to place the question on the May primary ballot.
From the start, "Hope" was a special puppy for David and Elaine Walters.
Hope was among a litter of nine puppies born on Oct. 31 to Bailey, a 5-year-old black Lab. The father is a one-year-old AKC registered golden retriever named Rudy.
David and Elaine opted to give the puppies away, but whenever someone came to look at the dogs, Elaine would steer them away from the shy black puppy.
"That dog was special to her," said David, a native of Whitehall. "That was her favorite."
· Lake Heritage Foundation (LLHF) public forum – 7 p.m., Lynn Township Municipal Building, 7911 Kings Highway, New Tripoli, to discuss the planning of the Leaser Lake Accessible Recreation Area. Information: George White at email@example.com or 610-756-3181.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent John Corby recognized school board members during the Jan. 14 school board meeting
"January is school board recognition month and although it's an unpaid position, Whitehall-Coplay School District has nine dedicated members," said Corby.
Corby described the duties members of the school board perform such as balancing budgets, working with funding and serving on other boards such as Lehigh Career & Technical Institute or Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Although there have been grand openings and ribbon cutting ceremonies welcoming new businesses into Whitehall Township in the past, none could match the program for the long awaited opening of the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill.
The grand opening ceremony was marked with the snip of scissors as a bright yellow ribbon was cut to thunderous applause from a crowd of spectators and the owners' family.
Sidewalk superintendents wanting to witness the demolition of the steel grate Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge will have to wait several more weeks.
Work at the site of the bridge that spans the Lehigh River will sharply accelerate "very soon," Glenn Solt, Lehigh County director of general services, recently reported.