Whitehall Township property owners received an early Christmas present Monday when the Board of Commissioners adopted the 2013 budget.
The $19.6 million 2013 spending plan calls for no hike in real estate taxes, retaining the current 8.95 millage rate. The board held hearings earlier on the proposed budget submitted by Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr.
The budget passed unanimously with six commissioners present.
Commissioner President Linda Snyder raised the only question, asking whether there is funding available in the budget for fire department equipment.
It was a tea party laced with knowledge.
The second annual Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) awareness event was held Nov. 24 at St. John's United Church of Christ, Howertown.
The function was hosted by family and friends of Coplay resident Bradley Koch, who was born with OI, or "brittle bone disorder," which causes fragile bones and other connective tissue symptoms. He was diagnosed at 4 months old, and by that time he had already had 15 broken bones, many of them occurring at birth.
· Vietnam Veterans of America meeting – 7 p.m., Banko Family Community Center, next to Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg, 2545 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. All Vietnam veterans are welcome for membership. Information: Ken Howard at 610-428-9911.
· Catasauqua Area Lions meeting – 7 p.m., Jednota Club, Fifth and Grove streets, North Catasauqua.
· Duplicate Bridge, Invitational – 12:30 p.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown. For players with 0-199 master points. Information: 610-437-3700.
There is both good news and bad news for the hundreds of motorists who daily use Lehigh Street in Hokendauqua or the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge.
Motorists are expected to receive at least a one-month reprieve – the bridge is expected to remain open through December, rather than shut down for construction as initially expected.
·Artsquest Center, Bethlehem, needs volunteers for Christkindlmarkt to take tickets, assist vendors, do crafts with children and help out in the retail areas. Volunteers are required to do three shifts.
Contact Hillary Harper at 610-332-1370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
·Cancer Support Community, Bethlehem, needs help to get donation cans into stores, businesses and coffee shops throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Contact Becky Morgan at 610-861-7555 or email@example.com.
Photos of the recent American Legion holiday bazaar in Catasauqua.