Voting whether to waive a sidewalk and curb requirement has been a thorny issue for the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners. The Feb. 11 meeting was no exception.
Board Secretary Paul Geissinger led a nearly 30-minute discussion with the commissioners, arguing it should not waive the township ordinance requiring missing sidewalks be installed on the north side of Pennsylvania Street from Virginia Avenue to Fifth Street in Fullerton.
· Bach to School – 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Catholic School, 1300 Newport Ave., Northampton. Information: 610-262-9171.
· Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets. Information: Dick Lobach at 610-965-2598.
· Bingo – Doors open 5:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m., Petersville Rod and Gun Club, Moore Township. Information: 610-261-2210.
Whitehall, Coplay and Salisbury are joining the ranks of Communities That Care.
"It's an operating system for bringing a community together," said Denise Continenza, CTC coordinator, addressing members of the Whitehall Township Crime Watch Monday night.
Continenza is a family and consumer science educator with the Penn State Extension Service. In that role, she has helped to take research and bring it down to a meaningful level for classes offered to individuals looking for help with family issues.
Coplay Borough Council is looking for someone to fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Michael Mazur.
Only this time, applicants must attend the March 5 workshop meeting for interviews.
Council accepted Mazur's resignation at the Feb. 12 meeting.
"At this time I would like to notify you of my resignation from council," reads a letter from Mazur. "I would like to thank the people of Coplay for voting me in for two terms. In addition, I would like to thank my former councilmen for allowing me to work with them."
Motorists crossing the bridge from Coplay to Northampton will soon notice some relief in their wait times.
A meeting held last week between Northampton Borough officials and PennDOT representatives resulted in an agreement to change the timing of the traffic signal at Ninth and Main streets.
The change, which could take place in as little as two weeks, is designed to give a longer green light to those crossing the bridge into Northampton.
· Women's Club of Catasauqua meeting – 7 p.m., Salem United Church of Christ, Third and Walnut streets, Catasauqua. Information: President Yvonne Retzler at 610-262-4924.
· Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association meeting – 7 p.m., Lehigh County Agricultural Center, 4184 Dorney Park Road, Allentown. Meeting will include a roundtable discussion on procuring and prepping equipment and tools for keeping bees in 2013. Information: www.Lehighvalleybeekeepers.org or call 610-298-3254.
Motorists are puzzled why they can't make a right turn on red to go west on Lehigh Street from Front Street in Hokendauqua.
Addressing the Front Street question, raised at last Monday's commissioners meeting, Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said there are no plans to petition PennDOT to permit motorists to make a right turn on red. Although Lehigh Street is barricaded east of Front Street, such a decision would prove unsafe, he said.
Although traffic is moving more smoothly than anyone expected since the closure of the Hokendauqua–North Catasauqua Bridge, motorists are wondering why they are unable to turn right on red onto Lehigh Street from Front Street.
Since the bridge is closed to traffic, no vehicles are proceeding onto Lehigh Street. This makes it unnecessary for vehicles to wait until the traffic light turns green, which local officials agree is a waste of time and gasoline.
The issue was raised at last Monday's Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting.
Whitehall Wawa store employee Danielle Meltsch won the gingerbread house contest held by the store. Employees, who were required to remain anonymous, created gingerbread houses and then allowed customers to vote for their favorites. Meltsch received 416 votes. Store employee Chuck Jaeske came in second with 392 votes and employee Susan Plank came in the third with 292 votes. A total of 1,468 votes were cast.