Bids opened by Lehigh County on Thursday, Sept. 13, for the construction of the new Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, including demolition of the steel grate bridge and two small connecting bridges, were presented at a cost of $11.8 million.
The low bidder was HRI Contracting Co., State College, the same company hired to do work on the Route 22 and MacArthur Road Bridge.
County engineering and administration are reviewing whether all specifications by HRI were presented for the Hokendauqua (Whitehall Township) Bridge. The contract is expected to be awarded in October.
· A motor vehicle accident with a spill on MacArthur Road in front of Rite-Aid, 2108 MacArthur Road, brought out Station 37, 8:09 a.m.
· Station 38 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on MacArthur Road with injuries north of Municipal Drive, 12:18 p.m.
· A fire alarm sounding at 4208 North Church Street, brought out Stations 36, 39 and 40, 6:42 p.m.
· Stations 36, 39 and 40 responded to reported smoke coming from the back of a house (found to be a cooking fire), 8:22 p.m.
· Woman's Club of Catasauqua pot luck dinner – 6 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 604 4th Street. Information: President Yvonne Retzler at 610-4924.
· AARP Chapter 3115 meeting – noon, American Club, 300 Cherry St., Coplay. Flu shots given. New members welcome. · Delaware, Lehigh & Susquehanna Model Railroad Club meeting – 7-9 p.m., Coplay Borough Hall, Fourth and Center streets, Coplay. Open to all model railroaders ages 14 and older.
A computer classroom at St. Elizabeth Regional School is buzzing with activity as the new school year begins.
The Whitehall-Coplay School Board approved new cyber/privacy protection insurance at its Sept. 10 board meeting. Eight members voted in support of the policy.
The board had discussed the policy during its committee meeting held Aug. 28. The policy will protect the school from the threat of potential hackers, cases of copyright or trademark infringement, invasion of privacy, libel, slander and plagiarism.
In other business, Tyler George, a Whitehall High School student council representative, spoke to the board concerning student council goals in the upcoming year.
Families enjoyed a sunny day with lots of activities at the American Club of Coplay Family Picnic Sept. 8.
The grand opening of Mealey's Furniture at Whitehall Square over the Labor Day weekend marks the first in the Lehigh Valley for the Philadelphia area furniture chain. Bringing Mealey's into Whitehall keeps with the township's efforts to attract new high profile retailers to MacArthur Road, often labeled as the "golden strip."
On entering the spacious 65,000 square foot store with various room settings, the management wants the public, which it calls "guests," to visit the store. Mealey's is family-friendly and offers a fun place where shopping or browsing becomes enjoyable.
A soft opening of the new Super Walmart is in the planning stages before a formal ribbon cutting ceremony is held.
Whitehal Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said the township has not yet been provided with the store opening date. However, there have been unconfirmed reports the store could open in late October, before the holiday season.
The formal opening, it was said, would not take place until the present Walmart, which in recent years underwent extensive interior and exterior remodeling, is demolished and a new parking lot constructed in its place.
The Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority meets at 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.
Coplay Borough Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the borough municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Whitehall-Coplay School board committee meetings – Education/Student Activities Committee 4 p.m.; Operations/Transportation Committee, 5:30 p.m.; Finance/Personnel committee, 6:45 p.m. Meetings are held in the WCSD Administration Building, 2940 MacArthur Road.