The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the administration's proposed 2013 budget Monday night.
The budget includes nearly $20 million in expenditures and contains no increase in real estate taxes or garbage collection fees.
The commissioners held three budget hearings during which time the department heads outlined their projected programs and costs for next year.
Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said the budget submitted to the seven-member board of commissioners in October is mostly unchanged.
The Hokendauqua Fire Station on Second Street is getting a new home. The framework provides a classic picture of the three-bay-fire station to come. The former small fire station was razed to make way for the new building. The structure, made of aluminum siding with a 3-foot high brick facade, will also house a gear and equipment room. The fire company is part of the Whitehall Township Fire Department.
Coplay Fire Chief David Buskaritz is resigning.
At the borough's workshop meeting Tuesday night, Councilman Charles Sodl read correspondence from Buskaritz.
"After 36 years of service in the borough's fire department, it is with heavy heart [that I] inform you of my resignation as fire chief. I'm also retiring from the fire service. The past seven years as chief, to say the least, was challenging. My resignation and retirement will take effect on Jan. 1, 2013," said Sodl, as he read the letter.
· Stations 36, 37 and 38, responded to a fire alarm at 1457 Lehigh Valley Mall, storm related, 8:56 p.m.
· A fire alarm at Vision Masters, 706 Grape St., brought out Stations 36 and 37, 1:59 a.m.
· A carbon monoxide detector alarm at 400 S. Francis Circle brought out Station 36 and 37, 5:29 a.m.
· Stations 36 and 37 responded to a fire alarm at Buca Di Beppo, 714 Grape St., related to power failure, 8:37 a.m.
· Station 36 assisted Emergency Medical Services at 328 Mickley Road, 9:48 a.m.
If your child has a drug addiction, you can never be suspicious enough.
"Whenever you're not suspicious, I think you're deceiving yourself," Bruce Wlazelek told a group of parents recently. "You have to stay vigilant so that you can know when they need help in case they don't ask."
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr., reflecting on Black Friday and Black Thursday Evening at several major stores on MacArthur Road, said there were long lines of people waiting to enter the stores for the bargains. He noted a police presence at the various shopping locations, along with crowd and traffic control was effective in keeping the shoppers at bay and at ease.
Coplay and Whitehall Township will usher in the holiday season with programs, both taking place on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. The holiday programs will have the fire departments and their red fire engines poised to escort Santa to the official ceremonies where there will be anxious children waiting for Santa with their mothers and fathers.
Eight-month-old Brooklyn Adams, of Whitehall, gives Santa a puzzled look as she sits on his lap Sunday at the Borough of Northampton's annual tree lighting ceremony held at Christmas Plaza at Main Street and Laubach Avenue. Whitehall and Coplay each will host tree lighting and holiday programs Wednesday, Dec. 6. See this page for story.
Golden Corral, an all-you-can-eat chain buffet restaurant currently undergoing construction on land at the south side of the Lehigh Valley Mall, did not open as expected in time for Thanksgiving.
Some reports say the owners now are looking for the restaurant to open by Christmas.
Other indicators mention it could be later.
The popular all-you-can eat buffet restaurant had a ground-breaking ceremony in July. The restaurant is going up at site of the former Chi-Chi's Restaurant, across from Macy's at the Lehigh Valley Mall.