Former South Whitehall Township and Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne, a Republican, garnered an unofficial 56 percent of the vote to Glenn Eckhart’s unofficial 44 percent of the vote to face Democrat Phillips Armstrong in the November general election for Lehigh County executive.
According to unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers, Osborne received 6,326 votes to Eckhart’s 4,940 votes.
Armstrong, who ran unchallenged, received an unofficial 11,479 votes on the Democratic side of the ballot.
In unofficial results, Democrat Colleen Gober defeated Edward F. Koren in the May 16 primary election for the position of tax collector in Whitehall Township.
Gober earned 833 votes, 76 percent.
Koren tallied 270 votes, 24 percent.
There was no Republican candidate on the ballot.
Whitehall Township will continue its rich tradition on Memorial Day, with the three township veterans organizations paying tribute to those who fought in past wars. A new ceremony will be held Monday with the dedication of a veterans memorial on the grounds of the municipal building on MacArthur Road. The site honors all veterans — those who served in war and during peace, at home and abroad, in the past and at present.
On May 15, Whitehall Township held its first police commendation ceremony. The event, held at Fellowship Community, highlighted stories of bravery, selflessness and compassion as awards — more than 100 for meritorious service, 18 for lifesaving, two Purple Hearts and seven medals of honor — were presented to the men and women of Whitehall Township’s law enforcement.
The Coplay-Northampton Bridge will be closed to traffic May 31. The 1930s-era span will be demolished and a new one erected during a construction project expected to take three years.
Northampton Borough Council learned of this official date at its May 4 meeting.
“We have received a communication from Shawn Samek, of Trumbull Corporation, notifying us that, in all likelihood, the Coplay (Northampton) Bridge will be closed on May 31, 2017,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said.
At Coplay’s regular meeting May 9, Councilman Charles Sodl was reluctant to discuss the terms of an agreement with the contractor slated to start work on the Coplay-Northampton Bridge.
Catasauqua-based historian Martha Capwell Fox discussed the significance of the D&L Trail during a meeting of Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, held April 26 at the Helfrich Springs Grist Mill.
Stephanie Tashner, historical society president, introduced Capwell Fox, who presented details on the trail’s importance up to the rise of the Industrial Revolution in America.
Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.
Coplay Borough Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. at the borough municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.