Juli Krupka reads to students at St. Elizabeth Regional School, Whitehall, during the school's first Family Reading Night Oct. 28 in the school gym. Families read together, listened to teachers reading and watched as thc students performed "Readers Theater." Julie Borden of CLIU 21 hosted the program for students in kindergarten through third grade. More than 60 people participated overall. The school serves residents of the of the entire region, including the Northampton, Whitehall and Catasauqua areas.
Over objections from Allentown officials, Coplay Borough Council passed a resolution opposing the city's plan to lease its waste water treatment plant in order to raise funds to pay pension obligations.
At its Nov. 13 meeting, council unanimously passed Resolution 1360 "expressing opposition" to Allentown's proposed action and encouraging the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority "to do everything possible to protect the ratepayers of Coplay."
· HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
· Duplicate bridge, open game – 10 a.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700.
· Holly Fair – 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Paul's Evangelical Church, 417 Howertown Road, Catasauqua. Information: 610-264-3221..
· Duplicate bridge, open game – 10 a.m., Lehigh County Senior Citizens Center, 1633 Elm St., Allentown.
· All-you-can-eat breakfast – 8 a.m.-noon, Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St. Information: 610-266-7170.
Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent John Corby spoke about the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the school district at the Nov. 12 school board meeting.
"Two weeks ago, life wasn't good for people," he said.
Corby noted how the district was spared and closed for only two days: Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 31.
"Stop lights on MacArthur road were out, we were not sending buses out in that condition," he said.
The schools opened on Thursday, Nov. 1, with a two-hour delay.
Coplay residents will be paying more in taxes in 2013, according to a preliminary budget read at council's Nov. 13 meeting.
"We're going to have to make an adjustment. We anticipate coming in at roughly 3.71 mills to make it revenue neutral," said Councilman Joseph Groller.
The new rate would result in an average tax increase per homeowner of $31, he said.
Coplay's tax rate remained at 12.2 mills for 2010, 2011 and 2012, Groller said.
Lehigh County reassessment resulted in the average assessment jumping from just under $40,000 to about $140,000, said Groller.
As the malls and stores lining MacArthur Road and Grape Street prepare for Black Friday shoppers, Whitehall Township is also bracing for extra traffic.
Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. concedes traffic will be frantic, but he does not expect that gridlock occurs.
PennDOT and HRI Construction have been contacted and asked to make changes to the timing of traffic lights in the areas where major construction taking place, Hozza said. The construction projects are aimed at replacing the Route 145/MacArthur Road Bridge over Route 22 and new interchange ramps.
In recognition of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Lehigh County is offering a free Alzheimer's CARE training workshop for area families 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Home Instead Senior Care Office, 3722, Lehigh St., Suite 408, Whitehall.
Photos from Whitehall High School's production of "Alice in Wonderland."
Via is again offering Via Teen Winter Experience for teens and young adults with disabilities Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 31.
The event is for ages 13 to 21.
Via Teen Winter Experience is a valuable program for participants between Christmas and New Year's when schools are typically closed.
This program helps young adults with disabilities connect to their community through recreational, social, volunteer and educational activities to help prepare for adult life.
Photos of the craft and quilt sale at Faith Lutheran Church.