Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

No tax hike in county proposal

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Board vote on budget is expected in October

Lehigh County residents got mostly good news from Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller Aug. 31 when he unveiled his budget proposal with no tax increase for 2018.

Muller presented his fiscal plan at Cedarbrook nursing home, which is owned by the county. A small crowd, comprised mostly of county staff, politicians, local township officials and residents of the nursing home, attended.

This would be the fourth consecutive year the current administration has delivered a proposed budget with no tax increase, according to Muller.

Township officer pounds the pavement

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Police chief tests neighborhood foot patrols this summer

Whitehall’s police department has reinstated a throwback beat on the force, designed to encourage conversation and instill a sense of confidence, safety and security in township neighborhoods.

Police Chief Michael Marks, who has initiated several state-of-the-art advancements in his tenure, said an “experimental” foot patrol was incorporated for the summer. The results of that patrol could determine its future in the department.

FIRE CALLS

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by The Press in Local News

AUG. 27

Stations 37 and 38 responded to a report of a HAZMAT investigation at 3026 MacArthur Road.

A false alarm at 3489 Ringer Road brought out Stations 3501, 37 and 38.

Hazardous conditions at 728 Fourth St. brought out Stations 3501 and 37.

AUG. 29

Stations 3501, 36 and fire police responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Virginia Avenue.

A sounding alarm at 2180 MacArthur Road brought out Stations 3501, 36, 37 and 38.

Fire department plans ceremony

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by The Press in Local News

STATION 37

Whitehall Fire Department will hold a ceremony Sept. 9 in recognition of the new firetruck serving the West Catasauqua area.

A wash down — a department tradition — will begin 3 p.m. at 2008 Second Ave. The 2017 Pierce Puck vehicle will be sprayed by the replaced vehicle, a 1988 Hahn. Those in attendance at the event will then be asked to help dry the new truck.

Department volunteers will push the firetruck in the bay, officially placing it in service.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by The Press in Local News

SEPTEMBER

MONDAY 11

Whitehall-Coplay School Board meets 7 p.m. at the school district administration building, 2940 MacArthur Road.

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

TUESDAY 12

Coplay Borough Council meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.

WEDNESDAY 13

Whitehall Township Legal and Legislative Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

Media focus on MDA with death of Jerry Lewis

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

The recent unexpected death of actor and comedian Jerry Lewis, 91, put media focus on the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Lewis, who served as national chairman and hosted the MDA’s annual telethon fundraiser every Labor Day weekend from 1966 to 2010, helped raise more than $2.6 billion for the organization.

The MDA ended the telethon in 2015, transitioning from a 21-and-a-half hour show in 2010, Lewis’ last year, to a six-hour show in 2011, three hours the next year and two hours in both 2013 and 2014.

Borghesani waives preliminary hearing; arraignment set for Oct. 9

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

A former Whitehall High School teacher charged with alleged inappropriate contact with students waived his preliminary hearing Aug. 29.

According to court documents, David Andrew Borghesani’s arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 9, before The Honorable Kelly L. Banach, in Lehigh County Court.

As previously reported by The Press, Borghesani, 30, of Northampton, has been charged with one count each of unlawful contact with a minor, a felony of the third degree, and corruption of minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Planners reviewing townhouse proposal

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

A proposal for Eagle View Townes, a housing development at MacArthur Road and Route 329, Egypt, was aired at the Aug. 22 meeting of Whitehall Township Planning Commission.

Jeffrey Strauss, of Elysium Acquisitions LLC, Allentown, proposes to build 35 townhouses, one set of twin homes and a single-family residence on a vacant tract on the east side of Route 145. The property is in an R5A zoning district, which allows for high-density residential without apartments.

FIRE CALLS

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by The Press in Local News

AUG. 21

Stations 36, 37 and 38 responded to a report of a water problem at 900 Mickley Road.

A motor vehicle accident on South First Avenue brought out Stations 3501, 37 and fire police.

AUG. 22

Stations 3501 and 37 responded to a fire alarm at 1937 Whitehall Mall.

AUG. 23

A report of a gas leak at 2134 N. First Ave. brought out Stations 3501, 36, 37 and 38.

A building fire at 2104 Main St. brought out Stations 3501, 36, 37 and 38.

AUG. 24

Stations 3501 and 38 assisted EMS at 3271 Water St.

AUG. 25

Twp. public works department takes first in PennDOT contest

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township Public Works Department is the first-place recipient in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Build a Better Mousetrap Contest for a project that prevents contaminating stormwater runoff.

“As the first-place winner, Whitehall Township’s invention will be entered in a regional competition with winners from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as in the national Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP),” PennDOT noted.