After reorganization was completed on Jan. 6, North Whitehall supervisors continued with their regular meeting.
The board gave final approval for the Fairland Farms III major subdivision, which is proposed to be constructed along Pine Street.
In addition, supervisors also approved land development and lot consolidation plans, as well as waiver requests, for the North Valley Trade Center’s planned warehouse distribution facilities, to be constructed between Route 309 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Schnecksville.
Community members and industry representatives braved a chilly winter morning Dec. 12, 2019, to learn more about energy, industry and education during the “Think About Energy” Briefing at Madeline’s Restaurant, Fogelsville.
Matt Henderson, event organizer and owner of Henderson Consulting Services, introduced the panel of guests and keynote speaker, state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-22nd, provided information on the briefing.
Schweyer said natural gas is a tremendous asset to Pennsylvania, but also acknowledged that the subject was controversial.
Neonatal staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, had good reason to celebrate on Jan. 14 as they commemorated the 20th anniversary of their neonatal intensive care unit, as well as 20-plus years of service at the NICU’s former location at the Allentown hospital site.
The unit’s employees were treated to cake and snacks in the waiting room, as well as colorful posters and displays created by co-workers showcasing memories and quotes gathered over the past two decades, signature moments in neonatal care and the history of Lehigh Valley’s neonatal ICU itself.
Parkland High School students from all grades and science classes gained some insight into ongoing efforts to reduce the effects of global warming during a presentation on climate change and carbon capture processes on Nov. 25, 2019.
The guest speaker was John Cirucci, of North Whitehall Township, is an adjunct research professor at Arizona State University and a retired chemical engineer with Air Products.
The presentation was organized by Sean Flueso, physics teacher and high school science department chair.
As with every township of the second class in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, North Whitehall supervisors carried out their yearly board reorganization session on Jan. 6.
Ronald Heintzelman was appointed board chairman while Supervisor Mark Hills was designated vice chairman.
Brenda Norder will continue her role as township secretary, treasurer and chief pension administration officer, and Christopher Garges was reappointed to serve as township manager.
Additionally, Attorney Lisa Young was reappointed solicitor for the board of supervisors and planning commission.
A new piece of legislation, intending to establish mental wellness and management programs for emergency first responders, passed through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Oct. 30, 2019, with unanimous bipartisan support.
HB 1459, has been in the works since at least 2018 and was introduced to the House by state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, the bill’s prime sponsor, andstate Rep. Frank Farry, R-142nd.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Elected officials, community leaders, health care providers and mental health advocates gathered at Muhlenberg College Jan. 3 for a roundtable conversation.
The diverse group was called together by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, to discuss mental health and related topics.
This event was first in a series of discussions announced as a part of Wolf’s new “Reach Out Pa.: Your Mental Health Matters” initiative.
At a morning news conference in city council chambers Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell and Police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. announced new additions to the city police department’s K-9 corps courtesy of donations from three organizations.
Stan and Tina Kanterman of Somerset, N.J., founders of the nonprofit organization, “Remembering Brian Kanterman Inc.,” announced a $13,500 donation for a patrol/narcotics dog and training, as well as seven weeks of room and board for the handler.
A ballistic vest for the dog was also purchased.
Fall winds and chilly temperatures were no match for festive holiday cheer as crowds of people helped kick off the Lights in Greenawalds Christmas light display Nov. 24 at 2040 Greenawalds Ave., South Whitehall Township.
Mike Yellak, founder and owner of Lights in Greenawalds, worked for about eight weeks to string hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and arrange all the decorations.
He has been doing this for four years.
More than four dozen North Whitehall residents gathered at the township building Dec. 9 for a special supervisors hearing on a proposed wastewater sewage facility to be constructed at the former Strawberry Acres Orchard.
Attorney Peter Lehr, of Norris McLaughlin and Frederick Ebert, president of Ebert Engineering Inc., attended the hearing as representatives of Piyush Patel, owner of the development group 5077 Overlook Road LLC and the Strawberry Acres property.
They presented evidence and testimony seeking conditional use approval for the proposed treatment plant.