South Whitehall opponents of Ridge Farm were distressed not only by the content of the applicant’s report at the Oct. 31 meeting, but also by the lack of a visual component and silence in response to their questions.
The huge screen suspended over the stage at Springhouse Middle School remained blank during the lengthy meeting.
To begin, Attorney Jim Preston, representing Kay Builders, offered remarks on potential traffic effects from the proposed 780 housing units and commercial buildings on Huckleberry Road.
During a meeting at Springhouse Middle School on Oct. 30, South Whitehall’s planning commission voted 4-1 to grant conditional use approval to Kay Builders for the Ridge Farm development.
Board member Diane Kelly cast the negative vote after she read aloud a directive from the ordinance stating an applicant should provide for general welfare, safety and public health.
“A development of this magnitude should have gone before the public safety commission,” Kelly said.
Lehigh Valley activists for criminal justice reform recently gathered at the Al-Ahad Islamic Center, South Whitehall, in preparation for a “day of action” rally at the state capital.
Members of the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, End Mass Incarceration-Lehigh Valley, local NAACP and ACLU chapters, religious congregations and other organizations traveled on Oct. 23 to Harrisburg for the “Rally to End Death by Incarceration and Heal Our Communities.”
As construction moves along on the Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Upper Macungie, Parkland School District officials are ordering equipment for the building which is expected to open in September 2020.
At the Oct. 15 meeting, the board approved purchase of classroom, office and cafeteria furniture for the school at a cost of $353,554 from Tanner Furniture, Harrisburg.
Audiovisual equipment for the gym, cafeteria and main conference room areas will be bought from Comm-Tech AV, Macungie, at a cost of $107,729.
A Harvest of Hope Festival for Family Promise of Lehigh Valley recently took place in the Jordan United Church of Christ grove at Walbert Avenue and Church Road, South Whitehall.
Family Promise assists homeless children and their families.
The national organization is comprised of regionally based affiliates, which allows for collaboration with existing services in the communities.
The stories of local veterans from the Korean War are the focus of a special Veterans Day presentation Nov. 11 at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
“The Forgotten War: Stories from the Korean War,” features first-hand accounts of veterans’ experiences during the war while protecting and serving our nation, as well as a screening of the feature film “Unforgettable: The Korean War.”
The free event takes place at the ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, starting at 7 p.m.
The presentations will also be taped and rebroadcast on PBS39.