May 10, 2017

DVHS moves prom location

WESTFALL TWP – It’s prom week for Delaware Valley, but the Friday night event will not be in the venue that has hosted it for more than two decades.  State inspectors listed several violations in the kitchen of the Best Western Hotel in Westfall Township, including old food residue, rodent droppings and insects.

That put district officials and the senior class in a bind.  Hold the event there as usual, perhaps without food?  Or, find a new location.

“It wasn’t easy trying to find a reservation for 350 people on short notice,” said a statement on the district website.  Options considered included the new high school gym, and Woodloch Springs, which could accommodate the prom on Sunday, two days after the scheduled date. 

The final decision, reached on Tuesday:  Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, which reportedly has offered to host the prom at no additional cost to the district.

“We will be offering busing for students who are interested,” according to district officials. “The students asked us to arrange to have pick-up and drop-off at the DV, DD and Shohola campuses to make it more convenient. More information will be provided to the students soon.”

According to the Department of Agriculture, an inspection on May 1 generated a long list of violations, including more than 50 rodent droppings, old food residue on several utensils and pieces of equipment, flying insects in the dining area and live insects in dry ingredient storage areas and containers. 

Another specific point noted: “The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.”

The inspection report says some of the violations were corrected at the time of the inspection

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