Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Prydun-Mickley homestead to undergo study for revival

Thursday, July 16, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Prydun-Mickley homestead, dating back to the 1700s, requires a feasibility study to be undertaken before the public can visit the farmhouse and grounds at the serene setting off the Coplay Creek in Hokendauqua.

The township obtained the 11.5-acre tract, including the main house and two smaller structures, in 2013 from private owners via grants the board of commissioners and administration sought from the Commonwealth.

A decision to go ahead with seeking a grant from the state by the recreation commission could take place in weeks.

Stanley Reinhard Jr.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

His passing a loss for Coplay

The passing of Stanley Reinhard Jr. leaves a void in the borough.

This Coplay resident served the community in various appointments and volunteer work.

In his early years, he was borough fire chief. He was also involved in church and community service projects and the planning commission.

It was Reinhard's commitment to his position of commander of the Coplay American Legion, Post 426, that propelled him as the Pennsylvania American Legion Adjutant, CEO of one of the country's largest Legion posts.

West Catasauqua Fire Co. to extend one of its bay doors

Thursday, July 16, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

The West Catasauqua Fire Company will extend one the bays at the fire station in order to house the new fire truck, thanks to a loan from the fireman's relief account, a subsidy given annually by the state for specific uses.

Whitehall Township Commissioner Phillip Ginder said at the July 6 commissioners workshop the he would not like to imply that the fire company's finances were doubtful, but he asked who would pay the loans that the company will owe for the next 10 years if the fire company defaults on its payments.

Board to vote next week on new recycling program

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township is moving forward with a new recycling program, which the board of commissioners hopes will save money compared to the old residential garbage hauling contract.

Commissioners decided at Monday night's workshop meeting they will vote July 13 on purchasing 65-gallon containers for recycling. If passed, the township's 8,100 households will begin using larger, wheeled containers in October.

Zoners to meet on apartments

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Court rules in developer's favor

The Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board will meet July 21 on density and variance issues involving Nat Hyman's plans to convert a long-idled apparel mill in Egypt into studio apartments.

The issue of whether apartments can be part of that zoned area has dragged on in the courts but has now been decided. A ruling handed down by the Commonwealth Court has decided in favor of Hyman Properties.

Coplay police investigating overnight theft, vandalism at pool

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Police Log

An overnight break-in June 24 at Coplay's Parkway Pool rocked borough officials, who said it was the first major occurrence in memory since the pool's opening in the 1970s.

Patrol Officer William Globosits discovered the heavy steel doors at the pool's entrance ajar at 3:45 a.m. and immediately informed Councilman Steve Burker, recreation committee chairman, and Council President Lou Bodish.

Zoning board grants Chick-fil-A variance

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Chick-fil-A was granted a variance by the Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board at a June 16 hearing.

A freestanding eatery will be built at 2610 MacArthur Road. The zoning board's decision allows for demolition of the existing structure at that location, a former Chinese restaurant and, much earlier, Don Pablo's, a Mexican restaurant.

The five-member zoning panel heard testimony from representatives of the Atlanta, Ga.-based company before rendering its ruling.

Four road projects part of MOVE LV

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Next step of plan is 30-day public review, comment period

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and Lehigh Valley Transportation Study have alerted Whitehall Township that four proposed road projects have been included in MOVE LV, a long-range transportation plan for the Lehigh Valley.

The township submitted six requests for inclusion in the plan. Two did not qualify but are eligible for grant opportunities.

George Kinney, of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, in a letter to Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr., said there is now a 30-day public review and comment period.

Groups discuss plan for veterans memorial

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

The firestorm caused by the raising of the Syrian flag at a recent ceremony held at the Whitehall Township Municipal Building has now turned into a positive venture to pay tribute to all veterans.

Plans have unfolded to create a monument on the front lawn of the municipal building grounds. Hokendauqua American Legion Post 739, Fullerton American Legion Post 367 and Egypt Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293 may spearhead the project. The Whitehall Area Community Foundation has also shown interest.

Two informal meetings have already been held.

Coplay Column

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Garden club to take field trip

The Coplay Garden Club will go on a field trip Thursday, June 25 to the Edge of the Woods Nursery.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Third Street.

For more information, call 610-261-1243.

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Members of the Coplay Seniors Club are on a bus trip today to Kettle Village, American Music Theater and Hershey Farms Restaurant.

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CFC Club, formerly Coplay Fire Company, will hold an all-you-can-eat Father's Day breakfast this Sunday, June 21, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at its Cherry Street location.

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