Whitehall-Coplay Press

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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.


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


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.


Bridge builders to meet June 16 over delays

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Lehigh County, PennDOT officials will discuss if firm should be assessed fines

Construction on the new Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge has accelerated over the past couple of months as workers scramble to finish the project.

Lehigh County Director of General Services Rick Molchany said June 5 that a meeting will be held June 16 at the PennDOT offices in Allentown, at which HRI Construction, the company building the bridge, will meet with county and PennDOT officials.

Officer calls for Palagonia's resignation

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Van Note alleges commissioner violated township Code of Ethics

Whitehall Township Police Officer Leah Van Note, in a blistering address Monday evening, admonished Commissioner Gerard Palagonia for making her an unwitting part of his primary election campaign for mayor.

Van Note spoke of an incident regarding Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. sanding an area in the municipal building's basement that allegedly contained asbestos.

Board approves zoning appeal waiver

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

St. John's wants to add more parking for increased membership

The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at the May 11 meeting voted unanimously to grant St. John's United Church of Christ, Fullerton, a waiver to file a zoning appeal with the township's zoning hearing board.

The $1,000 fee was waived by the six commissioners. Commissioner Dennis Hower was not present.

Members of the Grape Street church informed the commissioners it expects its membership to increase dramatically this summer by more than 100 individuals. The church was also looking for the commissioners to help develop its Field of Dreams.

Board acts on pedestrian crossing concerns

Thursday, June 4, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

St. John's UCC seeks flashing sign at Grape Street parking lot

The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its workshop Monday moved forward a proposed ordinance allowing Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. to accept a deed easement necessary to install a pedestrian crossing sign at St. John's United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., Fullerton.

A flashing sign will likely be placed on the south side of Grape Street, which is heavily traveled. Church-goers must cross Grape Street to get from the parking lot to the church.

During discussions, church and township officials said the measure is important for safety.

Hozza enjoys landslide primary victory

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Four incumbent commissioners also retain seats in election

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. rolled to a convincing, lopsided victory in the May 19 primary election, defeating challenger Gerard Palagonia, a township commissioner and retired police officer, by slightly more than a two-to-one margin.

Township residents cast 2,003 votes collectively in the race for mayor. The unofficial tally reports Hozza with 1,348 votes and Palagonia with 655. Both candidates were on the Democratic ballot.