Whitehall-Coplay Press

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MacArthur Towne Center has new owner

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The $14.3 million sale of MacArthur Towne Center, on the west side of heavily traveled MacArthur Road, ranks as one of the highest property sale transfers recently in Whitehall Township, helping to fill the coffers of the township and Whitehall-Coplay School District.

Both the township and school district impose the 1-percent realty transfer tax, which means each entity will receive one-half of the proceeds from the levy. Their share totals $71,500 each.

The 2017 township budget anticipates $350,000 in revenue from the real estate transfer tax.

Township decides on building site

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Police department will be stationed at location near municipal complex

Whitehall Township has narrowed its search for land on which to build an emergency services building, primarily to house the police department.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. confirmed over the weekend the site is a 14-acre parcel at the east end of Arlington Cemetery, close to the township’s municipal complex.

“Negotiations for the sale of the land are underway,” Hozza told The Press.

Boscola, DEP meeting is sought

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Commissioners looking for answer on township’s jurisdiction of quarry

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at Monday’s meeting said it is calling on state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to come before the board jointly to say, on the record, whether or not the township has jurisdiction to inspect the materials being dumped into a former quarry owned by Coplay Aggregates.

A different take on quarry issue

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Boscola says township has oversight of reclamation, despite state permit

Whitehall Township may have the authority, after all, to ensure only clean and regulated fill is dumped into a former cement quarry, an issue that township officials believed was strictly under the domain of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Agency.

The long-standing position that the township lacks jurisdiction over the dumping of fill may have changed when, at the board of commissioners workshop Monday night, a letter from state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, was disclosed stating otherwise.

Weis Market to sell beer at new eatery

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Township commissioners approve store’s application for liquor license

Customers at Weis Market in Whitehall Township will be able to enjoy beer and food at a cafe the store will open at its 3644 MacArthur Road site, located near a laser tag recreational facility and a commercial pool sales business.

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, at its Feb. 13 meeting, approved the application for a restaurant liquor license that enables the market to operate a 30-seat restaurant and sell malted beverages. The cafe will be located in the area where the pharmacy is presently. The pharmacy will be relocated in the store.

Board approves redistricting resolution

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Independent commission sought to end gerrymandering

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its meeting Feb. 13 officially declared it is time to put an end to gerrymandering — voting districts drawn up by the state legislature that strongly favor those in elective state legislative and congressional offices.

The commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution to ask the state to assign the task of both legislative and congressional redistricting to an independent citizens redistricting commission.

Lidl plans approved

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Commissioners OK construction of 37,000-square-foot grocery store

Lidl, a major German-based grocery store chain with 10,000 markets in Europe, is expected to break ground for its store at 2845 MacArthur Road by late summer. Opening is set for later this year or in the early months of 2018.

Whitehall Township commissioners, at their Feb. 13 meeting, unanimously adopted a resolution giving Lidl conditional approval for the project, a 37,000-square-foot store.

They expressed excitement with the development project and its timing with this year’s 75th anniversary of MacArthur Road.

‘We owe it to the people in the township’

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Board of commissioners passes ordinance against Pay to Play politics

Whitehall Township set a standard Monday for candidates running for the offices of mayor, commissioner and treasurer, ensuring transparency by putting on the books a Pay to Play legislation that establishes limits on political contributions a person or political committee can make to a candidate in township municipal elections.

Board reviews gerrymandering plan

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Twp. commissioners to vote on resolution for state reform of redistricting

Whitehall Township is expected to take the lead in Lehigh County Feb. 13 in calling for the Pennsylvania State Legislature to begin the process of state reform and put an end to gerrymandering politicians in office.

The board of commissioners will have on its agenda for its regular meeting Monday a proposed resolution asking the state to assign the task of both legislative and congressional redistricting to an independent citizens redistricting commission.

Hauke retires as longtime funeral director

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Brubaker family will now operate Coplay business

The legacy of Robert A. Hauke Funeral Home Inc., a well-known and respected business in the Borough of Coplay for more than 60 years, came to an end Feb. 2 when funeral director Robert A. Hauke Jr. retired.

Two temporary outdoor signs note Brubaker Funeral Home Inc. as the new owners.

Hauke Jr., who opened the funeral home at 327 Chestnut St., and his son, Robert III, say they will continue to live in and serve the borough. They have been active in Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association for many years.