Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Trinity United Church of Christ closing its doors

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Parishioners of 146-year-old church say low attendance forced decision

The final chapter of Trinity United Church of Christ, Coplay, is set for Sunday when the small congregation attends a 10 a.m. service and then closes the book on its proud history and service, which has spanned 146 years.

As many churches of varying denominations, Trinity UCC, 17 N. Third St., succumbed to an aging congregation, fewer and fewer young members and mounting bills.

For the church membership, the closing of the handsome brick church comes as no surprise. A recent vote by the congregation to close the doors was sad but telling.

Adaptive reuse legislation upheld

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Zoning board strikes down challenge of affordable housing parking study

Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board, at a July 18 session, upheld the township’s new adaptive reuse legislation regarding converting vacant commercial structures into affordable housing units.

The board’s action struck down an appeal by PVC Third St. L.P. and Quarry St. Whitehall Development L.P. — two entities owned by Bethlehem Township developer Abe Atiyeh — challenging the validity of the ordinance, specifically the parking study.

Crematory plan is approved for Fullerton

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Longtime vault, burial company to build unit at site of existing business

Wilbert Vault & Burial Company, owned by Joseph B. Beidler, was given approval July 18 by Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board to establish a crematory at 213 Catasauqua Ave., Fullerton.

Beidler said his business, which provides casket vaults, grave site opening and closing services, and chairs and tents for memorials, is located in proximity to two cemeteries. He added he has seen an uptick in cremations along with requests for such services.

The company, which has been in business for more than four decades, is located in an industrial-zoned district.

Board proposes historic district

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Hokey’s Thomas Iron Works focus for preserving industrial character

A slice of Hokendauqua, rich with history that began with David Thomas, who is described as “The Father of the Modern American Iron Industry,” may become Whitehall Township’s first historic district.

The proposed historic district, which would run from Front Street to Third Street, was discussed Monday at the board of commissioners workshop and the later meeting.

Township waiting on decision regarding clean fill at quarry

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township is awaiting a ruling from the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board following two days of testimony on an appeal challenging the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) granting Coplay Aggregates to use regulated fill as a construction material under a permit at its quarry, north of West Coplay Road off Beekmantown Road.

Commissioners adopt property address amendment

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Uniformity of numbers important for emergency responders, board says

Since 1968, Whitehall Township has had legislation pertaining to street numbers, noting the size of the numbers and their placement on houses, businesses and other structures.

The size of the address numbers needs to be uniform, according to the legislation.

The board of commissioners, at its June 2 meeting, voted to be in compliance with the International Property Maintenance Code regarding the size of street numbers on all properties across the township.

Adaptive reuse ordinance is challenged

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Developer of proposed Quarry St. apartments requests ruling by zoners

Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board on July 18 will rule on an appeal by PVC Third St. L.P. and Quarry St. Whitehall Development L.P. — two entities owned by developer Abe Atiyeh — requesting the board of commissioners change an ordinance to allow Pathstone Housing Corp. of Pennsylvania to convert a long-idle apparel factory at 215 Quarry St. into 49 low- and moderate-income apartments.

Atiyeh is challenging the validity of the ordinance, specifically the parking study.

Steckel student earns praise for birthday donation wish

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Cortney Bordner requests that guests make contributions to Snack Pack Pals program

Whitehall Township has recognized persons for their achievements on occasion, but the ceremony at the opening of the board of commissioners meeting June 12 was extra-special — it was a tribute to 8-year-old Cortney Bordner for putting others before herself.

Prior to her eighth birthday, Cortney approached her parents, Nadine and David Bordner, of Egypt, telling them she didn’t want to receive any presents but would prefer instead to have donations made to Whitehall Area Hunger Initiative’s Snack Pack Pals program.