Coplay News Agency can be dubbed “Lottery Central” after a borough resident struck it rich with a $1 million prize on a new $20 scratch-off ticket — which made its debut Oct. 31 — giving the Second and Coplay streets shop a bit of the publicity.
It isn’t the first time someone has hit big playing the lottery at Coplay News Agency. On a wall behind the counter is a large sign showing the business sold a $450,013 winning ticket to another borough man just a few months ago.
This new winner, as well as the previous one, has declined having his name made public.
Whitehall Township Acting Police Chief Michael Marks will become the township’s police chief at the Nov. 14 board of commissioners meeting, at which Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. will officially make the appointment and a vote of the seven commissioners will confirm the decision.
Marks has been serving the township as acting chief, upon Hozza’s appointment, when former Police Chief Linda Kulp announced her retirement in March.
An oath of office ceremony also will take place, at which time Marks will be pinned with his new chief of police badge.
The sinkhole in the Coplay Creek in Hokendauqua, which has swallowed the running water and left the creek dry, is getting larger. The problem has been ongoing since June.
Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. told The Press on Friday the sinkhole has the attention of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection with hopes the problem could be resolved.
Hozza said the creek is dry.
The sinkhole is not on township property but on the private Tate Farm — Whitehall Tamco LLC properties — which is located behind the township’s public works building.
The proposed Lofts at Fullerton Mills, a 49-unit affordable workforce housing complex at the longtime-idled three-story Fuller Sportswear, was given a major boost at a Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners special meeting Monday when the adaptive re-use ordinance was passed by a 5-2 vote.
For PathStone, a nonprofit housing firm, the decision by the commissioners ends a lengthy process that began in 2014 when it went before the township’s zoning board requesting several variances to the current township code.
Whitehall Township Police Department’s K-9, Max, was summoned recently by United States Secret Service for a mission — not a covert or top-secret operation, but one at Lehigh Valley International Airport that involved ensuring the safety of some special passengers aboard an airplane.
The township board of commissioners was informed at the Oct. 10 meeting by Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. that Max and his handler, Officer Jeff Apgar, were requested by Secret Service to do a routine inspection of an airplane in which one of the national election candidates was a passenger.
Whitehall Township will hold a special meeting 7 p.m. Oct. 24 to vote on an adaptive re-use ordinance that would permit PathStone, a nonprofit housing firm, to move forward with a proposed 49-unit affordable workforce housing complex in Fullerton.
The workforce housing apartments are slated for the former Fuller Sportswear property, 215 Quarry St. The adaptive re-use zoning ordinance amendment for adaptive re-use of former nonconforming structures does not just pertain to the Quarry Street property, but to all qualified structures in every residential zoning district.
On Oct. 10, Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. made public a proposed 2017 budget that, for the sixth consecutive year, does not raise real estate taxes, lowers garbage collection bills and sets in place plans for a new emergency services building.
The proposed $22.1 million budget is now before the township’s board of commissioners. Public hearings will be held in November, and the 2017 budget will be enacted in December.
The township home rule charter mandates the mayor present to the board of commissioners the budget for the following year by Oct. 15.
Residents of Fox Hollow, North Coplay, again appeared before Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners to vent their anger with the sticky dust found on their vehicles, patio furniture and houses, debris believed to be coming from dumping clean fill into the former Coplay Cement quarry.
The quarry, located east of North Coplay Road and west of the former Conrail/Norfolk Southern Rail Line along the Lehigh River, is owned by MCK/ Michael Hobel.
Residents at the meeting Oct. 10 demanded the township shut down the operation.
Whitehall Township is mounting an offense regarding complaints from Fox Hollow residents in North Coplay over dust and grime on their houses and cars as well as an increase in truck traffic in that area.
An overflow crowd filled the American Legion hall in Coplay Oct. 1 to pay tribute to Stanley W. Reinhard Jr. for his decades-long service to the American Legion and the community. During the program, the South Second Street Legion home was renamed in his honor — Stanley W. Reinhard Jr. American Legion Post 426.