Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Township to roll out next phase of refuse collection

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township will begin the second phase of its revamped refuse/recycling program later this fall when more than 8,000 toter carts will be delivered to property owners across the township for garbage collection.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. told The Press Sept. 1 he expects to make a formal announcement regarding changes involving refuse collection in the next month or so.

The carts, which are free to property owners, will be delivered in the fall to property owners. The carts used for recycling items will continue for such use.

Another sinkhole discovered

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Owners of Tate Meadows property will be responsible for correcting problem

For the third time this summer, a sinkhole has developed in the Coplay Creek, Hokendauqua, the second on the privately owned Tate Meadows.

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. last week said that the property owners have been notified, adding it is their responsibility to take measures to have the sinkhole filled and the problem corrected.

The sinkhole is close to the township-owned Mickley-Prydun Farm and the Hokendauqua Park & Playground.

“The creek is dry,” Hozza said of the water loss in the area of the sinkhole.

Stroll on the Parkway is set for Sept. 25 at Hokey Park, IRT

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Stroll on the Parkway will be held Sept. 25 at Hokendauqua Park & Playground (HPP) and along Ironton Rail Trail (IRT).

A highlight of the event will be a duck race on Coplay Creek as it meanders through Hokendauqua Park. Committee member Joe Ebner said he estimates 100 plastic ducks in various colors will be entered into the race by individuals who made a donation to the cause.

Proceeds will benefit the Whitehall Township Public Library and its purchase of a closed-circuit television system to assist people with low vision.

Rooming house off commissioners’ agenda

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Evolve Sober Living withdraws request; for sale sign placed on property

Evolve Sober Living LLC has withdrawn its request for a rooming house in Fullerton for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners were to vote this coming Monday on granting permission for the project.

The latest development gave rise on whether the proposed rooming house at 855 Third St. has been abandoned. There is a for sale sign in front of the property.

When asked by The Press if Evolve Sober Living LLC is now no longer a matter the board is considering, commissioners President Phillips Armstrong answered, “No comment.”

St. Elizabeth’s welcomes new principal

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by AL RECKER in School

Linda Schiller has taken over as principal at St. Elizabeth Regional School, Pershing Boulevard, Fullerton. In some ways, she is coming back home, for decades ago, she was a student at the Catholic elementary school.

In another noteworthy development, Schiller is the first layperson to be selected as principal at the school, succeeding retiring Principal Sister Bonita.

Board will review quarry, housing issues Sept. 12

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

At its Sept. 12 meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners will hear an appeal from DVS Enterprises Inc., which is seeking approval for conditional use of property it owns on West Coplay Road that would allow clean fill to be dumped at a former quarry.

Located in an OS-2, Open Space Limited Industrial Zoning District, the company will seek the commissioners’ approval to reclaim the property, which was previously used for quarrying activities.

IRT 10-K is Aug. 27 in Coplay

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

The 15th annual Ironton Rail Trail (IRT) run/walk will be held Aug. 27, with the starting line at Saylor Park — where Coplay Cement Company Kilns are located — across from Coplay Parkway on North Second Street.

Race day registration is from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Walkers start 8:30 a.m., and runners begin 9 a.m.

The IRT 10-K race traverses many historical iron and cement buildings in Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough.

Presented by The Emmaus Run Inn, the event will include post-race awards, ceremonies and snacks for all participants.

Water authority dedicates hydrant, fountain in Benner’s name

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Water and fire hydrants are the cornerstone when a firefighter is summoned on a call, so it is fitting Whitehall Township Authority paid tribute to the late Whitehall Township Fire Chief Robert L. Benner by dedicating a fountain in his honor — not just an ordinary fountain, but a bright yellow fire hydrant with water cascading into a blue pool.

Benner died March 30 at the age of 80, having served as the township’s fire chief for 30 years.

Another sinkhole found in Coplay Creek

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Township employees discover issue; mayor says PennDOT notified

Just when a sinkhole issue in Coplay Creek near Hokendauqua Park & Playground seemed to have stabilized, a second sinkhole farther downstream has developed.

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. informed The Press Aug. 11 of the new development off Lehigh and Sixth streets, near the new bridge Pennsylvania Department of Transportation replaced two years ago. The sinkhole depth was estimated at several feet.

“PennDOT was notified,” Hozza said, contending the issue is that department’s responsibility.

Decision on Fullerton rooming house is delayed

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Commissioners seek clarification on issue of required parking spaces

Evolve Sober Living LLC, a proposed rooming house for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, now has to wait until the Sept. 12 meeting of Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners for a decision on whether it will be granted conditional use of a two-story house at 855 Third St.

Abe Atiyeh, Lehigh Valley developer and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania Venture Capital, is renting the five-bedroom house to Talia Ehret, a partner of Evolve Sober Living LLC. The co-partner with Ehret is Lauren Keavery.