Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, July 19, 2019

Board OKs liquor license for Exxon

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

MacArthur Road business will have seating for 30 patrons, beer to go

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a liquor license transfer for an Exxon station at its meeting July 8.

The gas station and convenience store at 2724 MacArthur Road will sell only beer, said Matthew Anderson, attorney for Dunne Manning Stores, which owns the property. It is the third liquor license request that has come before the board since the beginning of the year.

One resident opposed the transfer.

“We don’t need any more places to get liquor in the township,” said LoriAnn Fehnel during the public hearing.

Board talks first steps for new complex

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Commissioners to vote on asbestos removal plan for municipal building

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners discussed an ordinance July 1 to accept a proposal for asbestos abatement consulting, which is one of the preliminary steps for the construction of the new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

At the board’s workshop meeting, Deputy Mayor John D. Meyers said the basement of the municipal building has asbestos around the pipes and in other areas and needs remediation.

“It’s the first thing we need to do this fall,” he said.

‘Mer hoffe mer sehn eich datt’: Kutztown Folk Festival celebrates its 70th year

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Mer hoffe mer sehn eich datt.” (“We hope to see you there.”)

The oldest continuously-operating folk-life festival in the United States celebrates its 70th year when the Kutztown Folk Festival opens June 29 and continues through July 7 at the Kutztown Fairgrounds with all the great traditional foods and displays visitors have come to expect, plus some exciting new features.

Police lieutenant details use of Project Lifesaver

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Commissioners move forward on sidewalk agreement with PennDOT

Before the start of the June 10 regular meeting, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners watched a demonstration of a new electronic device that is available to help families who have a family member who wanders because of a medical condition.

Township police Lt. Greg Bealer demonstrated Project Lifesaver’s personal locator system, a radio frequency-based tracking system, at the meeting. He said the system was designed to help locate people who might wander and get lost because of conditions such as Alzheimer’s and autism.

Board gets update on complex

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Emergency services building project could go out for bid by end of year

Whitehall Township’s proposed emergency services complex could go out for bid by the end of the year, the board of commissioners learned at its June 10 meeting.

The construction timeline was one of the updates commissioners heard from Kelly, Clough, Bucher and Associates Inc., Hatfield, which is providing architect services, and D’Huy Engineering, Bethlehem, which is providing construction management services on the new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township building on the current township municipal site, 3219 MacArthur Road.

Commissioner calls for colleague’s resignation

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Marx says comment made by Warren at polling place is ‘unforgivable’

A Whitehall Township commissioner is calling for the resignation of a fellow commissioner after he allegedly made an inflammatory statement during the municipal primary May 21.

According to Commissioner Joseph Marx Jr., the “only appropriate action would be a resignation” after Commissioner Jeffrey Warren made the comment heard by a third commissioner at a township polling place.

Marx, who was running for mayor on the Democratic ticket in the primary, said he was telling a voter he was a Marine Corps veteran when Warren allegedly said, “Timothy McVeigh was also a veteran.”

WHS’ Makaela Letayf wins Rotary Club’s speech contest

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in School

A Whitehall High School 11th-grade student won Whitehall Area Rotary Club’s second annual Four-Way Test speech contest at Fellowship Community’s Zentz Community Center, Whitehall, April 3.

Makaela Letayf won the top prize of $250 with her speech about social media use.

Letayf contended social media has had a negative effect on self-esteem among teens and said “social media is controlling our lives.”

Forty-three students entered the contest under the leadership of WHS English teacher Michelle Abbadessa.

Pa. Music & Arts Celebration back at Allentown Fairgrounds

Friday, May 24, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration returns with its focus on veterans and music with local roots, May 25-27, Allentown Fairgrounds.

Highlighting the second annual festival is veterans-related programming Memorial Day, including “The USO Tribute Show,” featuring Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson, and Michele DelaFave, who performed with Hope on his USO tours in Vietnam and was one of The Golddiggers dancers on “The Dean Martin Show” TV show (1965-1974).

Growing Mayfair: Festival builds on success in second year at Cedar Crest College

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A newly-invigorated Mayfair returns to Cedar Crest College for its second year with twice as many artists and food vendors, expanded hours and some new faces.

After more than 22,000 filled the Allentown campus for the three-day festival last year, Lauren Condon, director of Student Union and Engagement for Cedar Crest, says organizers were “empowered” to move ahead with this year’s festival.

“The feedback was overwhelmingly positive about bringing back this beloved tradition to our beautiful campus,” she says. “We are hoping to build on last year’s numbers.”

Board votes to deny liquor license request

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Township commissioners name Ann Freyman to fill vacant seat

Whitehall Township commissioners reaffirmed their denial May 13 of the request for a liquor license at the Sheetz in Whitehall.

After hearing residents from a 55-and-up residential community located behind Sheetz who oppose the transfer, the board voted to approve a resolution confirming the denial of the request.

Sheetz is appealing the township’s decision in Lehigh County court.