Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Walking tour of historic Hokendauqua rescheduled for spring

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

A walking tour of the historic town of Hokendauqua, originally scheduled for Oct. 27, had to be postponed because of rain.

Whitehall Township Commissioner Jeffrey Dutt said the free tour, hosted by Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, will be rescheduled in the spring.

The purpose of the tour is to make people aware of the historical significance of the area that was created as a “company town” for the 19th-century Thomas Iron Works.

Dutt said there had been a good response to the tour with more than 40 people registered.

Board approves Commons project

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Developer to explore options for sidewalks

The development of MacArthur Commons along MacArthur Road was granted conditional approval Nov. 12 by Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.

The shopping center, 2631 MacArthur Road, was purchased earlier this year by Abrams Realty & Development. The company also bought MacArthur Towne Center, 2520 MacArthur Road, last year. The Montgomery County real estate company plans to add more businesses to the shopping center.

130-plus animals are rescued from township home

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

County humane society will assess health; cruelty charges are pending

The Lehigh County Humane Society rescued more than 130 animals Nov. 6 from a home in the 200 block of Fifth Street in Whitehall Township.

Humane society officials were called to the single two-story home around 4 p.m. by Whitehall Township Police Department.

Humane society officer Barbara Morgan said the home’s occupants had been evicted but were found to still be living in the garage, when police were called Nov. 6.

Township police found 133 animals — from dogs to fish — in the home, garage and yard, prompting them to call in the humane society.

Developer seeks sidewalk deferment

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Lease agreements in place for Planet Fitness, Goodwill at MacArthur center

A Montgomery County real estate company hoping to add more businesses to a Whitehall Township shopping center went before the township board of commissioners at its workshop meeting Monday to discuss a request for a deferment of required sidewalks.

The development of MacArthur Commons, 2631 MacArthur Road, will be considered for conditional approval at the commissioners’ regular meeting next week.

‘Chamber On Stage’ turns musicians, audience around

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Association is turning the Miller Symphony Hall stage around for its new chamber music series.

For the 3 p.m. Nov. 4 concert that opens the hall’s “Chamber On Stage” series, the New York City group Decoda will play on the main stage, but with the performers’ backs to the orchestra seats in which the audience usually sits.

And audience members will be seated toward the back of the stage facing the performers.

Zeke Zelker’s ‘Billboard’ having its world premiere at Nineteenth St. Theatre

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A locally-produced film, inspired by a 1982 billboard-sitting contest in Whitehall Township, will have its world premiere, 7 p.m. Nov. 1, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown.

Lehigh Valley filmmaker Zeke Zelker’s “Billboard” will be the first film shown in the newly renovated theater which reopened after a one-year $5.5-million capital campaign project.

Treasuring Whitney in ‘Greatest’ tribute

Friday, October 19, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Belinda Davids was 8, she chanced to hear her brother playing one of his LP records which featured the duet “Hold Me” by Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston. The moment would make a lasting impression.

“It was the first time I heard her and I was struck,” Davids says of Houston. “There was something about the purity of her voice.”

Even at that young age, Davids says she also realized she could sing a lot like Houston.

Pulling out all the stops: Bach Choir of Bethlehem begins 2018-19 season with Peter Serkin concert

Friday, October 19, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Having a Grammy-Award-winning classical pianist play at the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s opening gala concert resonates personally for Bach Choir artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld.

“As a young man, I would regularly attend concerts in New York City where I had the privilege of hearing Peter Serkin play,” Funfgeld says. “His performance of Beethoven’s ‘Fourth Piano Concerto’ was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life.”

Village walking tour planned for Oct. 27

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Historical society to lead event around Hokendauqua’s Thomas Iron Works

Residents are invited to take a walking tour of the historic village of Hokendauqua, created as a “company town” for the 19th-century Thomas Iron Works, later this month.

The free tour, scheduled for Oct. 27 and hosted by Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, is designed to make people aware of the historical significance of that area. Whitehall Township has proposed designating the community as a historic preservation district, which would be the first such district in the township.

Butz Family urges firms to support arts groups

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Business Showcase

The Butz family, which has donated $2 million to arts organizations during the past 10 years, called on other area businesses to follow their lead as they accepted the Arts Ovation Legacy Award from Allentown Arts Commission.

The Commission’s 30th anniversary Ovation Award ceremony in Allentown’s center city Radisson Hotel ballroom Sept. 27 also honored six other recipients who have had a major impact on Allentown’s arts community.