Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Emmaus, Parkland, LV Charter Arts join Bel Canto, Bach Choir in ‘Choirs Festival’

Friday, February 22, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

More than 200 young voices join the renowned singers of Bach Choir of Bethlehem in a concert geared for families, 3 p.m. Feb. 24, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

The “Family Concert: Youth Choirs Festival” features the Bach Choir’s Bel Canto Youth Chorus with the Bach Choir and members of The Bach Festival Orchestra, as well as members of three high school choruses, all under the direction of Bach Choir Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld, in a program that includes works from Bach and contemporary composers.

Development, trails addressed at State of Region luncheon

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Green space, development and a football player were the main topics of conversation at the State of the Region luncheon, held Valentine’s Day and hosted by Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce.

The luncheon at Fellowship Community featured a panel, made up of Michael Harakal Jr., mayor of Whitehall Township; Bill Molchany, mayor of North Catasauqua Borough; Steve Travers, manager of Catasauqua Borough; and Steve Burker, council member of Coplay Borough, talking about the accomplishments of each community over the past year, as well as plans for the upcoming year.

Rick Levy memoir charts his career in rock ‘n’ roll

Friday, February 8, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Like many teens in the 1960s, when Richard “Rick” Levy first saw the Beatles, he was inspired to start his own band.

But unlike most youths, Levy went on to not only play guitar in various rock ‘n’ roll bands, but also to manage some of the era’s biggest pop-rock artists, including Herman’s Hermits, Tommy Roe, Freddy Cannon, Jay & the Techniques, The Tokens and Bo Diddley. He is now the manager and a guitarist for Memphis legends The Box Tops.

Commissioners discuss bond issue

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Vote expected Feb. 11 on 2019 financing for emergency services building

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners is looking at financing part of its planned $17 million emergency services complex through a bond issue, according to a proposed ordinance heard at the workshop meeting Feb. 4.

Christopher Gibbons, a financial adviser and municipal manager from Concord Public Finance, of Lancaster, said last month the firm would recommend the township finance $10 million through either a bond issue or a bank loan after it had received proposals from banks.

‘Buyer & Cellar’ dream role for Allen Township native

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Doug Atkins first read the play “Buyer & Cellar,” there was no doubt in his mind he would one day star in the show.

The absurdist one-man play is about an out-of-work actor who takes a job curating the Malibu basement of superstar Barbra Streisand.

“I didn’t know how or when, but I knew I was going to do it,” the Allen Township native says.

Atkins, who now lives in Houston, Tex., plays the role for the third time and for the first time in his native state, in “Buyer & Cellar,” Jan. 31 - Feb. 24, Montgomery Theater, Souderton, Montgomery County.

Wyatt video premiering at Roxy

Saturday, January 26, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Gloria Domina heard that Wyatt Newhard had died Nov. 3, 2018, she says she sat on her couch and cried.

She says she “couldn’t stop crying” for the 14-year-old New Tripoli boy who fought cancer for 11 years.

But then, she says, she decided to “take that energy and do something positive with it.”

Domina, owner of Thirteen Butterflies Productions and director and producer of the Lehigh Valley Music Awards (LVMA), started writing a song envisioning a “We Are The World”-type video to honor Wyatt’s memory and raise funds for his family.

Stefano Greco reimagines the classics

Friday, January 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Stefano Greco describes a classical musical passage he plans to play, it is like he’s describing a movie.

“I can see the images that inspired the composers,” says the renowned Italian concert pianist. “I want to be able to tell a story. I don’t want to just play notes.”

Greco brings his visual and visceral style to Miller Symphony Hall for the next performance in the intimate “Chamber On Stage” series, 3 p.m. Jan. 27.

Marx enters race for township mayor

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Commissioner supports plan for new municipal complex

Whitehall Township Commissioner Joseph Marx Jr. has announced he is running for township mayor. He made his candidacy announcement in a news release last week.

Marx says he has served the township in a variety of roles for the past 14 years, including four years on the Whitehall Township Planning Commission. He currently serves on the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority, a position he has held for the past nine years. He also serves as a liaison to Whitehall Public Safety and Public Works departments.