Whitehall-Coplay Press

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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.

‘Ella’ takes the stage: Allentown Symphony Pops, vocalists, pay tribute to icon

Friday, January 18, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Aisha De Haas was growing up in Chicago, the jazz sounds of Ella Fitzgerald were part of her aural landscape.

Her father was a jazz bassist, her mother a vocalist, and the family had moved to the Windy City to play jazz.

“She sang and he played,” De Haas says. “I was introduced to this music in the womb.”

De Haas is one of three singers paying tribute to the Queen of Jazz in “A Tribute to Ella,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Station gets new firetruck

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Engine 3911 dedicated to the late Robert Benner

Whitehall Township Fire Department is officially the owner of a new pumper truck for the Egypt station. The new apparatus, designated as Engine 3911, is a 2018 Pierce pumper, which pumps 1,500 gallons per minute and has a 750-gallon reserve water tank.

It replaces a 1999 Kovatch pumper.

The new pumper, which cost approximately $650,000, is one of seven fire engines operated by the township department.