Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Mall shooting suspect in custody

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Police Log

DA, Whitehall police: Bethlehem gang member charged in June 1 incident

An alleged Bethlehem gang member has been arrested in the June double shooting at the Lehigh Valley Mall.

Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin and Whitehall Township Police Chief Michael Marks announced that 19-year-old Miles Harper, of 1206 Gordon St., Bethlehem, has been charged with two counts of attempted homicide and two counts of aggravated assault in the June 1 shooting that left two men wounded.

Fireworks may be legal in Pennsylvania, but ...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

distance rule precludes activity in much of Whitehall, fire chief says

Fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles and bottle rockets are now legal in Pennsylvania, but in Whitehall Township, there are few, if any, places they can be set off legally, according to township Fire Chief David Nelson.

At the July 9 meeting, he informed the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners that it is illegal to set off fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure — and that precludes most of the township. However, residents are complaining that fireworks are being set off constantly in the township.

Lack of action concerns officials

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall mayor, state rep. attend hearing on contaminated fill at quarry

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners were frustrated at the July 9 board meeting, following a report from Mayor Michael Harakal Jr., who said he “doesn’t know what to believe” after attending a hearing earlier in the day on local concerns about the state’s regulations for fill.

Township officials had expressed outrage at last month’s board meeting after learning a quarry owned by Coplay Aggregates contains high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and the township wasn’t informed for 84 days.

Print it at Kutztown Folk Festival

Friday, July 6, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Tucked between the hex sign display and the horse-powered carousel at the Kutztown Folk Festival, a 100-year-old printing press clicks and clacks as it churns out hand-fed printed souvenirs.

It’s the first time the historic cast iron press is on display as part of the Pennsylvania-Dutch festival at the Kutztown Fairgrounds through July 8.

The press is from the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem and is part of a new exhibit on early printing at the museum through Oct. 31.

Dairy building may have buyer interest

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Property ‘in horrendous shape’ but could be eligible for millions in grants

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners is hoping the lure of possible state funding will attract a buyer for a dilapidated building that once housed Lehigh Valley Dairy.

Howard Lieberman, executive director of Whitehall Township Industrial & Commercial Development Authority, told the commissioners at their workshop meeting Monday there will be a meeting July 9 with the owner of the property and two prospective buyers. He said things “appear to be moving forward.”

‘Hairspray’ ‘You can’t stop the beat’ at Munopco Music Theatre

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

More than 60 people will recreate the 1960s era in Munopco Music Theatre’s big, bold and bright production of the hit Broadway musical “Hairspray.”

The musical about a plump teen who yearns to be on “The “Corny Collins Show,” an American Bandstand-style television show in Baltimore, features catchy 60s’-flavored songs and lots of high-energy dancing.

One of the cast members even joked she was losing weight from all the dancing, says Munopco “Hairspray” director Susan McDermott.

Board moves forward with emergency services site

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to authorize the predesign phase of a new emergency services building at its regular meeting June 11.

The new building will be built on the township municipal complex, behind the existing municipal building on MacArthur Road. An old garage and several outbuildings will be removed.

D’Huy Engineering, of Bethlehem, will be preparing the predesign.

“My only question is how soon is a shovel going to fly,” board Vice President Philip Ginder asked.

Teenage angst at Civic, according to ‘Peanuts’

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” asks what happens when a certain beloved blockhead and all his pals hit their turbulent teens.

Inspired by the popular Peanuts comic strip, “Dog Sees God,” opening June 15 at Civic Theatre 514, imagines what it might be like after the gang reaches puberty and faces high school.

Jonathan Shehab, Civic director of marketing, makes his Civic stage debut as CB, the central character. Shehab is not the only Civic staffer in the show. Kelsie Kosberg, Civic box office manager, plays Van’s sister.

It’s not all about getting into ‘The Beast’ mode at MSMT

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Beauty and the Beast” may be best-known for its dancing silverware extravaganza “Be Our Guest” scene, but it is the heart-breaking ballad “If I Can’t Love Her” that rests at the core of the story about a prince transformed into a beast as punishment for his cruel ways and warned to change or forever stay a beast.

“If I Can’t Love Her,” which was added when the Disney animated film was made into a 1994 Broadway musical, was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice.

Lehigh Valley Summer Theater: Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre to pull out all the stops for opener, Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) promises spectacle with a big, splashy family show, a stage-filling classic Frank Loesser musical, and the high-flying acrobatics of a modern circus.

“It’s going to be a very happy summer,” says MSMT artistic director Charles Richter. “There will be lots of premiere performing.”

The 38th season kicks off with Disney’s Broadway musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” June 14 to July 1. The production will feature lavish scenic design, spectacular special effects, and “a touch of Disney magic,” says Richter.