Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, February 17, 2020

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.

Sheetz persists with liquor license

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Board remains steadfast in denying request; store appeals to county court

Despite being denied by Whitehall Township commissioners last month, the quest for a liquor license at the Sheetz in Whitehall may not be over.

Sheetz, the gas station and convenience store at 5001 MacArthur Road, had requested approval of a liquor license transfer from Homeslate Sports Bar & Grill in Slatington, at the township’s April 8 board meeting. However, the request was turned down when commissioners voted 5-1 to deny the resolution for the liquor license transfer.

Emmaus High School Chorale to sing in Sistine Chapel

Friday, April 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

On April 23, two days after Easter, the Emmaus High School Chorale will become one of the select few choirs to sing at the renowned Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Italy.

The rare opportunity will take place during the Chorale’s concert tour to Italy during Holy Week.

“There is not a place in Italy that is more significant,” says Chorale director Rita Cortez. “You’re not even supposed to talk when you go there because it’s such a holy place and it’s visually stunning. I can’t wait for the Chorale to sing in there.”

Lona Farr, David Voellinger chair Community Music School Gala

Friday, April 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The move to a new home and a remembrance of the late founding director is the focus of Community Music School Lehigh Valley & Berks’ (CMS) annual Spring Brunch and Silent Auction fundraiser, noon-3 p.m. April 28, Lehigh Country Club, Lower Macungie Township.

CMS will present an afternoon of music and reflections on the transformational move to the school’s new location, 1544 Hamilton St., Allentown, and honoring the memory of Martha Maletz, the inspirational founding director of the school, who died March 22.

‘Billboard’ going national

Friday, April 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A locally-produced film, inspired by a 1982 billboard-sitting contest in Whitehall Township, is getting its national release.

Forks Township filmmaker Zeke Zelker’s “Billboard,” more than 10 years in the making, opened April 5 at Frank Banko Cinemas, Steelstacks, Bethlehem, as part of the Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival, where it’s scheduled to continue through April 11, and at Movie Tavern, Trexlertown, Upper Macungie Township, where it’s scheduled to continue through April 10.