Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, July 19, 2019

State Theatre 2018-19 season mixes new with tried and true

Friday, October 5, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Coming off a season that boasted the highest numbers in seven years, the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, is trying a couple of new things, as well as bringing back some surefire hits in 2018-2019.

“We’re pumped.” says State Theatre president and CEO Shelley Brown. “We had a really good year. Since our 90th anniversary we have seen an uptick in attendance. The anniversary gave the theater a lot of visibility and the enthusiasm is contagious. When people are excited about being here it gives us a real shot in the arm.”

Board gets glimpse of site plan

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Project will include new police station, renovated municipal building

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners got its first look at the proposed emergency services complex during a workshop meeting Oct. 1.

The nearly $18 million project would include a new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township building on the current MacArthur Road site.

The two buildings would be connected by a 1,200-square-foot lobby that would have separate entrances.

Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said the project could have “shovel in ground” by spring 2020.

“This is the right property for a building that meets our needs,” Harakal said.

30th annual Ovation Awards honors Allentown arts leaders

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Now in its 30th year, the Allentown Arts Ovation Award honors those who have made a difference in the arts in the city of Allentown.

This year, seven recipients, including one family, who have had a major impact on Allentown’s arts community will be honored with awards from The Allentown Arts Commission at a ceremony, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Ballroom, Renaissance Allentown Hotel, 12 N. Seventh St., Allentown.

Allentown Marine Band in step for ‘Pennsylvania March’ debut

Friday, September 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

There aren’t many compositions commemorating the Keystone State.

Sure, Pennsylvania has the “Pennsylvania Polka,” written by Zeke Manners and recorded in 1942 by The Andrews Sisters.

Another song mentioning the state, “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” with music by Jerry Gray and lyrics by Carl Sigman and recorded in 1940 by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, is actually based on the phone number of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

To the Valley and beyond: Partnership key in 2018-19 for Allentown Symphony

Friday, September 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Allentown Symphony Orchestra is embracing “one giant leap for mankind” as it embarks on its 2018-2019 season.

The orchestra will present three programs celebrating the exploration of space and particularly the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon, including, for the first time, a lunar-themed concert performed at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Diane Wittry, Music Director and Conductor of the orchestra, says it is part of the orchestra’s outreach to the Lehigh Valley community and goal of working with other local arts organizations.

Quarry’s ‘significant smell’ is identified

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Coplay Aggregates representative says odor caused by rotting vegetation

A pervasive odor in the northern end of Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough last month was caused by rotting vegetation in the quarry at Coplay Aggregates, township officials reported at the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting Sept. 10.

Officials said the Whitehall Township Fire Department and the state Department of Environmental Protection responded Aug. 23 to investigate what Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. called a “significant smell.”

Board discusses nuisance of noise

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Complaints about Fullerton park event prompt township officials to act

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners got an overwhelming number of complaints about loud music from a recent 4x4 jamboree at Fullerton Memorial Playground, prompting officials to discuss the possibility of a noise ordinance.

Fullerton Memorial Fair’s Facebook page advertised the event as Purge: 2 Car Meet, held Aug. 25.

Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said the music was so loud the manager of Kohl’s, in Whitehall Mall, told him it chased customers out of the store.

Board debates ownership of wall

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Commissioners seek information on PennDOT repairs, receipt of deed

According to the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, the issue of whether the township is responsible for maintenance of a retaining wall along Race Street near Lehigh Avenue has not yet been resolved.

Board President Dennis Hower said the township received a letter the week before the Aug. 13 board meeting stating the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation had completed $1.8 million in repairs to the wall, as per an agreement with the township, and the township would now be liable for maintenance costs of the wall.

Board hears of blasting concerns

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Residents allege production at Egypt Quarry shakes houses, causes odor

Blasting at Egypt Quarry not only shook their homes, but their yards as well, neighbors told Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its meeting Aug. 13.

Township residents spoke at the meeting to complain about an “ongoing problem” of blasting at the quarry, 4160 S. Church St., owned by New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. Inc.

“No one told me when I bought my house that there was blasting on a regular basis,” resident Linda Bell said. “The complete house shakes. I have to watch where I put breakables — it’s that bad.”