Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, August 25, 2019

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.”

Passion for choral arts: Bel Canto Youth Chorus, Bach Choir of Bethlehem join forces for new voices

Friday, August 10, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

For the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bel Canto Youth Choir, formerly based in Red Hill, Montgomery County, a merger of the two nonproft choral groups has been a long time coming.

In 2012, Bel Canto sang with the Bach Choir for Benjamin Britten’s cantata “St. Nicolas” and the following year, members lent their youthful voices to the Bach Choir’s 2013 CD “A Child’s Christmas in Bethlehem.” Last year, Bel Canto singers performed in the Bach Choir’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic “Mass.”

Now the two groups have become one.

Lifeguards recognized for rescues

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall Township officials laud dedication of pool staff

Eleven lifeguards from Whitehall Township’s three pools received commendations from the board of commissioners at its workshop meeting Aug. 6.

Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said when he and the board first decided to recognize lifeguards who had made rescues during this season, they did not realize just how often it really happened. Township officials extended their appreciation for the dedication of all the township lifeguards.

On 15th anniversary, Penn’s Peak is prestigious CMA venue nominee

Friday, July 27, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Pencor Services, Inc., took a chance on a concert hall in the mountains of Penn Forest Township, general manager Craig Stelling never dreamed the site would one day be in the company of legendary country music venues like Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Austin City Limits Live.

But as Penn’s Peak embarked on its 15th anniversary this year, Stelling learned that the Carbon County concert hall is one of five nominees for the Venue of the Year - Small Capacity in the Industry Award and Studio Recording division for the 53rd Academy Of Country Music Awards (CMA).

Mayor, area legislators tour quarry

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Coplay Aggregates owners waiting for final EPA determination of PCBs

Coplay Aggregates owners told officials they are willing to address high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the quarry once the federal Environmental Protection Agency makes a final determination.

On July 19, Whitehall Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. and state Reps. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and Zach Mako, R-183rd, were given a tour of the Coplay Aggregates quarry where contaminated fill has reportedly been dumped.

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.