Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Borghesani gets jail time for corruption of minors charge

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

On Nov. 30, Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach sentenced David Borghesani, a former Whitehall High School music teacher, to three to 23 months in the community corrections center, to be followed by three years of probation, for corruption of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor. He will also be evaluated to determine if he is considered a sexual predator, Banach said.

Tony’s Hobby Shop celebrates 70 years

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Gerald Stanz spoke on the history of Tony’s Hobby Shop in Coplay.

“My dad started this in 1947, and it’s been in the family ever since,” he said of the business, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

In 2015, the store was recognized as the oldest single-owner hobby shop in Pennsylvania. Anton “Tony” Stanz, Gerald’s dad, ran the store until 2012 when he died at 97.

“He got the hobby bug back in the ’30s. He saved a few gum wrappers and a few pennies to get plans for a balsa airplane,” Stanz said.

Molony vying for seat in Dec. 5 special election

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Republican David Molony held a news conference Nov. 16 to get the word out on some of his campaign commitments. A special election is scheduled Dec. 5 to fill the seat vacated by Dan McNeill for the 133rd Legislative District.

“I’ve talked to more than 25,000 people in the district over the past years,” Molony said. “They want to participate more in how decisions in Harrisburg are made.”

To meet that demand, Molony said he is going to use his constituent contact mail to show voters important pending legislation and solicit feedback on how he should vote.

Domino’s presents check for plaza

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At an Oct. 18 event, the Domino’s location at 971 Main St., Northampton, presented Coplay Councilmen Steve Burker and Charles Sodl a check for nearly $2,500 to support projects at the borough’s Community Plaza.

“This is part of our co-op program that the planning committee and the recreation committee put together,” Burker said.

Under the program, the borough helps support local businesses with advertising inserts. In return for the advertising, the local business donates a portion of the proceeds to the borough.

Noctor is honored for volunteer work

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The Whitehall Area Hunger Initiative started as a concept with a goal to alleviate food insecurity in Whitehall and Coplay. The concept of giving food for free in a systematic program involves a wide range of partners and affiliates.

The organization came together under the leadership of Shari Noctor. At the organization’s first recognition breakfast Nov. 7, Noctor was recognized as Volunteer of the Year. Fellowship Community provided the setting and the breakfast.

CWSA contributes to local libraries

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the Oct. 19 meeting of Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA), Joseph Marx proposed the board donate $1,000 to Coplay Public Library and Whitehall Township Public Library.

“I was able to take a tour of the library,” Marx said. “I have not been in one in since high school. The Whitehall library was full, and I was surprised at the number of people there.”

According to Marx, libraries have a new requirement for software that ties libraries together. The cost for the software is $15,000, plus an annual support fee of $5,000.

Council delays liquor license transfer

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Giant request

Back in July, Giant Food Stores purchased a dormant liquor license at state auction. In October, store management asked Coplay Borough for permission to present its credentials to council to have the liquor license transferred to the Giant location at Second and Chestnut streets. At council’s regular meeting Nov. 14, Ellen Freeman, Giant’s attorney, and Josh Erb, the project manager tasked with implementing in-store liquor sales, appeared before council to present their case.

Coplay budget could have tax hike

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council’s first look at 2018 plan includes projected millage increase

Councilwoman Janet Eisenhauer presented the first look at Coplay’s 2018 budget at council’s workshop session Nov. 7. Although some categories came in under the 2017 budgeted line items, the overall budget is projected to increase in 2018.

The estimated cost to taxpayers is 0.3 mill, which equates to an annual increase of $50 for the average homeowner. Garbage rates are expected to increase by $10.

Engineer: Stormwater issue involves 2 municipalities

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough council requests new plan to fix Tapler Drive, 12th Street

Coplay Borough Council took action at its meeting Oct. 10 to address stormwater problems at Tapler Drive and 12th Street, where water complaints have spanned nearly two decades.

Council authorized township Engineer Daniel Witczak to revamp plans that are on record. Part of the problem is that stormwater flows across land in Coplay and Whitehall Township. The solution to containing the water will require both municipalities to address the problem. Witczak will contact Whitehall officials once the plans are complete.