Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Property tax bills in the mail soon

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Here’s what township residents should know about the 1-mill increase

The 2020 property tax bills for Whitehall Township will be sent out March 1. Before residents get sticker shock over the increased taxes, there are some important things you should know.

Firstly, how much more will you be paying on your property taxes? That answer lies in the millage rate.

In honor of local servicemen

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

VFW auxiliary raises funds to foster two service dogs

Donald S. Reinert Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293 Auxiliary, Egypt, held a special check presentation ceremony Feb. 4 at the VFW headquarters, 5209 Springmill Road.

Since January 2019, the Post’s auxiliary has been gathering funds to raise a service dog through Tails of Valor, a Coopersburg-based organization that trains therapy dogs to serve military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

Board fills vacant commissioners seat

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Michael Dee, chief of staff for Rep. McNeill, will fulfill remaining two years

At the Feb. 10 Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners began the meeting with a vote to appoint Michael Dee to a vacancy on the board, left after Commissioner Shawn Clary resigned at the end of last year.

Dee, who works as chief of staff for state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, will serve for the remaining two years of Clary’s four-year term, which started in 2018.

Before the vote, board Secretary Thomas Slonaker thanked the other applicants who were interviewed for the position and said the final decision took a lot of deliberation.

Board denies request for S. Church St. sidewalk deferment

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

At the Jan. 13 Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting, the board voted on a number of ordinances and resolutions, including two pertaining to the construction of a new warehouse along South Church Street, just off MacArthur Road.

Representatives from Bohler Engineering came before the board to make their case for an ordinance deferring the construction of curbing and sidewalks on South Church Street. The proposed sidewalk would give pedestrians a path from the site of the new warehouse to the nearby shopping center on MacArthur Road.

Stretch of Front Street called ‘a runway’

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Neighbors ask township board for stop sign at Center St. intersection

The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners held its second meeting of the new decade Jan. 13.

Several residents of North Front Street came before the board to request the installation of a three-way stop sign at the intersection of Front and Center streets.

This particular stretch of Front Street currently has no stop signs and a 35 mph speed limit, which they report drivers continually ignore. That combination has been incredibly destructive over the past 10 years as the neighborhood has been terrorized by motor vehicle accidents, they said.

Hokey church holds Victorian celebration

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

To celebrate its 150th anniversary this year, First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua held a Victorian open house Dec. 15. Visitors were welcomed in to tour the 3005 S. Front St. premises and view a display of artifacts collected from the church’s extensive archives.

The congregation itself actually traces its origins back more than 160 years to 1855, when seven members of First Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua left to form a church in Hokendauqua. Among these founding members were Samuel Thomas — son of David Thomas of Thomas Iron Works — and his wife, Rebecca.

Commissioners lauded for service

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

Board honors area veteran on state VFW designation

At the final meeting of the year held Dec. 9, the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners said thank you and farewell to three members whose terms are coming to an end.

In his closing statement, board member Shawn Clary announced he would be resigning from the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners due to family issues, and this would be his last meeting.

St. John’s UCC plans June 2 community celebration

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by PAUL FOX in Local News

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., Fullerton, will welcome the public to its annual Celebrate Community event June 2.

After an outdoor service 9:30 a.m., festivities will commence 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be inside.

Highlights of the day include food for purchase, live music from The Deadliners, entertainment from Tootsee the Clown, a kids’ area and a 50/50 basket raffle with a chance to win tickets to Hershey Park.