During a campaign kickoff Nov. 13, Jeanne McNeill urged everyone to vote in the Dec. 5 special election.
The special election is required to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of McNeill’s husband, Daniel.
A few weeks ago, Coplay Borough Council President Lou Bodish suggested council members gather at the Coplay end of the Coplay-Northampton Bridge to share memories about the bridge and have a photo taken for placement in a time capsule planned for Coplay’s 150th birthday celebration in 2019.
The conversation among the officials turned to the struggles local businesses and establishments will face over the next three years while the bridge is under construction.
On June 3, Lehigh Valley Community Benefit will be holding its second annual Sommer Fest bike ride and benefit. The event, rain or shine, will honor the life and memory of Joe Sommer Jr., who was tragically murdered in a senseless act of violence last year.
Lehigh Valley Community Benefit has been supporting Lehigh Valley families affected by tragedies since 2010. The group also donates to first responders, veterans organizations, animal shelters and other nonprofit charities — with a focus on “paying it forward.”
The King and the Possum New Year’s Eve Spectacular with Elvis tribute artist Andy Svrcek had a special guest during the evening of Dec. 31 at American Club of Coplay. Nathan Pittorf, of Buffalo, N.Y., sang with the Elvis impersonator at a fundraiser benefit for Ronald McDonald House’s charities. One-hundred percent of the proceeds went to the organization.
Heavy metal band Quiet Riot entertained a large crowd Sept. 8 at the Gin Mill and Grille, Northampton.
More than 100 tickets were sold for the concert, held at the 1750 Main St. bar/restaurant.
According to Frankie Banali, Quiet Riot founder and drummer, “We played in Allentown over 30 years ago. We enjoy playing for all size venues, small and personal, like the Gin Mill, to big arenas.
“My favorite songs to play are “Mental Health” and “Bang Your Head.” My favorite venues are Madison Square Garden, N.Y., and Los Angelos Forum.”
This weekend, Aug. 26-28, the Borough of Coplay will welcome 9,000 to 13,000-plus attendees to its one-square-mile community of approximately 3,300 people who proudly call it home.
Community Days will be held 6-10 p.m. Friday and noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Parkway Park, Second and Keefer streets.
The Angel Hearts of the Lehigh Valley second annual fundraiser was held at American Legion Post 367, Fullerton, April 30.
Whitehall-Coplay Communities That Care (CTC) held its February meeting at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall. Strategies for getting students in the school district involved in the prevention of drug and alcohol use were discussed.
Kristen Hackman, Lehigh County coordinator for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), talked about two projects members and students are doing this year. The first took place on Super Bowl Sunday. Drug Free Action Alliance invited students to vote for their favorite commercials aired during Super Bowl 50.
After the community’s large response last month to an open forum on heroin and opioid addiction, state Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd, held another open forum March 30 at American Club of Coplay.
Opioids include prescription medications, such as oxycodone, morphine and methadone, among others.
“This has become a very important subject for me because we all have kids and grandchildren, and a lot of families are going through this hardship,” McNeill said. “This is a very bad epidemic.
“What I’m going to do is start local and work our way up,” McNeill added.
On Feb. 19, Whitehall High School held a mini-thon to help raise awareness of and donations for Four Diamonds, a cancer research organization.