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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Local business gives back

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

Reph’s Complete Auto Care, 102 S. Second St., Coplay, celebrated its fifth anniversary Sept. 28 as a business in the borough.

Councilman Steve Burker read a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Dean Molitoris, who was away on business.

Burker also commented on how fortunate the 1-square-mile community is to have a business like Reph’s. Burker spoke about how Coplay does not have the luxury and resources that larger municipalities do, so it is important for the locals to help each other.

Barkley plaque displayed

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Sports

The response has been overwhelming since the original plaque of Saquon Barkley was permanently mounted and displayed at the corner of the borough plaza and gazebo on North 2nd Street in Coplay.

Over a year ago on March 14, Barkley was presented a replica of the original plaque presented by the Barkley Day Committee which hosted Saquon Barkley Day and attracted thousands of people and media to Coplay.

After a few minor delays, the committee decided it was time to get the plaque mounted to share with Barkley fans everywhere.

Time to celebrate!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

Coplay’s 150th anniversary gets underway

Coplay Borough’s 150th anniversary committee hosted a full house April 6 during the kickoff to a yearlong celebration.

A gala, held at the American Club of Coplay pavilion, capped the daylong event that also included a carriage ride for borough and area dignitaries and the opening of a time capsule buried at the veterans memorial on Chestnut Street.

The American Club event featured speeches by Coplay officials and special guest Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. Entertainment was provided by A Few Good Men.

ACC hits mark of 2 million hoagies

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

More than 25 members of American Club of Coplay volunteered their time Sept. 19 to make the group’s 2 millionth hoagie at the club pavilion.

The club started selling hoagies Feb. 18, 1985. At that time, they sold 1,816 hoagies.

Club president Jerry Deutsch said, “The American Club purchased the equipment from the Keystone Cops in 1985 when the hoagies were still being made at the Hall Street location in Coplay. We moved the equipment to the American Club pavilion in March of 2004, and we are still using the same equipment today.”

They have made 1,012 hoagies per hour.

Borough program helping businesses during bridge work

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

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.

Sommer Fest set for June 3 at Tri-Boro

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

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.”

All shook up

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

Elvis tribute artist, 10-year-old boy entertain the crowd

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.

Gin Mill concert-goers bang their heads with Quiet Riot

Thursday, September 15, 2016 by TINAMARIE MARTIN in Local News

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.”