Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Full-day kindergarten to start next year

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Portable classrooms will be used until new building is ready for students

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Nov. 12, the board voted to approve full-day kindergarten, beginning in August, for the 2019-20 school year. The decision to build a new elementary school, rather than add six additional classrooms, was made based on a feasibility study by Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects.

Fire calls

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by The Press in Local News

OCT. 29

Stations 37 and 3501 handled general cleanup after a motor vehicle accident on Presidential Drive.

OCT. 30

A building fire at 2437 Cherryville Road brought out Stations 40 and 3501.

OCT. 31

Stations 38, 39 and 3503 (deputy chief) addressed the issue of smoke or odor removal at 3122 N. Second St.

NOV. 2

A motor vehicle accident with injuries on Center Street was handled by Stations 38 and 3503.

NOV. 3

Station 36 was on the scene of a water evacuation at 293 Fifth St.

Board approves Commons project

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Developer to explore options for sidewalks

The development of MacArthur Commons along MacArthur Road was granted conditional approval Nov. 12 by Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.

The shopping center, 2631 MacArthur Road, was purchased earlier this year by Abrams Realty & Development. The company also bought MacArthur Towne Center, 2520 MacArthur Road, last year. The Montgomery County real estate company plans to add more businesses to the shopping center.

130-plus animals are rescued from township home

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

County humane society will assess health; cruelty charges are pending

The Lehigh County Humane Society rescued more than 130 animals Nov. 6 from a home in the 200 block of Fifth Street in Whitehall Township.

Humane society officials were called to the single two-story home around 4 p.m. by Whitehall Township Police Department.

Humane society officer Barbara Morgan said the home’s occupants had been evicted but were found to still be living in the garage, when police were called Nov. 6.

Township police found 133 animals — from dogs to fish — in the home, garage and yard, prompting them to call in the humane society.

Developer seeks sidewalk deferment

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Lease agreements in place for Planet Fitness, Goodwill at MacArthur center

A Montgomery County real estate company hoping to add more businesses to a Whitehall Township shopping center went before the township board of commissioners at its workshop meeting Monday to discuss a request for a deferment of required sidewalks.

The development of MacArthur Commons, 2631 MacArthur Road, will be considered for conditional approval at the commissioners’ regular meeting next week.

Coplay begins planning for 150th anniversary

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Saylor Park ribbon cutting, beer fest expected to be part of celebration

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Nov. 6, council President Louis Bodish announced that meetings to plan for the borough’s sesquicentennial will soon begin.

“We anticipate that we open the celebration year on April 6,” he said.

There is a list of events that will be held throughout the year. The earliest one under consideration is a beer festival.

“We need to start the planning now. We had one of these planned last year, but it fell apart,” Councilman Mark Molitoris said.

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Ronald F. Silfies

Mr. Ronald Silfies was born in Chapmans Quarry, graduating from Northampton High School and vo-tech in 1972.

He recalls, “I had good teachers at both schools; at tech, I completed the drafting blue print class.”

Ron was hired at Keystone in 1974 by manager Steve Hayden Sr. to work on the labor gang at a rate of $4.10 an hour. His grandfather and father were Keystone employees.

Always interested in electricity, he joined the electrical department.