Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, August 17, 2017

K-9 provides comfort at courthouse

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

There is a new top dog in the Lehigh County Courthouse, and her name is Ramona.

District Attorney Jim Martin announced the addition of the courthouse companion dog, Ramona, July 27 during a press conference in the county courthouse, Allentown.

“Ramona is the newest member of my staff,” Martin said. “Courthouse companion dogs provide emotional or comfort support to victims of crime when dealing with stressers of the judicial system.”

Ramona arrived at the courthouse July 26 and will be working in conjunction with the Victim-Witness Program.

IRT section to be moved for bridge work

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The section of Ironton Rail Trail that runs underneath the Coplay-Northampton Bridge, which is set for demolition and a new span built, will now require some minor modification.

Though the trail will not be shut down, Bob Abbott, former IRT Oversight Commission chairman and present board director, said a section will be moved 20 feet west from the closed pier to the trail. Abbott was unable to provide a timeline for the trail will be moved, as it depends on the status of the work going on at the time by the contractor.

Township awaits building answer

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Deadline nears for talk on emergency services site

Whitehall Township officials continue to prefer the proposed emergency services building to be located on grounds by Arlington Cemetery, but time is running out for the prized spot.

According to Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr., the Trevose-based company that owns the land the township wants to secure for the project was sent a certified letter giving the company until Aug. 15 to respond on whether further talks regarding the acquisition will be held.

“We have not heard back from them,” Hozza said.

What happens if that deadline passes?

“We go to plan B,” Hozza replied.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps hires COO

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

In an effort to move forward with its strategic plan and regional efforts and to improve efficiencies in an ever-changing health care landscape, Cetronia Ambulance Corps is enhancing its leadership team with the addition of a chief operating officer.

Robert Mateff Sr., 50, a Lower Saucon Township native with a background in government and communications, has taken the reigns of the newly created position of COO at Cetronia. He began his role June 5.

Butterfly release helps family, friends honor loved ones lost

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

“A butterfly to remind me, Even though we are apart, Your spirit is always with me, Forever in my heart …” stated a poem on the pamphlets distributed to all in attendance at the Stephens Funeral Home memorial butterfly release June 11.

The heat that day did not wilt the spirits of the family and friends who came to pay tribute to loved ones.

Stephens Funeral Home, Upper Macungie Township, frequently opens its doors and hearts to the community, having events such as Hearts of Hope and Veterans Day services.

Township eyes a piece of history

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Commissioners review mayor’s proposal to purchase Mickley Homestead

Whitehall Township may be interested in adding to its portfolio of historic acquisitions the John Jacob Mickley Jr. Homestead, which has ties to the Revolutionary War and the Liberty Bell in the 1770s.

Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said he does not want the township to miss out on the unique opportunity of taking title to this cherished piece of history. He told The Press July 27 of asking the board of commissioners to consider acquiring such a treasure that generations can enjoy and appreciate.

Front Street frustration

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay council discusses project delays

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Aug. 1, Mayor Dean Molitoris presented council with a report on the frustration residents on Front Street have over continuing delays on the street repair project. According to Molitoris and council President Louis Bodish, there is no firm completion date. They are estimating at least two more weeks of work.

Residents have complained that contractors parked heavy equipment in the street, blocking available parking spots.

“They are moving some of the heavy equipment off the street,” Bodish said.

Trinity United Church of Christ closing its doors

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Parishioners of 146-year-old church say low attendance forced decision

The final chapter of Trinity United Church of Christ, Coplay, is set for Sunday when the small congregation attends a 10 a.m. service and then closes the book on its proud history and service, which has spanned 146 years.

As many churches of varying denominations, Trinity UCC, 17 N. Third St., succumbed to an aging congregation, fewer and fewer young members and mounting bills.

For the church membership, the closing of the handsome brick church comes as no surprise. A recent vote by the congregation to close the doors was sad but telling.