Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blood shortage hurts hospitals

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by BENJAMIN WINN in Local News

Critical need for donors as supplies drop during summer

A seasonal shortage of blood donors around the nation has led to what the Red Cross is calling a blood emergency.

In the past few months, the Red Cross has seen 61,000 fewer blood donations than average. That is equivalent to the approximate number of losses the Red Cross would see if it received no donations for more than four days.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Local News

AUGUST

MONDAY 7

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

TUESDAY 8

Coplay Borough Council meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.

WEDNESDAY 9

Whitehall Township Legal and Legislative Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

THURSDAY 10

Heroin, opioid problem topic at meeting

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

More than 50 concerned citizens gathered at the Teamsters Local 773 Union Hall, Whitehall, July 24 to listen to a panel of speakers discuss the ongoing heroin and opioid addiction problem that is plaguing the state and country, too often with fatal consequences.

Co-hosting the event were Dennis Hower, president of Teamsters Local 773; Tom Tosti, director of AFSCME District Council 88; Gregg Potter, president of Lehigh Labor Council; and state Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd.

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.

Feral felines

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay OKs new group to control cat population

At its regular meeting July 18, Coplay Borough Council unanimously approved a measure to authorize The Sanctuary at Haafsville to provide feral cat services to borough residents.

The issue has been debated at council meetings since March. Until this measure secured approval, the borough relied on an in-house cat committee run by resident volunteers to keep feral cats under control. The local group was unable to keep up with the demand and unable to attract enough volunteers.

Adaptive reuse legislation upheld

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Zoning board strikes down challenge of affordable housing parking study

Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board, at a July 18 session, upheld the township’s new adaptive reuse legislation regarding converting vacant commercial structures into affordable housing units.

The board’s action struck down an appeal by PVC Third St. L.P. and Quarry St. Whitehall Development L.P. — two entities owned by Bethlehem Township developer Abe Atiyeh — challenging the validity of the ordinance, specifically the parking study.

Crematory plan is approved for Fullerton

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Longtime vault, burial company to build unit at site of existing business

Wilbert Vault & Burial Company, owned by Joseph B. Beidler, was given approval July 18 by Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board to establish a crematory at 213 Catasauqua Ave., Fullerton.

Beidler said his business, which provides casket vaults, grave site opening and closing services, and chairs and tents for memorials, is located in proximity to two cemeteries. He added he has seen an uptick in cremations along with requests for such services.

The company, which has been in business for more than four decades, is located in an industrial-zoned district.