Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Fire calls

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by The Press in Local News

JULY 9

Stations 36 and 3502 (deputy chief) responded to a water problem at 3 Maryland Circle.

JULY 10

A trash or rubbish fire at 2601 MacArthur Road brought out Stations 37, 38 and 3501.

JULY 11

Stations 39, 40, 3502 and 3503 (deputy chief) were on the scene of a brush fire at 4689 S. Church St.

Station 39 performed a good intent call at 4757 Overlook Road.

JULY 12

A motor vehicle accident with injuries at 731 Jordan Parkway brought out Stations 35, 36 and 3501.

Craziest mini-golf tournament raises money for charities

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Putt U Miniature Golf, 5201 Route 309, Center Valley, held the “Craziest Mini-Golf Tournament Ever” July 14 and donated a total of $6,000 to local charities.

In this special tournament, golfers played 18 holes with anything but a regular putter. No golf clubs were allowed, so players were encouraged to bring the most creative and outrageous gadget they could to putt with.

Coplay officials concerned about quarry

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Council says it will monitor situation after EPA claims PCB-level violation

At the July 10 meeting of Coplay Borough Council, Councilmen Stephen Burker and Charles Sodl updated council on a July 9 meeting in Wind Gap about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, PCB, recently found in the Coplay Aggregates quarry.

“The three-hour session was informative,” Sodl said. “We heard a lot from people that live near the quarry and the impact these problems have on their lives.”

The quarry is located at 5001 W. Coplay Road, Whitehall Township.

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Michael J. Jablonski

Mr. Michael Jablonski was reared in Reading and attended St. Peter’s Elementary School, later graduating from Holy Name High School in 1984. He especially remembered Mr. Reardon and Mr. John Gallagher, former teachers who influenced him. Michael also played baseball at the high school.

He recalled, “Computers were in their infancy, so I decided to enroll in a Reading computer-technical school to learn the basics of programming. I felt there was opportunity in this relatively new technology.”

Rap of the Gavel

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by The Press in Local News

JULY

THURSDAY 19

Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.

TUESDAY 24

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

WEDNESDAY 25

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.

Toll increases on turnpike set for 2019

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a 6-percent toll increase for 2019 both for E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to start 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6, 2019.

The toll increase will apply to all turnpike sections and extensions, including the westbound Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point (No. 359) in Bucks County, where tolls have not changed since January 2016.

Bringing back the bike patrol

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Whitehall officers pedaling in community policing effort

The last time Whitehall Township Police Department’s bicycle unit patrolled the streets was 2004 — but thanks to a proactive staff and the local business community, officers are once again hitting the pavement.

Chief Michael Marks, a 20-year veteran of the force, credits Lt. Greg Bealer, a member of the original bicycle unit, for the push to bring the program back. Other officers quickly got on board and went from business to business to request support for the program.

Fireworks may be legal in Pennsylvania, but ...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

distance rule precludes activity in much of Whitehall, fire chief says

Fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles and bottle rockets are now legal in Pennsylvania, but in Whitehall Township, there are few, if any, places they can be set off legally, according to township Fire Chief David Nelson.

At the July 9 meeting, he informed the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners that it is illegal to set off fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure — and that precludes most of the township. However, residents are complaining that fireworks are being set off constantly in the township.

County commissioners hear from worker opposed to union dues withdrawal

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

It’s not often U.S. Supreme Court decisions are cited in the chambers of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, but county employee Francisco Molina did exactly that June 27 when he addressed the board during the public comment portion of the agenda.

Molina, who has worked for the county since 2004 and for the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth since 2006, said he does not want the county to provide his banking information to Service Employees International Union for automatic withdrawals of union dues from his bank account.