Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Road to be closed

Thursday, October 18, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Center Street from Route 145/MacArthur Road to Sixth Street will be closed Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19, and Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22 and 23, for the installation of a replacement sewer line.

The detour will be from Chestnut Street at Paulie's Restaurant in Coplay north on Ruch to either Ash and Columbia streets to Route 145/MacArthur Road or to Chestnut Street west to MacArthur Road at Sheetz.

The road will be closed so that contractor Joao & Bradley can install a replacement sewer line.

Township budget unveiled

Thursday, October 18, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Whitehall residents once again will be spared a tax increase.

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. rolled out the $19.6 million 2013 preliminary budget at a press conference Friday at the municipal building.

Hozza looked back five years ago when the recession began, gripping the nation and communities such as Whitehall, to the present where the recovery is taking hold.

Closed door comments

Thursday, October 18, 2012 by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS in Local News

Opinions reflect political strife

Coplay Borough confirmed in writing no council committee meeting schedules or minutes exist for the current year.

Last week, The Press filed a written right-to-know request with the borough for a list of committee meeting dates, times, places and minutes for all meetings held since January.

"Your request cannot be fulfilled as no documents exist for the requested records and, as such, no copies can be provided," says the borough's response, dated Oct. 15 and signed by Sandra Gyecsek, right-to-know officer. She is also borough secretary-treasurer.

Farm bureau honors Congressman Dent

Thursday, October 18, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was recently honored with The Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for consistently voting in favor of the farming community.

"The award recognizes those members of congress who support policies that help farmers obtain profitability with less regulatory interference and increase demand for U.S. products through new uses and enhanced trade opportunities," said Arland Schantz, governmental relations director for the Lehigh County Farm Bureau.

Closed doors in Coplay

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS in Local News

Borough says committee meetings need not be open to public

Coplay Borough Council members contend they are not violating the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act by holding committee meetings behind closed doors.

"Committee meetings, we don't have to schedule anything," said Council President Lou Bodish Tuesday night when asked by The Press for a schedule of committee meeting dates, times and minutes. He confirmed the meetings are not advertised or open to the public.

When told by The Press the borough may be in violation of the Sunshine Act, a state law requiring open government meetings, Bodish said, "It is not."

Dogs strut their stuff during Doggie Day

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by ANDREW MARK Special to The Press in Local News

Full of energy and excitement, many dogs barked and sniffed throughout the grounds of Whitehall Parkway during the Whitehall Doggie Day and Pet Parade Saturday, Sept. 29.

The event, sponsored by Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce, allowed residents to bring their dogs to the park to participate in different events.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Animal Health and Welfare Center, Peaceable Kingdom and Lehigh Valley CART.

Vendors' booths filled the park and dogs with their owners perused the animal-friendly marketplace.

Lions begin annual fund drive

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Residents should have received information in the mail on the Coplay Lions Club's annual fundraiser.

A self-addressed envelope along with a one-page summary of the organization's mission, programs and projects, was sent recently to each borough resident.

"The Coplay Lions Club provides many services ... some of which you may not be aware," said Lions President Frank Luizer, in the summary.

Twp. pools, Camp Whitehall in red

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Although the walls and waters of Whitehall Township's three public swimming pools are a bright blue, they're operating in a sea of red.

In a report released Monday at the township commissioners meeting, Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. said a financial accounting was performed on the summer programs run by the township.

"The pools, once again, will run in the red for about $100,000," Hozza stated. The township has three pools – Cementon, Parkview and Jefferson.