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Group wins sixth award

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Local News

Coplay's Town Watch has received its sixth award for outstanding achievement by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).

In addition to the 2012 award the Coplay group has received the distinction from the NATW in the years 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009.

At a gathering Dec. 19, Town Watch member regular meeting of the Coplay Town Watch, Bill Leiner, Jr commended members of the group for their efforts throughout the year. Dan McNeill, state representative elect, was on hand to congratulate the Town Watch before departing for another engagement.

Zoners grant curb exemption

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Fellowship to construct additional units

Fellowship Community, by far the largest senior facility in Whitehall Township, is now ready to embark on its final development.

At a hearing last week, the Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board of Adjustment granted Fellowship Community, known earlier as Fellowship Manor, a variance to the township's zoning ordinance requiring curbs or guard rails be installed next to parking areas.

Fellowship Community said the request was made for the residents' safety.

Apartment complexes appealing tax assessments

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Four apartment complexes in Whitehall Township have submitted real estate assessment appeals to the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas in an attempt to have their assessments reduced.

Lower assessments for the apartment complexes would result in lower school and township property taxes.

The appeals lodged with the county court are from Village Square Apartments, Mickley Run Apartments, Jordan Park Apartments and Lehigh Valley Apartments, according to a report submitted to the Board of Commissioners by Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr.

McNeill to take oath of office

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Pennsylvania state Representative-elect Dan McNeill will take his oath of office at noon Tuesday, Jan. 1.

McNeill will begin serving the 133rd Legislative District following the ceremony at the capital. McNeill fills the seat held by Joseph Brennan, who chose not to seek re-election.

McNeill resides with his wife, Jeanne, and family in Hokendauqua. The 133rd District includes much of Whitehall Township, Coplay, Catasauqua and parts of Bethlehem.

Whitehall postpones plastics vote

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

For the second time, the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners last Monday tabled a vote on an application by National Plastics Corporation.

The company seeks approval to relocate its Palmer Township operation to an industrial site on Lehigh Avenue. The site includes 40,000 square feet of space at the former Tarkett floor covering plant.

During a three-hour hearing last Monday, several residents living in the neighborhood raised concerns, including noise, air pollution, traffic and the possibility of fire.

Staying alive

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS in Local News

Library seeks funding solutions

By the end of 2013, without any additional funding from the borough, Coplay Public Library will be $31,700 in the hole.

"Obviously, after that, it would only get worse," Natalie Reichl, president of the Coplay Library Board, told Coplay Borough Council Monday night. "We would be the only library in Pennsylvania to close for lack of funding."

At a special meeting Dec, 17, called by council to consider the 2013 budget, Reichl asked for help.