Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Developer proposes cottage community

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Zoning change sought for MacArthur Road independent living residences

Developer Abraham Atiyeh went before Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at its workshop meeting Dec. 2 to present a plan for what he says would be the only “stand-alone, independent living cottage community” in the Lehigh Valley.

To build it, Atiyeh is asking for a zoning change from R-4, medium density, to R-3, special care community, for a 14.75-acre property at 3101 MacArthur Road.

He said the proposed Cottages of Whitehall would have 80 independent living cottages ranging in size from 576 square feet to 784 square feet.

DA announces charges filed in Oct. 18 homicide in Whitehall

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Nov. 21 that charges have been filed in relation to the Oct. 18 homicide of Jeffrey Werner inside his Whitehall Township home.

Dakota Schmoyer, 27, no known address, and Michael Layton, 26, of Bethlehem, have been charged with criminal homicide, a felony of the first degree.

Schmoyer and Layton are also charged with one count each of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, both felonies of the first degree.

Schmoyer is currently incarcerated in Lehigh County Jail on unrelated charges.

Let the light show begin

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Whitehall couple uses holiday display to collect for Second Harvest Food Bank

Each year, Joe and Carol Polenchar “deck the halls” of their 36 Franklin St., Whitehall, home for the holiday season. This year promises not to disappoint.

According to the Polenchars, they add to the show every year. They report having 208 channels, two 8-foot mega trees, an 8-foot spiral tree, several mini trees, arches and fans as part of the massive display that adorns the front of their home. One of the most exciting features is the decorations and lights move and change to the music they play.

CWSA will review Eberhart station plans

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Board working on finalizing 2020 budget; no rate increase is expected

At its Nov. 21 regular meeting, Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority’s board concentrated on details to close out the end of the year.

The main unresolved issue was completing the update plans for the Eberhart Road pump station. These plans were delayed while other plans were made to integrate solar power as part of the power source. The solar project has been canceled, and the new installation will move forward.

The board is concentrating on preparing the 2020 budget. At this point, the board is confident there will be no increase in sewer rates.

Giving back

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Steckel student raises funds, donates books to children at Lehigh Valley Hospital

In today’s fast-paced world, thinking about others sometimes becomes an afterthought — but one Whitehall-Coplay School District second-grader completed her mission to cheer up sick and injured children at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital Nov. 19.

Fire calls

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by The Press in Local News

NOV. 11

Stations 35, 36, 39, 40 and 3502 (deputy chief) responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Roosevelt Street.

NOV. 12

An unintentional smoke detector activation brought Stations 35, 37, 38 and 3502 to 3326 Thomas St.

NOV. 13

Stations 35 and 38 were on the scene of an electrical wiring or equipment problem on Water Street.

An accident on Route 22 was handled by Station 37.

Stations 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 3502 responded to an unintentional alarm system activation at 1177 Sixth St.