Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Survey shows support for historic district

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

Hokendauqua property owners favor moving forward with preservation

A recently completed survey of property owners in the proposed Hokendauqua historic district has revealed a majority supports the project.

In a report from Howard Lieberman, director of the Whitehall Township Economic Development Authority, 171 property owners within the residential neighborhood around the former Thomas Iron Works in Hokendauqua were sent surveys asking for feedback about the proposed district.

Lieberman said nearly 67 percent of respondents said they favored moving forward on the project.

Candidates forum planned for May 2

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The League of Women Voters of Northampton and Lehigh counties are co-sponsoring a candidates forum for the new 7th Congressional District 7-8:30 p.m. May 2. It is being hosted by Northampton Community College and will take place in Alumnae Hall on the main campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township. Doors open 6:30 p.m. to allow some time to meet and greet candidates. Parking is plentiful.

Making progress

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Coplay-Northampton Bridge project is back on track after early work delay

With May approaching, the construction of the new state-of-the-art Coplay-Northampton Bridge will enter its second year.

A bumpy start in 2017 had the project, anticipated to begin last April, delayed for several weeks. Rick Molchany, director of general services and Lehigh County’s point man for major projects such as the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, was optimistic that the project is back on track and moving forward.

‘The Power of a Pivot’ offers tools, tips for happiness

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Imagine choosing to add more joy to one’s life each day.

That is the vision of Nancy Werteen, a resident of the Parkland School District, and Kim Howie, of Center Valley, authors of the book “The Power of a Pivot.”

In their book, Werteen and Howie offer tools and tips for a better understanding of the path to true happiness.

They are also co-founders of The Wisdom Coalition, an organization that helps women connect and commit to their passions and shared wisdom. Readers of The Wisdom Coalition’s monthly newsletter suggested the two share their knowledge through a book.

Lehigh County Authority’s future in contention

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

After hearing objections to extending the charter of the Lehigh County Authority, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, on the advice of county Director of General Services Richard Molchany, passed a resolution March 28 to schedule an information-gathering hearing before the next regular meeting.

“There are some scary numbers here,” commissioners President Marty Nothstein said in support of Molchany’s suggestion.

“We need to take as long as necessary,” Commissioner Amy Zanelli said. “I’m not going to rush this kind of decision.”

Coplay council OKs new $1.8 million bond issue

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

Money to be used for firetruck, costs for proposed municipal building

Coplay Borough Council voted unanimously to approve a new bond issue at its regular meeting April 10.

The new note is a $1.8 million general obligation bond. Funds from the loan will be used to pay off an existing obligation, purchase a new firetruck and fund soft costs for a proposed new municipal building.

The ordinance established a sinking fund for the bond obligation. A sinking fund requires the borough to set aside money for the repayment of the debt.

Fire calls

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


A false alarm at 714 Grape St. brought out Stations 38 and 3503 (deputy chief).

Stations 3501 and 3503 responded to a cooking fire, confined to a container, at 50 N. Seventh St.


On North First Avenue, Station 34 assisted police or other governmental agency.


Stations 37 and 38 responded to a false alarm at 2520 MacArthur Road.

A motor vehicle accident with injuries on MacArthur Road was handled by Stations 35 and 36.

Station 36 assisted police or other governmental agency on Scherersville Road.


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



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


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


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.