Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

County executive submits budget plan

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

On Aug. 31, Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, officials and residents received their first look at the proposed budget for 2019 when Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong presented his first budget since assuming office.

After a visual presentation of supporting charts and documents, Armstrong gave the hefty 488-page budget to Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty.

To make the proposed $506.1 million budget (themed “Back to the Future”) balance, Armstrong resurrected the 2015 millage rate of 3.79.

Rap of the Gavel

Wednesday, September 19, 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.

Fire calls

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by The Press in Local News

SEPT. 10

Stations 36, 37 and 38 responded to an unintentional alarm system activation at 3731 Lehigh St.

A motor vehicle accident with injuries on Fairmont Avenue brought out Stations 36 and 3501.

Stations 36 and 3501 responded to an unintentional alarm transmission at 828 Third St.

At 212 American St., a cooking fire, confined to a container, was handled by Stations 36, 37, 3501 and 3503 (deputy chief).

SEPT. 11

An unintentional alarm system activation at 3020 Fellowship Drive brought out Stations 37 and 38.

Event aids adoption, foster care group

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

The American Club of Coplay was transformed Aug. 11 into a pool hall. Members of the Sunday Pool League, with their custom-made cue sticks, played in the tournament for bragging rights and, more importantly, for charity. The event benefited Diakon Adoption & Foster Care.

Reminiscent of decades back when there was a pool hall at Second and Center streets, the club hosted participants who racked up the balls on their way to reach the goal of $4,000, according to Amanda Bakelaar, the pool league’s vice president.

Coplay considers intersection fix

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough council deciding on best option for Second, Chestnut streets

With the Coplay-Northampton Bridge under construction, Coplay Borough decided to fix the intersection at Second and Chestnut streets. Township Engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, presented his findings at the Coplay Borough Council meeting Sept. 11.

Council members had expressed their concerns about the intersection during several prior meetings. The goal, as Councilman Charles Sodl expressed it, is to make the borough’s busiest intersection as good as it can be.

Making it the best includes a good base.

Whitehall man medals at Transplant Games

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Mark Payson donated kidney in 2010

Mark Payson, of Whitehall, won several medals during the 2018 Transplant Games of America, held Aug. 2-7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He won gold in the 1500m, 800m and 400m, silver in the 1500m walk and 5K and bronze in the high jump while representing Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties on Team Philadelphia.

Payson donated one of his kidneys in 2010.

There were 12 competitors from the Lehigh Valley on Team Philadelphia, which covered eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

Quarry’s ‘significant smell’ is identified

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Coplay Aggregates representative says odor caused by rotting vegetation

A pervasive odor in the northern end of Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough last month was caused by rotting vegetation in the quarry at Coplay Aggregates, township officials reported at the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting Sept. 10.

Officials said the Whitehall Township Fire Department and the state Department of Environmental Protection responded Aug. 23 to investigate what Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. called a “significant smell.”