Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mayor details proposed budget

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall Township’s Oct. 13 release of its proposed 2018 budget — totaling $22.7 million — had nothing to do with Friday the 13th superstitions, but more with the Home Rule Charter mandate that the plan be made public by Oct. 15, which, this year, fell on a Sunday.

The budget, which now goes to the board of commissioners for hearings, spells good news for residents — in particular, in terms of property tax, garbage assessment and earned income tax.

“The proposed 2018 budget...

Engineer: Stormwater issue involves 2 municipalities

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay Borough Council took action at its meeting Oct. 10 to address stormwater problems at Tapler Drive and 12th Street, where water complaints have spanned nearly two decades.

Council authorized township Engineer Daniel Witczak to revamp plans that are on record. Part of the problem is that stormwater flows across land in Coplay and Whitehall Township. The solution to containing the water will require both municipalities to address the problem. Witczak will contact Whitehall...

Borghesani pleads guilty to corruption of minors charge

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by PAUL CMIL in Police Log

Former Whitehall High School teacher David Andrew Borghesani appeared before Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach Oct. 9 and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors. It was a culmination of an investigative process that began last October with allegations from parents of the teacher’s misbehavior.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30.

According to Whitehall-Coplay School District Solicitor Jeffrey Sultanik, the board’s involvement into the matter ended when...


Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Local News



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

Hokendauqua: Students rehearse for ‘Babes in Toyland’

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Students in grades 1-8 are invited to participate in Camp Rhythmo’s holiday production of “Babes in Toyland.” All students will be cast.

Here’s a little information about the production: “Set in the mythical world of Mother Goose rhymes, this show will delight audiences, both young and old. The villainous Barnaby has fallen in love with sweet Mistress Mary Quite Contrary. If he can’t buy her love, he’ll force her to marry him by threatening to foreclose on her mother, the poor Widow...

Cementon/Egypt: Basket party planned

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Columns

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 4102 S. Church St., is planning a basket party with more than 300 prizes. The event will run 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 28 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29. The drawing begins 2 p.m. Oct. 29.

Homemade food and baked goods will be on sale. You do not need to be present to win.

Call 610-262-9315 or 610-533-2794 for more information.


Egypt Fire Company is hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner 5-8 p.m. Nov. 3. The dinner will be held in the...

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

OCT. 2

In the 200 block of Limestone Street, members of the department responded to a report of a disturbance. Police said the person left.

An assault occurred in the 700 block of Front Street, police said. The department is continuing the investigation.

On Pine Street, a subject was located.

At the department, 90 Bridge St., a soliciting permit was issued.

A dispute between brothers in...

New fire company in borough

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by CURATOR, ATLAS CEMENT COMPANY MEMORIAL MUSEUM in Columns

Volunteer fire companies are comprised of dedicated men and women who provide valuable services to our communities. They spend countless hours in training, preparing to protect our citizens from fire and natural disasters.

I was given some rare photographs of the Alliance Fire Company from one of my fine former students, Ruth Miller. Ruth, for years, has owned a well-known Northampton insurance agency. Both her father and mother were active in the Alliance Fire Company and the ladies...

Catasauqua: St. Mary’s Church plans Octoberfest

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Columns

St. Mary’s Church, 122 Union St., is excited to announce its first-ever Octoberfest. The event will take place Oct. 21 beginning 5 p.m. (following the 4 p.m. Mass), in the parish center and parking lot. This event will feature German foods — knockwurst, bratwurst, pork, spaetzle and kraut — as well as Octoberfest beers and wine. There will be dancing and music provided by the Joe Weber Band. The event will conclude 9 p.m.

For more information, contact the parish office at 610-264-0332...