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Good Shepherd Catholic School hires new principal

Thursday, August 18, 2016 by AL RECKER in School

John Paul Crescenzo, newly named principal at Good Shepherd Catholic School, Northampton, brings with him a mix of experience and a fresh approach in his role to provide the elementary students a solid forward-looking curriculum and a strong Catholic environment.

Crescenzo, a youthful 35-year-old educator, was chosen by a school board committee because of his well-rounded background, both professional and personal.

He is the father of two boys, ages 4 and 7.

Ironton Rail Trail turning 20 June 12 event begins with 5-K walk/run

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

The Ironton Rail Trail (IRT) will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a ribbon cutting June 12 on its trail that extends into North Whitehall Township. Also featured are a 5-K walk/run and exhibits. The ceremony will follow the race.

Officials from Coplay Borough and Whitehall and North Whitehall townships are expected to participate in the program. State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, and state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, also will attend.

Mayors support new seniors fair

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Beginning with the statement, “I have a major announcement,” at the May 9 Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners President Phillips Armstrong reported a seniors fair is being sponsored by the three mayors in the area — North Catasauqua Mayor Bill Molchany, Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock and Whitehall Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr.

It will be an event the area has not seen before, Armstrong said.

Dubbed The Great Northern Seniors Fair, the fair will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 5 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave., Northampton.

Cement museum opens May 8

Thursday, May 5, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, Northampton, which enjoys a worldwide reputation and is the only such museum in the United States, opens its doors for the 2016 season May 8. The museum will be open at no cost to the public 1-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays through Sept. 25.

The museum, 1401 Laubach Ave., recognizes present and former cement mills that dotted the region, but the museum’s main focus is on the rich history of the Atlas plant, which closed in 1982, and the thousands of men and women who worked there.

Whitehall commissioner seeks Harhart’s 183rd District seat

Thursday, February 11, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Phillips Armstrong launched his campaign for state representative of the 183rd Legislative District Jan. 28 before an enthusiastic crowd at Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club, Northampton, stating, “If you want to make a difference, you have to make an impact.”

Whitehall Township Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. introduced Armstrong at the campaign opener.

Armstrong, president of Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by state Rep. Julie Harhart, who announced she will not seek re-election.

McNeill seeks re-election for 133rd District

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

State Rep. Dan McNeill, D-133rd, surrounded by family and friends announced he is seeking re-election for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a seat he has held for the past two terms. The kick-off was held at Palace Pizza, Hokendauqua, Whitehall Township, Jan. 27.

During his re-election announcement, McNeill said paychecks for legislators should be put on the back burner if a state budget fails to pass by June 30.

Museum had 2,740 visitors

Thursday, January 28, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, the only museum in the United States honed to retain the legacy of Universal Atlas Cement Company, whose Northampton plant produced cement for the Empire State Building, Panama Canal and other great landmarks, drew 2,740 visitors in 2015.

Visitors from abroad came from India, Malaysia, Germany and three provinces from Canada. They join visitors from previous years who came from China, Mexico, Austria, England and other countries.

Coplay experiences largest property transfer sale

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

One of the largest property transfer sales in Coplay that has taken place in recent memory is the two-story brick structure at North Third and Hall streets, which was sold for $446,250, something unheard of in the borough.

Borough coffers were enriched by $2,231, the same for the school district.

The structure houses the American Club of Coplay in the basement, bar and bowling alleys, apartments and a dance studio on the top floor.

Decades past, the first floor had a state liquor store and post office. A women's veterans organization held its meetings on the top floor.

Recreation & Welfare celebrates 60 years

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association is noting its 60th anniversary.

In keeping with its purpose to serve the community in a myriad of programs and projects, the association is holding its annual fund drive this month and next.

The organization organizes many events in the borough, such as the Halloween parade, Christmas tree-lighting and concert and children's Easter egg hunt.

It also provides scholarships to high school seniors and backpacks and school supplies to students as well as offers food and monetary assistance to those in emergency situations.

Bridge could open in October

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Lehigh County to seek FEMA funds to repair damages from June 30 storm

Projections just released by Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, show the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, under construction since late 2013, could be open to traffic as soon as October.

"That is the goal," Molchany told The Press recently. "We are making progress."

Earlier estimates had put the bridge opening in December.

Molchany said he would have more definitive information after an upcoming meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and HRI Contractors.