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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.

Picnic is Aug. 2

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

The borough's population will swell Sunday, Aug. 2, when St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church holds its 61st annual parish family picnic and homecoming on its spacious grounds on Fifth Street.

Families, who over the years have moved out of town, will return for the celebration with local families.

While there is no official count of those attending the homecoming, estimates put the crowds in the 2,000 range.

More than just a fundraiser for the church, the one-day event is, by any measure, a homecoming celebration, reuniting families and friends.

Businesses growing in Coplay

Thursday, July 23, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

The borough's lower end, where commerce prospered decades ago before shopping centers and malls came on the scene, is making a comeback of sorts.

Signs of a rebirth are evident on Second and Chestnut streets.

The latest addition to Second Street is Barry Lovelace Athletic Training Academy, located in the long-vacant Merchants National Bank.

A suite or two in the same brick structure could be occupied by tenants later this year.

Stanley Reinhard Jr.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

His passing a loss for Coplay

The passing of Stanley Reinhard Jr. leaves a void in the borough.

This Coplay resident served the community in various appointments and volunteer work.

In his early years, he was borough fire chief. He was also involved in church and community service projects and the planning commission.

It was Reinhard's commitment to his position of commander of the Coplay American Legion, Post 426, that propelled him as the Pennsylvania American Legion Adjutant, CEO of one of the country's largest Legion posts.

Cleanup continues in borough

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Cleanup by the borough's employees and residents continues this week in the wake of the devastating storm last Tuesday that left tens of thousands of dollars in damage to properties and vehicles.

Hail, the size of golf balls, bounced off homes and car roofs and hoods.

Large areas of the borough lost power, but Giant Foods remained open, using its generator but roping off the refrigerated and frozen food sections.

Television stations were quick on the scene, filming in the borough and Whitehall Township.

Elvis impersonator to perform at pool

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Elvis will be in town to get the Fourth of July holiday off to a rousing start.

Elvis, aka Andy Svreck, will be at Coplay's Parkway Pool on Friday, July 3 for two shows, 6 and 8 p.m.

There is a fee to see the show, which is just one of several special attractions planned for poolside,


Residents are reminded there is a large receptacle in the borough hall lobby on Fourth Street to dispose of unwanted or outdated medications.

The public is asked not to dispose of the medications when they put the garbage out for collection.


Coplay police investigating overnight theft, vandalism at pool

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Police Log

An overnight break-in June 24 at Coplay's Parkway Pool rocked borough officials, who said it was the first major occurrence in memory since the pool's opening in the 1970s.

Patrol Officer William Globosits discovered the heavy steel doors at the pool's entrance ajar at 3:45 a.m. and immediately informed Councilman Steve Burker, recreation committee chairman, and Council President Lou Bodish.