Bethlehem Press

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Jeanne McNeill accepts 133rd nomination

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

With an overwhelming endorsement by the Lehigh County Democratic Executive Committee and the state’s Democratic leadership Oct. 4, Jeanne McNeill accepted the party’s nomination to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of her husband, Daniel.

The 133rd District includes portions of Hanover (Lehigh County), Whitehall and Salisbury townships, Bethlehem (Lehigh County) and Catasauqua, Coplay and Fountain Hill boroughs.

Jeanne McNeill accepts 133rd nomination

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

With an overwhelming endorsement by Lehigh County Democratic Executive Committee and the state’s Democratic leadership Oct. 4, Jeanne McNeill accepted the party’s nomination to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of her husband, Daniel.

The 133rd District includes portions of Hanover (Lehigh County), Whitehall and Salisbury townships, Bethlehem (Lehigh County) and Catasauqua, Coplay and Fountain Hill boroughs.

Community remembers McNeill as hardworking, bigger than life

Monday, September 11, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Services for state legislator, set for Sept. 13, 14

A stunned public reacted to the Sept. 8 death of state Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd, many of them unaware the 70-year-old Hokendauqua resident had been battling cancer, as he had carried out his work without interruption and with determination and a smile.

Congregation gathers to share Trinity memories

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

The final service at Trinity United Church of Christ, Coplay, Aug. 6 had the congregation in the pews for two hours, much longer than usual.

Emotions swept over the families present. Men and women clung to every Scripture read and each hymn sung. They were in no hurry to leave, realizing it was the final chapter in the church’s 146 years of serving its members and the community.

On leaving the church for the final time, there were many teary-eyed persons; voices crackling were met with warm embraces on the realization Trinity UCC has closed its doors forever.

Adaptive reuse ordinance is challenged

Monday, July 10, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Developer of proposed Quarry St. apartments requests ruling by zoners

Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board on July 18 will rule on an appeal by PVC Third St. L.P. and Quarry St. Whitehall Development L.P. — two entities owned by developer Abe Atiyeh — requesting the board of commissioners change an ordinance to allow Pathstone Housing Corp. of Pennsylvania to convert a long-idle apparel factory at 215 Quarry St. into 49 low- and moderate-income apartments.

Atiyeh is challenging the validity of the ordinance, specifically the parking study.

Casual gathering for Halal

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Community

The June 5 death of Magisterial District Judge Robert Halal, who served the communities of Whitehall and Coplay, stunned not only the community but the region, and folks came together Saturday evening at Egypt Memorial Park to celebrate his life and legacy.

More than a thousand people waited in line to offer condolences to Halal’s wife, Denise, and other members of the family. The line at times stretched from just inside the park to the pavilion. Some waited an hour to talk to the family about “Bobby,” his engaging smile and his passion to put others before his own welfare.

MacArthur Road 75th celebration is about to begin

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Banners will be placed soon

Over the next several days, MacArthur Road will be lined with more than 150 banners celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Once a two-lane road connecting Egypt to Allentown, MacArthur Road has been transformed over the years to six lanes and is recognized as the prime commercial hub in the region with shopping malls, stores of every persuasion and a wide selection of restaurants.

The township will officially kick off the celebration at the April 10 meeting of the board of commissioners.

Playing for the president

Monday, January 30, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

County bagpiper performs at inauguration festivities

Gene Kutzler of Northampton recalled his father, Paul, a bugler with Northampton American Legion Drum and Bugle Band, marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1953 inauguration parade for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Now, decades later, Kutzler was thrilled to be part of the inauguration celebration for President Donald J. Trump as a pipe major with Celtic United Pipes and Drums, which performed at the Lincoln Memorial two Thursdays ago.

Gov. Wolf says FedEx mega-hub is ‘big deal for all of us’

Monday, August 22, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

History was written Aug. 5 at the groundbreaking ceremony for FedEx Ground’s $335 million packaging plant in Allen Township. It will be the largest-ever such facility FedEx will have in the United States as well as the most major development the township has seen since 1895 when Atlas Cement Company arrived.

With a backdrop of two large FedEx trucks, speakers addressed the crowd of about 100 businessmen and women. Gov. Tom Wolf, elected officials, and FedEx executives and personnel spoke on the importance of the created jobs and commerce FedEx Ground is bringing to the region.

Northampton County--Murray sworn in as a county judge

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by AL RECKER in Local News

A packed crowd of well-wishers, which spilled out into the aisles March 18 for newly installed Judge Samuel P, Murray at Northampton County Courthouse, was a mix of pomp, circumstance, humor and reflection.

President Judge Stephen Baratta swore in Murray, of Hanover Township, whose roots are in Easton, as the county’s newest judge to thundering applause from the large crowd of family, lawyers, elected officials, the entire county bench and many friends who were active in Murray’s election campaign.