To a full house at Maza Middle Eastern Cuisine in Whitehall, Alberta Scarfaro announced her candidacy for magisterial district judge in Whitehall’s District 31-1-07. Scarfaro discussed her family’s history in the Lehigh Valley and emphasized the role the Whitehall community has played in her life and in the life of her family.
Dave Harrington, president of Lehigh Valley For All, has announced his bid for a Lehigh County at-large commissioner seat.
He said he is running to ensure that Lehigh County government is focused on community, transparency and justice.
Harrington grew up in the Lehigh Valley and currently lives in Coopersburg. He works in Allentown as an immigration attorney, protecting the rights of his clients and fighting for them to see their day in court.
Kenneth P. Stephens Jr. has announced his candidacy for the upcoming magisterial district judge race in the 31-1-07 Judicial District, which encompasses Whitehall Township and the Borough of Coplay.
Stephens was born in Allentown in 1964. He graduated from William Allen High School in 1982 and Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice in 1986.
He has lived in Whitehall since 1990 with his wife, Donna, and their three children, Zachary, Dylan and Taylor.
Mayor Michael P. Harakal Jr. has announced his candidacy for election to the office of mayor of Whitehall.
He was appointed to the position in April of 2018 to fill the term of former Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. after Hozza resigned to take the position of Lehigh County director of administration.
He mentioned he originally intended only to finish out Hozza’s term but has since changed his intentions.
Todd P. Heffelfinger, a retired Whitehall Township police officer, has announced his candidacy for the upcoming magisterial district judge race in the 31-1-07 Judicial District, which encompasses Whitehall Township and the Borough of Coplay. Heffelfinger received his certificate as a magisterial district judge in December of 2017.
Heffelfinger, 56, is a 25-1/2-year veteran of Whitehall Township Police Department. Since retiring in December 2015, Heffelfinger has been employed by Lehigh County Sheriff’s Department as a full-time deputy sheriff.
State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, recently announced the awarding of $69,000 in competitive grants to local career and technical schools for the purchase of new equipment aligned to training students in high-demand jobs.
Woman’s Club of Whitehall has named Nashelit Ochoa as the Girl of the Month for December 2018.
She is the daughter of Ms. Patricia Jaramillo and Mr. Elias Ochoa, of Whitehall.
Ochoa has earned high honor roll for all marking periods.
She is a member of SERVE Club (president), Art Club (secretary), Leo Club (president), Interact (president), London Club and German Club.
She is president of National Honor Society and belongs to Mu Alpha Theta and the Science and English honor societies.
Thomas Capehart has announced his candidacy for judge of Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.
Capehart, a registered Republican, said he is running as a further extension of his longtime commitment to community service.
“My active involvement in our community, coupled with my nearly 30 years of experience across a broad spectrum of the law, makes me uniquely qualified to effectively deal with the issues that come before the court,” he said.
Bret Legath, of Coplay, received a $500 scholarship from the Coplay Scholarship Fund following a brief ceremony Dec. 26, 2018, at Paulie’s Family Restaurant, 1214 Chestnut St.
Legath is a freshman at Shippensburg University. The 2018 Whitehall High School graduate is also a member of the Shippensburg football team. An elementary education major, he plans a career as an educator.
He resides on Fifth Street with his parents, Rich and Lisa.
Legath was required to submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words, answering the prompt “What Local Government Means to Me.”
Lehigh County Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks has announced she will run for judge in the county’s Court of Common Pleas.