Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Coplay: Annual church picnic is canceled

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by The Press in Columns

St. Peter Roman Catholic Church has canceled its annual homecoming picnic because of the coronavirus pandemic.

There may be follow-up opportunities to purchase picnic food in the future.


The tot lot and Coplay Parkway have now been open to the public since the county moved to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s green phase.

Entry to the borough hall is also now open to the public; however, people must wear masks and will have access only to the borough office and police station.

Guest View

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

Follow fireworks rules, restrictions

As the July Fourth holiday draws closer, so do the calls and complaints to my office about fireworks activity.

This year, it seems as though the annual tradition in communities here and across the commonwealth has reached a heightened level of activity. Perhaps one might say people are especially keen on releasing extra stress brought out by the COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantine that halted get-togethers.

Stiles: Have a safe Fourth of July

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Enjoy celebrating the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

We are in the green phase of the pandemic, but we still have to be careful and social distance.

If you are celebrating with a few close family members and friends, enjoy the picnic food and drink. Also, pick a designated driver to get everyone home safely.

If you choose to have your own fireworks display, follow directions carefully, as fireworks are very dangerous. Also, be mindful of pets and others in the neighborhood who cannot tolerate the loud noises.

Be safe!


Another View

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

Staying on top of the summer slide

My son, Benjamin, and I recently finished reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. I am not sure who enjoyed the book more — he or I! Dahl provides children and adults great imagination through text.

Ben, who is only 3, and I love to create a picture in our minds from the chapters I read to him. He got such a kick out of the character Violet Beauregarde turning into a blueberry and the Oompa-Loompas rolling her around. We laughed for a few minutes!

Ben’s next choice to read is “James and the Giant Peach,” another popular book by Dahl.

Whitehall Township Public Library: Library to open doors July 6

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by The Press in Columns

With Lehigh County’s entry into the green phase of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan, Whitehall Township Public Library is busy preparing for a “soft open,” beginning July 6. This means limited patrons, limited staff and limited hours for two weeks until we can safely handle the increase of activities. Patrons will be able to schedule a time to use the library.

We will continue to follow the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.


All in-person programs and meetings have been canceled up to Sept. 8.

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


A neighbor dispute occurred in the 100 block of Front Street.

An abandoned vehicle on Faith Drive was tagged and moved.

A report of suspicious activity on Mulberry Street was investigated.


An adult missing from the 300 block of Walnut Street was reported.

A juvenile issue took place in the 400 block of Howertown Road.

Music was turned down on Second Street when officers responded to a noise complaint.

Catasauqua: Garden club to assist with library event

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Catasauqua Garden Club is teaming up with Public Library of Catasauqua and will meet July 7 at 326 Bridge St.

Club members will then proceed to the library, 302 Bridge St., to assist with the 2 p.m. library program, Imagine Your Garden.

The Imagine program, for grades K-12, will provide plants, soil and pots for children and teens to prepare a plant of their choice to grow and care for over the summer.

To allow room for social distancing, the program will take place on Third Street, which will be closed to traffic.

Masks will be required for all participants.