Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, July 11, 2020

N. Catasauqua police

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


A drug investigation brought police to the 1100 block of Fifth Street.

Officers investigated a report of fraud in the 1000 block of Third Street.

A security check was conducted in the 1100 block of Howertown Road.


Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 700 block of Palomino Drive.


A report of fraud in the 1100 block of Fifth Street was investigated.

Letter to the editor

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

Whitehall-Coplay School Board should hold the line on taxes

To the Editor:

I was astonished when I picked up my local paper June 11 and read how the Whitehall(-Coplay) School Board voted to increase property taxes 4.5 percent.

During a time with record unemployed and families struggling to pay bills, the board voted to increase taxes again to the homeowners. While other school districts are holding the line or implementing zero increases and another with no teacher salary increase, Whitehall(-Coplay School Board) just can’t help themselves and passed this budget.

Coplay Public Library: Curbside pickup is available; library to open doors June 29

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St., is now open for curbside pickup.

The library will remain closed to the public during the yellow phase, but the book drop is open to receive materials. The due dates for materials have been adjusted during the pandemic.

Take out materials, place holds and make requests directly on your account by using the library’s online catalog at coplaypubliclibrary.org, calling 610-262-7351 or emailing coplaypubliclibrary@gmail.com.

Hokendauqua: Churches hold outdoor services

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by The Press in Columns

First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 S. Front St., is now holding outdoor worship services at the church. The church welcomes its members and guests, if you feel comfortable to do so, in the church side yard for a brief in-person worship.

The services will start 10 a.m., weather permitting. The service will also be livestreamed on Facebook, and the video recording will be posted on the church website, hokeypres.org.

Catasauqua: Garden club cancels July 1 meeting

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Catasauqua Garden Club has canceled its July 1 meeting.

Sue Kittick was scheduled to discuss cooking with herbs.


Catasauqua Borough Manager Steve Travers would like to commend the participants, Catasauqua High School students and community members on the borough’s recent Black Lives Matter march June 5.

Travers described the event as a safe environment. He said the borough and police department were prepared in case the march turned violent, as was seen in many towns across the country. This was not the case in Catasauqua.


Northampton police

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.

MAY 22

A child custody case was investigated in the 1000 block of Main Street.

A report of tree limbs and leaves dumped on private property in the 300 block of Main Street was investigated.

Officers checked on the welfare of a male in the 1800 block of Canal Street.

In the 1000 block of Main Street, a disturbance occurred.

Police investigated a noise complaint in the 1600 block of Newport Avenue.

MAY 23

Theresia K. Stubits

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

practical nurse at former Hoff Hospital

Theresia K. Stubits, 96, of Whitehall, died June 15, 2020.

Born in Northampton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Samu) Stubits.

She was in the U.S. Army during World War II and in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict.

She was a practical nurse at the former Hoff Hospital, Northampton.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Marie Stubits; and nieces and nephews and their extended families.

John D. Matis

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

of Whitehall

John D. Matis, of Whitehall, died June 13, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

He was a son of the late John and Teresa (Kerbacher) Matis.

He was in the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam War veteran.

He was self-employed for many years in California.

He spent many years enjoying the musical heritage and friendships at the Coplay Saengerbund.

He is survived by two sisters, Sylvia De Luca of Lititz and Lori Verzino of Aquashicola; a partner, Marge Billheimer of Allentown; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and close friends.