Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Editor’s View

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

Pandemic has changed our lives

The great COVID-19 shutdown changed lives for a lot of people.

More people are unemployed than in recent history. Some of us are working harder than ever.

Front-line workers who never worried about getting sick — or dying — from exposure at their jobs are now paying attention to having the right protective gear.

Some people are isolated and lonely. Another faction says the numbers are inaccurate and they are angry about staying home, wearing a mask and being restricted.

Coplay police

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.

MAY 25

An adult male was cited for public drunkenness in the unit block of North Second Street.

Officers were on the scene of a domestic dispute in the unit block of North Second Street.

The department responded to a report of an unwanted person in the unit block of North Second Street.

Police investigated a disturbance in the area of South Second and Center streets.

A suspicious vehicle in the unit block of South Fifth Street was reported.

Whitehall police

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

MAY 11

Officers responded to reports of harassment on Washington and South Front streets.

Reports of identity theft on Eberhart Road and Main Street were investigated.

Suspicious activity in the 600 block of Orchard Drive was reported.

The department responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 800 block of Sixth Street.

Reports of reckless drivers on Sixth Street and MacArthur Road were handled by police.

Police assisted the fire department in the 3300 block of Carbon Street.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by The Press in Local News

JUNE

(Please note that, although municipal buildings are beginning to reopen to the public, some meetings may still be held via teleconference.)

THURSDAY 18

Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.

TUESDAY 23

Coplay Borough Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. at the borough municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.

WEDNESDAY 24

Fullerton: Masses resume at St. Elizabeth’s

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by The Press in Columns

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., is resuming regularly scheduled masses 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sundays.

Pews are roped off to assist with social distancing. Parishioners are reminded to wear masks. The church can hold 225 people safely.

The cry room, choir loft, chapel and sacristy are closed to the public. The bathroom will be for emergency use only.

Another view

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

Observations from the patio

Pennsylvania entered the yellow phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan June 5. One of the changes in the yellow phase is the allowance of outdoor dining at restaurants.

This has opened the door for Pennsylvania residents to get out of the house, sit at their favorite eatery and be served food and drink for the first time since mid-March.

And, boy, did people take advantage of the opportunity.

ELECTION RESULTS

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Scheller advances

7TH DISTRICT

Republican Lisa Scheller is the winner in the primary race for the U.S. 7th Congressional District, according to unofficial Lehigh County tallies.

Scheller beat fellow Republican Dean Browning in the June 2 race.

She will face incumbent Democrat Susan Wild in the November general election.

138TH DISTRICT

Republican Ann Flood is the winner in the primary race for Pennsylvania’s 138th Legislative District, according to unofficial Northampton County tallies.

Flood beat fellow Republican Tony Tarsi in the June 2 race.

Helena Spitzer

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Queenship of Mary Church member

Helena Spitzer, 61, of Bethlehem, died June 3, 2020, at Chesnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Anton and Pauline (Garger) Spitzer.

She was a member of Queenship of Mary Church, Northampton.

She is survived by two sisters, Paula Schleicher and Christine Norcross and her husband Charles; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; and great-nephews.

Services are private.

Contributions may be made to Life Path, 3500 High Point Blvd., Bethlehem, 18017.

Arrangements were made by Reichel Funeral Home Inc., Northampton.