Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, August 23, 2019

Coplay: Final swim lessons set for Aug. 10, 11

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Parkway Pool will hold the final swim lessons Aug. 10 and 11. The pool-certified lifeguards are the instructors. More information is available by calling 717-809-6789.

The popular aqua Zumba lessons at the pool continue 6-7 p.m. Mondays and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Instructor Tara Miller said if the weather results in a postponement, the lessons are rescheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays.


The Coplay Democratic Club will hold its summer meeting 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at Paulie’s Restaurant, 1214 Chestnut St.


Whitehall police

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.


Police investigated a report of child abuse in the 3700 block of Lehigh Street.

An alarm in the 1100 block of Schadt Avenue brought police to the scene.

Officers responded to reports of suspicious activity on Ammon Way and Broad Street.

Hazardous conditions on Fairmont Avenue, Jordan Boulevard and North Coplay, Range and Mechanicsville roads were addressed.

The department performed a welfare check at Lehigh Valley Mall.

Cementon/Egypt: Church plans anniversary party

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Egypt Community Church, 4129 S. Church St., is having a 285th anniversary celebration Aug. 17 and 18.

Festivities include a prayer walk 10 a.m. Aug. 17 and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18. The worship service will include hymns from the 1700s, historical presentations in period dress, a portrayal of the preacher Jonathan Edwards, a historical tour and a luncheon.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 610-262-4961.


Laurel Fire Company, 5114 Third St., Cementon, will host a breakfast 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 8.

Guest View

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf: ‘We can and must take action’

“Frances and I are mourning an especially horrific 24 hours of gun violence in America. We’re praying for the victims of El Paso and Dayton and two young women shot in Philadelphia last night.

“Many ills contribute to this rising violence. We can and must take action.

“We can ban assault weapons and institute stricter background checks. We can make communities safer. We can target white nationalism and promote tolerance. We can invest in mental health care and help those struggling.

“We cannot accept this violence as normal.

“We must act.”

Catasauqua: Concerts continue

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Columns

The Cody Templeton Band will perform 7-10 p.m. Aug. 9 at the amphitheater at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.

As always, don’t forget those chairs, blankets and snacks.


Suburban North Family YMCA, 880 Walnut St., will hold an open house for the school-age child care programs and the preschool classroom 5-7 p.m. Aug. 14. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and take registrations.

Fire calls

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Local News


Stations 35, 36, 37, 3502 and 3503 (deputy chiefs) responded to an outside rubbish fire at 2122 N. Lehigh Ave.


A malfunctioning alarm system at 828 Third St. brought out Stations 36, 37 and 3501.

Stations 36, 37 and 3501 responded to an unintentional alarm system activation at 1988 Schadt Ave.

A false alarm on Spruce Street was handled by Stations 35, 39, 40 and 3501.

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers assisted North Catasauqua police during a traffic stop on Second Street.

In the 200 block of Race Street, a driver was cited.

An odor of gas in the 800 block of Bethlehem Road was reported to the department.

Police sought information regarding a citizen assist in the 500 block of Third Street.

A vehicle was tagged in the 100 block of South 11th Street.

Members of the department sought information regarding a citizen assist on Stonewood Place.

Guest View

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey: ‘Enough’

“Enough. We don’t have to live like this. Politicians who refuse to take action to reduce gun violence are complicit in this carnage. If we’re going to truly confront this uniquely American problem, we have to speak uncomfortable truths. Over and over again, domestic terrorists use high powered, military-style assault weapons to kill our children and our families. There are a whole range of steps that must be taken. Congress’s first priority must be passing universal background checks, limiting the size of magazines and banning military-style assault weapons, among other measures.