Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Whitehall couple gives back to community this holiday season

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Joe and Carol Polenchar love getting into the spirit of the holiday season.

Each year, they set up an elaborate musical and light display featuring computer-animated effects at their home at 36 Franklin St., Whitehall. The lights change and move in time with festive music to create an experience for the viewers who come from all around the Lehigh Valley. This year will mark the eighth anniversary of the display, which started as something fun for the Polenchars’ grandchildren and neighbors.

Communities That Care identifies priorities from PAYS data

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

The Communities That Care (CTC) group continued analyzing the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) data at a well- attended meeting Oct. 26 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.

The survey is taken every two years by middle school students in sixth and eighth grades and high school sophomores and seniors. The data collected allows the community group and school district to see different risk and protective factors for the students and to identify priorities for the future.

Steckel Elementary students are STARS

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Steckel Elementary School students are encouraged and recognized for their good deeds and positive attitudes.

Steckel held a schoolwide positive behavior assembly Sept. 27 in the gymnasium of Whitehall High School. This event was filled with encouraging words, relay races and memorable performances. Students and staff wore maroon, gold and white to show their Zephyr mascot pride.

WHS band marches to victory

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Music in Motion home show set for Oct. 20

Whitehall-Coplay residents are accustomed to cheering the Whitehall High School sports teams to victory, and now, there’s a new medal winner in town.

The Whitehall Marching Zephyr Band (MZB) is making great strides in the marching band world. The unit competes in the Cavalcade of Bands circuit in the American Open Class category.

Northampton man killed in Whitehall Twp. collision

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Police Log

A Northampton man was killed Oct. 11 in a two-vehicle crash in Whitehall Township.

According to Whitehall police, the motor vehicle accident occurred approximately 3:30 p.m. on Ruchsville Road, between South Church and Bridge streets.

Brock Weiss, 28, was the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead just after 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the scene, Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Raymond Anthony said.

Anthony ruled the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death as an accident.

Fun for all in the fall

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Festivities begin this weekend

The fall season is upon us, and Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough are ready to celebrate the cooler weather and upcoming Halloween holiday.

Oct. 6 is a big day in Whitehall Township.

The township will host three fun-filled events — the annual parade, car show and fall festival.

Whitehall’s fall parade begins 10 a.m. This year, the parade will feature a Halloween theme and will be held rain or shine.

PAYS data analysis continues

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Communities That Care (CTC) continued its in-depth look at the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) data during the Sept. 21 meeting. This allows the group, which is made up of school district and law enforcement personnel as well as a variety of community members, to identify potential risk factors for youths. They discuss different preventive measures and methods of positively affecting the lives of the students.

The survey was taken by sixth- and eighth-grade students, as well as sophomores and seniors at the high school. It is taken every two years.

Communities That Care group analyzes PAYS data

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

One of the primary focuses of the Communities That Care (CTC) group is to analyze the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) data gathered and find ways to address potential risk factors. The group continued with its in-depth discussions at the Aug. 17 meeting, held in the public meeting room of the Whitehall Township Municipal Building.

Denise Continenza, the group’s coordinator, initiated the conversation by pointing out specific areas of the survey, which was given to sixth-, eighth-, 10th- and 12th-grade students in the Whitehall-Coplay School District.