• Fullerton American Legion Post 367 has canceled its Memorial Day service due to COVID-19.
• Jones-Quigg American Legion Post 739, Hokendauqua, is doing private services to honor those veterans who lost their lives in service to the country. Due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, Post members are not opening the ceremonies to the public.
During the April 17 virtual meeting of Communities That Care, Gabe Dillard, assistant principal at Whitehall High School, and Angela Friebolin, principal at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School, updated the group on the district’s transition to online learning.
According to Dillard, WHS was offering enrichment resources online from the start of the school closure. However, beginning April 14, new online learning got underway. This time of virtual learning is considered the fourth marking period.
A beloved summer fixture in the area, Camp Whitehall is the latest event to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The day camp, for Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough students in kindergarten through eighth grade, provides a safe environment for children to spend their afternoons building character, appreciation and respect for one another and their surroundings.
Following the state-mandated closure of Pennsylvania schools through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, Whitehall High School announced the cancellation of its spring musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”
According to a post on the Whitehall High School Theatre Facebook page, the cancellation is due to recent concerns for the health and safety of the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An increase in littering, especially of protective masks and gloves, is being reported in municipalities across the region.
It has become such an issue that Catasauqua Emergency Management Agency created a graphic and posted it to its Facebook page informing residents of the dangers.
Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could stop the Communities That Care group from meeting. Members gathered March 20 over Zoom video conferencing to discuss what is going on in the district at this time.
CTC moderator Denise Continenza asked how the virus and social isolation are affecting students and families in the district. Some things discussed included food programs and mental health concerns.
In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, people are being told to stay home and isolate from those around them to avoid potential exposure. This is not easy for some who live week to week on their paychecks and cannot afford to be missing work.
Many of these people also rely on local food banks for their meals. According to Shari Noctor, chair of Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative, numerous agencies in the Lehigh Valley are coming together to create a plan to distribute meals to those who need them most in the region.
At the Feb. 21 Communities That Care meeting, the group heard a presentation from Dr. Bill Vogler, of Pinebrook Family Answers. Vogler’s presentation came from Suicide Task Force of Lehigh County, of which he is a member.
Vogler originally approached Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr., who urged Vogler to bring his data to the CTC. Harakal was present at the Feb. 21 meeting to hear the presentation.
The task force has approximately eight members. Vogler stressed the task force only collects data and seeks to share it with the people who can help and effect change.
The Lehigh County Communities That Care, a joint effort of the Whitehall-Coplay and Catasauqua CTC groups, held its annual meeting Jan. 23 in the Zentz Community Center at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.
The theme for the event was “Prevention Coalitions + Prevention Science = Good Economic Sense.”
Whitehall-Coplay Communities That Care met Nov. 15 and discussed some of the early outcomes of the Botvin Life Skills Training at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.
The evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program is for grades 6-8 and funded by Colorado Blue Prints.
A component of the program is pre- and post-tests for the participants. This helps track the progress and efficacy of the program.
Denise Continenza, CTC coordinator, had results from two class sessions from the seventh grade. This composed approximately 60 students.