Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, November 22, 2019

CTC group members seek to increase awareness in community

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

One of the topics discussed at the Oct. 18 Whitehall-Coplay Communities That Care meeting was how best to reach the community.

Denise Continenza, CTC coordinator, mentioned the group is often at community- and school-related events, but members do not see a lot of traffic. Michelle Khouri, district registrar, noted many people do not know what the group is or the many benefits it offers to the students in Whitehall-Coplay School District.

Board discusses fence removal at condo complex

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Eastern white cedars to be planted; indemnification agreement addressed

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners met quickly during the Nov. 4 workshop meeting to prepare for the Nov. 11 regular meeting.

Lisa Pereira, an attorney representing Belmont Glen Condominium Association, once again addressed commissioners about a fence on the Egypt property.

The township required the split-rail fence when the development was built to keep pedestrians from wandering into an overflow swale. However, over the years, the fence has deteriorated, and members of the condominium association want it removed.

2-day clothing drive helps those in need

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts free event for community

The local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 1881 Van Buren Drive, Whitehall, was full of activity and good spirits Oct. 11 during a clothing drive event.

According to Peggy Shafer, local director of public affairs for the church, the humanitarian department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Salt Lake City, Utah, shipped approximately 12,000 pounds of clothing to the Lehigh Valley area. The truck was unloaded Oct. 8 at the Whitehall church.

Communities That Care members discuss vaping

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

One of the topics of conversation at the Whitehall-Coplay Communities That Care meeting Sept. 20 was vaping. It was noted there has been a rise in injuries due to the inhalation of vapors and chemicals in e-cigarettes. This topic has been discussed at length in previous meetings, but due to the increase in recent hospitalizations across the country, Denise Continenza, CTC coordinator, came to the meeting armed with handouts with more information.

Hello, fall! Whitehall showing signs of the season

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Township hosts parade, festival, car show; WCSD celebrates Homecoming

Fall is always a fun time of year, especially in Whitehall Township. There are several community and school events scheduled for Oct. 3-5 to celebrate the start of autumn.

Whitehall’s Halloween-themed parade is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and will be held rain or shine.

The parade will be staged and starts in the parking lot at Schadt Avenue Playground. The parade travels down Campus Drive and through the Whitehall-Coplay School District campus.

Community conversations: Group seeks your input

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

CTC working on getting residents involved in discussions of timely topics

At the Aug. 16 Communities That Care meeting, the group continued discussions on proposed community conversations.

Denise Continenza, CTC coordinator, noted Whitehall Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. was interested in the idea. Michelle Khouri, Whitehall-Coplay School District registrar, also lent her support at a previous meeting. According to Continenza, they will be getting together after the Sept. 20 meeting to discuss logistics.

Whitehall-Coplay CTC helps Catasauqua grow its program

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

At the July 19 Whitehall-Coplay Communities That Care meeting, Denise Continenza, CTC coordinator, introduced Amy Dymond-Jones from Catasauqua Area School District. Dymond-Jones is a counselor at Catasauqua Middle School and will serve as moderator for the Catasauqua CTC-style group.

In previous meetings, Continenza reported that Catasauqua was looking to Whitehall-Coplay as a model for such a group. Continenza has worked with Dymond-Jones to help coordinate. Continenza noted Catasauqua already had a similar group, and it did not take much adjusting to fit into the CTC model.

Communities That Care group discusses marijuana changes

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Denise Continenza, Communities That Care coordinator, opened the June 21 meeting by talking about her recent experience at the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance conference. The conference allows professionals the opportunity to network, engage in skill-building workshops and attend informative lecture sessions on topics relevant to the prevention of substance abuse and risk-related behaviors.

‘A small but mighty team’

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Whitehall Township resident member of Two Rivers Roller Derby league

Looking for a way to have fun, meet new people and maybe get a little bruised up in the process? Interested in a fun community event involving an exciting, full-contact sport? Look no further — roller derby is the place for you.

Two Rivers Roller Derby is a nonprofit, inclusive, flat track roller derby league serving Eastern Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey.

“We aim to provide a haven of athleticism, sportsmanship and fun,” boasts the league’s Facebook page.

The league was launched in 2012 and is comprised of women ranging in ages from late teens to their forties.

Superintendent details initiatives planned for school district

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

The Whitehall Communities That Care group met May 17 to discuss updates in the school district, alternative presentations on social hosting and more.

Dr. Lorie Hackett, Whitehall-Coplay School District superintendent, outlined many of the new initiatives happening in the district.

One of the new updates involves mental health. The district is looking to add a school-based mental health program. It will be partnering with Lehigh Valley Health Network.

“It’s been a need in our district,” Hackett said.