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.
Each year, Joe and Carol Polenchar “deck the halls” of their 36 Franklin St., Whitehall, home for the holiday season. This year promises not to disappoint.
According to the Polenchars, they add to the show every year. They report having 208 channels, two 8-foot mega trees, an 8-foot spiral tree, several mini trees, arches and fans as part of the massive display that adorns the front of their home. One of the most exciting features is the decorations and lights move and change to the music they play.
Catasauqua Middle School students spent the month of October raising money to “help a vet get a pet.” On Nov. 5, members of CMS Student Forum, led by art teacher Kimmee Miller and sixth-grade teacher Vicki MacLaughlin, presented a check for $1,350 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7293 auxiliary in Egypt. The funds were accepted by Debbie Smith, auxiliary president.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.