Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, September 22, 2019

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.

Graduates of Distinction

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Whitehall High School alumni are honored

The 2019 Zephyr Graduates of Distinction for Whitehall-Coplay School District were recognized May 2 at a ceremony at Whitehall High School.

Robert L. Gilly, Class of 1966; F. Todd Polinchock, Class of 1981; Kristine Marakovits Roddick, Class of 1992; and Douglas M. Lieberman, Class of 1993, were all recognized for their personal and professional achievements.

Gilly attended Kutztown University and Lehigh University. He also received his principal certification and superintendent’s letter of eligibility from Lehigh University.

Whitehall grad excels in ROTC

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in

Whitehall resident and Whitehall High School graduate Angela Stella is a cadet with the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 752 at Wilkes University.

According to Lt. Col. Robert Hartmann, U.S. Air Force commander of ROTC Detachment 752, Stella has received several Air Force ROTC medals and honors for her outstanding performance.

“In the fall of 2018, she received the Meritorious Service Medal for her dedication, drive and devotion to duty as the cadet wing commander (highest cadet position),” Hartmann said.

A swing for Alice

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Students surprise peer with special equipment

April 30 was a special day for Alice Eilan, a second-grade student at Steckel Elementary School. Only a week after her eighth birthday, students and administration surprised Alice with a swing just for her.

Alice is confined to a wheelchair or a walker after a brain injury that left her with orthopedic and speech and language impairments. According to her family and the staff at Steckel Elementary, these challenges have done nothing to dull Alice’s spirit. Alice’s smile is famous among the halls at the school, along with her cheerful demeanor and playful spirit.