Whitehall-Coplay School Board gathered July 10 for a brief meeting in the district’s administration building.
“With school not in session, the board meeting was primarily used for business matters,” Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett said. “The next board meeting in August should have more involved, with us gearing up for the 2017-18 school year.”
All items on the agenda’s docket were approved by the board, including the district’s fiscal report, which, as of June 30, stands with a current balance of $501,893.07.
Dr. Nicholas Gidosh has been a busy man since walking the halls of Whitehall High School. Gidosh, who was featured in a previous Whitehall-Coplay Press article in October 2016, is an optometry professional at Lehigh Valley Eye Care Associates in Allentown. Gidosh has broadened his area of care in recent months after spending time in Philadelphia, Las Vegas and China to help spread knowledge and treatment for those in need.
Whitehall-Coplay School Board on Monday gave final approval to the district budget for the 2017-18 academic year.
The budget increased 4.24 percent from the prior year — to an amount of $67,644,475. This represents a 2.6-percent increase for taxpayers.
“The budget, as prepared, balances revenues with projected expenditures, requiring an increase of 0.4308 mills, for a total real estate tax rate of 16.5927 mills. This represents an increase of approximately $72.56, or 2.6 percent, to the average residential property,” the agenda stated.
Members of Whitehall High School’s Class of 2017 gathered June 5 for the final time as seniors at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem.
The commencement marked the 113th in Whitehall history on the breezy June evening as family and friends gathered to cheer on their loved ones. The festivities were joyous as 371 members of Whitehall High School became alumni.
The event kicked off with the Whitehall High School band’s performance of “Pomp and Circumstance” as members of staff and faculty made their way down the aisle. Soon, the Class of 2017 followed — to the roar of the crowd.
On May 15, Whitehall Township held its first police commendation ceremony. The event, held at Fellowship Community, highlighted stories of bravery, selflessness and compassion as awards — more than 100 for meritorious service, 18 for lifesaving, two Purple Hearts and seven medals of honor — were presented to the men and women of Whitehall Township’s law enforcement.
Whitehall Historical Preservation Society hosted a special presentation March 29 by township historian Karen Gensey, who spoke on the history on MacArthur Road.
The talk by Gensey, who has written books on Whitehall’s history, was especially significant as the community is about to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the roadway being named after General Douglas MacArthur.
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization. Founded in 1998, the nonprofit group helps in coordinating food distribution and other lifesaving aid to people in developing nations. The organization has served 71 countries and sent out more than 224 million meals during its 19-year tenure — and Whitehall High School’s Human Rights Club is hoping to lend a helping hand to the cause.
In 2016, the Whitehall-Coplay community regained a Rotary Club after a 15-year absence.
And in 2017, the provisionary organization is on its way to becoming a fully chartered Rotary Club.
Back in the summer of 2016, the team of Herb Klotz, Laura Long and Sharon Geroulo picked up the torch that was left by the previous club and began the rebuilding process. Their original goal was to gain 25 members before becoming a charter, and they were happy to announce recently they have reached that goal.
Former Whitehall High School students Justin Sommer, Benjamin Bush and Luke Szewczak have taken their love for Monopoly and added a hometown touch with Copolopoly.
“The idea came one day when my friends and I were looking for something to do,” Sommer said. “We got on the topic of all the different versions of Monopoly, and one of them brought up Lehigh Valley Monopoly. We thought it might be fun if there was a Whitehall or Coplay version of the game as well. We decided to go with a Coplay version because of its small-town feel.”
With the holidays in full swing, people are in the giving spirit, and the idea of giving around the holidays is not just for the youth. Home Instead, a senior care facility located in Whitehall, is run by Frank D’Amico and his wife, Kimberly Koze D’Amico. The two have been heavily involved with providing senior care for years and believe it is important to keep seniors active, engaged and independent for as long as possible. One of the big projects Home Instead works on is the Be A Santa To A Senior program, or BASTAS.