Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, April 6, 2020

Virtual meetings

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by STACEY KOCH in Local News

Girl Scouts gather online

What do Girl Scouts do when their meetings are canceled because of COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus? Set up virtual meetings, of course.

Cadette Troop 6038, of Whitehall, had planned an event for March 17 at Chick-fil-A, on MacArthur Road, to celebrate Girl Scout Week. For this event, the troop planned to set up cookie samples, hold a trivia contest and have materials available to make cards for the military.

Then, Pennsylvania school districts were ordered to close — at that time, for two weeks.

Fighting Hunger: WCHI continues to provide food


Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative’s mission is to alleviate food insecurity in Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough.

Just like what Whitehall-Coplay School District is doing for its students and employees, we also are trying to serve our residents by keeping you and our volunteers safe during these unprecedented times.

Please take Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to stay home very seriously.

One person who thinks he is healthy today may be carrying the virus. The virus spreads very quickly; then five more could get it, and so on and so on.

Volunteers accepted

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative volunteers are following all ServSafe guidelines and the volunteer screening and guidelines.

We are accepting volunteers who are healthy, have not been sick or have not been around anyone who’s been sick, anyone who doesn’t live with an elderly person, anyone who has not traveled into or out of state or in or out of a COVID-19 cluster area (Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia counties) within the last 15 days and anyone who is willing to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety guidelines.

Wolf extends school, non-life-sustaining business closures

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Local News

In a press conference March 30, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order.

This order took effect 8 p.m. March 30 and will continue until April 30.

According to the news release, all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice.

Non-life-sustaining business closures also remain in effect.

Lehigh County issued stay-at-home order

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips M. Armstrong, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, has placed Lehigh County on a stay-at-home order, urging residents to shelter in place for their health and safety.

The state-at-home order was announced by Armstrong approximately 11:45 a.m. via Facebook Live.

The stay-at-home order begins 8 p.m. March 25 and will continue until April 6.

Wolf ordered a stay-at-home command for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe and Montgomery counties March 23. Lehigh County is the latest addition to the list.

School closure is extended

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Students will stay home until at least April 6

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced March 23 all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

When it is determined students can return to school, administrators, teachers and other staff will be given two days to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange other business operations. Students would return on the third day.

Bomb scare in mall area

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

No explosives found; suspect in custody

Whitehall Township police officers, along with emergency personnel from across the region, converged on Lehigh Valley Mall property after a bomb threat March 20.

The incident, according to the police report, took place approximately 6:30 p.m. when a male reportedly told officers he had placed bombs at the mall, on MacArthur Road in Whitehall, and a location in Allentown.

The area around the mall was cordoned off for safety reasons.

Lehigh County’s Municipal Emergency Response Team, as well as a hostage negotiation team, arrived on the scene.

Fire calls

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Local News


Stations 35 and 38 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries at 3213 MacArthur Road.

A gas leak brought Stations 36 and 37 to 535 Fullerton Ave.


Station 36 was on the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian at 331 Grape St.


A motor vehicle accident on MacArthur Road was handled by Stations 35 and 36.

Stations 35, 36 and 37 responded to a brush fire at 714 W. Union St.


A motor vehicle accident with injuries on MacArthur Road brought out Stations 35 and 39.