Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Michael Harakal enters race for mayor

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Mayor Michael P. Harakal Jr. has announced his candidacy for election to the office of mayor of Whitehall.

He was appointed to the position in April of 2018 to fill the term of former Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. after Hozza resigned to take the position of Lehigh County director of administration.

He mentioned he originally intended only to finish out Hozza’s term but has since changed his intentions.

Coplay to go with regional police recruitment effort

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Consortium to handle testing; borough interested in only on-duty officers

Coplay Police Chief Vincent Genovese presented details on the regional plan for hiring police officers during borough council’s workshop meeting Feb. 5.

Essentially, participating municipalities would have a call for officers on a regular basis. The consortium would do qualifying testing. Each municipality would have a custom list of requirements and conduct additional testing and background checks.

Municipalities can have unique lists of qualifications. For example, Coplay wants to only look at officers who are presently on duty in other municipalities.

Commissioners discuss bond issue

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Vote expected Feb. 11 on 2019 financing for emergency services building

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners is looking at financing part of its planned $17 million emergency services complex through a bond issue, according to a proposed ordinance heard at the workshop meeting Feb. 4.

Christopher Gibbons, a financial adviser and municipal manager from Concord Public Finance, of Lancaster, said last month the firm would recommend the township finance $10 million through either a bond issue or a bank loan after it had received proposals from banks.

Fire calls

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News

JAN. 21

A false alarm at 3219 MacArthur Road brought out Stations 38 and 3501.

Stations 35, 37 and 3501 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on South Lehigh Avenue.

A cooking fire, confined to a container, at 1000 Chestnut St. was handled by Stations 38, 3501 and 3503 (deputy chief).

Stations 35, 39, 40 and 3501 responded to a false alarm at 5228 Lincoln Ave.

JAN. 22

A false alarm at 5111 Willow St. brought out Stations 39, 40 and 3501.

Stations 36 and 3501 handled an oil or other combustible liquid spill on Center Street.

It takes a team

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Students tackle STEM task with spaghetti

Did you know there’s a National Spaghetti Day?

Mrs. Bergan’s second-grade class at St. Elizabeth Regional School, Fullerton, knows. In fact, the day is observed Jan. 4, and the students participated in a STEM challenge to celebrate. This STEM challenge required the students to use tape and spaghetti to build a structure. The catch? Each structure was required to support a marshmallow for 15 seconds.

Coplay tavern gets new owner

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Matt Hartman plunked down a good bit of change to purchase the long-vacant Log Cabin Tavern at 31 Second St., Coplay.

“We have a lot to do, and we need to get permits from Coplay and get more paperwork to the liquor control board for our license. We’re looking at at least a month before we want anyone to take a look inside,” he said.

Hartman grew up in Coplay, on Seventh Street. His brother owns Boxers Bar & Grill in Northampton, so he understands the business.

“We will make it a nice tavern, and we’ll have a few surprises for a tavern this size,” he said.

Fire calls

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

JAN. 14

An unintentional smoke detector activation at 1177 Sixth St. brought out Stations 36, 37, 3502 and 3503 (deputy chiefs).

JAN. 15

Station 39 assisted police or another governmental agency at 2643 Highland St.

An unintentional smoke detector activation at Lehigh Valley Mall was handled by Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3503.

JAN. 16

Stations 35, 36, 37, 3501 and 3503 responded to a vehicle fire at 2364 MacArthur Road.

Station 39 assisted police or another governmental agency at 2050 Pope Road.

JAN. 17