Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Information night at Gockley

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Parents get details on new full-day program

It was standing room only Jan. 23 as Whitehall-Coplay School District parents filled the Gockley Elementary School cafeteria for kindergarten parent information night.

The 2019-20 school year will be the first year of districtwide full-day kindergarten at Gockley Elementary. The district is planning to hire five or six new kindergarten teachers, and six new modular classrooms will be added in July or August. These classrooms, each with its own bathroom, will be connected by an enclosed hallway.

Former police officer enters race for district judge position

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Todd P. Heffelfinger, a retired Whitehall Township police officer, has announced his candidacy for the upcoming magisterial district judge race in the 31-1-07 Judicial District, which encompasses Whitehall Township and the Borough of Coplay. Heffelfinger received his certificate as a magisterial district judge in December of 2017.

Heffelfinger, 56, is a 25-1/2-year veteran of Whitehall Township Police Department. Since retiring in December 2015, Heffelfinger has been employed by Lehigh County Sheriff’s Department as a full-time deputy sheriff.

Coplay, police reach contract agreement

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Three-year pact increases wages, life insurance but eliminates holidays

At Coplay Borough Council’s first regular meeting of the new year Jan. 15, Councilman Charles Sodl released details regarding the new police contract.

“We still have minor things that need to be approved,” he said.

If both sides could not have reached an agreement, the contract would have gone to arbitration. Council unanimously approved the contract to avoid the arbitration requirement.

The contract is for three years and gives officers a 3-percent raise each year. Life insurance for officers was increased.

Fire calls

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by The Press in Local News

JAN. 7

Station 35 assisted the police or another governmental agency on Lehigh, Roosevelt and West Fairmont streets.

A chimney or flue fire at 2106 Main St. was handled by Stations 36, 37, 38, 3501 and 3503 (deputy chief).

JAN. 8

Stations 35, 36, 37, 40, 3501 and 3502 (deputy chief) handled an extrication from a vehicle on Mauch Chunk Road.

JAN. 9

A special type of incident at 2451 Main St. was addressed by Stations 36 and 3502.

JAN. 11

Stations 36, 37, 3502 and 3503 responded to a water problem at 304 Fifth St.

Marx enters race for township mayor

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Commissioner supports plan for new municipal complex

Whitehall Township Commissioner Joseph Marx Jr. has announced he is running for township mayor. He made his candidacy announcement in a news release last week.

Marx says he has served the township in a variety of roles for the past 14 years, including four years on the Whitehall Township Planning Commission. He currently serves on the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority, a position he has held for the past nine years. He also serves as a liaison to Whitehall Public Safety and Public Works departments.

Lehigh County coroner resigning

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

Scott Grim heading to job with state Dept. of Health

Scott Grim has announced he is stepping down as Lehigh County’s coroner effective Feb. 28.

After 26 years investigating the cause and manner of hundreds of deaths within his jurisdiction, Grim said he is looking forward to his new job with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Grim will be investigating violent deaths and working with other coroners, law enforcement officials and district attorneys to develop programs to reduce the number of these types of deaths.

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Michael Fink Lehigh Heidelberg, Evansville

Mr. Michael Fink, as a youth, lived in a company home in Evansville. The former house is now the site of the Lehigh Heidelberg office. He was born while his father, Dennis, was serving the nation in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

He recalled, “After Dad returned home, we moved to Fleetwood. Soon, all the old company homes were gone; only a few old steps remain as a reminder of the past.”

Michael graduated from Fleetwood High School in 1988. A month later, he joined his grandfather and father at the plant.