Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Event aids adoption, foster care group

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

The American Club of Coplay was transformed Aug. 11 into a pool hall. Members of the Sunday Pool League, with their custom-made cue sticks, played in the tournament for bragging rights and, more importantly, for charity. The event benefited Diakon Adoption & Foster Care.

Reminiscent of decades back when there was a pool hall at Second and Center streets, the club hosted participants who racked up the balls on their way to reach the goal of $4,000, according to Amanda Bakelaar, the pool league’s vice president.

Coplay considers intersection fix

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough council deciding on best option for Second, Chestnut streets

With the Coplay-Northampton Bridge under construction, Coplay Borough decided to fix the intersection at Second and Chestnut streets. Township Engineer Daniel Witczak, of Acela Engineering, presented his findings at the Coplay Borough Council meeting Sept. 11.

Council members had expressed their concerns about the intersection during several prior meetings. The goal, as Councilman Charles Sodl expressed it, is to make the borough’s busiest intersection as good as it can be.

Making it the best includes a good base.

Whitehall man medals at Transplant Games

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Mark Payson donated kidney in 2010

Mark Payson, of Whitehall, won several medals during the 2018 Transplant Games of America, held Aug. 2-7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He won gold in the 1500m, 800m and 400m, silver in the 1500m walk and 5K and bronze in the high jump while representing Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties on Team Philadelphia.

Payson donated one of his kidneys in 2010.

There were 12 competitors from the Lehigh Valley on Team Philadelphia, which covered eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

Quarry’s ‘significant smell’ is identified

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Coplay Aggregates representative says odor caused by rotting vegetation

A pervasive odor in the northern end of Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough last month was caused by rotting vegetation in the quarry at Coplay Aggregates, township officials reported at the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting Sept. 10.

Officials said the Whitehall Township Fire Department and the state Department of Environmental Protection responded Aug. 23 to investigate what Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. called a “significant smell.”

New law enforcement program geared toward young adults

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Whitehall Township Police Department is creating a new opportunity for young adults interested in a career in law enforcement.

Officer Matthew Christman, a Whitehall-Coplay High School resource officer, will be leading the program. The Police Explorers Post will give young adults an inside look at the field of law enforcement.

Fire calls

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by The Press in Local News

AUG. 29

Stations 36, 37, 38, 39 and 3501 responded to a report of smoke at 1000 Fourth St.

AUG. 30

A motor vehicle accident with injuries at 3021 S. Church St. brought out Stations 35, 36, 38 and 3501.

Station 3501 was on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 22 Eastbound.

On Chestnut Street, Stations 35, 39, 3501 and 3503 (deputy chief) responded to a report of a downed power line.

Station 38 attended to a report of a false alarm at 5235 W. Coplay Road.