Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Rap of the Gavel

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



Whitehall Township Environmental Advisory Council meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.


Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.


Whitehall Township Planning Commission holds a workshop meeting 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting 7:30 p.m., in the public meeting room at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.


Reading program gives elementary students a boost

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

70 children participated in summer sessions, funded through Title I grant

At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting Sept. 10, Dr. Sandy Rex, director of curriculum and instruction at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School, spoke to the board about the Ready, Set, Read summer reading program that was offered to a select group of students from kindergarten to third grade.

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Douglas A. Newhard Lafarge, Cementon

Mr. Douglas Newhard was reared in Catasauqua, graduating from Catasauqua High School in 1973.

He recalls, “I played on the basketball team, and my favorite subject was math.”

After taking an aptitude test, he was hired by Bethlehem Steel Corp. in 1973 at a rate of $3.51 an hour. In his 25-year tenure at the plant, there were dramatic changes.

Nominate now for 2018 volunteer award

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley announced it is now receiving nominations for the 16th annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards.

The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards is one way of recognizing and thanking volunteers for all their great efforts. This is a great opportunity for local nonprofits or businesses to recommend those individuals, teams and organizations who they feel have made a difference in our community. The award recipients embody the spirit of volunteering in their community and serve as role models for others.

Study on Mickley-Prydun Farmstead is completed

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Whitehall officials to review findings, apply for state grant to restore site

A feasibility study of the historic Mickley-Prydun Farmstead, dating back to the 1700s, has been completed.

Whitehall Township will now examine the study’s findings and its recommendations to best move forward with the Hokendauqua property’s future. Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said a meeting is set for Sept. 16 with Tom Jones, who conducted the extensive review of the 12-acre tract of land and buildings.

“The feasibility study was needed so that we can submit for a state grant,” Harakal said.

Board discusses nuisance of noise

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Complaints about Fullerton park event prompt township officials to act

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners got an overwhelming number of complaints about loud music from a recent 4x4 jamboree at Fullerton Memorial Playground, prompting officials to discuss the possibility of a noise ordinance.

Fullerton Memorial Fair’s Facebook page advertised the event as Purge: 2 Car Meet, held Aug. 25.

Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said the music was so loud the manager of Kohl’s, in Whitehall Mall, told him it chased customers out of the store.

Fire calls

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by The Press in Local News

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Stations 35, 36, 37 and 3501 were on the scene of a passenger vehicle fire on MacArthur Road.

A cooking fire, confined to a container, at 1393 Presidential Drive was handled by Stations 36, 37, 38, 3501 and 3502 (deputy chief).

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Station 39 addressed a malfunctioning carbon monoxide detector at 5479 Summit St.

A motor vehicle accident on Linden Lane brought out Stations 35 and 37.

Stations 36, 37, 38, 3502 and 3503 (deputy chief) responded to a malfunctioning alarm activation at 1029 Sixth St.

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