Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, August 18, 2018

New church in Coplay

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by AL RECKER in Local News

Pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God says borough location is a good fit

Whether by design, fate or divine intervention, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Living Spring Praise Arena, and its pastor, Abolade Akomolede, are pleased with the new locale, the former Trinity United Church of Christ, Coplay.

Holding its first service New Year’s Eve last year, the church and its new pastor quickly established relationships with the community, a part of the mission the church embraces.

Lack of action concerns officials

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall mayor, state rep. attend hearing on contaminated fill at quarry

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners were frustrated at the July 9 board meeting, following a report from Mayor Michael Harakal Jr., who said he “doesn’t know what to believe” after attending a hearing earlier in the day on local concerns about the state’s regulations for fill.

Township officials had expressed outrage at last month’s board meeting after learning a quarry owned by Coplay Aggregates contains high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and the township wasn’t informed for 84 days.

School district awarded $15,783.25 PPL check

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Steckel Elementary School participated in energy-saving program

Representatives from PPL Electric presented Whitehall-Coplay School District with a $15,783.25 rebate check as part of the energy company’s Continuous Energy Improvement program July 9.

Whitehall-Coplay was one of four districts chosen out of a 29-county territory to participate in the two-year CEI program. Steckel Elementary School served as the pilot school during the 2017-18 academic year, with all of the district’s buildings scheduled to participate in 2018-19.

Coplay getting new firetruck

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

State-of-the-art engine may be ready in October

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session July 3, Fire Chief Matthew Buskaritz gave an update on the borough’s new firetruck.

“The truck went into production this week, and we are expecting it to be ready for the first week of October. Everything was looking good, and we completed all of our decisions. We will go up and see the truck in production as it progresses through the process,” he said.

The state-of-the-art firetruck is being built at the Pierce Manufacturing plant in Wisconsin.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by The Press in Local News

JULY

THURSDAY 12

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

TUESDAY 17

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

WEDNESDAY 18

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.

THURSDAY 19

Fire calls

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by The Press in Local News

JUNE 25

Stations 36, 38, 39, 40 and 3501 extricated a victim from a vehicle on South Church Street.

A cooking fire, confined to a container, at 1202 Hampshire Drive brought out Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3501.

JUNE 26

A motor vehicle accident with injuries at 1504 MacArthur Road had Stations 36 and 3501 on the scene.

Stations 36 and 37 handled smoke/odor removal at 637 Fifth St.

JUNE 27

A motor vehicle accident with injuries on MacArthur Road brought out Stations 36 and 3501.

Summer breakfast camp off to good start

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Three churches are hosting daily program for children

On May 20, a kickoff party for Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative’s summer breakfast camp was held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fullerton. The camp began June 18 and will be held every day all summer until Aug. 24. The program runs daily 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Twenty children, two teenage volunteers, members of Peace by Piece (who furnished the food and activities), family members and adult volunteers attended the party. Hot dogs and pizza were served.

Allentown LGBT center grant falls through with 4-4 vote

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A $5,000 grant to the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center fell through at the June 13 Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meeting when one of the sponsors of the bill, Amy Zanelli, abstained from voting.

She then watched the votes split between the remaining eight commissioners, 4-4.

Zanelli commented on her abstention.

“I volunteer for, contribute to and benefit from the Bradbury-Sullivan Community Center,” Zanelli said. “I will abstain.”

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by The Press in Local News

JULY

MONDAY 9

Whitehall-Coplay School Board meets 7 p.m. at the school district administration building, 2940 MacArthur Road.

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

TUESDAY 10

Coplay Borough Council meets 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.

WEDNESDAY 11

Whitehall Township Legal and Legislative Committee meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.