Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fire calls

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Local News

MARCH 12

Stations 37 and 3501 responded to a building fire at 732 Second St.

A building fire at 90 Bridge St. brought out Stations 37 and 3501.

Smoke or odor removal at 167 Johnson St. was handled by Stations 36, 37, 38, 3501 and 3503 (deputy chief).

MARCH 13

Station 36 was on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 322 westbound.

MARCH 14

An unintentional alarm transmission at 2180 MacArthur Road brought out Stations 36 and 3503.

RAP OF THE GAVEL

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by The Press in Local News

MARCH

THURSDAY 15

Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.

TUESDAY 20

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

WEDNESDAY 21

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.

Commissioners hear concerns about illegal parking

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Several residents came before Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners at the March 12 meeting to express concerns about parking and traffic at Fourth and Grape streets.

Tina and Harry Mellinger and Cindy and Bill Kern, all of whom live on Fourth Street, said they have been having ongoing issues with illegally parked vehicles and cars using private driveways to turn around. Tina Mellinger said her vehicle has been hit four times.

She alleged the traffic stems from the Indian Bazaar II grocery store, which only has 10 parking spaces and often has overflow traffic.

Superintendent addresses safety concerns

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Technology, power outages blamed for notification delay after lockdown

At the March 12 Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett reviewed Whitehall-Coplay School District’s safety and security plans in the wake of recent events in the area.

Over the past few months, WCSD has had to send multiple security notices to parents. Hackett shared the decision-making process that goes into when and how those notifications are sent.

Fire calls

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by The Press in Local News

MARCH 3

A chimney fire at 514 Orchard Drive was handled by Stations 36, 37 and 38.

Stations 36, 39, 40 and 3502 responded to an electrical fire at 5828 Coplay Road.

A smoke detector activation at 4299 Abigail Lane brought out Stations 38, 39 and 3502 (deputy chief).

Stations 37 and 3503 were called to 1947 Alberta Drive.

MARCH 4

A water problem at 1162 MacArthur Road brought out Stations 37 and 3503 (deputy chief).

Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3503 responded to an alarm at 2510 MacArthur Road.

Saylor Park work to begin next month

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Borough finishing up project financing details

At Coplay Borough Council’s workshop meeting March 6, councilpersons discussed the Saylor Park groundbreaking that is scheduled for April. Councilwoman Janet Eisenhauer is working to get financing in place. According to Eisenhauer, there was a problem with the commitment letter the bank needed to secure financing. She is working to get the details resolved.

Earlier this year, the borough worked out an arrangement where it paid off its existing loan and secured a new loan with a higher face value to provide matching funds the borough needs for Saylor Park improvements.

WCSD to add resource officer

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Township can apply for grant to fund new middle school position

During its workshop meeting Monday, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners agreed to move forward with hiring an additional resource officer for Whitehall-Coplay School District in the wake of last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead.

“What happened in Florida — we don’t want to see that happen here,” board President Dennis Hower said at the workshop meeting. “This is an important topic, given what’s going on in the world today.”

Fire calls

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by The Press in Local News

FEB. 26

Stations 36, 37 and 38 responded to a report of steam or other gas mistaken for smoke at 3041 S. Birch St.

FEB. 27

An unintentional alarm system activation at Whitehall Lifestyle Center brought out Stations 36, 37 and 38.

Stations 36 and 37 responded to a malfunctioning smoke detector at 715 Grape St.

FEB. 28

A passenger vehicle fire at 1249 Olympic Circle South had Stations 36, 37 and 3501 on the scene.

Stations 38, 39, 40 and 3501 responded to an outside rubbish fire on Stone Terrace Drive.

Leiner suspends campaign for Congressional seat

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Former borough mayor says he will support Wild in 7th District run

Bill Leiner, the first Democratic candidate to announce a run for the soon-to-be-vacant 7th District Congressional seat, has suspended his campaign.

In a memo sent to his supporters March 1, Leiner said he will endorse Democratic candidate Susan Wild in her attempt to capture the Lehigh Valley’s Congressional seat. Republicans have held the former 15th District, now known as the 7th District, since 1999.