Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Ginder seeks re-election as commissioner

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Philip Ginder has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.

A 43-year resident of the township, he is a registered Democrat. He seeks re-election while currently serving his fifth term as a commissioner and as the board’s vice president.

Earlier community service includes six years on the township’s planning commission and 10 years on the traffic impact advisory board.

High school renovation bids rejected

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

Board puts new roof as priority; other project components will wait

Whitehall-Coplay School Board voted during a special meeting March 25 to reject all bids for the additions and renovations project for Whitehall High School.

The decision to reject the bids was based on recommendations by the Whitehall-Coplay School District administration and the WCSD project consultant.

The bids came in over budget by $5,141,107, according to WCSD Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett.

“This is largely due to a saturated construction market at this point,” Hackett said. “In addition, we had very low bidding competition.”

Sign-ups for Camp Whitehall scheduled to begin April 1

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Registration for Camp Whitehall begins April 1. A day camp open to children who have completed kindergarten through eighth grade as of June 2019, Camp Whitehall provides a safe and wonderful experience while building character, appreciation and respect for one another and the surroundings.

Camp is open to residents of both Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough, as well as nonresidents (at an additional fee).

Weekly sessions run from June 17 through Aug. 9 (dates subject to change), operating between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Local News



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


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


Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

‘We will continue to stand together’

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley opens doors to community after New Zealand attacks

The Muslim community called a news conference in Whitehall Township March 15 to express its sorrow and outrage at the attack earlier that day on two New Zealand mosques. The loss of life from such a wanton violation of human decency shocked the world.

The Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley opened its doors to others in the community. Dr. Mirza Baig, MALV vice president, welcomed members of all different faiths who had gathered. In his address, Imam Basheer Bilaal described Islam and how the death of one member of the Muslim family affects all.

Fire calls

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Local News

FEB. 27

A swift water rescue on Riverview Drive was performed by Stations 36, 40, 3501 and 3502 (deputy chief).


Stations 35, 36, 39, 40, 3502 and 3503 (deputy chief) addressed a carbon monoxide incident at 5638 N. Coplay Road.


A downed power line at 1177 W. Tyler St. was handled by Stations 36, 37, 3502 and 3503.

Stations 36, 37 and 38 responded to an unintentional alarm system activation at Lehigh Valley Mall.


A downed power line on North Second Street was handled by Stations 38 and 39.

Staying active with Seesaw

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Gockley teacher uses app to share classes with parents

Have you heard about the Seesaw app for your phone? Parents and teachers now have the opportunity to share educational activities about the children using one little app. This app is a simple program that has been developed to increase student and family engagement, allowing parents to see their child’s performance at school and the teacher to encourage more learning goals within the home.

Commission sets IRT events

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by AL RECKER in Local News

Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission will hold its annual spring historical walk beginning 9 a.m. March 23 on the IRT. The walk — the first of many 2019 events — starts at the Chestnut Street barn, just west of MacArthur Road.

The four-hour leisurely walk has stops for walkers to view historical sites and landmarks, including the first anthracite-fueled iron company and the first Portland Cement Company in America. At least 23 historical sites and landmarks will be presented.