Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Board discusses complex funding

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Proposals requested for financing of $17 million emergency services site

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners, at its workshop meeting Jan. 7, heard a proposed ordinance to borrow $10 million to begin funding the emergency services complex.

Christopher Gibbons, a financial adviser and municipal manager from Concord Public Finance of Lancaster, said the township would get a lower interest rate by borrowing $10 million in 2019 and the remainder of the project cost in 2020. The project’s estimated cost is $17,735,000.

Baby names show a trend

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by The Press in Local News


What’s in a name? Well, there’s certainly something about Emma.

For the third year in a row, Emma was the most popular girls name given to 2018’s newborns at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg.

Actually, Emma tied as the most popular name for girls last year with Olivia, but Emma has claimed, or shared the top spot, three straight years.

At press time, the trendsetting name on the boys side among the more than 4,500 babies born at the two hospital campuses in 2018 was Jackson, with various spellings.

Coplay renews assignments for borough personnel

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At its first meeting of the new year, Jan. 8, Coplay Borough Council renewed contracts and approved appointments of staff personnel. In the public contact positions, Kimberly Bachman will continue directing the office staff. She was appointed to continue her positions as borough secretary and treasurer. The borough police chief will continue to be Vincent Genovese. Matthew Buskaritz will remain as fire chief, with Brandon Bechtel as assistant chief. Joseph Gill will remain as borough health inspector.

Rap of the Gavel

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by The Press in Local News



Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners holds a workshop meeting 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.


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


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

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.


Capehart will run for judge

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Thomas Capehart has announced his candidacy for judge of Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

Capehart, a registered Republican, said he is running as a further extension of his longtime commitment to community service.

“My active involvement in our community, coupled with my nearly 30 years of experience across a broad spectrum of the law, makes me uniquely qualified to effectively deal with the issues that come before the court,” he said.

Legath receives Coplay scholarship

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Bret Legath, of Coplay, received a $500 scholarship from the Coplay Scholarship Fund following a brief ceremony Dec. 26, 2018, at Paulie’s Family Restaurant, 1214 Chestnut St.

Legath is a freshman at Shippensburg University. The 2018 Whitehall High School graduate is also a member of the Shippensburg football team. An elementary education major, he plans a career as an educator.

He resides on Fifth Street with his parents, Rich and Lisa.

Legath was required to submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words, answering the prompt “What Local Government Means to Me.”