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2020 census

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by The Press in Local News

What you need to know

What is the decennial census?

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs.

Why is it important to me?

Responding to the census is not only our civic duty, but it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 census is used to:

Fire calls

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by The Press in Local News

FEB. 18

Stations 35 and 37 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Jazz Circle.

FEB. 20

A malicious false alarm at 2350 MacArthur Road was handled by Station 37.

Stations 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39 handled smoke or odor removal at 852 Fernhill Lane.

FEB. 21

A motor vehicle accident with injuries on Third Street brought out Stations 35 and 36.

FEB. 22

Stations 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40 were on the scene of a building fire at 1722 Schadt Ave.

League of Women Voters celebrates its 100th anniversary

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

On Feb. 14, 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt, activist and suffragette, founded what was to become the League of Women Voters. To commemorate this event, the League of Women Voters of Lehigh County hosted a Hot Topics luncheon Feb. 10 at Superior Restaurant, Emmaus, featuring an appearance by regional actress Pat Jordan in the role of Catt.

Whitehall grad co-directs nature center

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by DANIELLE DERRICKSON in Local News

It’s been a month or so since Chad Schwartz and Brian Birchak took over as co-directors of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

Located just off Route 873 and down Paint Mill Road in Slatington, the organization’s expanse sprawls more than 700 acres, encompassing a once-desolate mountain decimated by decades of pollution at the hands of the New Jersey Zinc Company.

That same area, in 1983, was deemed a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site.

Council hears plan for cellular antennae upgrades

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the March 3 Coplay Borough Council workshop meeting, Katina Boyce, a spokeswoman for Verizon, gave a general overview of the proposed upgrades for cellular communication antennae that will be placed throughout the borough.

The plan calls for 20 antennae mounted to PPL poles at locations throughout the borough. The exact location will be determined after the radio-frequency engineers develop a plan and the installation crews walk the borough.

There is no defined timetable for the job, but Boyce hinted it would be sometime this year.

Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by The Press in Local News



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.


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. in the municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.

Coplay Democratic Club votes to allow Whitehall officers

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

At its annual reorganization meeting in February, the Coplay Democratic Club (CDC) leaders advanced a by-law change, largely considered the first significant move in more than 20 years.

The change allows Democratic members in good standing from Whitehall to hold up to three offices on the eight-office leadership board. A fourth officer can be from outside the Whitehall-Coplay area. A stipulation of the change is both the office of president and vice president may only be filled by a Coplay Democrat in good standing with the current by-laws.

Woman dies after Whitehall crash

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Vehicles collide at MacArthur, Mechanicsville intersection

A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of MacArthur and Mechanicsville roads March 2 has claimed a life, according to a news release from Whitehall Township Police Department.

Lauren Schrader-Zavatter, 31, of Emmaus, died at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township, after being extricated from one of the vehicles and transported via ambulance for treatment of her injuries.

The crash occurred just before 8:30 p.m., bringing out emergency personnel from the township’s police and fire departments as well as Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Lt. Gregory Bealer said.