Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, June 22, 2018

Fire calls

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by The Press in Local News


Stations 35, 36 and 37 handled a special type of incident on West Union Street.


A building fire at 1102 Highland St. brought out Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3501.

Stations 36 and 3501 were on the scene of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Third Street.

At 1346 N. 14th St., a fire was handled by Stations 36, 37, 38 and 3501.

Stations 37, 38, 3501 and 3503 (deputy chief) responded to a dumpster fire at 2520 MacArthur Road.


CWSA resolves battle over Allentown Waterfront project

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At CWSA’s regular meeting April 19, Attorney John Stover announced a settlement over the Allentown Waterfront project.

“This has been a long two-year battle, but we have a resolution that meets the needs of both organizations,” he said.

Disagreement centered on a 36-inch interceptor line owned by CWSA that delivers sewage to the Allentown Wastewater Treatment Plant. Plans for the waterfront called for the interceptor to be moved. CWSA objected if the costs were to be incurred by ratepayers. The waterfront partners did not want to pay the costs involved.

‘Hitting the ground running’

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Harakal looks forward to working with many staff he hired as executive

Returning to Whitehall Township is like a reunion for new Mayor Michael P. Harakal Jr.

According to Harakal, who served as the township’s executive from 1984 to 1991, in his first few weeks in office, he has been walking around the municipal building “smiling most of the day.”

Especially warm was the welcome from the township staff, more than 30 of whom he hired during his tenure as executive.

“I always loved what I did here and knew, if I had the opportunity, I would love to do it again,” he said.

CWSA hears performance details at annual meeting

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

High marks are given for pension funding, EPA inspection requirement

The April 19 meeting of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority (CWSA) was its annual review meeting. Key members of the audit and review teams gave their detailed reports to the board.

John Barry, from Brown and Brown Insurance, was first to present his performance assessment.

“This was a tough year for insurance claims,” he said. “Losses caused by disasters topped $135 billion, which was the largest loss we have ever recorded. Worldwide, there was an estimated $330 billion in uninsured losses. The U.S. share of the losses was nearly 50 percent.”

Board gives conditional approval for new CVS

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners voted April 9 to give conditional approval for a new CVS Pharmacy that will be built at 1223-1225 Third St.

Frank Clark, township engineer, said all the concerns about trucks pulling in and out of the location have been addressed and developers agreed to widen the entrance and flare the curb, so the trucks can safely make the turn.

Students choose talking over walking

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

WHS event includes discussion, Q&A on gun laws, anti-bullying

As students across the country began planning demonstrations for National Walkout Day, Whitehall High School Principal Nate Davidson challenged his students to think outside the box.

Davidson implored student leaders to stay in school April 20 and create a constructive dialogue on school safety, gun control and mental health. The result was an informative, passionate discussion with state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and Lehigh County Commissioner Phillips Armstrong in the school’s auditorium.

Congressman Charlie Dent feted at Lehigh Country Club event

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

After answering questions posed by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Tony Ianelli during a live taping of the weekly half-hour “Business Matters” television program, retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was feted at an informal thank-you reception March 28 at Lehigh Country Club, 2319 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown.

The show aired April 2 on WFMZ Lehigh Valley television channel 69.