Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, November 22, 2019

Coplay planning old-fashioned Christmas

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At its workshop meeting Oct. 1, Coplay Borough Council announced it is doing some tentative planning for an old-fashioned Christmas at Community Plaza.

“We want to have a celebration that is put on by the Community Days committee. Maybe we can spur the same kind of interest that we have for our summer festival,” Councilman Stephen Burker said.

The tentative date is Nov. 22, the unofficial start of the shopping season.

In other business, residents came to the meeting to address some neighborhood disputes.

Fire calls

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


An unintentional smoke detector activation at Whitehall Mall was handled by Stations 36, 37 and 38.

Stations 35 and 37 responded to a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 22 East.


A brush fire at 955 Grape St. brought out Stations 36, 37 and 3502 (deputy chief).

Stations 36, 37, 38 and 39 responded to a gas leak at Lehigh Valley Mall Lifestyle Center.

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A building fire at 329 Fullerton Ave. brought out Stations 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 3501 and 3503 (deputy chief).


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Elias family buys former Lehigh Valley Dairy property


The former Lehigh Valley Dairy, which languished in disrepair for more than 30 years, has been sold.

The Elias family, known for their popular farm markets, bought the long-vacant 10-acre property at 1026 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, that housed the former dairy, for $1.35 million Sept. 27.

It was a huge relief for Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr., who had been meeting privately with the family since March about the sale. He said he hopes the redevelopment will create an economic renaissance in the southern corridor of MacArthur Road.

Hello, fall! Whitehall showing signs of the season

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Township hosts parade, festival, car show; WCSD celebrates Homecoming

Fall is always a fun time of year, especially in Whitehall Township. There are several community and school events scheduled for Oct. 3-5 to celebrate the start of autumn.

Whitehall’s Halloween-themed parade is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and will be held rain or shine.

The parade will be staged and starts in the parking lot at Schadt Avenue Playground. The parade travels down Campus Drive and through the Whitehall-Coplay School District campus.

EPA: Coplay Aggregates in compliance

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Federal agency rescinds 2018 violation notice for excess PCBs at quarry

Coplay Aggregates’ quarry in Whitehall Township does not have fill containing high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and is in compliance with federal regulations, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has determined.

Township officials learned, in a letter received Sept. 19, the EPA had rescinded its notice of violation for excess PCBs at the quarry that it issued to the company, 5101 Beekmantown Road, in 2018.

Coplay crawl a hit

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

To help celebrate the borough’s 150th anniversary, Coplay put on a pub crawl Sept. 21 as an end-of-summer event. “Crawlers” moved from one location to another.

“We had a good turnout for the event,” said Councilman Stephen Burker, who coordinated the effort. “It was successful enough that we plan on keeping it for next year, too.”

Participants paid a $10 entry fee that entitled them to special drink pricing, food and prizes at specially noted restaurants and bars.