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Lieutenant governor to attend gala

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Coplay borough

Coplay Borough Councilman Stephen Burker has announced that Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will be the keynote speaker at the April 6 gala that will kick off the borough’s 150th anniversary.

“We are happy to have the lieutenant governor at our celebration,” Burker said. “We need to thank state Rep. Jeanne McNeill (D-133rd) for all her efforts to get him to our borough and celebrate with us.”

Burker and borough council President Louis Bodish are co-chairs of the celebration.

Lehigh County commissioners discuss term limits

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners discussed the ramifications of a proposed referendum amending the Home Rule Charter contained in a motion by Commissioner Amy Zanelli to limit commissioners to three terms.

Commissioner Nathan Brown, speaking during the governance committee before the regular Feb. 27 meeting, said he does not see a need for term limits in local government, which he defined as county government and below.

Chairman Marty Nothstein said he supports term limits for higher government levels.

Resident concerned about coyote sightings in Stiles

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Police chief says animals common in area, offers tips to those who see them

Coyotes are found in all counties across Pennsylvania, but most people never see the secretive canine.

That is what concerns Whitehall Township resident Randy Fritz, who said he has spotted one of the elusive predators at least seven times in the last month.

Fritz, who lives in the Stiles section of the township, said he recently spotted a coyote near the basketball court at Stiles Playground, Chestnut Street, just after dusk.

He said he also has seen a coyote outside the fence around the baseball field, as well as by the quarry and along the Ironton Rail Trail.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019 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.

Board talks time limit for fireworks

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Township ordinance would include $1,000 fine if set off after 10:30 p.m.

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners heard a proposed ordinance during its workshop meeting March 4 that would prohibit setting off fireworks after 10:30 p.m. in the township.

Since aerial fireworks, such as Roman candles and bottle rockets, were made legal in Pennsylvania in 2017, it has created something of a “war zone” in the township with people setting off fireworks at all hours, Commissioner Jeffrey Dutt said.

Armstrong apologizes for comments made during county address

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by Debra Palmieri in Local News

As a way of explaining why he made no promises during his campaign for office, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong told what some considered a socially unacceptable story, during his State of the County address Feb. 21 at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, about a supposed friend, a light blue Cadillac convertible and a “blonde.”

The Press contacted Armstrong for comment on his story and the reaction of two Lehigh County commissioners when they heard what he had said.

Armstrong replied to The Press’ question via email Feb. 26.

Whitehall High School grad named ‘Chopped’ champion

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

A Whitehall High School and Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate was named a “Chopped” champion after the popular television show’s judges deemed her dishes the most creative, tasty and well prepared.

Kristina Wisneski, executive chef of Amis Trattoria in Devon, a Philadelphia suburb, watched the show for years with her family before making her appearance in an episode titled “Wonton Wonder” that premiered on the Food Network Feb. 12.

District judge candidates address council

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At its workshop session March 5, Coplay Borough Council heard from several of the magisterial district judge candidates who accepted an invitation to speak of their qualifications for the open seat serving the 31-1-07 Judicial District, which encompasses the borough and Whitehall Township.

All candidates present that night have passed the required certifications for the position.

Todd Heffelfinger has ties to Coplay. His father was a police officer in the borough.