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Monday, March 30, 2020

Local business steps up to help

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

The coronavirus has presented communities across the United States with a host of problems, including shortages of items like hand sanitizer. Stores are sold out, hospitals have resorted to rationing medical supplies, and hand sanitizer has become a precious commodity.

While some companies are using the crisis to make a profit, one Whitehall pharmacist, Rikin Patel, Pharm.D., decided to use his resources to help others. Patel and his staff are compounding hand sanitizer to give to...

State of emergency declared for county

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong declared a state of emergency for Lehigh County effective March 16.

Armstrong made the official announcement 1 p.m. in front of the county government building accompanied by Edward Hozza Jr., director of administration; John Kalynych, director of Lehigh County’s emergency services department; and Richard Molchany, director of general services.

“We must take a proactive stance in combating the unknowns of this disease,” Armstrong said...

Hokendauqua church uses technology to connect with its congregation

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

As COVID-19 virus precautions increase across the Lehigh Valley, churches are looking for ways to continue to connect with their congregations that don’t involve in-person gatherings. One local church is capitalizing on the available technology to join its members together for regular worship without violating any safety rules.

First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 Front St., has been using Facebook livestreaming, Zoom and YouTube to connect with parishioners, a move the...

School closure is extended

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced March 23 all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

When it is determined students can return to school, administrators, teachers and other staff will be given two days to prepare classrooms, set up cafeterias, schedule transportation and arrange...

Lehigh County issued stay-at-home order

Saturday, March 28, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County Executive Phillips M. Armstrong, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, has placed Lehigh County on a stay-at-home order, urging residents to shelter in place for their health and safety.

The state-at-home order was announced by Armstrong approximately 11:45 a.m. via Facebook Live.

The stay-at-home order begins 8 p.m. March 25 and will continue until April 6.

Wolf ordered a stay-at-home command for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe and Montgomery...

Coplay Borough hires new police officer

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Based on a recommendation from Coplay Borough Police Chief Vincent Genovese at the March 10 council meeting, Coplay hired a new police officer to replace Officer Kevin Torres, who is transferring to Pittsburgh. The new officer, Lauren Fizz, is going through orientation and on-the-job training.

In other business, council is reviewing plans for a public works building on property it owns at 1 Bridge St. The new building has been under consideration for some time. One aspect of the plan...

Whitehall police

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

MARCH 3

Alarms on Grape Street and Crescent Court West brought out police.

The department responded to a reported hazardous condition in the 400 block of Sixth Street.

A suspicious person on Fairmont Avenue was investigated.

MARCH 4

Officers were on the scene of a reported sex offense in the 1600 block of Maple Leaf Lane.

A domestic offense against family in the 1300 block of...

Catasauqua: Check on events

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Please note, in light of the current situation, many local events are being canceled.

Call the host organization or watch local news alerts regarding the status of these events.

Also, check to see if your churches will be canceling services, especially with Easter fast approaching.

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PPL plan focuses on service, assistance

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

As the coronavirus pandemic deepens, PPL Electric Utilities issued a statement March 16 saying it wants customers to know it is well prepared to maintain reliable electric service.

“Those we serve in central and eastern Pennsylvania depend on us, and we’ll continue to deliver for them,” PPL Electric Utilities President Greg Dudkin said. “Efforts over the past decade to develop a more reliant, resilient and smarter grid, coupled with effective pandemic planning and emergency management...