Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, July 11, 2020

WHS calls off in-person ceremony at PPL Center

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by ERIN THOMAS in School

Whitehall-Coplay School District held its 116th commencement ceremony virtually June 4, due to restrictions put in place by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, in order to combat COVID-19. The hope was that an in-person graduation would be possible later in the summer.

When it appeared conditions across the state might allow an in-person event to occur, WCSD administration and Whitehall High School Principal Nathan Davidson set a tentative date of Aug. 3 for the ceremony to be held at the PPL...

Coplay addresses fireworks problems

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At its meeting July 7, Coplay Borough Council had a lively discussion on fireworks. The meeting was held in the gymnasium at the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St., with council members on the stage and those in attendance in the bleacher seats.

Coplay, like neighboring Catasauqua and many other small communities, reported an overwhelming surge of fireworks activity by residents over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

In 2017, the state passed the fireworks law to allow the...

Board discusses new police role

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by CASSANDRA DAYOUB in Local News

Despite the recent transition to the green phase of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners met virtually July 6 for the workshop meeting.

Whitehall Township Chief of Police Michael Marks requested the police department be approved to add a deputy, a rank above lieutenant. Bill 21-2020 seeks to change the township civil service rules and regulations to be amended to include the specialized role.

Currently, there are four lieutenant...

North Catasauqua police

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers were on the scene of a reported domestic issue in the 400 block of Buttonwood Street.

A vehicle theft in the 1100 block of Third Street was investigated.

Suspicious activity in the 1100 block of Fourth Street was reported.

Police performed a welfare check in the 1300 block of Third Street.

The department responded to ordinance violations on Howertown Road and Second...

LCCC offers variety of formats for fall

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in School

Registration for the fall semester at Lehigh Carbon Community College is currently underway.

Classes begin Aug. 22 and may consist of online or remote format and face-to-face classes.

As long as the state continues to be in the green status prior to the start of the fall semester, a select number of hands-on or equipment-based courses will include a face-to-face element. If the states moves to red or yellow restrictions, all credit courses will be offered online or remotely....

Northampton: Municipal building opens doors to public

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by The Press in Columns

The borough municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave., has reopened to the public.

Masks are mandatory.


Northampton Farmers Market is open Tuesdays 3-6:30 p.m. at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue.

Masks are required.


Holy Trinity Nursery School, 1235 Main St., is accepting registrations for the 2020-21 school year.

The 2-year-old playgroup class will meet 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Class size is limited to 12...

Coplay Public Library: Coplay library open to the public; curbside service available

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by The Press in Columns

We’re back!

Coplay Public Library is now open to the public at 50-percent capacity. We are limiting the number of people in the library at any one time to 25, including staff.

Due to social distancing guidelines, we have only two public computers available for use.

Wear a mask and sanitize your hands when entering our building.

For your safety, all incoming materials are quarantined for three days and sanitized before being released for circulation.


Rap of the gavel

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by The Press in Local News


(Please note that, although municipal buildings are beginning to reopen to the public, some meetings may still be held via teleconference.)


Whitehall Township Environmental Advisory Council meets 7 p.m. in the township municipal building, 3219 MacArthur Road.


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....

Catasauqua: Lunch pickups are available

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by The Press in Columns

Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, in partnership with Suburban North Family YMCA, continues to hold free bagged lunch pickups for Catasauqua Borough residents 11 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.

This will continue throughout the summer.

A big thank you to Pastor Brian Riedy, the heart of Holy Trinity, and all those in the background running to the store for supplies and preparing and distributing meals.



Another View

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

There are teachers in my family tree.

Three of my father’s sisters taught elementary school in Delaware County.

My sister taught preschool and elementary school at The Swain School in Salisbury Township for many years — some of those years while I was still a student in what was then called “upper school” there, before she changed careers.

As her sibling, I was often drafted into the end-of-year cleaning out and start-of-year decorating of her various classrooms.