Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Fireworks may be legal in Pennsylvania, but ...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Fireworks such as firecrackers, Roman candles and bottle rockets are now legal in Pennsylvania, but in Whitehall Township, there are few, if any, places they can be set off legally, according to township Fire Chief David Nelson.

At the July 9 meeting, he informed the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners that it is illegal to set off fireworks within 150 feet of an occupied structure — and that precludes most of the township. However, residents are complaining that fireworks are...

Coplay officials concerned about quarry

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At the July 10 meeting of Coplay Borough Council, Councilmen Stephen Burker and Charles Sodl updated council on a July 9 meeting in Wind Gap about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, PCB, recently found in the Coplay Aggregates quarry.

“The three-hour session was informative,” Sodl said. “We heard a lot from people that live near the quarry and the impact these problems have on their lives.”

The quarry is located at 5001 W. Coplay Road, Whitehall Township.


Bringing back the bike patrol

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by ERIN THOMAS in Local News

The last time Whitehall Township Police Department’s bicycle unit patrolled the streets was 2004 — but thanks to a proactive staff and the local business community, officers are once again hitting the pavement.

Chief Michael Marks, a 20-year veteran of the force, credits Lt. Greg Bealer, a member of the original bicycle unit, for the push to bring the program back. Other officers quickly got on board and went from business to business to request support for the program.


Northampton: Historical program to feature first ward

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Northampton Area Historical Society will hold a special program titled “First Ward Businesses of a Bygone Era” 10 a.m. July 21 at the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring photos of earlier businesses and join in the discussion.


Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, 1401 Laubach Ave., will be open 1-3 p.m. July 22.

It is open to the public the second and fourth Sundays of the month through September.


Whitehall library: Come explore fossils at Whitehall Township Public Library

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Jolie Chylack, coordinator from Lehigh County Conservation District, will present Buckets of Nature: Fossils Rock 6 p.m. July 19.

Books aren’t the only things that tell stories; rocks do, too. Become an archaeologist and join us for a session of discovery as we explore many of nature’s fossils and go home with your very own fossil design.

This free program is open to all ages; kids and adults alike can learn and have fun.

The “Libraries Rock” theme continues throughout...

County commissioners hear from worker opposed to union dues withdrawal

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

It’s not often U.S. Supreme Court decisions are cited in the chambers of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, but county employee Francisco Molina did exactly that June 27 when he addressed the board during the public comment portion of the agenda.

Molina, who has worked for the county since 2004 and for the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth since 2006, said he does not want the county to provide his banking information to Service Employees International Union for...

Coplay: Have fun at Splash & Dance July 19

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by The Press in Columns

A Splash & Dance event is set for 6-8:30 p.m. July 19 at Coplay’s Parkway Pool, Second and Keefer streets. Deejay Freddy Milander Jr. will entertain. Contests and prizes are also part of the fun.


Lehigh County Conservation District will be at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St., 1-2 p.m. July 19 for Buckets Full of Nature: Fossils Rock!

The library will also present a free children’s movie 5-7 p.m. July 23, a kids’ music program 6-7 p.m. July 25 and storytime...

Mall shooting suspect in custody

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Police Log

An alleged Bethlehem gang member has been arrested in the June double shooting at the Lehigh Valley Mall.

Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin and Whitehall Township Police Chief Michael Marks announced that 19-year-old Miles Harper, of 1206 Gordon St., Bethlehem, has been charged with two counts of attempted homicide and two counts of aggravated assault in the June 1 shooting that left two men wounded.

Police said Harper, who is allegedly a member of the Money Rules...

Northampton police

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.


Criminal mischief in the 100 block of East 21st Street was reported. The department said two windows of a residence were damaged by a pellet gun.


Officers investigated an online fraud in the 400 block of East 11th Street.

A fight occurred in the 900 block of Main Street. Two males were involved.

Several tools were taken from a garage in the 1600 block of Canal Street.


Rap of the Gavel

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by The Press in Local News



Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority meets 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, 3213 MacArthur Road.


Coplay Borough Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. at the borough municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.


Lehigh County Board of Commissioners meets 7:30 p.m. in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

Coplay Borough...