Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, March 23, 2019

‘We will continue to stand together’

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The Muslim community called a news conference in Whitehall Township March 15 to express its sorrow and outrage at the attack earlier that day on two New Zealand mosques. The loss of life from such a wanton violation of human decency shocked the world.

The Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley opened its doors to others in the community. Dr. Mirza Baig, MALV vice president, welcomed members of all different faiths who had gathered. In his address, Imam Basheer Bilaal described Islam and...

Coplay reworks access plan to gymnasium

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

At its regular meeting March 12, Coplay Borough Council announced changes in the way it approves key cards issued to sports teams and others who require access to the gymnasium in the borough’s municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.

At last week’s workshop session, council expressed its concern over access to the gymnasium. Council received reports of unsupervised activities extending overnight into the early-morning hours. In addition, doors were reportedly left open, garbage was left...

Staying active with Seesaw

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Have you heard about the Seesaw app for your phone? Parents and teachers now have the opportunity to share educational activities about the children using one little app. This app is a simple program that has been developed to increase student and family engagement, allowing parents to see their child’s performance at school and the teacher to encourage more learning goals within the home.

When Austin Berg, physical education teacher at Gockley Elementary School, heard about this...

Northampton police

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.


Officers investigated a child custody issue in the 1000 block of Main Street.


A reportable accident involving two vehicles occurred in the 1600 block of Main Street.

In the 800 block of Main Street, a hit and run took place. The report said a legally parked vehicle was struck, damaging the driver-side mirror.


At Howertown Road and Banks Street, police...

Fire calls

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Local News

FEB. 27

A swift water rescue on Riverview Drive was performed by Stations 36, 40, 3501 and 3502 (deputy chief).


Stations 35, 36, 39, 40, 3502 and 3503 (deputy chief) addressed a carbon monoxide incident at 5638 N. Coplay Road.


A downed power line at 1177 W. Tyler St. was handled by Stations 36, 37, 3502 and 3503.

Stations 36, 37 and 38 responded to an unintentional alarm system activation at Lehigh Valley Mall.



Fighting Hunger: Pantry, food bank here to help battle food insecurity in area

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by SHARI NOCTOR in Opinion

Whitehall Food Pantry and Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association Food Bank provide much-needed food for our residents. As you have heard me say many times before, no one in this country, as rich as we are, should ever be hungry. This really bothers me and so many others.

Food insecurity in America was almost wiped out due to provisions President Lyndon Johnson’s administration put into law back in the 1960s. Sadly, 50 years later, we still have food insecurity. I’ll get off my...

50 victims are remembered at Allentown candlelight vigil

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by DANIELLE DERRICKSON in Local News

By dusk March 17, more than 200 people had gathered on the sidewalks of Seventh and Hamilton streets, Allentown, to honor the 50 victims of attacks on two mosques in New Zealand’s city of Christchurch two days earlier.

“Let it be known that Allentown did not remain silent when all of this violence was taking place,” Imam Basheer Bilaal, of the Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley, Whitehall Township, said in reference to the massacres. “Let history take note that you stood beside your...

Hokendauqua: Basket social set for March 30

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Columns

Whitehall Lions Club will have a basket social 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with the prize drawing and pickup 2-4 p.m., March 30 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road.

Food, bottled water and soda will be available for purchase.

If you would like to donate a basket, drop it off at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road.

For tickets, cost and other information, call Patty at 610-432-4339 or Judy at 610-262-7598.


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Whitehall police

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

FEB. 25

A report of fraud in the 4700 block of Main Street was investigated.

A mental health call in the 3100 block of North Second Street brought police to the scene.

The department addressed hazardous conditions on MacArthur and Coplay roads and Main and Lehigh streets.

Thefts on Alta Drive and at Lehigh Valley Mall were reported.

Officers investigated a domestic offense against family...

District News: Zephyr Art Gallery to host comics artist March 21

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in School

From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 21, Zephyr Art Gallery will host an after-school art reception with comics artist Scott Hanna at Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road.

A top inker in the comic book industry, Hanna has been drawing and inking comics for 30 years. His work has been published in more than 100 graphic novels, and he has inked 21,000-plus pages of comics art. He is known for his very adaptable inking work and finishes that enhance the pencil work of a wide variety of...