Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, February 18, 2019

Another view

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

For those with a sweet tooth, a Valentine’s Day favorite might be tough to find this year.

Everyone is familiar with the classic Sweethearts candy featuring cute little messages like “Be Mine,” “Let’s Kiss” and “True Love.” However, due to a company buyout and health code violations, the original brand of these candies will not be ready in time for Valentine’s Day this year.

The original Sweethearts were made by New England Confectionery Company, better known as NECCO.



Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Mr. Bruce Keim was raised in Bethlehem, graduating in 1972 from Liberty High School, where he was a member of the track and field team. One of his favorite teachers was Mr. George Pavlinski, who taught math and motivated the students.

Upon graduating, he enrolled at Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. During the summer, he was employed at Bethlehem Steel, where his father and relatives were employed.

Bruce began his cement odyssey at the Hercules-...

Coplay police

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.

FEB. 4

Police received a report of an industrial Sawzall being advertised for sale on the website Let Go. The item had the markings of a stolen saw belonging to an electrical contractor in Allentown. A meeting with the seller was set up in Coplay, and the saw was identified as belonging to the contractor. The male who arrived with the saw was taken into custody.

Officers responded to a report of a fox in someone’...


Monday, February 11, 2019 by The Press in Columns

FEB. 11

• Registration is open for preschool storytime (for ages 37 months to 6 years old), to be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays from March 5 to April 30 and 1 p.m. Wednesdays from March 6 to April 10 at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. There will not be any storytimes during National Library Week, which is April 8-13. Information and registration: 610-432-4339

• Registration is open for toddler storytime (for ages 12-36 months), to be held 10:30 a.m....

Communities That Care presents awards during annual meeting

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in School

Whitehall-Coplay Communities That Care held its annual meeting Jan. 17 at Fellowship Community, Whitehall. This event was filled with awards, a description on what the group has been up to this past year and a presentation from a featured speaker from the Center for Children’s Justice.

The CTC presented three Community Champion awards. These individuals, or groups, played a significant role in the CTC and its programming over the past year.

The first was awarded to state Rep....

Coplay to go with regional police recruitment effort

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

Coplay Police Chief Vincent Genovese presented details on the regional plan for hiring police officers during borough council’s workshop meeting Feb. 5.

Essentially, participating municipalities would have a call for officers on a regular basis. The consortium would do qualifying testing. Each municipality would have a custom list of requirements and conduct additional testing and background checks.

Municipalities can have unique lists of qualifications. For example, Coplay...

Northampton police

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.

JAN. 26

The department addressed a neighbor complaint in the 1600 block of Newport Avenue.

JAN. 27

Officers checked on the welfare of a male in the 1000 block Main Street.

JAN. 28

A report of a male shoplifting at Rite Aid, 1620 Main St., was investigated.

JAN. 31

Police assisted with a request to contact a person in the 1600 block of Main Street.

Northampton Press’ features in 1999

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

Today, I am reading a new publication of the Northampton Press — the year, 1999.

Some things change; some do not. The Coplay-Northampton Bridge was a feature story. After years of pleading by motorists and residents, the bridge was closed to traffic in order to have the bridge milled and the deck resurfaced with a fresh coat of blacktop. It was to be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for four to six weeks. The bridge has detour signs on both sides in Northampton and Coplay....

District News: Book bingo, book fair planned for Feb. 8 at WCMS

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by The Press in School

PTO Plus will hold a book bingo and book fair Feb. 8 in the cafeteria of Whitehall-Coplay Middle School. Doors open 5:30 p.m. for the book fair shopping and to purchase food; the bingo is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The cost is $5.


Reminder: Feb. 8 is the deadline to register for the SAT in March. Visit collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register. The cost is $64 with writing.

Fee waivers are available in the counseling office for students on free/reduced...

Michael Harakal enters race for mayor

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

Mayor Michael P. Harakal Jr. has announced his candidacy for election to the office of mayor of Whitehall.

He was appointed to the position in April of 2018 to fill the term of former Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. after Hozza resigned to take the position of Lehigh County director of administration.

He mentioned he originally intended only to finish out Hozza’s term but has since changed his intentions.

“I feel the same satisfaction that I had felt as a 34-year-old when I...