Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Harakal returns to lead township

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

A former Whitehall Township executive, who served the township for eight years, was unanimously voted mayor by the township board of commissioners at its April 9 meeting.

Michael P. Harakal Jr., who was township executive from 1984 to 1991, was tapped to fill the position left vacant when longtime Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. left for a county position. Harakal was one of six candidates who applied for the position.

“Every one of them would have done a fantastic job,” board...

Catasauqua police

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.


A dispute between brothers occurred in the 700 block of Crane Street.

In the 500 block of Race Street, a cellphone was stolen.

Officers conducted a welfare check on Second Street for a problem with other juveniles.

Police checked on the welfare of a person with mental health issues in the 100 block of Front Street.

The department said an investigation is continuing for a reckless...

Election Policy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

As we approach the May 15 General Primary Election, the Whitehall-Coplay Press, Northampton Press and Catasauqua Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is this April 12 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by...

District news: Alexander Eddinger moves on to National Chemistry Olympiad

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in School

On March 17, three of Whitehall High School’s top chemistry students participated in the local Chemistry Olympiad Competition at Muhlenberg College. Alexander Eddinger, Samantha Ganser and Caterine Yunez-Cosme all participated in the event, which consisted of a paper exam.

Alexander scored high enough on the exam to be invited to take part in the national exam, which will be held at Muhlenberg College April 21. He will represent the Lehigh Valley section of the American Chemical...

Coplay: Breakfast is planned for April 15 at CFC

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Commitment to Family & Community, 165 Cherry St., will hold a breakfast 8 a.m.-noon. April 15.


Coplay Lions Club will meet 7:15 p.m. April 16 at Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St.

For more information, call Thomas at 610-262-1243.


The 150th anniversary committee meets 7 p.m. April 19 in council chambers of the borough office, 98 S. Fourth St.

All civic groups, clubs and organizations interested in being part of this day are encouraged...

Fire calls

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Local News


An oil or other combustible liquid spill on Second Street brought out Stations 40 and 3501.

Stations 37, 38, 3501 and 3503 (deputy chief) responded to an unintentional smoke detector activation at 3 Maryland Circle.


A system malfunction at 2520 MacArthur Road was handled by Stations 37, 38 and 3503.

Station 36 was on the scene of an unintentional smoke detector activation at 1715 Plaza Lane.

Stations 36, 37 and 3503 found no...

Northampton: Spring tea to be held April 29

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Quota Club International of Northampton is sponsoring a women’s spring tea 1-4 p.m. April 29 at Weaversville Inn, 6916 Weaversville Road.

This event will include the luncheon, a silent auction and a fashion show presented by Dress Barn.

Proceeds will benefit the scholarship program for speech and hearing studies.

For cost, reservations and other information, call Kelly Frantz at 610-262-7826 or Anita Achey at 610-262-0623.


The 2018 Festival of Bands...