Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Borough needs new plan for Saylor Park

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

The critical subject of discussion at Coplay Borough Council’s workshop session Oct. 2 was the Saylor Park project. The park, envisioned as a crowning achievement for the borough’s 150-year celebration, has a little trouble brewing.

The borough worked hard to gather a collection of grants to support the project. Township Engineer Daniel Witczak sent the project out for bid, but the results were over budget. Councilman Stephen Burker is looking for in-kind services that could be...

Fun for all in the fall

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

The fall season is upon us, and Whitehall Township and Coplay Borough are ready to celebrate the cooler weather and upcoming Halloween holiday.

Oct. 6 is a big day in Whitehall Township.

The township will host three fun-filled events — the annual parade, car show and fall festival.

Whitehall’s fall parade begins 10 a.m. This year, the parade will feature a Halloween theme and will be held rain or shine.

The parade will stage at the At Home shopping center, 2520...

Board gets glimpse of site plan

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners got its first look at the proposed emergency services complex during a workshop meeting Oct. 1.

The nearly $18 million project would include a new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township building on the current MacArthur Road site.

The two buildings would be connected by a 1,200-square-foot lobby that would have separate entrances.

Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said the project could have “shovel in ground”...

Coplay police

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.

SEPT. 24

Police investigated a fight outside a residence in the unit block of South Front Street.

Officers were on the scene in the 100 block of South Front Street for reports of threats being made to a juvenile.

A warning was issued for a registration violation during a traffic stop in the 200 block of North Second Street.

SEPT. 25

Police provided protection-from-abuse service in the unit...

Catasauqua: Borough presents Fest O’ Fall Oct. 6

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association is sponsoring the 13th annual Fest O’ Fall celebration noon-5 p.m. Oct. 6, with a rain date of noon-5 p.m. Oct. 7.

Activities will be held at Biery House, 8 Race St., and George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets.

Family activities include a hay ride, kids’ crafts, face and rock painting, games, an obstacle course and more. You can make a scarecrow or purchase a kit to make one at home. You can also make a bird house to take...

Election Policy

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

As we approach the Nov. 6 General 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 or about those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the Oct. 11 edition.

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

Slovak heritage in area

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Columns

A few months ago, I wrote a series on Austrian immigrants who came to America for opportunity and a new life in a new country. Another large migration from the old Austria-Hungarian empire were people of Slovak origin. Many settled in Northampton, Cementon, Egypt, Coplay and Catasauqua.

My mother, a Slovak, also made the long journey to the United States and settled in Northampton. She was very proud of her heritage. I wonder how many of their descendants can converse in their native...

District News: Sign-up deadline for contest is Oct. 5

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in School

Zephyr Elementary School’s “pink Fridays,” in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, are here! “Bee Aware and Show You Care” is the theme.

Zephyr Beez students and staff are encouraged to wear pink every Friday in October.

The building has various activities planned during the month. Some friendly competitions are also in the works.

An optional pink pumpkin decorating contest is planned. Students can sign up in their homerooms to participate by tomorrow, Oct. 5....

Northampton: Boy Scout Troop 93 to serve spaghetti

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Northampton Boy Scout Troop 93 is having a spaghetti dinner 4-7 p.m. Oct. 6 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 19th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

In addition to the pasta meal, salad, drinks and dessert are included.

There is a cost. Children age 6 and under can eat for free.

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St. John’s Friendly Fifties group will meet 1 p.m. Oct. 8 in the St. John’s social hall, 1343 Newport Ave.

Emil Schanta will entertain.

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Northampton AARP Chapter...