The great COVID-19 shutdown changed lives for a lot of people.
More people are unemployed than in recent history. Some of us are working harder than ever.
Front-line workers who never worried about getting sick — or dying — from exposure at their jobs are now paying attention to having the right protective gear.
Some people are isolated and lonely. Another faction says the numbers are inaccurate and they are angry about staying home, wearing a mask and being restricted.
Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.
An adult male was cited for public drunkenness in the unit block of North Second Street.
Officers were on the scene of a domestic dispute in the unit block of North Second Street.
The department responded to a report of an unwanted person in the unit block of North Second Street.
Police investigated a disturbance in the area of South Second and Center streets.
A suspicious vehicle in the unit block of South Fifth Street was reported.
Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.
Officers responded to reports of harassment on Washington and South Front streets.
Reports of identity theft on Eberhart Road and Main Street were investigated.
Suspicious activity in the 600 block of Orchard Drive was reported.
The department responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 800 block of Sixth Street.
Reports of reckless drivers on Sixth Street and MacArthur Road were handled by police.
Police assisted the fire department in the 3300 block of Carbon Street.
The Northampton County-sponsored COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at Easton Hospital, 250 S. 21st St., will remain open until June 26.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday in the main parking lot.
Only residents from Northampton County will be accepted for the free test, and you must show at least one of the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognized symptoms of COVID-19 to be eligible. These are fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste/smell.
(Please note that, although municipal buildings are beginning to reopen to the public, some meetings may still be held via teleconference.)
Lehigh Township Municipal Authority meets 6 p.m. in the municipal building, 1069 Municipal Road.
Moore Township Recreation Commission meets 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2491 Community Drive.
Northampton Borough Council meets 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave.
Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive, Cherryville, will begin parking lot service the weekend of June 21. Check the church website, hopecherryville.org, for details.
For more information, call 610-767-7203 or visit the website.
Is your church or organization having a fundraiser or event in Lehigh Township you want to let the community know about? Send me the information at email@example.com, and I will be happy to announce it in a future column.
Pennsylvania entered the yellow phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan June 5. One of the changes in the yellow phase is the allowance of outdoor dining at restaurants.
This has opened the door for Pennsylvania residents to get out of the house, sit at their favorite eatery and be served food and drink for the first time since mid-March.
And, boy, did people take advantage of the opportunity.
Republican Lisa Scheller is the winner in the primary race for the U.S. 7th Congressional District, according to unofficial Lehigh County tallies.
Scheller beat fellow Republican Dean Browning in the June 2 race.
She will face incumbent Democrat Susan Wild in the November general election.
Republican Ann Flood is the winner in the primary race for Pennsylvania’s 138th Legislative District, according to unofficial Northampton County tallies.
Flood beat fellow Republican Tony Tarsi in the June 2 race.