HIGHLIGHTS

SAYLOR CEMENT KILNS

     An important meeting regarding the Saylor Cement Kilns Park will be held in the coming months in Coplay to discuss possible restoration strategies of the Saylor Cement Kilns Park including the Saylor Cement Kilns. The kilns and the property they are located at are owned by Lehigh County. Possible restoration of the kilns park was recently discussed by interested individuals with Lehigh County.  Several months ago the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners was approached by interested individuals including Coplay Mayor Joseph Bundra about a restoration project to improve the Saylor Cement Kilns Park. Lehigh County agreed to conduct an architect study that cost about $35,000 paid for by Lehigh County. The architects have completed their study and submitted their findings to the county.  After Lehigh County reviews the report and shares its content with Coplay officials, a public meeting in Coplay will be held to release the report’s findings. Residents are urged to attend this meeting to learn what is needed to restore the Saylor Cement Kilns Park including the kilns, and Coplay’s involvement in the restoration.

       The kilns are a signature of Coplay heritage, and an important historical treasure of the cement industry in the United States and the international cement industry. The Saylor Cement Kilns are a reminder of how Coplay and surrounding communities developed. They are a large part of Coplay history and are similar in importance as the Bethlehem Steel Stacks are to the city of Bethlehem.  Please make every effort to attend the upcoming meeting.  It is important that we, along with surrounding communities, work with all who have an interest in this important historical site.

       At its January 13, 2015 meeting Coplay Council President Lou Bodish appointed Council member Bill Leiner Jr. to lead the kiln restoration effort on behalf of Council.  As a community leader, Mayor Joseph Bundra will also work to lead the effort with Mr. Leiner, together with many groups and individuals to achieve Coplay’s goals.

       A non-profit organization whose charter will be the preservation of the Saylor Cement Kilns Park will be formed in the near future.  More information will follow in the coming weeks.

       The date of the Coplay information meeting will be announced on the borough website - www.coplayborough.org, the Coplay Borough Facebook page, and on the Coplay Recreation and Welfare public sign located on the war memorial grounds on Chestnut Street by the GIANT Foodstore.

      


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NOTES from PUBLIC WORKS

     The Public Works Department understands residents’ concerns regarding plowing driveways, sidewalks, garages and alleyways.  Unfortunately, there will be incidences when the plows come through after you have cleared your property.  Public Works’ main priority is to have the roadways cleared for emergency vehicles in order to maintain public safety.  We apologize for any inconvenience and are working hard at providing the best service for all residents.  Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

     Furniture/Large Item Pick Up- Included yearly with your trash collection fee, you are able to dispose of two (2) larger items, i.e. sofa, loveseat, dresser, etc. at no additional charge, HOWEVER, you must call to coordinate this with the Borough Office.  Each additional item thereafter is collected at a fee.  For additional information, please contact the Borough Office.  In the event additional items are picked up without having notified the office, an invoice for the fee will be mailed to your residence.

    

   


SNOW CLEAN UP    


     Per Borough Ordinance you have 24 hours from the completion of any winter weather event to finish clean-up efforts.  This allows plow trucks time to go through and clear streets and eliminates double clean-up for residents.  When clearing snow from walkways or parking areas, do NOT throw snow back into the street; doing so will result in fines.  Access should be properly cleared around dumpster and garbage can locations to allow ease of collection.  Snow tends to settle and pack in cans stored in the same area without moving, hindering our ability to remove refuse.  Lids should be used to prevent falling snow from filling cans as well.  Obstructed cans or those deemed too heavy will not be emptied. 

HELP WANTED

     We are now accepting applications for the following Seasonal positions: Pavilion Cleaner and Pool Manager; deadline to apply Friday,FEBRUARY 20;  PT Summer Help and Lifeguards deadline to apply Friday, March 13.  Stop by the borough office to pick up an application.

 

   



FREECYCLE/RECYCLING INFORMATION
    

 

       Pennsylvania law mandates that electronic items be kept out of landfills.  We partnered with FreeCycle, a division of GERSolutions, to bring you the most cost effective well-rounded electronics recycling program available in our area.  They accept a wide variety of items, most of which can be recycled for a small fee. 

     However, the cost to recycle TV's and Computer Monitors are as follows:

          CRT Televisions

            Up to 18" ----- $ 20.00

            19"-27" ----- $ 30.00

            28" and up-----$ 40.00

         Wooden Console CRT-----$ 50.00

         CRT Computer Monitor-----$ 10.00

         Projection Television-----$ 50.00

         LCD & Plasma Television-----$ 20.00 (any size)

         LCD Computer Monitor-----$  3.00        

     Additionally, FreeCycle will accept items containing Freon, at a cost of $20.00 each:

         Dorm Size Refrigerator    

         Air Conditioners                

         Freezers

         Dehumidifiers

     Please note, it is vitally important that ALL electronics items be complete.  Taking items apart INCREASES fees incurred for recycling and can be dangerous to you and the environment.  Fees for the items above apply whether you utilize our curbside collection or drop off at their facility.  Curbside collection is offered the third Wednesday of each month, for which we charge a nominal fee, $1 for most items, exclusions apply, see above; please call the office to arrange.  You can also take these items to FREECYCLE, 795 Roble Road, Allentown, PA, smaller items are still FREE of charge; for drop off schedule please visit www.gersolutions.net or call 484-866-0927. 

FROM THE DESK OF

Mayor Joseph Bundra

        

    

     Good News!  Spring will be here in less than 50 days…according to the calendar anyway.  While we await warmer temperatures, please remember to check on your neighbors and lend a hand when needed.  Enjoy the brisk fresh air and if you don’t want to be stuck out in the cold, don’t forget your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day!  

     Watch for updates on the meeting for the Restoration of the Saylor Cement Kilns.

     Any resident wishing to share suggestions or concerns may reach me at 484-239-1611 or mayor@coplayborough.org

 

COUNCIL NEWS

       

The next Workshop meeting will be held Tuesday, FEBRUARY 3 at 7 PM; Council Meeting Tuesday, FEBRUARY 10 at 7PM;

 


BOROUGH HAPPENINGS


COPLAY LIBRARY 

 
COPLAY LIBRARY –Library events:

Storytime – Thursday, FEBRUARY 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 11 AM.

Trivia – Saturday, FEBRUARY 7 12-2 PM

Library Board – meets Thursday, FEBRUARY 12  7 PM

     Our Adult Reading Contest for February is “For Love of a Good Book”.  Write about your favorite romantic character in literature and tell us your favorite quote, in 50 words or less.  The staff will select the winning entry and a mystery prize will be awarded.  Entries accepted through February 28.

     We have E-books for all your electronic gadgets.  Stop into the library and find out about our Overdrive Program.

     We are accepting donations for our April Book Sale.  All donations are tax deductible.  Sorry, we no longer take VHS tapes, encyclopedias or textbooks.

     Check WFMZ, our Twitter and Facebook pages for any winter weather closings.  Any materials due on a day we have to close will be due on the next open day.

    Library Hours:

 Monday – Thursday 10am – 7pm; Friday & Saturday – 10am – 5pm

Contact the Library at 610-262-7351

 Follow our website – www.coplaypubliclibrary.org Contact the Library at 610-262-7351           For more information visit the library website, click here 

TRASH/RECYCLING/YARD WASTE/METAL COLLECTION/ ELECTRONICS COLLECTION

.  There are no collection changes for the month of FEBRUARY.  Recycling will be collected every Thursday.  Electronics collection (call to schedule pickup) Wednesday, FEBRUARY 18 and Metal collection Thursday, FEBRUARY 19.  There is no need to call the borough office to schedule pick up for metal.  GARBAGE CANS - in excess of 35 gallons will NOT be collected.  You must call borough office at 610-262-6088 to schedule pick up of larger items (sofas, mattresses, etc.) on regularly scheduled garbage days, limit of two per year at no charge.  ELECTRONICS - televisions and other electronics WILL NOT be collected with regular garbage.  Utilize our Electronics Recycling collection, most items are $1, except TVs and computer monitors, call the borough office for cost to recycle based on type/size, or you can drop items off yourself, at FreeCycle, 795 Roble Road, Allentown on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM-5 PM and 3rd Saturday from 9 AM-11 AM.    

  

COPLAY POLICE 

     - received 129 calls in December, 2014.  Arrests: 0; Traffic – 22, Written Warnings - 7; Parking Tickets – 22.             

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS INFO
COPLAY AMERICAN LEGION

      Did you know…if you fly an American Flag at your home and are replacing it because it is worn, there is an old mailbox out front of our Post to dispose of worn flags properly.
          Contact Information: Larry 610-262-4133

COPLAY ATHLETIC CLUB

      Gym located on 2nd floor of Coplay Municipal Building, check board for meeting dates;
          Contact Information: Bev 610-262-0909

COPLAY COMMUNITY DAYS

          – will begin planning the 2015 Event with a meeting on Monday, FEBRUARY 23 at 7 PM in Council Chambers.

            Contact information:  Steve    610-703-8487 

COPLAY NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH

     This passive group of concerned Coplay residents is always vigilant concerning any unusual persons or activities in the neighborhood. They then report this to the local Police department. Laminated window Crime Watch signs and Vial of Life kits are always available free of charge for anyone, to be used in your home. A “V” orange sticker is to be placed on a front window/door, another is placed on the refrigerator door and the Vial is put inside the refrigerator with your medical history/medication information. In case of an emergency, this alerts medical personnel coming to your home, where to find your medical history, saving critical time. Please contact us at the number below to request a kit.
          Contact information: Frank 610-262-0802

COPLAY DEMOCRATIC CLUB

 

    The CDC wants you to register to vote and participate in the May 2015 Primary Election.  Please register and turn out to vote.  It is your sacred right.  Consider joining the CDC and perhaps run for Coplay Council this year.  Annual dues are only $2.00 per year. 

Contact information: Bill    610-751-2745; billleiner@aol.com                       

   James          610-737-7725.

COPLAY GARDEN CLUB

     -Join us at our next meeting on Thursday, FEBRUARY 26. 

            Contact information:  Jane     610-261-1243

COPLAY LIONS CLUB

 
    Join us at our next regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, FEBRUARY 2 and Monday, FEBRUARY 16 at 7:15 PM at the Coplay Saengerbund, S 5th St.  All are welcome as we work together to help our neighbors. 

            Contact information: Larry      610-262-4133


COPLAY PARK & RECREATION BOARD

    
     -next meeting scheduled for Monday, FEBRUARY 9 at 7 PM, in Council Chambers.    

            Contact information: Steve     610-703-8487


COPLAY RECREATION & WELFARE Assn.

    New members are always welcome!  If you are interested in learning more or joining, contact Rick at the number below.  Donations are always greatly appreciated.  Next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 4.

            Contact information:  Richard            610-261-0566

     Convalescent equipment, such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, and canes, is available if needed for one day, an outing over the weekend, or for however long is necessary; contact Faye at the number below, requests require 48 hours notice to organize.

             Convalescent Equipment: Faye        610-262-5335


COPLAY REC & WELFARE ASSN. FOOD BANK

     -available to any borough resident, proof of residency required, open 2nd Tuesday of each month FEBRUARY 10 from 9 – 10:30 AM in the municipal building basement.  Any donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the borough office during business hours. 

Contact information: Louise   610-262-9351


COPLAYSCHOLARSHIP FUND

    If you want to support Coplay kids defray some college, university, technical school or police academy costs, consider a donation to CSFC.  Send check to: CSFC – 41 N 8th St, Coplay, PA 18037.

COPLAY SPORTS

     Baseball and Softball sign-ups will be held Wednesdays, FEBRUARY 4 and FEBRUARY 11 6-730 PM  at the Fieldhouse.  Visit our website at www.coplaysports.org or email the address below.  Next meeting - Wednesday, FEBRUARY 11 at 7:30 PM at Fieldhouse.   

Contact information: email     coplaysports@rcn.com .


COPLAY TOWN WATCH

    
COPLAY TOWN WATCH –The CTW reorganization meeting is Wednesday, FEBRUARY 18 in Council Chambers.  Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim will speak about “Teen and Young Adult Drug Overdose and Suicide.”  Join us for this important presentation.  CTW continues our search for additional volunteers who want to make Coplay a safer, cleaner, better community. 

         Contact information: Bill 610-751-2745; email billleiner@aol.com

        Kevin       484-767-3094

  PROPERTIES OF MERIT –This CTW committee is looking for more volunteers.  If you want to join this fun committee of the Coplay Town Watch that recognizes beautiful Coplay properties at an outstanding Awards Reception, call Bill at 610-751-2745.

  WATCH WALKS –Join us as we greet neighbors and pick up loose garbage.  Meet at Sam Owen’s Restaurant at 9 AM, Saturday, FEBRUARY 14 and FEBRUARY 28.  If the weather is bad, walks are cancelled.

  DOG WALKER WATCHIf you walk your dog and want to improve our community, consider joining the “Dog Walker Watch” (DWW) program.  You will be trained in basic crime prevention techniques.  Call Bill at 610-751-2745 or Carol 610-653 -7762 or email billleiner@aol.com.

  FERAL CAT COMMITTEE –The FCC reorganization meeting is Sunday, FEBRUARY 15 at 2 PM at Samuel Owens Restaurant.  If you have a house cat, please keep it indoors.  If you have a house cat (or dog) work to be part of the solution of unwanted animals.  Get your house cat (or dog) spayed or neutered.  

Contact information: Dennis   610- 967-2471

          Bill         610-751-2745

EXPLORER POST 101 

     -Our mission is promoting youth ages 14 -20 interested in the hobby of model railroading.   Meetings are held every Thursday at 7:30 PM on the 2nd floor of the Coplay Municipal building. 

Contact information: Dick       610-965-2598

IRONTON RAIL TRAIL

    Our next workday is Saturday, FEBRUARY 14 (Whitehall); meet at 8 AM at N. Ruch & Chestnut   Sts Trailhead.  Public meeting Tuesday, FEBRUARY 17 at 7 PM at  Whitehall Township Municipal Building. 

            Contact information: Dale       610-405-1025

SENIOR CITIZENS

     -meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 1 PM at the Fire Building; always looking for New members!
          Contact information: Ann Marie 610-231-8798

SUBURBAN NORTH YMCA

          For a full list of programs and registration information,contact the YMCA or visit their website, click here
          Contact information: YMCA 610-264-5221

EVENTS

COPLAY LIONS CLUB 28TH ANNUAL SUPERBOWL BREAKFAST BUFFET– Sunday, FEBRUARY 1 at the Coplay Saengerbund.  8AM – Noon ; Adults -$7; Children ages 5-12  $3.50; Children under 5 are free.  Pay at the door.

TRICKY TRAYSOCIAL - will be held Saturday, FEBRUARY 14 9AM - 7PM and Sunday, FEBRUARY 15 9AM - 4 PM at St. John the Baptist Church, Ruch St, Stiles.  The event features a wide variety of raffle items!  Tickets are $5 for a sheet of 25.   Homemade foods and other refreshments will be available for purchase.  Raffle prizes, 50/50 drawings and much more!  Email StJohntrickytray@gmail for more information.

COPLAY SAENGERBUND DANCE PARTY – Saturday, March 21 1970-80s Dance Theme with DJ – Hot Tub Jerry Green; Prize for best dressed; Food, Beer and Soda included; $20 PP. For tickets or more information contact Kevin Fritz 610-704-6164

AQUA AEROBICS

     -held Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7- 8 PM at the Whitehall High School Pool.  The winter session continues through FEBRUARY 26.  Cost is $55 for residents, $65 for non-residents.  Please call Whitehall Township Recreation Bureau at 610-437-5524 ext. 160 for more information.

FREE PUBLIC SWIM
      -continues at the Whitehall High School pool, Monday and Wednesday evenings, Family Swim 7 – 8 PM, Adult Swim 8 – 9 PM.  Children 10 and under MUST be supervised by a parent or legal guardian.  This activity is for Whitehall/Coplay residents only and a photo ID proving residency is required.

GIRL SCOUTS

      Join the Fun! Serving girls in grades K-12 through weekly meetings and community outings. Contact Stacy Zellner at 610 443-0217 or email, click here to find a troop near you.

AEROBICS

      Is offered Monday 7PM, Wednesday 7 PM & Saturday 8:45 AM at the Municipal Building. Cost is just $1 per class with no attendance requirements. Bring a Mat if you prefer.

LITERACY CENTER

      Is offering Free GED classes at Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6 – 8:30 PM beginning January 31. Call 610-435-0680 ext. 122 for more information or to register. Also see their website for additional programs and volunteer opportunities.