HIGHLIGHTS

SAYLOR CEMENT KILNS

     It is expected that a community-wide meeting will be held during March to review the architects study report.  This report will be a reference point moving forward for any Saylor Kiln restoration effort.  Announcement of the meeting will be posted on the Borough website and at the Coplay Community sign located by the GIANT Foodstore near Fourth and Chestnut Streets.  Try to attend this important meeting.

 

COMMUNITY EGG HUNT

     The annual community egg hunt, sponsored by Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association will be held Saturday, APRIL 4 at 1 PM; rain date Monday, April 6.  Held on the grounds of St. Peters church, 5th & Center Streets, the egg hunt is for all borough children up to age 10.  Approximately 1,200 plastic eggs, filled with jellybeans, are scattered on the lawn by age group with 10 prize eggs in each; only 1 prize per child.  Age groups are 0 to 2; 3-4;     5 & 6; 7 to 8 and 9-10.  Roger Rabbit will be available for photos, bring your camera!

     DO NOT call St. Peters Rectory with any questions regarding the egg hunt or cancellation.    

 

ROAD MAINTENANCE

     As snow continues to melt, potholes in roadways will increase.  Public Works asks for your help notifying them of any holes you may encounter during your travels around the Borough.  Email directly to publicworks@coplayborough.org or call the borough office at 610-262-6088.  Don’t forget to include an address, street and/or cross street, etc. to help public works locate the pothole.

 

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

     The Borough of Coplay established a Facebook page over the summer.  We send out a weekly notification of events going on in town, along with organizational and borough board/commission meeting notices. 

     Any changes to Garbage, Recycling or Yard Waste Collections; Borough Office and Public Works closings; Snow Emergency or other Emergency Notifications will all be posted on the Facebook page.  Like us Today!!

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NOTES from PUBLIC WORKS

      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 pickup with the Borough Office.  Each additional item thereafter is collected at a fee.  For additional information, please contact the Borough Office at 610-262-6088.  In the event additional items are picked up without having notified the office, an invoice for the fee will be mailed to your residence.

    

  

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HELP WANTED

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

 

21st ANNUAL

CHILDREN’S BIKE DERBY

     Great News!  The tentative date of the CTW “21st Annual Children’s Bike Derby” has been selected, Saturday, June 13.  The “Not Great” News; at this point there is no one to chair the event.  If a chair person is not found, there will be no Derby.  Talk to a friend or neighbor and perhaps Co-Chair the event.  Contact Bill at 610-751-2745 or email billleiner@aol.com if you are interested in helping.   

    

 

   



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

    

They say March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb . . . I see March as a rebirth of nature, with yellow flowers blooming in back yards and along streets.  Trees begin to bud and foliage appears; and yes, grass gets green and grows, grows, grows.  Warmer temperatures will be here shortly, get out and enjoy the fresh spring air and Happy St.  Patrick’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, MARCH 3 at 7 PM; Council Meeting Tuesday, MARCH 10 at 7PM;

     

 


BOROUGH HAPPENINGS


COPLAY LIBRARY 

 
COPLAY LIBRARY –Library events:

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

Trivia – Saturday, MARCH 7 12-2 PM

Library Board – meets Thursday, MARCH 12  7 PM

     On Tuesday, MARCH 17 – St. Patrick’s Day, stop in at the Library wearing something GREEN and you will get a special treat!!  We are holding a 50/50 drawing for the Month of March tickets are on sale  all month at 50₵ each.  Drawing will be held at 6 pm on APRIL 1.

     During April we have an Easter Contest – Guess “How Many Jellybeans in the Jar”.  Stop in from March 1 thru April 4 to make your guess.  Winner will be announced at 4 pm on April 4.  BOOK SALE/BAKE SALE on Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11 from 11am to 4 pm both days.   We are accepting donations for our April Book Sale.  All donations are tax deductible.  Sorry, we no longer take VHS tapes, encyclopedias or textbooks.

     We have acquired several electronic databases for your use: Pronunciator, NoveList, Morning Call Archives, BrainFuse, Ancestry and Heritage Quest.  All you need is a Library Card, stop in for details. 

     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 MARCH.  Recycling is collected every Thursday.  Electronics collection (call to schedule pickup) Wednesday, MARCH 18 and Metal collection Thursday, MARCH 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.      T

  

COPLAY POLICE 

    

received 130 calls in January, 2015.  Arrests: Drugs – 1, DUI – 1, Criminal Mischief - 1; Traffic – 7, Written Warnings - 1; Parking Tickets – 5.       

   

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 is located on the 2nd floor of the Coplay Municipal Building; meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the weight room (no meetings in July or August).    

Contact Information: Bev       610-262-0909

COPLAY COMMUNITY DAYS

          –will continue planning 2015 with a meeting on Monday, MARCH 24 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 which is then reported to our local Police department.  Laminated window Crime Watch signs and Vial of Life kits are always available free of charge for anyone, for use in your home.  Please contact us at the number below to request a kit.

Contact information: Frank   610-262-0802


COPLAY DEMOCRATIC CLUB

    
    – Your chance to get involved in Coplay Borough is NOW!  Petitions to run for Coplay Council are available from the CDC to have your name on the May 19th Primary Election ballot.  If you don’t want to run, be sure to register to vote and get out there on May 19th!!  The CDC has voter registration forms.  Consider joining the CDC one of the oldest Democratic Associations in the Lehigh Valley.  Annual dues are $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, MARCH 26 at 7 pm at St. Johns Lutheran, 3rd Street.  Program “Floral Design Workshop” by Linda Kortz.  Garden Hint: Spring Bulb in pots: pack bulbs “shoulder-to-shoulder” in your containers for an abundant display in spring. 

            Contact information:  Jane     610-261-1243

COPLAY LIONS CLUB

    

    – Join us at our next regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, MARCH 2 and Monday, MARCH 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, MARCH 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 MARCH 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

    – Thousands of dollars have been awarded to Coplay kids since our founding.  Recipients have attended anywhere from LCCC to Oxford University!  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 signups are complete, if you missed the dates, visit our website at www.coplaysports.org or email the address below.  Next meeting - Wednesday, MARCH 11 at 7:30 PM at Fieldhouse.   

Contact information: email     coplaysports@rcn.com


COPLAY TOWN WATCH

    
COPLAY TOWN WATCH – The CTW reorganization meeting was cancelled for weather and is rescheduled for Wednesday, MARCH 18 at 7 pm 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.  If you lack time, consider sending a check of support to – CTW, 19 N 5th St., Coplay. 

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

       Kevin        484-767-3094

  PROPERTIES OF MERIT –This CTW committee is looking for volunteers to join this fun committee of the CTW 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, MARCH 14 and MARCH 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 meeting is Sunday, MARCH 15 at 2 PM at Sam Owens Restaurant.  If you have a house cat (or dog) work to be part of the solution, get them 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, MARCH 14 (Coplay); meet at 8 AM at N. Ruch & Chestnut Sts Trailhead.  Public meeting Tuesday, MARCH 17 at 7 PM at  Coplay Borough Municipal Building and  IRT Historical Walk Saturday, MARCH 21 at 9am, meet at Parkway Barn. 

            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

                        NEW BUSINESS ANNOUNCEMENTS 

     Coplay has seen a few new businesses pop up in the last few months; stop in and say Hello!

            Petite Scholars Learning Center,Children’s Daycare 915 Chestnut Street; Reph’s Complete Auto Repair, 102 South 2nd Street;  Gigi’s Pizza & Pasta Grill, 123 Chestnut Street (formerly Raadical’s); And Coming Soon – The Bacon Strip, Breakfast & Lunch, 18 North 2nd Street (formerly Bill’s Lunch


EVENTS

COPLAY SAENGERBUND DANCE PARTY – Saturday, MARCH 21, join us for 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 info contact Kevin Fritz 610-704-6164.



AQUA AEROBICS

        -held Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7- 8 PM at the Whitehall High School Pool.  Spring session begins on MARCH 3.  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 (ends on April 1st), Adult Swim 8 – 9 PM (ends May 6th).  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.