HIGHLIGHTS

                                                                               

                                SNOW CLEAN UP

Per Borough Ordinance you have 24 hours from the completion of any winter weather event to begin clean-up efforts. This allows plow trucks time to go through and clear streets. When clearing snow from walkways or parking areas, do NOT throw snow back into the streets: doing so can result in fines. Access should be properly cleared around dumpsters 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 snow from filling cans as well. Obstructed cans or those deemed too heavy will not be emptied.
The Fire Department requests any resident with a fire hydrant along their sidewalk, clean the area around the hydrant. In the event of a fire, the fire department must quickly locate and hook up to the closest hydrant to get water. If a hydrant is buried by snow, it is difficult to find and valuable time is lost locating and accessing it. This delay may disrupt firefighting efforts allowing the fire to grow. A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds! Please take a few minutes in your winter clean up efforts to clear the area around a hydrant. It will make a difference!

                                                                                COPLAY LIONS CLUB
The Coplay Lions Club will host their 29th annual Super Bowl Breakfast Buffet at the Coplay Saengerbund 5th Street & Schreiber Avenue, from 8 AM-12 noon Sunday, FEBRUARY 7. Adults $7.50, Children (5-12) $3.50, Children under 5 are free, pay at the door.







                                                                                     


                                                                                  HELP WANTED

We are currently accepting applications for the following Seasonal Recreation positions; Pavilion Cleaner and Coplay Pool Manager; deadline to apply Friday, FEBRUARY 26; and Lifeguards (must have training completed prior to pool opening day) deadline to apply is Friday, March 18. Applications are available on the borough website or at the borough office.

                                                                               BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

Several openings exist on borough Boards & Commissions as follows; Zoning Hearing Board-2 open appointments; Board of Appeals- 3 open seats (members must have construction/engineering qualifications); Park & Recreation Board- 1 open appointment. If interested or if you have any questions in serving on any of these boards, contact the borough office at 610-262-6088.




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150th ANNIVERSARY

In 2019, Coplay will celebrate its 150th Anniversary of the Borough’s Incorporation. Although it seems far off, celebration planning needs to begin.  We would like to hold several festivities throughout the year and are putting together a committee to oversee this task.If interested, contact the Borough Office 610-262-6088.



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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-----$ 80.00

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

Mayor Bundra has submitted his resignation as of February 2 and would like to thank everyone for their support during his term as Mayor. We are accepting letters of interest from registered electors of the Borough of Coplay to fill the vacancy of Coplay Mayor. Any registered elector, who resides continuously within the Borough of Coplay for at least one year and who is interested in filling this vacancy, may deliver a formal letter of interest to the Coplay Borough office located at 98 South 4th Street., by 3pm on Tuesday, FEBRUARY 2 and is requested to attend the council workshop meeting that evening at 7 pm.

 

COUNCIL NEWS

 

The next Workshop meeting will be held Tuesday, FEBRUARY 2 at 7:00 PM; Council meeting Tuesday, FEBRUARY 9 at 7 PM.


SAMUEL BALLET STADIUM

JOIN US!! Volunteers are needed to help with improvements and upkeep of the stadium. Anyone interested, attend our next meeting on Sunday  FEBRUARY 21 held at the Coplay Legion Post #426 on South 2nd Street at 2 PM. If you are unable to attend the meeting but interested in getting involved please contact Ron Helman at rhelman@coplayborough.org or Ed Filipovits at baseballnutflip@gmail.com. Regular meetings are held the third Sunday of every month, no meeting in December due to holidays. Donations to Balliet Stadium, Inc. are greatly NEEDED, appreciated and are tax deductible; send to 131 North 8th Street, Coplay PA 18037.

For 2016 we have created an Intern position and will be expanding information available on the Borough Website and adding a new Facebook page in the coming months.

                                                                            MEDICATION RETURN BIN

Don't throw away old medication in the garbage or flush it down the toilet, bring it to the "MedRX Return-Drug Collection Unit", for proper disposal. Located in the Coplay Municipal Building Lobby right next to the Police Station door. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 AM-9 PM.

Materials Accepted include: Prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and samples, vitamins, prescription ointments, prescription patches, and pet medications.

Materials NOT Accepted include: syringes, needles, sharp or other sharp objects, medications from businesses and clinics, lotion or liquids, aerosol cans, inhalers, hydrogen peroxide, and thermometers.

 


BOROUGH HAPPENINGS

COPLAY LIBRARY   

COPLAY LIBRARY — Library events:

 All ages are welcome at Story time with Miss Jo every Thursday at 11 am FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18 & 25. Library Board meets Thursday, FEBRUARY 11 at 7 PM in council chambers. Adult Coloring on FEBRUARY 6, 13, 20 & 27 from noon to 3 pm and Scrabble Night Monday FEBRUARY 29 from 5-7 PM. FEBRUARY 1 pierogie fundraiser pickup at Noon. Saturday FEBRUARY 6 Book Discussion Group "Books We Love" from 1-3 pm, join us to discuss your favorite book ot types of books. 

Donations are being accepted for our April book sale. We are sorry, but we can no longer accept VHS tapes, encyclopedias or textbooks. Celebrate Valentine's Day all month with "Blind Date with a book". Select a specially wrapped book based on clues written on the covering. For weather closings, please check WFMZ storm center.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 am-7pm; Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm. Contact the Library at 610-262-7351 or coplaypl@gmail.com


For more information visit the library website, click here

 

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

  There is no change to Garbage or  Recycling collection for February.   Electronics collection (call to schedule pickup) Wednesday, FEBRUARY 17 and Metal collection Thursday, FEBRUARY 18 (no need to call). 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, 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.


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COPLAY POLICE

received 181 calls in December, 2015. Arrests: 1-PFA Violation, 1-Simple Assault, 1-Possession of drugs, 1-DUI. Traffic-7, Written Warnings-4; Parking Tickets-31.

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 Sunday of the month,FEBRUARY 21 at 10:30 AM in the weight room

Contact Information: Brad 610-739-57333

COPLAY COMMUNITY DAYS

-Next meeting scheduled Monday, FEBRUARY 22 at 7 pm in council chambers, snow date Wednesday, FEBRUARY 24 at 7 pm

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

This voting year promise to be an exciting one as we make choices at the federal and state level of who will represent us. Please register to vote, and remember to vote this May. The CDC has voter registration forms. Consider joining the CDC, one of the oldest, most successful Democratic Associations in the Lehigh Valley. Annual dues only $2.

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

                                      Carol 610-653-7762
 

COPLAY GARDEN CLUB

Join us at our next meeting on Thursday, FEBRUARY 25 at 7 pm at St. John's  Lutheran , 3rd Street. There will be no meeting for December. Happy Holidays fron the Coplay Garden Club.

Contact information:Jane 610-261-1243

COPLAY LIONS CLUB

Join us at our next regularly scheduled meeting, Monday,FEBRUARY 1 and FEBRUARY 15 at 7:15 PM at the Coplay Saengerbund, S 5th St.  All are welcome as we work together to help our neighbors.

Contact information: Larry610-262-4133

 

COPLAY PARK & RECREATION BOARD

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next meeting scheduled for Monday, FEBRUARY 8 at 7 PM, in Council Chambers.


Contact information: Steve 610-703-8487



COPLAY RECREATION & WELFARE Assn.


next meeting on Wednesday,FEBRUARY 3 at 6:30 pm in council chambers  where we will begin planning the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt . Join us!

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 Carol at the number below, requests require 48 hours notice to organize.

Convalescent Equipment: Carol 610-262-1571

COPLAY REC WELFARE ASSN. FOOD BANK

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available to any borough resident, proof of residency required, open 2nd Tuesday of each month FEBRUARY 9 from 8:30 AM 10:00 AM in the municipal building basement. The food bank is always in need of food or monetary donations to continue to help our patrons. Donations can be dropped  off at the borough office during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8 am - 4:30  pm.

Contact information: Louise610-262-9351

COPLAYSCHOLARSHIP FUND

Consider helping Coplay kids defray some higher education expenses. If you want to assist a Coplay kid planning to attend college, university, technical school or the police academy, Send check to: CSFC – 41 N 8th St, Coplay, PA 18037. The kids and their families thank you for your support.

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

COPLAY SPORTS

Will hold their annual baseball and softball sign ups for the upcoming season on  Wednesday, FEBRUARY 4 & 11 from 6-7:30 pm at the fieldhouse , Potter Alley. All boys and girls ages 5-14 are welcome. For more information, visit our website at www.coplaysports.org or email the address below. Next meeting- Wednesday, FEBRUARY 10 at 7:30 pm at the Fieldhouse.



Contact information: email coplaysportsteams@gmail.com


COPLAY TOWN WATCH 

Our next watch meeting is Wednesday FEBRUARY 17 at 7 PM in Council Chambers. Help CTW continue its work to keep Coplay a safer, cleaner, better community. If you are unable to attend, consider sending a chekc of support to CTW, 41 N.8th Street, Coplay, PA 18037

Contact information: Kim 484-935-1836  k.d.fitz13@gmail.com;

                                  Carol 610-653-7762 

PROPERTIES OF MERIT  

                                 POM votes are being counted to determine who our winners are . . . and will be announced at our annual dinner.  We are always looking for volunteers to join this fun committee that recognizes beautiful Coplay properties at an outstanding Awards Reception, call Bill at 610-751-2745 or Kevin 484-767-3094.

 WATCH WALKS                                  
Join us as we greet neighbors and pick up loose garbage.  Meet at Sam Owen’s Restaurant at 9 AM, Saturday,FEBRUARY 13 & 27  .  If the weather is bad, walks are cancelled.

DOG WALKER WATCH

If 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 has experienced a rash of cats needing spay-neutering services in the past month. If you have a house cat (or dog), work to be part of the solution of unwanted animals, get your animal spayed or neutered.  Next monthly meeting is Sunday, FEBRUARY 21 at 2 PM at Sam Owens Restaurant.  Consider joining us.

Contact information: Dennis   610-967-2471

        Kim          484-935-1836


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

    

Public meeting, Tuesday, FEBRUARY 16 at 7 pm at  Whitehall Township Municipal Building. Our next workday is Saturday, FEBRUARY 13 Whitehall Section; meet 8 AM at N. Ruch & Chestnut St.

            Contact information: Dale       610-405-1025


SENIOR CITIZENS

        – meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1 PM at the Fire Building; always looking for members!       

            Contact information: Dale       610-262-5464

 

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

COMMITMENT TO FAMILY & COMMUNITY – 

Zumba classes every Monday from 6-7 pm. Breakfast held the 3rd Sunday of every month.

FREE PUBLIC SWIM- is held at the Whitehall High School pool, Monday and Wednesday evenings, JANUARY 4 thru April 4 (Family) and May 2 (Adult). 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.

AQUA AEROBICS-held Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7-8 pm at the Whitehall High School Pool. Winter session from JANUARY 5 to FEBRUARY 25. Cost is $55 for residents, $65 for non-residents. Please call Whitehall Township Recreation Bureau at 610-437-5524 ext.160 for more information.

                                                                                 



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 DOGS

      As a reminder, Dogs are not allowed to run at large in the borough, they must be walked on a leash and cleaned up after.  DO NOT allow pets to use neighbor’s yards without removing same.  Ordinances are in place governing dogs and fines will be levied.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 



     


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.