HIGHLIGHTS

ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING & HOLIDAY CONCERT

     Sponsored by Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association, will be held Thursday, DECEMBER 4 at 6:30 PM; once the tree has been lit, Santa will move everyone inside for a musical performance by the Whitehall High School Chorale.  Hot chocolate and donuts are served after the program and all children receive a small gift bag.  Come join us!

SANTA PARADE

     The Coplay Sports annual Christmas Parade will take place on Sunday, DECEMBER 14 at 10:30 AM beginning on South Front St, rain/snow date Saturday, DECEMBER 20 and Sunday, DECEMBER 21.  If you would like Santa to deliver a gift to your child, simply wrap the presents, securely attach the child’s name and address and place in a Brown Paper Shopping Bag.  Gifts must be dropped off at the Coplay Sports Fieldhouse on Friday, DECEMBER 12 from 6 – 8 PM or Saturday, DECEMBER 13 from 10 AM – 2 PM.  Have child ready to come out and accept their gift when Santa arrives at your house.  Cooperation makes this program a success!  Please call Rick with questions, 484-353-9376.

VISIT WITH SANTA

     Santa will be visiting the Fire Station Saturday, DECEMBER 6 from 12 – 4 PM.  Pictures are FREE; just bring your own camera.  Children will receive a free gift.  Come out and get in the holiday spirit!  We hope to see you there.  For additional information contact the station at 610-262-2005 or email coplayfiredepartment@rcn.com.

A REMINDER THIS WINTER

     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


COMMUNITY CIVIC PLAZA

      On Saturday, November 1, Coplay Planning Commission Chairperson, Councilman Charles Sodl, and Parks and Recreation Chairperson, Councilman Steve Burker, along with their board members in a joint partnership, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony displaying a 5 x10 banner (paid for by Miller Ace Supply) announcing the future site of Coplay’s Civic Plaza. The plaza site, donated by Giant Food, is located on the 1/8 acre of land across from Samuel Owens Restaurant.  The banner stands to remind the people of Coplay that the civic plaza is being built with ‘You in Mind’.
     Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony and showing their support of the Plaza Project were State Senator Lisa Boscola, State Representative Dan McNeill, Joe Kelly, Mayor Joe Bundra, Council President Lou Bodish, Councilmen Carl Luckenbach and Bill Leiner, Borough Secretary Sandy Gyescek, Director of Whitehall Area Chamber Of Commerce Laura Long, Planning Commission members Christine Mann and John Mullner, Park and Recreation members Bill Loy and Ron Helman. Speaking to the group, Councilman Steve Burker reminded everyone the value of working together stating ‘Sticks In A Bundle Are Unbreakable’ and that is what this team effort will consist of.
     Special thanks to Giant Food for their donation of land to the Community, to Miller Ace Supply for their continued donation and support, and everyone working together to enhance the pride, image and lifestyle for all those who call Coplay home.
WARMTH FOR A FRIEND
     “Warmth for a Friend” coat drive is in its fifth year and once again collecting winter coats of all sizes to be distributed to the those less fortunate than us.   Please drop your coats off at one of the following locations: Coplay Borough Office, Coplay Post Office, Coplay News Agency, Coplay Library or Milander’s Meat Market.  The drive runs from NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 21

  MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM COPLAY COMMUNITY DAYS!
     On behalf of Coplay Community Days, the officers, and all the participating and contributing non-profit civic organizations festival members, from our families to all of your families we wish you a blessed and Merry Christmas. We also need to thank the best group of volunteers, all those who worked the ticket table, and the greatest staff of bartenders. (These are the people who make this festival possible.)  A special thank you to the following sponsors and individuals who contributed in making the 2014 festival a big success: Service Electric, Miller Ace Supply, Geiger Beverage, Chief Vince Genovese, and police officers Gary DeAngelo, Tim Lansky and Jimmy Spang Security Team for providing safety and peace of mind to the more than 15,000 plus who visited and supported Community Days, Coplay Council, Mayor Bundra, Coplay Public Works Dept., Borough Office Staff Sandy Gyecsek and Marianne Mann, Father Eric Gruber of St. John Fisher Parish Catasauqua, Coplay American Club, Legion Post 426, Coplay Saengerbund, West Coplay Maennerchor, IRT, Roni Caciolo (Crafts), The Aardvarks, Crazy Heart, Lucky 7, Large Flowerheads, Walt Groller,  Andy Svreck (Elvis), Matt Miller (Geiger Beverage), Rick Laub & Wife (Geiger Beverage & Coors Light), Chris (Hokey Beverage), Phil Foracelli for providing sound etc. for Saturday & Sunday entertainment and Nate for providing sound for The Aardvarks on Friday night.
     A special thank you to Bill Loy and Samuel Owens, Gerry Deutsch and The American Club crew, and Council President Lou Bodish, Councilmen Carl Luckenbach and Charles Sodl, Danny Pavelko, John Urban, PPL, Charlie and Dave Herman Paving, and Festival Co-Chair John Schreiner for their teamwork and great job on the much needed electrical update and pavilion area project.
     Wishing everyone a Blessed and Merry Christmas, from your Community Days’ officers Steve Burker Chairperson, John Schreiner Co-Chairperson, Faye Schreiner Treasurer, Sandy Irving Secretary.
     Mark the dates your 35th Coplay Community Days August 28,29 & 30, 2015.  See you all next year!
 Steve Burker Festival Chairperson.


FROM THE DESK OF
MAYOR BUNDRA

          As 2014 draws to a close, I would like to wish all residents a Happy Holiday season and thank you for the opportunity to serve our community as your Mayor.  I am looking forward to continuing working with you through the New Year.  As the weather continues to get colder, please take time to check on your neighbors, especially if they are older or live alone.

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

COUNCIL NEWS

     The next Workshop meeting will be held Tuesday, DECEMBER 2 at 7 PM; Council Meeting Tuesday, DECEMBER 9 at 7PM; Special Meeting Monday, DECEMBER 15 at 6:30 PM.  The proposed 2015 budget is available for review on our website.

BOROUGH HAPPENINGS

  BOROUGH OFFICE will be closed Wednesday, DECEMBER 24 and Thursday, DECEMBER 25 in observance of the Christmas Holiday.  PUBLIC WORKS will be closed Thursday, DECEMBER 25 and Friday, DECEMBER 26 for the holiday.

COPLAY LIBRARY

    COPLAY LIBRARY –Library events:
Storytime –Thursday, DECEMBER 4, 11, 18 at 11 AM.
Trivia – Saturday, DECEMBER 6 12-3 PM
Library Board – meets Thursday, DECEMBER 11 7 PM
Book Fair – at Barnes & Noble on Friday, DECEMBER 12 5-9 PM.  Shop the Lehigh Valley Mall store from DECEMBER 12 – 14 and a percentage of your purchase will benefit the library.  You can shop online throughout December.  Stop into the Library and pick up a flyer with the book fair code.  All proceeds will benefit the library.
Gift wrapping – at Barnes & Noble Friday DECEMBER 12 and DECEMBER 19 5 – 9 PM.
Gift Wrapping – at the Library Saturday, DECEMBER 13 12-4 PM and Wednesday, DECEMBER 17 4-7PM.  Prices to be announced.
Christmas Storytime – with a craft Saturday, DECEMBER 13 11am
Scrabble night – Monday, DECEMBER 29 5-7 PM   

     Library  Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am – 7pm; Friday & Saturday – 10am – 5pm
 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 RECYCLING

The weeks of December 22 and December 29th – Recycling will be collected on Wednesday, DECEMBER 24 and DECEMBER 31. The last day for Yard Waste collection will be Friday, DECEMBER 12. Christmas tree collection will begin on Friday, January 2.  Electronics recycling (call to schedule pickup) collection Wednesday, DECEMBER 17  and Metal collection Thursday, DECEMBER 18.  Large Metal items can be put out with your regular recycling.  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 159 calls in October, 2014.  Arrests: 0 ; Traffic – 11, Written Warnings - 4; Parking Tickets – 12.      

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

      Meetings will resume in January.
    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 wishes you a joyous holiday season with your  family.  Please register and vote.  It is our sacred right.  Consider joining the CDC.   Annual dues are only   $2.00 per year.    
        Contact information:  Bill       610-751-2745;billleiner@aol.com
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COPLAY GARDEN CLUB

    wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.  Garden Hint:  Don’t forget the birds – put out feeders and tie suet to the branches.
    Contact information:  Jane     610-261-1243
 

COPLAY LIONS CLUB

      Join us at our next regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, DECEMBER 1 and Monday DECEMBER 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: Larry    610-262-4133

COPLAY PARK & RECREATION BOARD

      Meeting scheduled for Monday, DECEMBER 8 at 7 PM, in Council Chambers. Contact information: Steve 610-703-8487

COPLAY RECREATION & WELFARE Assn.

      Join us at the Tree Lighting  & Holiday Concert on Thursday, DECEMBER 4.  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.
     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; DECEMBER 9 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

COPLAY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

      Happy Holidays from the CSFC.  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 – 19 N 5th St, Coplay, PA 18037 or contact Bill via email, click here for more information.
          Contact information: Bill 610-751-2745

COPLAY SPORTS

      Visit our website at www.coplaysports.org or email the address below. Next meeting - Wednesday,  DECEMBER 10 at 7:30 PM at Fieldhouse. Contact information: email coplaysports@rcn.com

COPLAY TOWN WATCH

      COPLAY TOWN WATCH – Happy Holidays from the CTW.  We continue our active search for volunteers.  Each of our 8 committees needs your help.  We have been examining all of our activities with the goal of improving them.  If you have spare time and want to make Coplay a safer, cleaner, better community  join the CTW. Our next monthly meeting is Wednesday, DECEMBER 17 at 7 PM in Council Chambers.  For more information contact call Bill 610-751-2745;  Kevin 484-767-3094 or email billleiner@aol.com.
  PROPERTIES OF MERIT – committee wishes you and yours a great holiday season.  Call Bill at 610-751-2745 or Gail 610-262-8325 for more information on joining this committee.
  WATCH WALKS – Join us as we greet neighbors and pick up loose garbage.  Meet at Sam Owen’s Restaurant at 9 AM, Saturday, DECEMBER 13 and DECEMBER 27.  If the weather is bad, walks are cancelled.
  DOG WALKER WATCH – Merry Christmas from the DWW.  If you walk your dog and want to improve our community consider joining the “Dog Walker Watch” (DWW) program.  Call Bill at 610-751-2745 or Carol 610-653 -7762 or email billleiner@aol.com.
  FERAL CAT COMMITTEE – wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Please keep your house cat indoors.  If you choose to let it out, be sure it is wearing a collar.  Next meeting is Sunday, DECEMBER 21 at 2 PM, Sam Owens Restaurant.  Call Dennis at 610- 967-2471 or Bill 610-751-2745 for more information or interest in joining.

EXPLORER POST 101

     will offer an open house of their model railroad display, located on the 2nd floor of the Coplay Municipal Building, on Saturday, DECEMBER 13, DECEMBER 20, DECEMBER 27 and JANUARY 3 and Sunday, DECEMBER 14, DECEMBER 21, DECEMBER 28  and JANUARY 4.  From 12 – 4 PM. Admission is free. Meet every Thursday at 7:30 PM on the 2nd floor of the Coplay Municipal building.  Our mission is promoting youth ages 14-20 interest in the hobby of model railroading. We meet every Thursday at 7:30 PM, upstairs in the Coplay Municipal Building.
          Contact information: Jake 610-965-2598

IRONTON RAIL TRAIL

     – Our next workday is Saturday, DECEMBER 13 (Coplay); meet at 8 AM at North Ruch & Chestnut Sts Trailhead.  Public meeting Tuesday, DECEMBER 16 at 7 PM at Coplay Borough 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 FIRE DEPARTMENT

     The Coplay Fire Department is proud to present The Alex Meixner Band on Sunday, DECEMBER 7th.  This event will be held at the American Club Pavilion from 3 – 6 PM.  Doors open at 2.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.  In honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, any Pearl Harbor Survivor will receive their ticket for FREE and any WWII Veteran will receive their ticket at off. (Proper documentation required)  This is sure to be a great afternoon of music, and all proceeds benefit the Fire Department.  For tickets call 610-262-2005

AQUA AEROBICS

      held Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7- 8 PM at the Whitehall High School Pool.  Next session begins January 6.  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. Program resumes January 5.  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.