HIGHLIGHTS

 
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.    

 

SAYLOR CEMENT KILNS

     When the final report of the architects’ study is submitted to Lehigh County, they will review the report with Coplay Officials.  The next step is a community-wide meeting announced by Lehigh County and hosted by them.  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.  It is expected to take place in April.  Contact Council Member Bill Leiner Jr, billleiner@aol.com or Mayor Joseph Bundra, 484-239-1611 with any questions or if you want to be part of the restoration of the Saylor Kilns.

TIRE DROP OFF MAY 9

    Annual Borough Tire Drop Off will be held on Saturday, MAY 9 from 10 AM – 2PM.  Residents must bring tires to the Coplay Parkway lower lot; limit is 6 tires per household, bring proof of residency.  A trailer, furnished by LaFarge, will be loaded by borough employees.  We accept tires from cars, pick-up trucks and vans, but NO large trucks, ATVs, motorcycles or bicycles.

CWSA INSPECTIONS

     As a reminder… the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority is conducting inspections to meet recent EPA Administrative Orders which require the elimination of all Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) and clear water from entering the sewer system.  Notices were sent to all residences with quarterly billing.  If you haven’t done so already, please contact the CWSA to schedule your inspection today at 610-437-4461 ext 17.  Failure to comply with the EPA order will result in fines and penalties


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NOTES from PUBLIC WORKS

    

     The Public Works department thanks you for your patience during the past winter months!

     If you plan any medium to large scale remodeling jobs at your home, obtain a dumpster.  The borough sanitation department is not equipped to handle building material refuse. 

     The winter was cold and harsh.  Please be sure the garbage cans you use are in good condition.  The public works department does not, as a general rule, throw garbage cans into the truck.  They will however, dispose of them if they are in poor condition and considered a safety hazard.  Cans should not have the bottom broken out or handles broken and should be able to be lifted within the 60lb. weight limit. 

     Due to the extended snow season, street sweeping will not take place until May.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

     Yard Waste collection starts Friday, APRIL 10.  Yard waste needs to be in a container that can be easily dumped.  Do not use plastic or paper bags     

  

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BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

     Several openings exist on borough Boards and Commissions as follows:  Coplay Library Board - 1 open appointment; Zoning Hearing Board –1 open appointment; Board of Appeals – 2 open seats.  If interested in serving on any of these boards, contact the borough office at 610-262-6088


 
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.  A chair of the derby has been identified.  The 2015 Derby will be held on St. Peter’s RC Church grounds, and is open to Whitehall and Coplay communities.   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

      It appears spring is actually on its way bringing warmer temperatures.  I am hopeful winter blues are being chased away.  May each of you enjoy this season of renewal and have a Happy Easter!   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, APRIL 7 at 7 PM; Council Meeting Tuesday, APRIL 14 at 7PM;

    

 


BOROUGH HAPPENINGS

BOROUGH OFFICE and PUBLIC WORKS – will be closed Friday, APRIL 3 in observance of the Easter Holiday.


COPLAY LIBRARY 

 
COPLAY LIBRARY –Library events:

COPLAY LIBRARY – Library events:

Storytime – Thursday, APRIL 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 11 AM.

Library Board – meets Thursday, APRIL 9 7 PM

Scrabble Night- Monday, APRIL 27 5 -7 PM    

     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 4pm both days.  Great finds at great prices!  If you would like to donate baked goods or volunteer to help, please contact the library.

     National Library week will be APRIL 12 – 18.  Our essay contest will be “What my Library Means to Me.”  A lucky winner will be chosen in the 5-11 and 12-17 age groups.  Entries will be posted on our bulletin board.

     APRIL is Overdrive Month!  Overdrive is our E-book platform and your gateway to almost 4000 E-book and audiobooks for your Nooks, Kindles or other electronic devices.  All the Overdrive items are available to you for checkout and the best part is there are never any fines!  All you need is a library card and a pin number.  Call or stop in with any questions.

     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 APRIL.  Recycling is collected every Thursday.  Electronics collection (call to schedule pickup) Wednesday, APRIL 15 and Metal collection Thursday, APRIL 16.  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.     

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COPLAY POLICE 

     - received 145 calls in February, 2015.  Arrests:  DUI – 1, Criminal Mischief – 4, Fraud -1, Retail Theft -1, Traffic – 8, Written Warnings – 3, Parking Tickets – 23   

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: Rick      610-262-7920

COPLAY COMMUNITY DAYS

     
   -will continue planning 2015 with a meeting on Monday, APRIL 27 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

    -The spring meeting of the CDC is tentative for May 2 at 1:30 pm at Paulie’s Restaurant, Ruch and Chestnut Streets.  All May candidates are invited to attend and share their thoughts.  Register to vote and get out to vote 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, APRIL 30 at 7 pm at St. John’s Lutheran, 3rd Street.  Program “Recycling for the Birds” by Jack Jones, Penn State Master Gardener.  Garden Hint: To determine whether your garden is ready for seeds, grab a good handful of it; if you can form a ball – the soil is too wet.  If it crumbles through your fingers, it is ready for planting. 

            Contact information:  Jane     610-261-1243


COPLAY LIONS CLUB

     Join us at our next regularly scheduled meetings, Monday, APRIL 6 and Monday, APRIL 20 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, APRIL 13 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, June 3 at 6:30 pm in council chambers.

            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 APRIL 14 from 9 – 10:30 AM in the municipal building basement.  Thank you to the Whitehall–Coplay School District for collecting canned goods for the Coplay Food Bank. 

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

     Opening day is set for Saturday, May 2.  Visit our website at www.coplaysports.org or email the address below.  Next meeting - Wednesday, APRIL 8 at 8:30 PM at Fieldhouse.   

Contact information: email     coplaysports@rcn.com


COPLAY TOWN WATCH

    
COPLAY TOWN WATCH –

     The CTW continues its 20 year anniversary celebration with its next meeting Wednesday, APRIL 15 at 7pm in Council Chambers.  The speaker is LC Sheriff Ron Rossi.  Join us as Sheriff Rossi concludes his illustrious career as Sheriff this December.  He is a true public servant.  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, APRIL 11 and APRIL 25.  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, APRIL 19 at 2 PM at Sam Owens Restaurant.  We will be planning our 10th anniversary celebration.  Consider attending this important meeting.  

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, APRIL 11 (North Whitehall); meet at 8 AM at Quarry & Portland Sts Trailhead.  Public meeting Tuesday, APRIL 21 at 7 PM at North Whitehall Municipal Building and Trot for Trykes 10K Race on Sunday, APRIL 12 at 8am, American Club, Cherry St, Coplay. 

            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!  

     State Representative Dan McNeil will be guest speaker Wednesday, APRIL 15 at 1pm at the CFC building on Cherry St.  Information regarding the upcoming Seniors Fest Friday, April 17 at the Westgate Mall, hosted by State Rep Dan McNeil and State Senator Lisa Boscola, will be shared.  Members of Coplay Borough Council will also be in attendance.  Coplay senior citizen events are for members only.  For more information on how to join contact Dale.

            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

                        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

BUS TRIP – Coplay Seniors invite you to join them on Thursday, June 18 to Kitchen Kettle Village, American Music Theater to see INSPIRE and Hershey Farms Restaurant for dinner.  Cost $70 PP.  For information call Clara at 610-433-4063.



AQUA AEROBICS

        -held Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7- 8 PM at the Whitehall High School Pool.  Spring session continues through APRIL 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.


FREE PUBLIC SWIM
      -Family swim ends APRIL 1. Adult swim ends May 6th at the Whitehall High School pool, Monday and Wednesday evenings, Adult Swim 8 – 9 PM.  This activity is for Whitehall/Coplay residents only and a photo ID proving residency is required. continues at the Whitehall High School pool, Monday and Wednesday evenings,

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.