Residents of Coplay should be on a notice as streets will be swept May 15 and 16.
A professional company will be in town these two days.
On May 15, Front, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, 11th, Cherry, Chestnut, Keefer, Maple, Oak, Center, Hokendauqua, Bridge and Poplar streets and Center Circle will be swept. On Friday, Second, Fourth, Sixth, Eight, Ninth, 12th, Lehigh, Coplay and Wall streets, along with Schreiber Avenue, Saylor and Saylor Circle, Magna and Magna Circle East sand West, Taper, Margaret, Barbara, Catherine, and Bernice drives will be swept.
Street sweeping, which was to take place in April and was called off because winter decided to hang around a bit longer, is now set for May 15 and 16. Next week's column will list the day your street will be swept, curb to curb.
The streets will be posted with no-parking signs. Failure to move your vehicle on the posted day will get you a parking ticket, and your vehicle can be towed.
Residents are asked to sweep any gravel onto the street from their sidewalk. Unlike neighboring communities, Coplay does not have its own street sweeper, it contracts for such services.
Congratulations to former Coplay resident Patricia Dillon, who is the recipient of the 2014 Frist Humanitarian Award. The honor is given in recognition of her volunteer activities and the high standards and personal commitment Dillon brings to her job as the director of case management at Parkland Medical Center, Derry, N.H.
It is the highest honor bestowed to an employee at the medical center.
She is the daughter of former Coply resident Joyce Miller, who now resides in Catasauqua.
Cherry and Ruch streets in Coplay may be among the worst in the borough.
On South Ruch Street, the macadam has lifted up in many areas. Both streets have been in poor condition for some time now. This year's winter storms have only deteriorated the quality of the roads further.
Major upgrades to Cherry and Ruch streets may take place in the near future. Funds have been budgeted in 2014 for repairs to both streets. The work will entail not only resurfacing, but reconstruction as well.
A local Girl Scout troop, based at Trinity United Church of Christ, is considering having a food bank for pets that would operate from Coplay Recreation and Welfare Association's food bank, quartered in the basement of borough hall. The association board said it needs specific information on the request before its members make a decision on the matter. The information sought includes the dates and times when its food bank would be turned over for such a project, adult supervision, eligibility and other particulars.
With Lent approaching, fasnacht doughnuts are a must for many. The Commitment to Family and Commuinty, will have a large number of people picking up the baked treats on March 3. The deadline for orders was Feb. 23. Plain, preferred by most in the tradition, is followed by glazed, powdered and cinnamon-coated. Pickup is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the CFC social hall on Cherry Street. Shoofly pies and raisin bread were also in demand.
Parts of Coplay have taken on the appearance of a construction zone as portions of borough streets are closed during the day due to excavation on gas lines.
A private company retained by UGI continues to replace aged pipes and meters.
UGI said excavations average two residences per day, adding there are 80 plus homes on Fourth Street.
The gas company is making improvements across its service territory, including Whitehall and Northampton.
The Coplay Town Watch will meet Wednesday, Jan.15, at 7 p.m., in council chambers at the borough hall.
For some borough residents, removing the Christmas tree from their home is determined by the calendar. In one case, a tree was put out for pickup in the alley on the evening of Dec. 25.
More will be set out for collection before New Year's. Many people, however, keep their tree up until Jan. 11.
Borough crews will be picking up the discarded trees during the next three weeks. Unlike years past when the trees were tossed into a dump, they are now ground up into mulch.
Navigating through town is getting a little tricky because of closed streets.
The street closings have been made in connection with the replacement of gas lines. UGI has hired a contractor to do the work.
Many residents have expressed frustration with what seems to be a never-ending project.
Borough crews had their hands full attempting to remove last Sunday's snow and ice.
Because many were off work for the weekend, crews were prevented from plowing snow close to the pavements, creating large piles of snow throughout the borough
The grounds on which Christ the King School stood – earlier serving as St. Peter's Catholic Church & School – will stand for another year following demolition this past spring of the three-story brick structure.
Sometime in 2014 a decision most likely will be made regarding the grounds, located between the church and the parish center, formerly the convent for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and later a pre-school for children.