At times during the evening rush hour, traffic backs up from the Coplay-Northampton Bridge onto Chestnut Street, sometimes all the way to the traffic light at Second Street.
Some of the added traffic is attributed to the ongoing construction of the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge, but it is made worse by vehicles zooming down Ninth Street in Northampton and onto the bridge into Coplay.
Some residents wasted little time taking the decorations off their Christmas trees and discarding them for pickup by a borough public works crew. Trees were seen along street curbs as early as Christmas night.
Borough personnel held the first of their three holiday tree retrievals Jan 2. A second pickup is planned for tomorrow, Jan. 9, and final date for retrieval is set for Friday, Jan. 16.
The trees are ground up for mulch.
Borough residents are kept abreast of local events by strategically placed message boards, thanks to the Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association. The sign is located off Chestnut Street, between the borough veterans monument and Giant gas station.
Trinity United Church of Christ has its messages posted on a similar sign on the church property at Third and Coplay streets, and the Coplay Public Library has just put up a message board at Fifth and Center streets, outside the library.
Whitehall Township police detectives were kept busy in November responding to seven separate bomb threats at Whitehall High School.
In each instance, after a thorough search of the school, authorities determined the calls were false, according to a report to the township board of commissioners and Mayor Edward D. Hozza Jr. Dec. 8.
Police Chief Linda Kulp said there was also a bomb threat at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School.
orough public works personnel completed their final yard waste and leaf pickup on Friday.
Crews are now ready to pickup discarded Christmas trees. Although the trees will be picked up in January, every holiday season there are one or more residents whose trees, surprisingly, are outside, awaiting pickup already on Christmas Day, with some more on Dec. 26.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town on Sunday. While this parade certainly isn't in the same league as Macy's, the local holiday flavor will not be lost on the children in the borough.
Led by a borough police vehicle and a borough fire truck, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be seated on a sleigh, while music of the season gives a festive air. Hosted by Coplay Sports Inc., the excursion is a tradition going back decades.
Santa will deliver wrapped presents to children whose parents provide them.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Northampton Area High School Konkrete Kids and Catasauqua High School Rough Riders football teams slogged it out on a muddy Alumni Field in Catasauqua for the 90th Thanksgiving Day rivalry. The night before the game, high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and the school district superintendents exchanged some good-natured jesting at the annual Bury the Hatchet dinner. Both events are a long-standing tradition in the community.
The dinner was hosted by the Northampton Exchange Club.
Santa will be in town noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Coplay Fire Department station on Cherry Street.
Each child will receive a present. Parents are invited to take a photograph of their child with Santa. No reservations are required. The program is free.
The event will be held snow, rain or sun.
Coplay Scholarship Committee and Coplay Town Watch are joining forces for a fund drive, expected to be an annual event.
The United States Post Office at Coplay reports people are already getting into the holiday spirit, as evidenced by the amount of packages coming and going at the Chestnut Street facility.
Postal patrons are also buying the special holiday stamps in large numbers and then affixing them to greeting cards and other mail.
New this season is that Amazon is aboard.
The traditional start to the Thanksgiving Day holiday begins in the borough Sunday with the decades-old community ecumenical program.
The Coplay Ecumenical Service, which rotates among the three borough churches, will be held on Sunday, 7 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Third Street, off Coplay Street.