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Coplay Column

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

AARP to meet at American Club

Whitehall AARP 3115 will meet Thursday, May 7 at 1 p.m. at the American Club of Coplay, 300 Cherry St.

Entertainment will be by Al Grout, a magician/juggler.


Sammy Balliet Stadium is sporting a colorful look these days.

The stadium is now offering advertising on the baseball outfield fences and fences ringing the football fields.

Since the ball field has no outfield fencing, advertising runs a stretch of the fences outside its gates, at the Eighth Street section.

Coplay Column

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Borough crew preparing pool

The opening of the parkway swimming pool is only a couple of months away.

Borough public works crews are already at the scene with a backloader performing a myriad of tasks.

The laundry list includes cleaning the pool and changing rooms, making pump repairs and chlorine machine adjustments and performing other maintenance.

A bit of good news for pool patrons.

The borough reports there will be no hike in admission rates for the 2015 season.

The pool manager position might again change, however.

The pool's popular deejay parties are expected to return.

Senior fair set for April 17

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

State Rep. Daniel McNeill (D-133rd) will team up with State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18th) April 17 to sponsor the annual spring senior fair.

The senior fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at a new location, Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. The event was previously held at the East Side Youth Center, Hanover Avenue, Allentown.

More than 600 seniors along with 60 exhibitors from various governmental organizations, participated at the event in 2014. To date, 75 vendors are committed, with attendance expected to increase even more.

Coplay Column

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Rec & Welfare group will hold egg hunt

The Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association will hold its community children's Easter egg hunt this Saturday, 1 p.m., on the grounds of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Fifth Street.

The rain date is Monday, April 6.

Children are in for a double treat. They will hunt for and collect 1,200 colorful plastic eggs filled with jelly beans. Also, Roger Rabbit will also greet the children. Pictures will be available.

The siren of a borough police vehicle will mark the start of the egg hunt, with prize eggs in each age group.

Coplay Column

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

American Club to hold egg hunt

The American Club of Coplay will hold its Easter egg hunt for children on its pavilion grounds this Saturday.

The Easter bunny will be present to greet and take photos with children. The fun begins at noon.

Food and refreshments will also be provided to those attending.


Coplay Tax Collector Jeffry Deutsch anticipates a rush by property owners to pay their 2015 garbage bills by the March 31 deadline.

If owners pay their bill by that deadline, they will receive a 10-percent discount.

Businesses open in borough

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Coplay is undergoing a bit of a renaissance, the likes of which hasn't been seen in years.

The Bacon Strip opened last Saturday to a large crowd. The restaurant, on North Second Street, has undergone extensive upgrades. Formerly Bill's Lunch, the eatery is open for breakfast and lunch.

Across from the newly opened restaurant, the former Merchants Bank has begun major renovations after being closed for several years. The colonial-style building reportedly will serve as a a gym. Another business in the building has yet to be named.

Hokendauqua bridge opening may be delayed

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by AL RECKER in Local News

Contractor requests PennDOT approval for postponement

Construction on the Hokendauqua-North Catasauqua Bridge has hit a snag and the $18 million bridge project may not be completed until December.

Rick Molchany, Lehigh County director of general services, confirmed Feb. 28 the tentative new bridge construction timetable from contractor HRI Construction, based in central Pennsylvania.

"It's a setback of 185 days," Molchany said.

Consultants, engineers, inspectors and others are studying HRI's request for the 185-day delay.

"We should have an answer in about two weeks," Molchany noted.

Coplay column

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Chairman sought for bike rodeo

The bike rodeo sponsored by Coplay Town Watch, which has been held for more than two decades, is in jeopardy.

Tentatively set for Saturday, June 13, at the Coplay Parkway, the event will be canceled unless someone steps up to chair the event. Former chair Beverly Miller has stepped down.

Participating children on tricycles, big wheels and two-wheelers maneuver went through a figure eight while a bicycle police officer was present. New bike helmets are given to each rider and hot dogs and refreshments follow.


Coplay column

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AL RECKER in Columns

Egg hunt slated for April 4

Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association will hold the annual children's community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 4, beginning at 1 p.m. As in previous years, it will be held on the spacious grounds at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Fifth Street.

The event is open to borough children through 10 years of age. Roger Rabbit will be the attraction. The association will offer further information closer to the event.


Hearing set in hit-and-run

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by AL RECKER in Police Log

Amanda Miller, 21, of Bath, will appear for her preliminary hearing March 11, 1:30 p.m. in Magisterial District Court, West 21st Street, Northampton, on hit-and-run charges stemming from a Jan. 16 incident.

Northampton Borough Police reported a vehicle she was driving struck a 10-year-old girl. Miller, according to police, fled the scene of the accident.

Miller was placed in Northampton Count Prison initially on $5,000 bail by District Judge Danel Corpora. She is now free on bail, posted by her mother, Tammy Weist of Bath.