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Aqua Zumba by Moonlight Glow Party
Let's end the summer Aqua Zumba season with a big SPLASH!
Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 PM (please arrive early)
Place: West Reading Pool
Cost: $8.00 (no membership required)
Everyone receives a glow necklace to wear in the pool.
Class is weather dependent, please check our website if weather is in question or the instructor's Facebook: Zumba Out Loud with Sherri.
Elm Street Summer Block Party & Water Balloon Fight
Come out and meet your neighbors! Pizza & Free Super Soakers to the first 120 kids.
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Time: Noon till 2:00 PM
Place: 400 block of Chestnut Street
Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses
Millions of Americans will watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse and have already purchased (or will) eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers to do so. Some of these people may be at risk from counterfeit glasses and viewers sold by disreputable vendors trying to cash in on this rare event. Watching the eclipse with fake protective gear can cause permanent eye damage.
Only glasses and viewers verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet ISO 12312-2 are safe to use when viewing the eclipse. This standard requires glasses and viewers to be thousands of times darker than typical sunglasses.
It may be hard to tell the difference between genuine protective gear and fake glasses/viewers as some counterfeit makers are placing ISO labels on them. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has guidance to help eclipse watchers determine if their eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers are safe. In addition, NASA recommends that eclipse watchers refer to the AAS’s website for a list of reputable vendors selling solar glasses and viewers.
How to view the 2017 solar eclipse safely
You can experience the eclipse safely, but it is vital that you protect your eyes at all times with the proper solar glasses and viewers. NASA safety tips for watching the eclipse.
Information Provided by the United States Fire AdministrationWest Reading Twilight Criterium
West Reading will host a fast paced, closed circuit, 0.8 mile professional and amateur, men and women bicycle race on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM.
We encourage everyone to come out to enjoy the festivities along Penn and Reading Avenue. Click here for a schedule and map.
More information visit https://readingradsport.com/west-reading-twilight-crit/
Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
Every year at this time the Borough provides all of our water users with a water quality report for the previous year. The report contains important information regarding the source and quality of your drinking water. This year as we did in 2016, in lieu of mailing a paper copy to each residence in the Borough, we are providing the information on our website which you may access by clicking here. However, should you still wish to have a copy mailed to you, please contact the Administration Department at 610-374-8273, ext. 221 and we will be happy to mail the information to your residence.
Temporary No Parking Signs
Temporary No Parking Zones are established to restrict regular parking and reserve curb space for purposes such as construction activity, moving vans, or to clear a street for a special event such as a parade. The restricted area is not intended to be use for parking of personal vehicles.
- Signs must be purchased at least two days in advance
- Signs must be posted a minimum of 24-hours in advance
- Handicapped parking, no parking zones, and loading zones may not be reserved
Please note, storage pods or dumpsters placed on public streets require a permit.
Temporary No Parking Sign Fees:
Valid 1-3 days
Valid 4-7 days
Valid 8-14 days
Temporary No Parking Sign Application and Posting Guideline
Street Cleaning - April thru December
Additional streets have been added to the cleaning schedule. Please take note of signs posted on the street where you park to allow the Public Works Department to efficiently clean the street and avoid a parking ticket. If a scheduled street cleaning day falls on a holiday, unless otherwise specified that street will not be cleaned until the following regular cleaning day. Should you have any questions, please contact Borough Hall.
At any time, day or night when a sewer backup occurs at your home or business your first call should be to the Borough. As part of your sewer maintenance fee, the Public Works Department will plunge the sewer trap located near your home/business in an effort to remove the clog, which possibly will negate the need to hire a plumber. During normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, contact Borough Hall at 610-374-8273, ext. 221. Outside of normal business hours contact the non-emergency Police line at 610-373-0111 to dispatch a member of the Public Works Department to your location.
Housing Review Board
The Housing Review Board (HRB) currently has vacancies. The HRB meets on an as needed basis to review appeals pertaining to code enforcement issues. Interested residents should forward a letter of interest to:
Borough of West Reading
Attn: Cathy Hoffman, Borough Manager
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611
2017 Hydrant Flushing Dates
Periodically you will see Public Works personnel releasing water from hydrants. Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing is also done to remove sediment from the pipes in order to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution pipes.
The following dates are planned for 2017:
Week of April 10 - 14
Week of October 16 - 20
Online Utility Payment
An online payment option is now available to remit payment of your utility bill. If you have an internet connection and an e-mail address, you may remit payment of your utility bill online. Please visit: http://www.xpressbillpay.com
To help you create a secure login, link a bill for display each time you login and walk you through the payment process please see the XBP First Time Users Manual.
Should you have any questions regarding your Xpress Bill Pay account, setting up Auto Pay or signing up please contact Xpress Bill Pay directly at 800-766-2350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone support is available Weekdays 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Mountain Time). Closed Weekends and Holidays.
**Please Note: This feature is currently not available for real estate tax payments, nor permit fees.
Online Parking Ticket Payment
Parking tickets may be paid online by visiting the following link:
Only parking ticket #'s that start with "PV" can be paid through this link. There is an additional fee of $1.98 to pay your parking ticket online.
Bulk Trash Collection
Bulk collection is the first Friday of every month and only one bulk item per household will be collected. Please Note: Borough Ordinance prohibits placing these items on the exterior of property prior to bulk collection day.
Special Note Regarding Trash/Recycling
The Code Enforcement Department will continue to be placing an emphasis on the enforcement of trash/refuse bags that are not in durable, water-tight containers with lids. Notice of violation letters will be posted on any property found to be in violation. If the violation continues citation(s) will be filed with the District Justice. We request your cooperation with the following items to ensure the health and safety of our residents:
1) All refuse must be stored in durable, water-tight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers which cannot be larger than thirty-five (35) gallons. It is recommended to mark your containers with your address.
2) Each household may place four (4) trash cans per collection day curbside for pickup. One bulk item per household will be collected on the first Friday of every month.
3) Trash/recycling may placed out for collection as Noon the day prior to collection and removed promptly or no later than midnight the day of collection.
4) Trash collection remains every Tuesday and Friday. Recycling collection remains every Wednesday.
5) Yard waste must be placed in biodegradable bags for trash collection or arrangements made with the Borough Garage for disposal. To schedule an appointment to drop-off the yard waste at the Borough Garage please call 610-374-8605 between the hours of 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The garage is located at 1st Avenue and Chestnut Street.
6) Electronic items such as microwaves, televisions, air conditioners, etc. will not be collected by the trash nor recycle haulers. These items must be recycled due to hazardous materials. Please contact Berks County Solid Waste Authority at 610-478-6362 or visit their website at www.co.berks.pa.us/swa for more information.
Penn Street Bridge Closure
For information on the detours and the latest news/updates regarding the Penn Street Bridge please click on the link listed below:
CodeRED Emergency Notification Program
To learn more about this program and to register, click on the CodeRED logo below.
The CodeRED™ Emergency Notification System is an extremely FAST Communication Service available for mass Emergency Notifications. CodeRED™ employs one-of-a-kind Internet maping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines, at the rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.
If you know of anyone who hasn't registered to receive the CodeRED™ alerts, and they live in West Reading, please encourage them to do so.
Frequently Asked Questions
Important Information from Western Berks Water Authority
In case of a water related emergency and to get up-to-date information on the water advisory, please go to http://www.wbwa.org/ and click on the "water advisory" link.