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Bethlehem Council: Proposed park is a win-win

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem City Council approved a neighborhood park between Evans and East Fourth streets on the Southside at its April 16 meeting.

The park at 727 E. Fourth St. will feature table games as well as native plants.

"We're working with Edge of the Woods, which is a very respected native plant grower, to replant the site, which is fantastic because any time to add native plants you're decreasing maintenance and improving the environment," said Council member Karen Dolan.

Lehigh County: Debit vote could be soon

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners held the second reading of a bill that would ask voters if they would like to give final approval before the county incurs certain types of debt at its April 10 meeting.

If the bill passes, Lehigh County voters will be asked in November if they would like to make the final decision before the county issues debt to support private sector activities, such as building a pro football stadium.

BETHLEHEM: 'Hands off' says council

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem City Council removed two buildings from a demolition protection ordinance at its April 2 meeting.

Council member Michael Recchiuti made a motion to remove Martin Tower and Lehigh and New England Rail Road Freight Warehouse at 15th Avenue and Gary Street, which was approved unanimously by the council.

Recchiuti said several council members were contacted by representatives of Martin Tower's owner, who said he would like the building taken off the list. Recchiuti added that he was told that the owner has no plans to tear the building down.

Bethlehem: Solicitor defends zoning board

Thursday, March 28, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem City Council Solicitor Christopher Spandoni will be joining in to defend the zoning hearing board against an appeal filed by developer Abe Atiyeh.

Atiyeh is appealing the 5-0 decision handed down by the zoning hearing board in December denying him a special exception to build a 47-bed drug rehab facility at 2349 Linden St., which was previously owned by a florist business called Moose & Bug.

Southside: Historical Society seeks cemetery assessment

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

St. Michael's Cemetery is a somber sight, but not just for the usual reasons.

In January the Southside cemetery that sits at the intersection of East Fourth and State streets was vandalized, leaving two mausoleums and several tombstones covered in graffiti. Several more headstones lie toppled over.

The state of the St. Michael's inspired South Bethlehem Historical Society President Dana Grubb to bring in Robert Mosko of Mosko Cemetery Monument Services to give a presentation at the society's March 12 meeting.

LEHIGH COUNTY: Commissioners extend water authority charter

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners discussed a plan to extend the Lehigh County Authority's charter at its Feb. 13 meeting.

The Lehigh County Authority, which provides water for a majority of Lehigh County, currently has 36 years remaining on its charter, but the charter needs to be extended to 50 years for the authority to be able to bid on the lease for Allentown's water.

Bethlehem: Council denies diocese request

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem City Council denied permission for the Diocese of Allentown to tear down a home in the Mount Airy Historic District at its Feb. 20 meeting.

The home at 1304 Spring St. was owned by the gardener of former Bethlehem Steel President Eugene Grace and was built around the turn of the 20th Century. The Diocese of Allentown currently owns the home and wants to tear it down because repairs are estimated to cost $230,000.

LV Cancer Support volunteers honored

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley honored some of its most dedicated volunteers at a luncheon and award ceremony in the event center at Blue Grillhouse earlier this fall.

Three awards were given out to six people and organizations who have worked with the Cancer Support Community over the past several years.

Heman Patel of East Penn Business Machines Inc. and Rob Vaughn of 69 News were honored with the distinguished service award.